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  • A Touch of Darkness

  • Hades & Persephone Series, Book 1
  • Written by: Scarlett St. Clair
  • Narrated by: Meg Sylvan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (330 ratings)

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A Touch of Darkness

Written by: Scarlett St. Clair
Narrated by: Meg Sylvan
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Publisher's Summary

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.

Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.

After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.

The bet does more than expose Persephone's failure as a goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows - and it's forbidden.

Contains mature themes.

©2019 Scarlett St. Clair (P)2020 Tantor

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  • sam
  • 2021-04-01

Hot Hot Hot!!

I really enjoyed this book! It's a great upbeat, story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Also there are at least 4 great "hot" scenes that are jaw dropping! I think I'm going to look up other books by this Author!

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amazing 👏

I wasn't sure if I would like this book going in but I got completely hooked. now I'm on to the second. I have always loved Greek mythology and the way the author brings these gods to life is addictive. cannot wait to read more from her.

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Loved this book

The story was adorable, I absolutely adore both the main characters which is rare for me to like both. This was also the very first audiobook narration that I fully enjoyed. All her voices for the characters were lovely. Even Haedes voice she did well! My only disappointment is the rest of the audiobooks aren’t free lol.

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Awakened

I have never been more sexually frustrated by a book haha. The story is compelling and addicting. I finished it in 2 days. And now I’m going to go get the rest of the series! Also the performance is *chefs kiss*

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Needed a cold shower afterwards.

At first I was quite irritated by what direction I thought the plot was going to take. I was happily surprised and relieved that I was very wrong. This retelling beautifully shows the lust, passion and love between Hades and Persephone. I loved the tidbits of other greek myths throughout the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Greek Mythology (and someone who doesn’t mind some “smutty” scenes) and to anyone who loves a good Romance. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

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Decent Smut for Greek Mythology Fans...

...but I feel like I could have used those 11 hours of my life very differently. Oh, and Hades isn’t a god, he’s a SAINT for putting up with Persephone. I said what I said.

Plot:
The plot was interesting, but the execution was lacking. There were miscommunications and bad decisions after bad decisions just to create unnecessary conflicts and drama, sex scenes that felt forced (no chemistry whatsoever!), feelings that were impossible to believe in. My favourite parts always took place in the underworld, and I wish we’d been treated to more of that instead of repetitive arguments, unnecessary female rivalry, and childish behaviour without consequences.

Characters:
Dull and duller. Persephone is the typical one-brain-cell ingénue-but-yet-super-sexy sensitive-and-compassionate-yet-annoyingly-confrontational brat with the personality of a chickpea. I mean, Hades literally tells her at some point that she’s a sheep who never makes decisions for herself. And she keeps getting in trouble due to silly choices and needlessly reckless behaviour. On the other hand, Hades is another typical FMC-obsessed misunderstood shadow daddy. I liked him and thought he could have done much better than Persephone. Adonis and Minthe are the typical unilateral villains with no substance whatsoever. In the end, Lexa and Hecate had more personality and presence than all other characters combined. But still, it annoyed me that Lexa was the standard, stereotyped sassy best friend. Bottom line: I didn’t care about one single character, so it was very very hard to be invested in their struggles and the overall storyline.

Writing:
This is usually where I get the most critical, but for this one it was actually the opposite. I liked the worldbuilding and thought the descriptions were very creative and evocative. Oh, the smut was also quite good. A little repetitive (e.g., the word “shaft”) and unrealistic (e.g., Persephone’s a virgin, but she always knows what to do and DTs right away). But hot.

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The voice actors were great! The actress for Persephone had such a soothing voice, I could have listened to her all day. She was also good at changing her voice for other characters. I think I might have DNFed if this wasn’t an audiobook.

So there you go. I won’t be reading the rest of the series, or listening to it.

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It's cute, but missing a lot.

I overall enjoyed it. The story itself had a lot of gaps and missing plot points. Persephone made A LOT of dumb choices where you are just confused on why she can't just properly explain and instead acts like immature teen meanwhile she is hundreds of years old at this point. Her interactions with Adonis were just Bleh.
Meg Sylvan did a great job and the characters had great emotions and the intimacy scenes were really captivating because of her. Unfortunately the Hades counterpart falls flat and emotionless. Read like an AI, and was just hard to listen too, But the bonus chapter was really nice, after the office scene in a touch of darkness there is an additional scene that makes it feel more complete in the hades book.

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  • J
  • 2020-10-26

Fun read

This is a book you can fall asleep to because the dialogue and characters are pretty predictable but the story is still addictive enough that you keep listening until you zzz...
The protagonist is pretty unlikeable however, she second guesses the motivation of her love interest in a way that makes you want to roll your eyes sometimes.
The narrator is amazing when it comes to voicing the female characters. Her voice goes from sweet to preppy to sexy seamlessly. But I can't say the same for her narration of the male characters. It took me some time to get use to it but eventually I did.
Anyways, I don't regret my purchase of the book since I remained interested to the end.

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Too quick romance

The story was frustrating, I wanted to enjoy the interesting world and idea of the novel. However, the instant romance was annoying. The author was trying for an enemies to lovers but it felt like the relationship was based solely on desire; any hate the characters felt was only from misunderstanding. There was no strong connection to the characters.

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great story

I listened to this one on Audible. I enjoyed it more than I expected I would. It was a fun story of the gods that I didn't know that I needed. I don't know why I put this one off for as long as I did.
Wanting to have a normal life is understandable but embracing your strength and power while finding a balance is ideal.
I can't wait to out what happens next.

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