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Persephone's relationship with Hades has gone public, and the resulting media storm disrupts her normal life and threatens to expose her as the Goddess of Spring.

Hades, God of the Dead, is burdened by a hellish past that everyone's eager to expose in an effort to warn Persephone away.

Things only get worse when a horrible tragedy leaves Persephone's heart in ruin and Hades refusing to help. Desperate, she takes matters into her own hands, striking bargains with severe consequences.

Faced with a side of Hades she never knew and crushing loss, Persephone wonders if she can truly become Hades' queen.

Contains mature themes.

©2020 Scarlett St. Clair (P)2020 Tantor

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A bit of a struggle..

I really enjoyed the first book in this series (I also highly recommend reading Game of Fate from Hades perspective before starting this book), but this one was sooo hard to get into.

Don’t get me wrong, I really do love this story. I love the world St. Clair has created and the characters are all so great and well-developed... I just struggled SO hard connecting with Persephone in this one.

She spends the first 80% of this book sorting her sh*t out and it’s painful in some places just to get through it. She is so insecure and it was frustrating as a listener when she would jump to these insane conclusions because of her insecurity over her relationship. I understand that her trauma is a big part of her and having to overcome it is part of her character growth, but it was very hard to connect with at times as her reactions were SO over the top.

One glaring error that I struggled with was how in multiple places St. Clair mistakenly refers to Antony as an ogre... he is a cyclops, we know this, this bugged me. And Hades was notably absent throughout most of this book. I hope the next story from his perspective sheds some light on this.

I will say though, the book is worth finishing and the ending makes up for a lot of the rough parts in the middle. I’m really looking forward to the next book and I hope we see Persephone grow more (and maybe complain about how everyone else is so wrong and she is so right, a little less!).

Sylvan does an excellent job of capturing the emotion throughout the story and she is great at creating a distinct variety of character voices. However I struggled more throughout this book as her voice, in attempting to match Persephone’s glum mood throughout the story, made just about every sentence sound like a huge depressed sigh. It does pick up (thankfully) later on when the tone of the story changes, but I had a hard time in the beginning adjusting to this change from the first book.

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Great book but way too much sex

I have binge listened to this series and just purchased the book from Hades POV, I love them. It’s a good story and the narrator does a brilliant job of bringing it to life.

However, in the second book, if you cut out all the sex scenes the book would literally be 2 hours long. There is very little plot exploration and everything is solved whilst they’re having sex. Like come on, someone important to you just died and you’re talking about it whilst having sex directly after it happened???? Literally every issue is solved whilst having sex. Persephone lies and betrays him? Don’t worry we’ll just sex it out.
Honestly by the end of the book I would cringe every time they started to have sex because I was just so over it, and that’s coming from someone who loves a good smutty scene.

There really wasn’t much else to the book other than a vague attempt at a plot around the smut. Plot points that could have made for a very interesting read had they been explored in more depth were skimmed over and resolved in a page or without truly being resolved.

Hades was absent for most of this book, only appearing to ‘save the day’ or for smutty scenes. Persephone, where can I start? Mistake after mistake without ever really learning from them. She lied, she deceived, she betrayed. It was frustrating and I feel like she becomes very preachy in a lot of places for someone who is screwing everything up so badly. I found her very selfish through a lot of this and Hades just took her back without voicing how it made him feel because of good sex.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and the third looks set to be amazing too, but this one became very repetitive and a little cringe toward the end. I’d definitely recommend listening just to set up for the third, but don’t expect amazing an amazing plot because there isn’t really one.

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Great captivating story

The author really knows how to keep you hooked and reading from page to page ! This series was definitely a gem and I’m really glad I found it!

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  • Elizabeth M
  • 2021-06-07

I guess I’m not the only one...

Persephone was/is an awful character. It seems like I wasn’t the only one that thinks that. The entire book was MC creating all of the problems and then complains about how unfair everything was. Shes too naive and I actually feel sorry for Hades a lot of the time. She’s just so mean to Hades and blows everything out of proportion. I put in the time so I’m going to finish the book but I don’t think I’ll finish the series.

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  • Morgan
  • 2020-12-31

Sooooo good!

This book is amazing! The world that she has written is beautiful and well rounded. Does it have its flaws yes. But it is nothing in the world that is going on. I love this story so much and can’t wait to get my hands onto the next book.

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  • Rachel Karyakos
  • 2021-06-27

Meh..

I really want to say I enjoyed this book. However, I am saddened to say Persephone made this series almost unbearable. I had such high expectations for this series, being a Hades and Persephone fan, but it fell short. If it weren't for my inability to complete something I have already started, I would have stopped this pain in the beginning.

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  • nicole101
  • 2020-11-30

Good read, even better narrator

The narrator is what made these books so good. She read with such passion. Pretty good series, excited for the third book to come out

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  • Hannah Kroesche
  • 2020-11-24

Great Series! Can't wait for the next one!!

St. Clair's books are fun to listen to. Espically with Meg Sylvan reading! The story is very good and I love the romance and passion that St. Clair puts into the characters. I actually cried a little at points. love it!

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  • Alexis
  • 2021-07-20

Not Bad

It was an overall enjoyable story. The narrator does an amazing job telling it. However, the main character has some character flaws that found me yelling at her for her stupid decisions. All in all though, a good continuation of Hades and Persephone's story.

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  • dana raup
  • 2021-07-17

Main character sucks.

P complains the whole book. Sex scences take over and it's like the sex is supposed to make the character more likeable but she's a whiney brat.

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  • Karina Chileno
  • 2021-07-14

amazing!!

Loved it !! the narrator did an amazing job. I honestly rather have her narrate hades POV than the guy that did the 1st book .

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  • Erika
  • 2021-07-01

Narration

The narration does not full match (5% off) with the book. Great voice changes though.

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  • Leesha
  • 2021-06-28

I love this brilliant series!!

The author has an awesome imagination. I love mythology and this is an amazing spin on it! I am in Love with Hades 😍 lol.

The narrator really gets into the sex scenes! lol. My husband overheard a scene while I was listening to the book and he got wide eyed and ask what kind of books Ive gotten into 🤣 hahaha

Can't wait for more!!