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A Touch of Darkness
A Touch of Darkness | Scarlett St Clair
As Persephone struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows-and it's forbidden.
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forestandcrow
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Loved this book. I was a little unsure if I would enjoy it. But I really did!

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RaeRoss
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Panpan

I read this book without reading the description. I was drawn to the cover and had seen a few people recommend it. That being said I don't typically read "smutty" books but was sucked in.

My biggest problem with this book is the How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days plot twist. It seemed like an after thought as if the author saw that the plot was lazy and wanted to just throw something in there.

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PageShifter
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Mehso-so

For me there were two secondary characters that were more interesting than the main characters: Hecate and Lexa. Both were friends of Persephone. Hades & Persephone were somehow too perfect to be really interesting.

This didn't feel really much like a mythological story. This was retelling but wordbuilding and mythological “vibe“ were missing.

This was entertaining and easy to read but didn't feel really special.

#SeriesRead2022

Cazxxx I read a sample of this and I wasn‘t impressed at all 4mo
PageShifter @Cazxxx I totally understand! 4mo
TheSpineView Disappointing 4mo
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PageShifter
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“No soul has ever healed by dwelling on the past”

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abookdragonsretreat
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Pickpick

Though it had a slow beginning, I really enjoyed this story of Persephone and Hades. It was spicy and well written, though some parts could have been more meaningful rather than adding a sexy scene. I'm conflicted on how I feel about Persephone, I liked that she's growing into herself more, but she's also a little oblivious. The second half was great and I loved the ending, I definitely want to read the rest when I get around to them!

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BooksNBowls
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Pickpick

I know there‘s mixed reviews for this one but I loved it! Can‘t wait to read Hades‘ POV. 😈

5feet.of.fury I really liked this one. I haven‘t read the Hades perspective 5mo
5feet.of.fury Your little bookmarks are so cute 5mo
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RobES
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Panpan

Not good! Well...not for me... I love a good feminist retelling of a Greek myth but this is not a Madeline Millar or Jennifer Saint! Some spice, but even that is bland (irony not lost on me). Maybe I'm too old for this... but I don't think even a younger audience would appreciate being portrayed as these characters are throughout the novel.

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TravelsWithBooks
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https://travelswithboooks.wordpress.com/blog/

I also finished Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

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Garabrandtreviews
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Just found this and super excited about another Hades/ Persephone series. I also got the first book 📚 n a different series about them. So excited!

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Sharpeipup
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Not sure I would have read this story if I had seen the cover on the right.

How about you?

#coverchoice

5feet.of.fury The left certainly sets the mood better 8mo
Amiable Agreed! 8mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The left is a prettier cover but the one on the right makes me think it's smutty. I like smutty. 8mo
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5feet.of.fury
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(Fanart by Amandadrawsz)
Hades and Persephone retelling. Set in a modern world where the gods are celebrities. Persephone is a college student trying to make her own path out from under her mother‘s thumb, Demeter has a very strict rule that she is to stay away from the gods, which she obeys until an encounter with Hades.

Tons of fun, many spicy scenes but it doesn‘t overtake the plot, I LOVE Persephone. Will def continue reading the series. 🌿

ShyBookOwl I love this series! The plot, character development, and world-building all get stronger with each book too! 8mo
5feet.of.fury @ShyBookOwl oh good! I‘m glad to hear that! My library hold for book 2 is months out 😩 but I‘m looking forward to seeing where it goes 8mo
ShyBookOwl @5feet.of.fury ouf! Library holds: a blessing and a curse. 8mo
5feet.of.fury @ShyBookOwl I know, right? I‘m trying to save money but they‘re not making it easy for me 🥲 8mo
ShyBookOwl @5feet.of.fury 😅 the struggle is real. I get it. 8mo
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KateReadsYA
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My order from pangobooks came in! I spent $4 and the seller sent it in perfect condition and even sent me a bookmark with my initial on it-so thoughtful!

* Also peep my super cute manicure I did myself 💗

Soubhiville Nice! I‘ve ordered some things through them and had good experiences. I sold a couple through them too, but realized I‘d rather put books into my little free library than have to go to the post office on work days. Lol. 9mo
KateReadsYA Yeah I don't think I'd sell but I do love buying! 🙂 9mo
KateReadsYA @Soubhiville How much does it even cost to ship a book?? Been wondering that for a while haha 9mo
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Soubhiville @KateReadsYA the buyer pays shipping, so all you have to do is print the label and drop it off. It‘s not hard but making that extra trip after work is a pain. Lol. 9mo
Soubhiville But shipping one book through media mail is between $3-5 depending on how heavy it is. Pretty cheap! 9mo
KateReadsYA @Soubhiville oh ok good to know. 9mo
5feet.of.fury Nice! 9mo
IuliaC Awesome nails! 9mo
KateReadsYA @IuliaC thank you 😄 9mo
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Marialou
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Mehso-so

Hades and Persephone retelling.

Definitely a compelling read and it is sexy and well paced. It was enjoyable overall and I liked the interpretation of various mythological characters.

Never really completely warmed to Persephone though and that‘s a bit of a problem as the whole book (and the rest of the series I believe) are from her perspective. This book also felt like a ‘‘part 1” - an opening to the series and therefore lacked some depth.

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Anoukeboek
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I didn't know I needed Gods to have horns, but now that I've experienced this book, they can never be without them. I loved how the modern world with phones and computers exists together with not only the Gods living on earth, but also certain things in Greek mythology that hadn't happend yet in this book.
Romance is for sure not my genre. Why are the two lovers so often angry with eachother? But I did really like the mythology aspect in the book!

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Johanna414
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Mehso-so

The writing was pretty terrible and Persephone was just about the most annoying character I've ever read... but it was an easy, entertaining read. Great for my mini vacation since I didnt have a ton of brain power to devote to a book. Not sure yet if I will continue the series...

MatchlessMarie Love the title next to your void cat though 😅🐈‍⬛ 11mo
LKK526 @matchlessMarie. Love your cat. Have a black cat named kuna. He can open doors (edited) 11mo
Johanna414 @MatchlessMarie Haha it wasn't even intentional - he's just very, very clingy so if I'm sitting, he's on my lap! 11mo
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Johanna414
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Trying to chase that Lore Olympus high with another Hades and Persephone story for my #audioknitting tonight. The writing is not great, but it's still entertaining.

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ShyBookOwl
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Pickpick

This Hades x Persephone retelling had me surprisingly hooked. It wasn't the best writing ever, but I enjoyed the world she built and how she played with Greek mythology and its characters. Really fun. It kind of falls between a So-So and a Pick for me, but I'll definitely check out the next book.
⭐⭐⭐.5
🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶 (for steaminess!)

Book 12 of 2022

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rebbyj
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Blech

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ParkerFinn
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I always have loved the story of Hades and Persephone. So a romance about them was definitely on my radar. At times the sexual scenes were a bit awkward. But I thought the story itself was pretty good and I liked a lot of the characters. A solid 4 star for me, cheesiness and all.

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DarkMina
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Mehso-so

160 of 2021. This story had some issues, but overall it was a decent Hades & Persephone retelling. I probably will continue the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book9. #spookoweenreadathon
Pages read: 3305

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sprainedbrain
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Mehso-so

Last month, @HOTPock3tt and I did an impromptu buddyread of this. While it‘s always fun to text-rave/text-bitch with Kenya about books, I feel like I did a bit more bitching than raving this time.😉

Loved: urban fantasy retelling where the gods are living amongst us in modern times. Hades=SO HOT. Sexy times were adequately sexy. Hecate.

Disliked: writing=not great. Persephone is ridiculously annoying. The ol‘ innocent virgin trope.🙄

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BarbaraBB You‘ve been reading a lot!! 1y
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB Just the usual amount, but I‘m still catching up my reviews. 😬 1y
HOTPock3tt Haha!! ♥️This was so marginal I forgot to post a review!! 😅 but I agree. I felt like I was doing waay more bitching than raving this time 🤣 Hades was soo sexy!! But Persephone‘s idiot virginal trope actually ruined the book! 😪Such a shame. I generally love hades & Persephone‘s story @sprainedbrain (edited) 1y
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sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt I love Persephone in general, so to see her reduced to that annoying twit was a little heartbreaking. 😂 1y
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain this!! I wholeheartedly agree!!😖😭😪 1y
Chrissyreadit I‘m glad I was able to read this review. I almost bought it. 1y
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Ash.on.the.line
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I feel like there‘s a lot of Hades Persephone books right now. This was alright. I love a good Greek mythological retelling and it was good. Very smutty. I wouldn‘t recommend if you want a 100% faithful retelling. Still fun. #bookspinbingo

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BayouGirl85
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I have definitely been on a mythology retelling kick this year and this one hit the spot. I have always been intrigued by Hades and Persephone‘s story and alway felt like they got the shaft. Not in this version. I thought it was great.

September Book 4/25 #LitsyLove #bookspinbingo

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Julsmarshall
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Interesting take on Hades and Persephone, vividly told and a bit spicy. I enjoyed it and it is definitely a pick, but I did feel like it fell a bit short of it‘s possibility to be a great book. I may give the next in the series a chance to see if it meets the mark. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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AFrostCauseReads
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Pickpick

Ohh boy, the writing in this is not great. It‘s very much trashy fan-fiction, BUT I just can‘t resist a Greek Mythology retelling especially when it‘s about Persephone and Hades 🌺💀

This author does not shy away from explicit sex scenes. Not gunna lie, it‘s kinda fun watching Gods go at it. Am I going to hell? Probably - At least Hades will know what I think of him 😅🪦

NikkiM5 Sold 😂 1y
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damselsgotballs
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Very excited for this one..🍻📚

#bibliophile #lovebooks #lovereading #bookworm #booknerd #dark #romance

You're doing great.

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vonnie862
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I've been doing really well not buying books this past year. But... I couldn't help add these to my pile after participating in the Book Romance Store event a couple of weeks ago.
#bookhaul

JELEIGH I really liked a touch of darkness 😊 1y
vonnie862 Good to know! 1y
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WriterAtHeart
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Pickpick

Holy moly! I have been in a reading slump all summer long. But this Persephone and Hades retelling just rekindled my love of reading. I am now eager to get the next two books to finish their story.

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reading_rainbow
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Bailedbailed

It‘s just not keeping my interest and I have a stack of books I want to read so I‘m bailing!

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Lynsey40
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Pickpick

Just started , Good so far

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reading_rainbow
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Persephone + Hades modern retelling 🖤🥀
Just starting ✨

Carlie_jc Me too! I‘m very excited :) 1y
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wisherwishinguponastar
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I wonder if anyone ever just doesn‘t want to record their book experience? This month I just kept reading at my own pace, but didn‘t really want to record it besides updating this page. Does anyone have any suggestions on good formats for recording your reading that they don‘t find tedious? #bookjournal #litsylove #TBR

Kristin_Reads I prefer tracking in Excel and it takes me 2 minutes to record. I track title, author, pages, and date finished. 2y
Kristin_Reads Also your tracking log is so pretty! 2y
wisherwishinguponastar I thought about starting an excel sheet, especially to keep track of TBRs. I will give it a shot! And thank you for both comments, @Kristin_Reads . I am a sucker for washi tape! 2y
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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 186
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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archaeolibrarianologist
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Another BookTok recommendation. After reading Ice Planet Barbarians, this is tame af.

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EmilieGR
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Pickpick

A cheesy but fun romance. I liked the characters, even if they a bit simplistic, but my favorite thing about this book was the setting.

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The_Literary_Jedi
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Pickpick

Hades/Persephone retelling. Really liked the spin on the Pantheon & the modern world- would‘ve liked more development there. Story is decent & uses bargains/deals rather than abducting to get the protagonists together. A bit shallow on the conflict portion both external & internal for the characters but it works. Social media has this as spicy and I‘d give it 🌶🌶 (y‘all know I know my spice, don‘t play) 📚📚📚overall.

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tracy.anne8
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Pickpick

This was a pretty decent Hades and Persephone retelling. It seemed a little rushed though overall. I'm sure I will finish the series at some point but it's not holding my interest at the moment. #kindleunlimited #kindle

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Morrowal
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Pickpick

It‘s a quick read that keeps your interest and imagination flowing.

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Emmybird01
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4/5 for the first in this series! I loved this Hades Persephone retelling. Hades is dark and brooding and hot! Persephone is sweet and and sassy. The side characters are also awesome! I love Alexa and Hecate! I will definitely be continuing this series!

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KelsiTaylor
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“Persephone pressed her lips together and nodded.
“Well you won. I love you. Was it worth it?”...
Something within her snapped. Their eyes met just as great black vines erupted from the floor, twisted around the God of Death until he was restrained. For a moment they were frozen, stunned.
She had created life.
“Well, Lady Persephone. It looks like ✨you✨ won.”
I‘m so obsessed with this Greek mythology retelling.

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Ash.on.the.line
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Today‘s #Marchinthetitle21 is #darklightinthetitle
This book actually goes with yesterday‘s book. It‘s the same story but this one is in Persephone‘s POV. The covers are fantastic! Can‘t wait to get to this!
I‘m trying to reacquaint myself with my TBR while on a book buying ban for the month!

Ash.on.the.line I‘m trying to take each picture in a new spot. So now you‘ll start seeing my other shelves which don‘t get featured enough. Possibly because the rooms light is broken and I normally take the pics at night, but I‘m trying to remember to do it early 🤦🏻‍♀️😅🤣 2y
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KristiAhlers
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The retelling of Hade‘s and Persephone‘s story. Very creative. Enjoyed this one a great deal. Highly recommend.

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BookMad7
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4.5/5 So the writing in this book isn‘t the best but I still really enjoyed it. I‘ve always been a sucker for a Greek mythology romance. Read September 2020

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Mehso-so

Oh boy...this was me trying to read out of my comfort zone. I do like some romances so I thought I'd give this a shit but WOW did I not realize how cheesy, tropey, and telenovela-ey it was going to be. I literally burst out laughing at several parts (where it was clearly not supposed to be funny). Just not for me but I'm sure it's for other reader!

OutsmartYourShelf I like the cover. 2y
SilverShanica You might enjoy The Midnight Bargain by CL Polk - it‘s a fantasy set in a regency romance style world, the main character is trying to find a way to avoid marriage and keep her magic when she meets a guy that might be worth giving it up for. Fantastic book - I read it in 1 day. 2y
SassenachTheBookWizard @SilverShanica I actually own it! Polk is a Canadian author and had a gorgeous cover so I had to buy it. I'll try to move it up my list! 2y
SassenachTheBookWizard @OutsmartYourShelf the series has beautiful covers! 2y
SilverShanica @SassenachTheBookWizard I know - she‘s from Calgary, and so am I. The Midnight Bargain is also shortlisted for Canada Reads - it‘s quite a big deal. 2y
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PrinceNatilus
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Pickpick

A fun, smutty, vacation read. St Clair definitely did her research and held true to the essence of the myth but still managed to make it fresh and exciting. The story felt cliche at some points, but I enjoyed reading it.

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ShelbyA7
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Book #31 - I am really loving retellings, especially when set in a modern day-type setting. This was a quick and easy read that sucks you right into a different world.

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Angeles
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Bailedbailed

I couldn‘t finish this. The narrator is great, the theme of Olympian Gods appeals to me, but I found the heroine so clueless and self centered that I could not bring myself to care about how the story ends. Also, I think It strange that Hades would be interested in someone so immature. You would think the God of the dead could do much better!

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Yanes
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Oh yeah I loved it! It's a very well written love story with just the right amount of love and plot!
If you live Greek mythology and a good romance you should definitely read it.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5