A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair

One Word Review: Horns

Mood: Ethereal, steamy, inquisitive. I enjoyed all the greek mythology and some favorites making a cameo. Very cool to "see" these gods and goddesses in a steamy new world.

Spice level: 3/5

I totally judge books by their cover and this cover is gorgeous.

You should know beforehand that I am a sucker for any Hades and Persphone retelling. I'll read any and all of them and enjoy every moment. I know it's not completely feminist as there is no actual old school account of Hades risking PErsepone away in a consensual way. So yeah, problem, but more modern retellings are spinning it all in a more empowering way. A Court of Mist and Fury comes to mind. And regardless, we know that Hades in relation to all the other gods was probably the most decent of them all. He had actual love for her. I'm not a greek scholar just a lover of this trope and a good smutty retelling.

This one ticks a lot of my boxes. Strong female lead, tall dark and handsome mysterious mythical dude, (with horns... HORNS...) and a cool modern spin on a greek classic.

Persephone is a college/career woman in this greek god but modern environment. Greek Gods are akin to celebrities but with powers. Hades is a hot nightclub owner. Persephone as a heroine is naive but kindhearted and also kind of petty which I don't mind. There are moments when you wish she'd stop being so immature. She does come into her power in this book which is satisfying and morally grey which I love... However it does feel like it comes a little too late for me to fully feel like I like her character.

Hades is spicy hot, mischievous, and mysterious. The steamy scenes between the two of them are hot. The bathhouse... The horns... Inspired.

There are two more books in this series but to be honest, I didn't feel like I wanted to read the second. I might come back to it, but I liked the ending and felt like the story was over in a satisfying way for me- even though it leaves a little unsaid. I'd consider jumping back in at a later time if I'm feeling like some goddess spice. I thoroughly enjoyed this modern mythological world and the light but steamy read. It was creative, hot, and not too much or too little.

This is my favorite hades and persephone retelling I've read lately.