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Summary

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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Meh, I totally agree with some of the other review

I really loved the first book, so wasn't really put off by the poor reviews. I didn't feel as strongly as some, and think its good enough to past time on a commute, but the plot was a bit disappointing. Persephone does seem to go running to Hecate every other chapter, and she is a little intolerable (but not enough to make me stop listening).

One of the main plot lines took me by surprise. It just felt so random and I feel it will ruin the third book...if you listen you will get what I'm talking about.

One thing I did love was Hermes, his character is fantastic and really shines in this book.

One bug bear, and I don't know where the blame lies, but the driver Anthony changes between a cyclops and ogre in every other chapter. Its just annoying that this detail wasn't picked up. There were a few other little mistakes as well.

Overall I liked it enough that I will look forward to the final book.

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Good and addicting

I listened to the first book in two days and this book in another two
I really didn’t think it would be my cup of tea but was surprised. I was hooked from the first chapter can’t wait to read the next instalment

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Great sequel

Very well performed. Good story line development, very well followed on from the first

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A fun escape buuut

Okay so I usually don’t like to be negative with my reviews, there are elements in this book that I enjoyed, and I loved the first book. But…Persephone was just a little bit annoying in this book. Gah! I don’t want to be mean but she would just jump the gun and get mad at everything and the typical “lack of communication” trope came in to play a lot. But I guess main characters aren’t always meant to be perfect and they have to be flawed. I still enjoyed this book but I was getting a little frustrated at times. With that being said though, I’m eagerly awaiting the next books release!

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amazing

truly wonderful book just as well written and the last and beautiful read by narrator

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  • Elizabeth M
  • 07-06-21

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
  • 31-12-20

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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  • nicole101
  • 30-11-20

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
  • 24-11-20

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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  • Angela Perkins
  • 02-11-21

the main character was annoying

I had fun with the first book but I couldn't make it through this one. Persephone was so immature and obnoxious. I couldn't like her or root for her.

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  • Killian
  • 18-10-21

love the series

I do really love the premise of the story and the plot is really good but the main character is super annoying...

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  • Rachel Karyakos
  • 27-06-21

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-21

Could not even finish this...

This book is just... Horrible. It has the potential to be a good plot, but it's ruined by inconsistent characters and abusive relationships. Everyone is hot and cold and immature. And I'm all aboard for amut but every single line is excessive. There's no story because we have to deal with the inner monolog of Persephone telling us how all of her problems disappear when Hades is near, and then it's time to fight again! Just... Trash. I wanted to like it. I tried so hard. But especially if this is aimed at a younger crowd, the takeaway is disturbing, to say the least.

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  • Anita Brown
  • 07-01-22

Eh I just don’t know about this one

So I love the story of Persephone and Hades and love finding new versions of it to read, but this one just rubs me the wrong way personally. And almost all of jt has to do with the character of Persephone in these books. I’m of course going to read the third one in some small hope that she gets better but I don’t know if I’ve ever disliked a main character more in a book I have read or listened too. I find her to be whiny, self absorbed, and just over all not very likeable and hate that everyone in the books seems to constantly just excuse her behavior.

Now with that said I love all the other side characters! They are so rich with personality and charm that you’re able to really connect with them and root for them and as I’m reading I’m just like dang wish you weren’t friends with her.

I probably get wait to connected when reading but just my thoughts here

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  • Nicole
  • 05-01-22

Not as good as the first, very Angsty

This book had a very angry tone the whole time. The main character is a pain and it's hard to listen to. This book is not as good as the first, I forced myself to finish it. I will not be buying the next book.

I do enjoy the narrators way of describing things though. She did a fantastic job with her pace and tone.

Decent spicy scenes, though there are a lot better out there. The frequency of the sex scenes was also really obnoxious.