Author: Katee Robert
Series: Dark Olympus #1
Publication: June 1st 2021 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Dark Romance, Retelling
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He was supposed to be a myth.
But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell…he was, quite simply, mine.
*A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that’s as sinful as it is sweet.*
Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade.
With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth…a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed.
Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close…
When Persephone gets engaged to the vile but powerful Zeus she flees to the undercity where Hades lives. Together they realize they might be able to help each other out. Persephone to get out of the engagement with Zeus and not become his fourth wife in a row that ends up “disappearing” and Hades to finally get his revenge on him. And if they enjoy each other’s company in bed in the meantime then that’s just an extra bonus for them.
It’s no surprise that I’m a fan of Katee’s writing. By now I’ve read my fair share of her books but I’ve been very excited for this one. I’m always up for a good myth retelling and Neon Gods definitely didn’t let me down. Not just the characters but the whole Dark Olympus world really got me hooked. I can’t wait to find out even more in the next books. I do have to admit that I was expecting the story to be a little more dark than it was but in the end I can’t really complain because I enjoyed it so much.
Persephone and Hades gave me such feels and joy in this story. With Demeter as mother Persephone has always had to put on a bright smile and play the good little socialite but Hades saw almost instantly there was so much more to her than that. I just couldn’t help but have heart eyes for the two of them. And of course this wouldn’t be a Katee Robert book without a good portion of kink. Which was another aspet of the romance between these two characters that didn’t let me down because whew!
I also loved getting to know Persephone’s three sisters who I’m sure will all get a book of their own. I adored the relationship they had with each other and I’m really excited to learn even more about each and every one of them. I also really liked the character of Hermes. She intrigued me very much. Another thing that I loved that I just have to mention is how body positive this book was. Not surprising since I’m used to that with books by this author but nonetheless nice to see once again.
Will I ever get sick of books by Katee Robert? No. Will I ever get sick of Greek mythology retellings? No. UGH I loved modern Hades/Persephone retelling and I think other readers will love it too!
About the author:
Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Entertainment Weekly calls her writing “unspeakably hot.” Her books have sold over a million copies. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, children, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and two Great Danes who think they’re lap dogs.