Neon Gods by Katee Robert
By Katee Robert
Dark Olympus #1
Romance, Smutty, Fantasy, Mythology, Retelling, Fiction
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.
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…
A modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that’s as sinful as it is sweet.
This is another Hades & Persephone retelling, which seems to be a popular theme right now with writers. I heard this was like A Touch of Darkness mixed with 50 shades... and this was completely correct. The author put her own spin on Olympus and the Underworld, making them 2 separate sides of town. I liked this analogy along with how everyone thought Hades was gone.
As usual, Persephone's mom is trying to force her into things she doesn't want. But Zeus is made out to be a wife-killing, creepy old man who wants to claim Persphone as his own which gave me the creeps the entire book. I was a little confused about how the people are "chosen" to be the next Zeus, Hades, etc.
This book was just as spicy as I expected, maybe even a little more. I still loved the character arcs of both Hades and Persphone. Something about the ending and the way things unfolded seemed a little rushed to me and the author didn't quite know what they wanted. I feel like this is mainly a spicy book for those who want some darker smut. Overall, an easy read that will keep you entertained and speed reading because of all the sexy scenes. But the in-between scenes left me wanting more.