Fantasy Romance

Read Neon Gods

Read Neon Gods by Katee Robert

Society darling Persephone Dimitriou wants nothing to do with her mother’s ambitions. She’s biding her time until she’s able to leave the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start her doctorate degree. The one thing she never planned on? Her mother ambushing her with an engagement to Zeus—a man with more than a few dead wives in his past. Persephone will do anything to escape that fate…even flee the sparkling upper city and make a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed was a myth.

Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. Not even for the woman who flees into his territory as if the very hounds of hell are on her heels.

But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent his entire life craving? It’s all the excuse he needs to agree to help her—for a price. She’ll be his for the summer, and then he’ll see her safely out of Olympus and away from her mother and Zeus.

Hades and Persephone’s deal might seem simple enough, but they both quickly realize it’s anything but. With every breathless night spent with Hades, Persephone wonders at her ability to leave him behind. And Hades? Now that he has a taste for Persephone, he’s willing to go to war with Olympus itself to keep her…

Blazed through this in a single sitting. Interesting adaptation of the Hades / Persephone myth in the vein that I enjoy, where Persephone has more agency and actively chooses Hades. I think it worked to have in first person present tense to give it that contemporary feel.

I’m not totally sure about the ending. I think it worked, but I feel like it was so quick that the relief of dramatic stakes maybe needed a little more?

I’m always a little wary of how much kink will be in books with kink, this was not offputting. Some equipment is briefly mentioned but not used by the characters. The kink they follow through on is public sex.

By Tracy Durnell

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