Review: ‘A Touch of Darkness’ Scarlett St. Clair

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shrivelled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.

Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.

After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.

The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.

  1. A dark and brooding love interest who’s secretly just a big marshmallow wanting a cuddle ✔
  2. A dark and brooding love interest who isn’t an asshole ✔
  3. A badass protagonist ✔
  4. An engaging plot that consists of more than just romance ✔

Well, every point on my What makes a romance a good romance list has been checked off, so I think it’s safe to say that I enjoyed A Touch of Darkness. I’m an avid reader of romance, particularly of the paranormal variety, but I’ve found that asshole alpha male types are something of a trend. I wrote a scathing review for the last romance novel that I read in which I criticised the author for normalising abusive relationships. Having read books like this, I’m always somewhat hesitant when trying a new author. However, I love Greek mythology, so when I saw that A Touch of Darkness was a modern retelling of Hades and Persephone’s story, I had to give it a try.

And I didn’t regret it.

Persephone is everything I love in a romantic protagonist. She starts off as something of a people pleaser or, more specifically, a mother pleaser (that sounded less weird in my head). She lives her life in constant fear of pissing her mother off and being hauled back to the ‘greenhouse’. Over the course of the novel, though, she blooms, much like a flower does in spring (see what I did there?). A Touch of Darkness isn’t just a love story; it’s a story about Persephone’s journey from being a woman filled with self doubt to a goddess who knows her own power and worth.

As for Hades *fans myself with my hand*…wow, where do I even start with him? Sure, he has his flaws, but the thing I love about him is that he’s willing to listen to Persephone and work on these flaws, allowing himself to grow as a person. I find the alpha male types populating the realm of romance tiresome and boring. They strut around their novels, abusing their power and overstepping the boundaries of acceptable behaviour, but Hades, despite being a literal god, does none of this. People might not necessarily agree with this character assessment when they read about his bets and contracts in the blurb, but trust me, there’s more to these than meets the eye.

Needless to say, I can’t wait to read the second book in this series.

Want to read A Touch of Darkness? Head on over to Amazon to order your copy.

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