A Touch of Darkness (Hades and Persephone #1) – Scarlett St. Clair

Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 353
Release Date: May 23, 2019

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled 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.

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A Touch of Darkness is recommended over and over on BookTok, so I decided to finally give it a go when I subscribed to Kindle Unlimited. Unfortunately, A Touch of Darkness is a disappointing read with an annoying main character and a grossly underdeveloped love interest.

Almost all the negative reviews of this novel talk about Persephone being an annoying main character. It wasn’t until the final few chapters that I finally understood their frustration. Persephone makes ridiculous decisions and is unable to see what’s been obvious for more than half of the novel.

Hades is probably the most bland love interest I’ve ever read. He has maybe a couple pages of dialogue throughout the entire novel. I have no idea who he is as a character other than he’s the god of the underworld. There was nothing interesting about him.

Persephone and Hades’ relationship is instalove. They have a very brief conversation devoid of any sexual tension before they start lusting after each other. St. Clair does very little to develop their relationship beyond this. Persephone somehow finds herself in love with Hades despite having only interacted with him a handful of times where they barely spoke.

The last hurdle of their relationship had me rolling my eyes so hard I thought they were going to fall out of their sockets. It was resolved quickly and ultimately meant nothing.

St. Clair’s writing is juvenile and simple at best for most of the novel. Though, I will say that her spicy scenes are the only redeeming quality this novel has to offer. St. Clair takes her time with these scenes and is able to communicate the characters’ desire for each other clearly. I wish this aspect of her writing would have flowed through the rest of the novel because it would have made A Touch of Darkness a more satisfying read.

Overall, A Touch of Darkness misses the mark. It could have been an interesting and sexy story, but the undeveloped characters and juvenile writing make A Touch of Darkness a novel worth passing on.

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Have you read A Touch of Darkness? What did you think?

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