Neon Gods

Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Dark Olympus, Bk. 1). Jun. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9781728231730. pap. $14.99. SF ROMANCE
Persephone Dimitriou lives in the shining modern city of Olympus. Her mother Demeter is one of the Thirteen who rule over the city, and she wants Persephone to marry dangerous, powerful Zeus. Persephone flees to the lower city and finds herself caught in Hades’s world. He agrees to help Persephone—for a price. The romance develops quickly with explicit sex and light BDSM elements; there’s plenty of variation and strong emotional connection in the sex scenes. Readers with an existing interest in Greek mythology may find the story compelling, but those without that background might find it hard to believe the characters’ instant connection and immediate strong feelings. However, Roberts works to develop the romance, so that even doubters will believe before the end. The many side characters, drawn from Greek mythology, mark this book as the start of a new series set in an exciting world.
VERDICT Though the worldbuilding is sparse, and a few of the pop culture references might feel out of place, this modern-day retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone has lots to offer for romance fans looking for a slightly darker romance.
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