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Defying the Gods: Persephone & Hades, Book One

By: Helen Atreya
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: ©2015 by Blushing Books® and Helen Atreya
12 Chapters / 49,316 Words
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Tina on 12/14/2015 02:30pm
This is not a standalone story, it continues in the next book. I like the premise of the book but Persephone didn’t meet Hades until 75% of the way through the book and most of this book felt like a long introduction/background to the story. I didn’t feel there was quite enough depth to the characters as I didn’t feel like I understood them enough; I didn’t feel a strong connection which leads me to be engrossed in a story. There was only one spanking scene in the final few pages of the story. My overall opinion of the story could be effected by the future volumes of this story, with possible future character development, but based solely on this book I give it 3 stars. I received this as an ARC for an honest review.
Penny Gwen on 12/12/2015 02:57pm
Well written story about ancient Greek gods and godesses.A little slow to start but eventually gets going. Persephone is promised to Helios by her mother, with no regard for her wants or feelings. In an effort to get her way, Persephone runs to Hades for protection.
Erika Daman on 12/05/2015 11:20pm
A new twist on an old tale...I enjoy stories about the Greek Gods, so this was an interesting change to a story I have read before. The only complaint I had about the story is there was a lot of back story, not much about Persephone and Hades. I know it was necessary especially for the series, but I wish we could have read more about the couple. However, this new version of the Gods was interesting. Helios was humorous and very easily distracted. Apollo was sweet, but Hades was electric, at least to Persephone. Demeter was crazy as much as she was cruel, which would explain why Persephone wanted to escape. When Demeter made an arrangement with Zeus for Persephone to marry Helios. Persephone couldn't take it anymore and had to escape, when she finally made a choice at where to go, she could only come up with one solution...the Underworld. The question is how does she escape, how do you escape the Gods? The rest of the tale is Persephone's escape and when she meets up with Hades, sparks are flying. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the story. It is quick read, entertaining, and has some passionate moments. A very entertaining read.
Gigi on 11/23/2015 06:22pm
If you enjoy mythology you should enjoy this book. It is well written and well edited. The story is very descriptive and there is good character development. The only downside was that the relationship between Hades and Persephone is not really explored until after 90 percent of the book is over. You see just a glimpse of their fiery relationship and then the book ends. Part two does seem promising since it should cover Hades and Persephone’s relationship in more depth and based on part one there should be some very heated scenes between them. This does seem like the start of an interesting series.
madpuss on 11/22/2015 05:01pm
I took a risk with this book as I don't usually read mythical stories about gods. I have to say I enjoyed it. It was well written and imaginative, lighthearted and full of humour. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because it took close to the end of the book before Persephone meets Hades and the story just ends when it should have just been getting started. I want to know what happens next. Will they have a future together? I will have to get book 2 to find out.
Beautifullight777 on 11/19/2015 04:48pm
Amazing story! I love myth but greater than the allure of the theme is intensity of the writing itself. Smoldering passion and fierce lust. I need the second book like she needed him to ride her. Now!
Ed Dalton on 11/18/2015 06:35pm
This book is the typical parents arranging a marriage for their daughter except they are all Greek gods and the daughter doesn't want to get married. The book is well written with some softcover sex scenes. There is only the one discipline encounter at the end and while enjoyable I would have liked to see more. Well worth the read.
Laurel Lasky on 11/18/2015 06:20pm
This well written book was like a classic mythology and I really enjoyed it. The characters were well developed and each had special skills but watch out for for Persephone's mother.
SH on 11/18/2015 05:27pm
I really enjoyed this book! It's the classic 'parent wants child to wed and child doesn't want to' story, however the characters are the mythical gods of Olympus. There is only one discipline session at the very end of the book but it is full of steam. I look forward to book two!

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