Monday, April 15, 2013

The Surrender of Persephone by Selena Kitt

Review by Tempest.

WARNING: I took a break from all the teen fiction I've been reading lately to read this, which is a book NOT intended for those under the age of 18 or those who don't like to read erotica. Just so you know :)


Sheltered Persephone, Goddess of Spring, never gets to do anything- thanks to the suffocating love of her mother, Demeter. Sephie is being carefully groomed to follow in the footsteps of the two -virgin- goddesses, Athena and Artemis, and while they sure do have a lot of fun together, she longs for something deeper-and darker. When Aidon, the God of the Underworld-generally known as Hades-appears in his chariot to claim Persephone for his bride, the young goddess gets more than she wished for.
Held captive in the Underworld, she suddenly longs to return to the safety and security of her mother-s protection, but the dark and commanding Aidon binds her to him, claiming her bit by glorious bit as his own.  Her coming of age is one of sexual awakening as she learns the bondage her new master imposes fulfills her darkest desires.  Persephone finds herself submitting to and obeying AidonAidon, as she submits to his domination and surrenders as his wife and prepares to rule as his Queen.

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This was an interesting, more sexual retelling of the myth of Persephone and how she got to the Underworld (a.k.a, how she was kidnapped by Hades). Selena Kitt is a good writer who definitely knows how to write erotic fiction. I won't giveaway the book by telling you all the different things that Persephone and Aidon "try out" together, but there are a lot. Like, A LOT, A LOT. There was definitely loads of variety in this book. It was also interesting seeing how these characters would be perceived in a setting like this. I loved how the author threw in tons of other myths as well, making it seem like they were taking place right then and the rest of the gods where discovering these things as they happened. It made it fun for me, as someone who knows a lot about Greek mythology, to see the familiar characters in the beginning and know where they'll end up. I was constantly wondering how Kitt was going to fit it into what she had going already, so that helped to keep my interest throughout. The only problem I think I had with it was that as a goddess, Persephone seems pretty useless. She couldn't even stand up for herself against a mortal. I just couldn't really see how she was a god. However, that wasn't really the main focal point of this story, so it's easily over looked. If you've got some time and want to read something steamy, this is a good book to choose!

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