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He was supposed to be a myth. But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell... he was, quite simply, mine. Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus He was supposed to be a myth. But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell... he was, quite simply, mine. Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade. With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth... a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed. Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close… A modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that’s as sinful as it is sweet.


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He was supposed to be a myth. But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell... he was, quite simply, mine. Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus He was supposed to be a myth. But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell... he was, quite simply, mine. Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade. With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth... a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed. Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close… A modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that’s as sinful as it is sweet.

30 review for Neon Gods

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Oh my... Tempting, sexy as hell, addictive, stimulating! This book is pure sin! Most delicious, irresistible, incendiary sin you full heartedly and voluntarily like to commit! Hades and Persephone can put the entire Olympus on fire with their pant melting, hyperventilating chemistry! In the bed they can start the earthquake which may rock the entire universes ! I’m telling you my dears, if Katee Robert plans to rewrite entire Greek mythology, please let her do! With her amazing touch, everythi Oh my... Tempting, sexy as hell, addictive, stimulating! This book is pure sin! Most delicious, irresistible, incendiary sin you full heartedly and voluntarily like to commit! Hades and Persephone can put the entire Olympus on fire with their pant melting, hyperventilating chemistry! In the bed they can start the earthquake which may rock the entire universes ! I’m telling you my dears, if Katee Robert plans to rewrite entire Greek mythology, please let her do! With her amazing touch, everything about the myths turn into something desirable, magical and soooo freaking intense! Hades she recreated is pure definition of walking talking breathing charisma! And guess what? He can be also compassionate, caring, devoted! I am hundred percent sure: this version of Hades will steal entire romance readers’ hearts! And Persephone is bold, smart, cunning siren who slowly destroys the walls surrounded Hades’ heart and sees his true self, making him fall for her hard! She’s brilliant seducer! And she also enjoys voyeurism like her dark king! Yes, they like having sex at public places! Those naught MCs never stop surprising you, don’t they? Story starts with unexpected engagement party of Persephone who finds out her mother forces her to marry with reincarnation of Bluebeard a. k.a. Zeus. Of course she cannot say no to a vicious and one of the most dangerous man of Olympus! After putting a plastered smile on her face, she runs back to her room, making a quick plan to escape because she has no intention to marry with a dangerous man to be pawn of her mother’s power games. She runs away, followed by Zeus’ guards, passing the forbidden side of the river which leads her to underworld with help of mysterious man. But as soon as she finds out that man is Hades! As everybody thinks he’s a myth at the upper city, it seems like he’s so alive, governing the underworld more peacefully and fairly than Zeus does in upper city! Persephone has no intention to go back to the upper city! So she forms an offer to Hades they can both get benefitted. For 3 months Persephone will belong to Hades, sharing his bed to guarantee to be ruined by him so Zeus won’t demand her presence when his favorite toy turned into damaged goods! For proving their point the couple has to make tons of sex ! Sexy, charismatic, magnetic underworld Lord accepts the offer which also help him to avenge the man who took his parents’ lives. ( he reminds us of secluded dark knight Bruce Wayne, isn’t he? ) So as you may guess, this book presents us a creative retelling of Greek mythology where the gods like to eat gyro platters and goddesses like shopping, running away from paparazzis’ gossip columns! This is entertaining , seductive , wild ride you shouldn’t miss earned my 5 unputdownable, enchanting, blasting chemistry stars! I need another book ASAP! I need more journey at Greek Islands! Special thanks to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Casablanca for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions. blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Book: *is about Persephone and Hades* Me: *bursts into publishing office* SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEYYYYYY

  3. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    leave it to katee robert to write the only hades/persephone romance i've given 5 stars leave it to katee robert to write the only hades/persephone romance i've given 5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    the pitch that this is ‘a touch of darkness’ meets ‘50 shades’ is 100% accurate. as with most retellings, im always curious as to how an author is going to make the story their own, and i really appreciate KRs version of hades and persephone. i enjoyed how olympus and the underworld are portrayed as different sides of a city, with a feud between two mobs kind of storyline mixed in with high society. and dont get me started on the steam. holy cow, this book will have you fanning yourself. but its the pitch that this is ‘a touch of darkness’ meets ‘50 shades’ is 100% accurate. as with most retellings, im always curious as to how an author is going to make the story their own, and i really appreciate KRs version of hades and persephone. i enjoyed how olympus and the underworld are portrayed as different sides of a city, with a feud between two mobs kind of storyline mixed in with high society. and dont get me started on the steam. holy cow, this book will have you fanning yourself. but its definitely more than just the physical attraction. i loved reading about hades’ growing feelings and how he copes with them. hes too precious. overall, a very solid retelling and i cant wait to continue the series! thank you so much sourcebooks casablanca for the ARC! ↠ 4 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ayman

    one thing is for sure, i’m a whore for both Hades and Persephone! i really did not expect to enjoy this as much as i did. it was captivating from the start. a whole ass page turner. the writing, the intricate plot, the diverse fucking characters??? say less

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was fun, but I don't think that it quite delivered what I was looking for in a Hades/Persephone retelling. I REALLY loved the dynamic between Hades and Persephone when it was just the two of them together, but I struggled to care about the story as a whole? I never felt truly compelled to believe the stakes of the story so I never really connected to the characters beyond the surface level. With that being said, this book was still HOT AS HECK and a very fun audiobook listen, but I'm not su This was fun, but I don't think that it quite delivered what I was looking for in a Hades/Persephone retelling. I REALLY loved the dynamic between Hades and Persephone when it was just the two of them together, but I struggled to care about the story as a whole? I never felt truly compelled to believe the stakes of the story so I never really connected to the characters beyond the surface level. With that being said, this book was still HOT AS HECK and a very fun audiobook listen, but I'm not sure if I will carry on with the series beyond this point. We shall see!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey (munnyreads)

    This is a Hades/Persephone retelling in a contemporary setting and it's just...super lackluster and boring. That and the only "retelling" about this is that their names are Hades and Persephone. Like, they could have easily have just been Todd and Cathy and the story would have been the exact same. I know the ~plot~ is not really the focal point here, but geez, I'm leaving this book with so many questions and I don't really care if I ever get the answers. This is a Hades/Persephone retelling in a contemporary setting and it's just...super lackluster and boring. That and the only "retelling" about this is that their names are Hades and Persephone. Like, they could have easily have just been Todd and Cathy and the story would have been the exact same. I know the ~plot~ is not really the focal point here, but geez, I'm leaving this book with so many questions and I don't really care if I ever get the answers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    I'm a simple gal. If you tell me there is a Hades and Persephone retelling written by Katee Robert available for request via NetGalley, I will run downstairs in my shower cap and towel to request it immediately. I'm a simple gal. If you tell me there is a Hades and Persephone retelling written by Katee Robert available for request via NetGalley, I will run downstairs in my shower cap and towel to request it immediately.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️

    Her safe word is Pomegranate! The following ratings are out of 5: Narration: 🎧🎧 Romance: 💋💋💋💋💋 Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📘📔 World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏 Character development: 👨🏻👱🏻‍♀‍🧔🏻👩🏻 The heroine: Persephone - Daughter to Demeter, one of the thirteen who rule the upper city. The Thirteen are the most powerful people in Olympus, they take on the names of the original Gods. Zeus is the most powerful. He is over 50 years old, cruel and has killed his previous 3 wives. Demeter and Zeus worked together t Her safe word is Pomegranate! The following ratings are out of 5: Narration: 🎧🎧 Romance: 💋💋💋💋💋 Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📘📔 World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏 Character development: 👨🏻👱🏻‍♀‍🧔🏻👩🏻 The heroine: Persephone - Daughter to Demeter, one of the thirteen who rule the upper city. The Thirteen are the most powerful people in Olympus, they take on the names of the original Gods. Zeus is the most powerful. He is over 50 years old, cruel and has killed his previous 3 wives. Demeter and Zeus worked together to push Persephone into an engagement of Zeus. She couldn’t say no without angering both, but as soon as the engagement is announced she escapes the party and takes off. The Hero(es): Hades - He was one of the thirteen but many think he died. He rules the lower city on the other side of the river Styx. There is a treaty which says that anyone that makes it across one of the bridges over the river Styx belongs to Hades. The Story: While running from Zeus, Persephone finds that two of his minions are following her, and she makes it over one of the bridges to Hades. He captures her and brings him to his home. Let’s start with the narration. I absolutely hated the man’s voice. First it was a man with an British accent. I could be biased, because I am American, but British accents sound a bit too proper for the Lord of the Underworld. His voice isn’t deep enough either. If his voice was deep enough, I wouldn’t mind the accent but he sounded a bit foppish as is. Also his female voice was horrendous. The female narrator had a perfect voice for Persephone. She also had a British accent and sounded a bit like Felicity Jones. I liked her quite a lot, but her voice for Hades was also horrendous. I wish when they have dual narrators, they would have the males read all the male lines and female all the female lines no matter whose POV the chapter is in. The story was good, the romance was both romantic and super steamy. Though I did think it was odd that Hades was such a good guy and Zeus such a bad guy (though he wasn’t all that different in the myths). I was expecting Hades to be much darker than he was. Though I did like Hades as a person. The only real criticism I have with the story is the fact that it wasn’t really clear about the fact that when each of the thirteen die, someone eventually takes their place and name. For instance Persephone grew up on a farm until her mother became Demeter and with that she owned a high rise in the upper city of Olympus. So how do they get to be one of the thirteen and are they Gods in some way or just the richest & most powerful (which is what I thought), but then if that is true, how are they chosen? I did like how the author pieced in different parts of the myth into the story. Like the River Styx, the pomegranate (in the myth Persephone is not supposed to eat in the underworld and she eats six pomegranate seeds), the bargain with Demeter (where because Persephone ate six seeds she ends up spending six months with her mother and six with Hades every year), Charon (the ferryman to the underworld) and Cerberus (the three headed dog). I won’t tell how any of these things are incorporated into the story, but I loved that these and more were included. I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own. Blog|Goodreads|Facebook|Instagram|Twitter|BookBub

  10. 4 out of 5

    gauri

    someone wake me up when there's a good hades and persephone retelling thanks someone wake me up when there's a good hades and persephone retelling thanks

  11. 5 out of 5

    D.L. Howe

    And I thought Katee Robert just wrote good smut. I have so much to learn. I’ve been obsessed with Greek mythology since I was a teenager but as the years have passed I’ve kinda lost interest. But then I was inundated with Neon Gods all over TikTok and goodreads, so I figured it was time I reacquaint myself. I’ve always been an Athena kind of girl, (goes hand in hand with placing myself in Ravenclaw) but Hades was always my favorite male. Need I explain why? I think not. Ok, it’s a little ridicul And I thought Katee Robert just wrote good smut. I have so much to learn. I’ve been obsessed with Greek mythology since I was a teenager but as the years have passed I’ve kinda lost interest. But then I was inundated with Neon Gods all over TikTok and goodreads, so I figured it was time I reacquaint myself. I’ve always been an Athena kind of girl, (goes hand in hand with placing myself in Ravenclaw) but Hades was always my favorite male. Need I explain why? I think not. Ok, it’s a little ridiculous how many butterflies I feel in my belly when Hades catches her. Guess that obsession was much like riding a bike. I’m sure this is probably obvious to anyone that’s read ACOTAR series by Sarah J Maas. But it’s just occurred to me the reason I love Rhys so much is no doubt because he’s basically Hades. Wait ... wait a goddam minute! Did she just say playroom? Are we talking about the same kind of playroom? Because if we are this book just became even better than I could’ve possibly hoped. Oh Persephone is a delight as well. I think we’d be besties, we both speak fluent sarcasm. Chivalry is not dead, folks. Just ask Hades. Goddam! Katee has a knack for setting one overwhelmingly erotic stage. I might give up my soul for a night with this Hades. And she’s a brat which just makes this so much better. So, this wasn’t as bdsm forward as I had hoped, mostly voyuerism. But honestly, even though this one had spice that’s not why I loved it. I fucking adore Hades and Persephone. They were everything I wanted and more; adorable, sweet, funny and so loving. God, I’m gonna miss them!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Hall

    This is complicated. The tl;dr is that, while I really loved elements of this, I didn’t like it as much as the first three Wicked Villain books. The not tl;dr is … it’s complicated. One of the things I admire about KR as an author is she’s super … mindful, I think, about what she’s doing. Or, y’know, most things that she’s doing. Nobody can be mindful about everything because then they’d be omniscient. But basically there are things she’s focused on—things she’s interested in and, I assume, think This is complicated. The tl;dr is that, while I really loved elements of this, I didn’t like it as much as the first three Wicked Villain books. The not tl;dr is … it’s complicated. One of the things I admire about KR as an author is she’s super … mindful, I think, about what she’s doing. Or, y’know, most things that she’s doing. Nobody can be mindful about everything because then they’d be omniscient. But basically there are things she’s focused on—things she’s interested in and, I assume, thinks are important—and everything else can kind of go fuck itself. I can’t deny that I admire this as an approach to one’s own work. Although it does mean as a reader you can either get on the KR train or you can be smooshed by the KR train as it steams past. With Neon Gods, I sort of felt like I was running alongside the KR train, desperate to get on board, but somehow I didn’t quite make it? And I can’t quite figure out whether that’s because I was late at the station or because the, err, KR book train only opened its doors for, like, 3.5 seconds. I need to drop this metaphor. Basically, there’s zero point banging on about the world-building here. One does not read KR for the world-building. In a KR book, the plot is ONLY (and kind of explicitly) there to facilitate the emotional and sexual connection of the characters. And, y’know, that’s fine. That’s what I mean about getting on the KR train. However, I think this is where I first began struggling with Neon Gods: the world-building is flimsy and nonsensical (and that’s what I was prepared for) but it’s also … it also takes up a lot of page count. And I don’t mean in a “this reader is only here for the kinky sexing" sense, but it was a bit weird to find myself spending so much time wading through something that not only I wasn’t super interested in, it felt like the author wasn’t super interested in either. Although this might also be a “first book in a series” issue, because first books in a series have to bear the double-weight of their own story AND establishing the framework for a bunch of other stories too. Whinging aside, all of the things I really adore about KR’s work are present in Neon Gods. As ever, her approach to consent is fucking immaculate. Exhibitionism is sort of the kink du jour here (and it’s especially interesting because the heroine is more about it than the hero, but he’s into it because she is, which is not a dynamic I see explored very often) and the heroine gives her verbal consent to intense public sex, that—in the moment—neither of them decide they want to go through with on that particular occasion. I just really appreciate this sort of stuff: the reminder that consent is a spectrum and can (and should) be withdrawn at any time, and even the idea that you can consent to something fully meaningfully in abstract, but that doesn’t mean you also have to consent to the reality of it if you aren’t feeling it. That’s just … so hot to me. And feels like such a necessary pushback to the toxic and annoyingly persistent idea that consent isn’t or can’t be sexy. Similarly—and I’ve seen in this in Wicked Villains too—I really love how much flexibility KR builds into her sex scenes, and this carries through into Neon Gods. A lot of romances tend to a portray kink as kind of a … static thing? Like the dom/me says “Imma do this thing to you” and the sub is “ooh, yay” and then the dom does that thing, and then there’s aftercare. But in a KR book scenes shift, adapt and sometimes stop altogether in response to the in-the-moment needs of her characters. Again. That’s just … so hot to me. Plus, you’ve got the usual KR themes: active submission, heroines with agency, in this particular book the notion that allowing yourself to be cared for isn’t weakness, it’s a strength. All that stuff I am so very very into. Except I still didn’t quite connect to Neon Gods as much as I wanted to. I think due to the world-building issue I mentioned above, an unsatisfying conclusion (from both a plot and romantic perspective) and wanting—of all things—a bit more from Persephone. There’s lots to like about her, she’s strong, and determined, and not an idiot, and there’s a wonderful twist where the Hades/Persephone bargain is her initiative, not his (thus subverting the romance sex-bargain trope, which is usually insisted upon by the man, and therefore, frankly, more than a little problematic) but I never really felt I knew who she was. We’re told who she is, a fair bit. Hades keeps comparing her to sunshine, and her backstory is very much about pretending to be Demeter’s “perfect” daughter in the eyes of the press. To the extent that I was eventually imagining her as a Greek Blake Lively. But none of this felt narratively real and so it was hard to engage with her actual, y’know, arc? The way she changes—how she grows, finds herself and is empowered—through her choices and her connection with Hades. Hades, though. What an utter darling. I’ll take five. Seriously, though. He’s one of KR’s … I hesitate to use the word “soft” because of its negative connotations. How about … more human doms? Which is to say, he has more in common with Hook in A Worthy Opponent than Hades in Learn My Lesson—although he’s still very much his own person and, perhaps, one of KR’s more emotionally vulnerable heroes? Again, we’re told he’s grumpy and brooding and whatever, but he’s clearly a complete melt from the second he’s on page (right down to the fact that Hermes and Dionysus, who I very much enjoyed, are basically treating his house, and his fridge, like their own). There’s even puppies later. Actual puppies. Something I sincerely loved about the book was that both Hades and Persephone have reciprocal arcs around allowing themselves to *be* cared for and *be* protected. The scenes where Persephone demonstrates to Hades that she’s as alert to, and preoccupied with, his needs as he is with hers are absolutely feels-hitting. Plus there’s a “hero reveals his literal scars” scene that is tender and didn’t seem to be focused on milking the ol' manpain. So that was nice. And I did appreciate that Hades was allowed to seek, need and accept this kind of sweetness / care-taking from Persephone without it negatively impacting either his masculinity or his domliness. Again, this is something I’d like to see more of in general. Something that should not feel subversive but nevertheless always does. Anyway: I think, having babbled about this for ages now, I wish there’d been more space on page for Hades and Persephone to be who are they are, instead of pushing them towards a tropey grumpy/sunshine dynamic that, actually, served to diminish the strength of their connection and the nuances of their characterisation. Plus I wonder if the myth backdrop (and let me very clear, I am absolutely not getting into whether I feel this was a “fair” or “accurate” re-telling of a myth, it’s a bloody myth, it can be re-told however) was meant to act much like Disney movies do in Wicked Villains, only with less likelihood of severe and immediate legal action from a large and evil corporation. Because obviously when it comes to a character like Jasmine (for example) it’s the easiest thing in the world to make the imaginative leaps the author is expecting: I mean, OBVIOUSLY she has Daddy issues, OBVIOUSLY she feels trapped by her life (she literally has a song about it in Aladdin). I just don’t think myths work quite as effectively for providing that background: partly because they belong to a different cultural context and partly because there’s so many versions of them. I think, if I squint, I can get to the idea that Persephone as a mythical archetype could be seen as the daughter of an overbearing mother forced into a mould of public perfection. But it doesn’t feel as natural as or as obvious to me as, say, Meg is a damaged switch and Hercules is an adorable sub. The other thing that left me a bit quizzical was the role, or lack of role, queerness played in the book. Now, this is one is really difficult because I think it’s a given of any KR universe that all characters are bisexual. And, on the one hand, that’s great. We live in a default-heterosexual universe right now, and it, frankly, sucks. So, yes, I love the idea of a default-queer universe (to be honest, I think I tend to write default-queer universes myself) and I think it’s valuable to have a writer (to have writers) just occupy that kind of space without fanfare or explanation. It’s normalising and inclusive and positive. Yay. The problem is though (and this is a ‘complexity of representation’ problem, not a KR problem) that it can also feel … tokenistic. And I honestly don’t know how to navigate that. I think Neon Gods has been the most heteronormative-seeming book of KR’s that I’ve read, since Desperate Measures, when I was grumpy that Jafar wasn’t more queer-coded (though Jasmine is, of course, enthusiastically bisexual as fuck). Both Persephone and Hades are, we can assume, bisexual both by dint of living in a KR universe, but also because she references an ex-girlfriend, and he references an ex-boyfriend. However, they’re also pretty much each other-sexual for the entire duration of the book. And this is fine. This should be fine. After all, not like every couple needs to be having a multi-gender 5some every Tuesday evening to prove their queerness. And queer attraction is not … just one thing. A sexuality that is primarily partner-focused is neither queer nor straight, and it’s messy to insist that queer sexuality is always addressed through explicit on page attraction to multiple genders. I mean, if pansexual characters go around constantly lusting after everyone then you’re straying perilously close to the spiked pit of the “slutty pansexual” stereotype. On top of which, it’s perfectly possible—perfectly normal—to experience queer attraction without queerness feeling like much of your identity. And that too is fine. This should be fine. So the minimal bisexuality of Hades and Persephone should also be fine. And rationally I think it is. Not that I am the arbiter of fine for other people’s depiction of queerness. But it still felt … odd. And that is not me saying the book is bad, or the author has done a bad (that’s not my call to my make), or that bisexuality has to be portrayed a certain way, or that it only counts as bisexuality if both characters are genitals deep in every possible gender-identity available to them. But I think there’s a really narrow line between a character’s queerness being irrelevant in a way that feels positive and affirming, and a character’s queerness being irrelevant in a way that just feels … irrelevant. And I don’t know where that line is. And I think it’s probably different for different people. Plus, there’s a really odd bit where Hades is getting all romance-possessive on Persephone and he says: “Someday, when you let some asshole seduce you and you’re riding their cock, remember tonight and know that they will never compare to me. You think of me when they’re inside you.” Which just seems like a really …I’ll stick with odd … thing to say to a woman you know is bisexual when you are bisexual yourself. I mean, I appreciate that it’s a non-gendered cock she’s riding in this hypothetical scenario. But, like, surely if you’re that possessive you would care about ANY lover, not just a lover with a penis? Because otherwise it kind of seems like Hades is saying love/sex between people of matching genitals doesn’t … um … count in the same way? Or, indeed, sex where Persephone might be the one inside her lover? Come on, Hades. This is nonsense. Stop being weird In any case, while this wasn’t my favourite KR, I still got a lot out of Neon Gods. In particular, there’s a scene on the throne, which I won’t spoil, that is worth the price of admission alone. It is very much KR at the top of her game and an absolutely gorgeous moment. *chef’s kiss*.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    3.5 stars When I started this book, I had some mixed feelings. I know some people absolutely love this book while others have told me they were disappointed. I love Katee Roberts, so I was excited to read this. To start with the romance, I was surprised by how sweet it was. Hades truly falls head over heels for Persephone and that was definitely my favorite part of this book. That, though, was really the only thing I loved about this book. The plot was so slow and not a whole lot actually happen 3.5 stars When I started this book, I had some mixed feelings. I know some people absolutely love this book while others have told me they were disappointed. I love Katee Roberts, so I was excited to read this. To start with the romance, I was surprised by how sweet it was. Hades truly falls head over heels for Persephone and that was definitely my favorite part of this book. That, though, was really the only thing I loved about this book. The plot was so slow and not a whole lot actually happened. Persephone was supposed to be deathly afraid of Zeus, but he could never cross the river to get to her, so I didn't really feel that much tension and anticipation of Zeus being the bad guy or villain of the story. Things only really start to pick up around the last 60 pages when Persephone finally decides to put a plan into action. I did like the tension there and the angst with Hades where he was trying to decide between the well being of his people and his relationship with Persephone. I do wish we got a bit more substance to all of the side characters, especially Persephone's sisters. We got to meet them, but they weren't really there a whole lot and I felt like we were told a lot more about them than actually shown who they were as characters. While I loved the romance, the plot was just meh for me. I don't want to say this is a disappointment because I'm still rounding up to a four star since this is a romance and that truly was the best part of this book, but those high expectations did let me down from those saying this is an all-time favorite book of theirs.

  14. 5 out of 5

    alluringB

    ah yes another cheap and corny Hades/Persephone retelling. at this point i can tell when an author uses this specific retelling only to get readers’ attention and doesn’t do 80% of the homework 😷 shame…

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brittni Kristine

    This was one of the best hades and Persephone retellings I’ve ever read, second only to a court of mist and fury. I loved hades and Persephone individually and I was intrigued by the political aspect of the story. In this retelling, humans are either born into or voted into the role of Greek gods. So while hades and Zeus inherit their roles, Persephones mother Demeter had to earn it. Demeter is constantly trying to get more power, and so she offers Persephone to Zeus, a man who is known to murde This was one of the best hades and Persephone retellings I’ve ever read, second only to a court of mist and fury. I loved hades and Persephone individually and I was intrigued by the political aspect of the story. In this retelling, humans are either born into or voted into the role of Greek gods. So while hades and Zeus inherit their roles, Persephones mother Demeter had to earn it. Demeter is constantly trying to get more power, and so she offers Persephone to Zeus, a man who is known to murder his Wives, also known as Hera’s. This causes Persephone to flee, and thus begins the start of Persephone and hades love story. It’s cute and spicy at the same time and I loved it. I would call it a solid 4.5/5 ⭐️

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    “It’s Olympus. You play power games, you pay the consequences.” Neon Gods was not at all what I was expecting. I mean it was, but also I wasn’t expecting the romance aspect to be so freaking sweet and for me to fall so easily for Persephone and Hades together. Don’t get me wrong that Katee Roberts heat and passion is there too, but the sweetness. Amazing. So Neon Gods is essentially a story about Persephone running away from the corrupt politics and intense obligations that are forced upon her in “It’s Olympus. You play power games, you pay the consequences.” Neon Gods was not at all what I was expecting. I mean it was, but also I wasn’t expecting the romance aspect to be so freaking sweet and for me to fall so easily for Persephone and Hades together. Don’t get me wrong that Katee Roberts heat and passion is there too, but the sweetness. Amazing. So Neon Gods is essentially a story about Persephone running away from the corrupt politics and intense obligations that are forced upon her in her old life. She runs right out of the glitz of upper Olympus and into the arms of Hades, who she only ever knew as a whisper on the lips of the Olympus elite. Thus ensues a love story and us learning more and more about Olympus and it’s corrupt inner workings. If you’ve read Katee’s Wicked Villains series, then you may know she sort of flips the script on what we think of established characters and makes them very much her own. She nails that here, and will truly make you hate characters who were loved in the mythology you know and characters who were hated you’ll fall for. I honestly can’t wait for more of this series. I think it’s going to be great. Neon Gods is the perfect mix of heat, sweet, and a dash of darkness. AVAILABLE NOW! *ARC

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    Oh. So you want a sexy, entertaining and unique retelling of Hades and Persephone? Look no further. ✨ the book at a glance ▪ Hades/Persephone retelling ▪ Erotica (exhibitionism as a kink) ▪ Grumpy/sunshine pairing of sorts, with the SOFTEST hero ▪ bisexual main characters ▪ fake dating brilliance, except it's not really fake, is it? Confession time : For some reason I forgot that it was erotica before starting??? I'm such a disaster omg I have to admit that it threw me off a bit in Oh. So you want a sexy, entertaining and unique retelling of Hades and Persephone? Look no further. ✨ the book at a glance ▪ Hades/Persephone retelling ▪ Erotica (exhibitionism as a kink) ▪ Grumpy/sunshine pairing of sorts, with the SOFTEST hero ▪ bisexual main characters ▪ fake dating brilliance, except it's not really fake, is it? Confession time : For some reason I forgot that it was erotica before starting??? I'm such a disaster omg I have to admit that it threw me off a bit in the beginning, but I'm not about to resent the book when it's my own damn fault I didn't check. Anyway, even though I like my romance with less sex scenes, it was emotionally satisfying, too. And honestly — a book that pulls off the amazing feat of making me enjoy a scene of public sex impresses the fuck out of me. Chapeau. This said however, that does not mean that there's no story because there is, and a very compelling one at that. Think Greek gods but make them mandates, most elected, some legacy titles — Zeus, Poseidon and Hades — in a world very similar to our current capitalist hell. I love that it's strikingly different and yet instantly recognizable : from the original players — Zeus is an abusive creep, because of course he is — to the frequent references to a great variety of Greek myths, we're thrown into a world we know... except we really don't. Contrary to what one might think, this blend between modern and myths was never jarring, but actually? It was perfect — and downright hilarious at times, I must add . But let's talk about why I rooted so hard for our bisexual faves, shall we? ▪ I've always liked Hades because of all this *waves hands wildly* aesthetic he has going on but my god, this one might be my favorite to date . He's such a softie, oh my god. That man perfectly embodies the tortured and lonely but secretly soft soul trope and my heart has never learned how to defend itself against them, ugh. I just can't help but swoon whenever they finally let out a surprised laugh, you know? Yes, I absolutely am basic Hades cares so very much about his people and Persephone — He always puts her first, no matter the cost. Of course I loved him! ▪ As for Persephone, she's strong-willed, clever, surprising and I really liked her. For years she's been hiding behind an unassertive and sunny (fake) persona to survive Olympus upper-town's nonsense, and she grows into herself throughout the book. Following along while she did was glorious. ▪ As I mentioned earlier, the sex scenes are really enjoyable, mostly because the chemistry between Hades and Persephone is off the charts . Plus the focus on consent was everything to me! ▪ I'm not gonna lie, they fall for each other a bit too quickly for my taste, yet I couldn't resent them and surprisingly, it didn't hinder my enjoyment. These two love so fiercely, they're so protective and honestly? perfect for each other — I was cheering for them all the way. Bottom line : Neon Gods is a very satisfying retelling of Hades and Persephone. From the fun world-building to the enjoyable romance, with the help of interesting secondary characters — the siblings dynamics between Persephone and her sisters!!! Hermes!!!! — it makes for a fun and compelling read and I can't wait to see what Katee Robert has in store for the sequels. Finally — I can't believe I'm saying this, but people who loved A Court of Mist and Fury but are tired of SJM's nonsense should read this. For more bookish content, please visit:

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lubnaa (Romance Library)

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Neon Gods is a contemporary romance retelling of Hades and Persephone. Olympus is a modern city that is ruled by the Thirteen and Zeus is the most powerful member of the Thirteen. When Demeter forces Persephone's betrothal to Zeus, Persephone escapes from the upper city of Olympus and crosses the River Styx to the lower city, where Hades rules. I finished this book with a thousand questions about the world building and character m I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Neon Gods is a contemporary romance retelling of Hades and Persephone. Olympus is a modern city that is ruled by the Thirteen and Zeus is the most powerful member of the Thirteen. When Demeter forces Persephone's betrothal to Zeus, Persephone escapes from the upper city of Olympus and crosses the River Styx to the lower city, where Hades rules. I finished this book with a thousand questions about the world building and character motivations. World Building It sounds as if some members of the Thirteen are elected, whereas others are born into their role. The political structure of Olympus makes zero sense. It seems that Olympus is a city located in the United States of America. The reason I make this assumption is because Persephone mentioned she had plans to escape from Olympus to California. At the same time, Olympus seems to exist as a city outside of America. The world building is so vague. Where exactly does the City of Olympus fit in modern day America? What does the political structure look like? How does this city operate democratically when leaders are born into their roles? Is there a criminal justice system in place? Does the rule of law apply? It is hinted that Ares operates the military and police side of things, but once again, it is an assumption I am making. Characters Neon Gods is marketed as a sunshine and grump romance, but I honestly did not see it that way. We are told that Hades is a grump, but he does not come across as a grump at all. Broody? Yes. Grumpy? No. Hades is a misunderstood hero who has built a fearsome reputation for himself. We are told Hades is intimidating and that he has a presence, but I didn't feel any of that. There is no danger or intrigue, which, in my opinion, kind of defeats the purpose of Hades. We are also told that Persephone has a sunshine disposition, which is a fake mask she wears in society. But we only get to see Persephone out in society for like 2 chapters, so we rarely see her as this "sunshiny" person. In my opinion, this version of Hades and Persephone just didn't fit their original mythological roles. Take out the one-dimensional mythology and you are left with a light mafiaeseque romance. The characters, especially the villains, have little to no depth. Why does Zeus hate Hades's parents so much? We never actually get an answer from Zeus, beyond his statement that Hades's father deserved to suffer. I was expecting a solid backstory to provide an explanation/motivation for Zeus's hatred toward Hades's parents. We are also told that Zeus is the most powerful member of the Thirteen. What exactly distinguishes him from the other members of the Thirteen? How did Zeus get powerful enough to get away with murder? How did Zeus get powerful enough to banish Hades from the rest of Olympus? Is there no rule of law in a city that is presumably located in America? Honestly, this book feels like a first draft. The world building is weak and has zero depth. The characters also leave a lot to be desired. The romance developed too quickly and the chemistry was lackluster. Neon Gods was very disappointing. I'm hoping the next book is better.

  19. 4 out of 5

    sil ♡ the book voyagers

    i've talked about this book so much i hope no one is tiring of me doing this bc im going to keep doing it. i predicted this book was going to be a 5 star read and well, now you see IM SPOT ON. but truthfully i was anticipated this romance so much and it sure delivered! i wasn't expecting the romance to be so soft and fullfilling. love it for us. if you all want a romance with kink, grumpy x sunshine, secret cinnamon roll Hades, three puppies, "don't touch the ground i can carry you everywhere" dy i've talked about this book so much i hope no one is tiring of me doing this bc im going to keep doing it. i predicted this book was going to be a 5 star read and well, now you see IM SPOT ON. but truthfully i was anticipated this romance so much and it sure delivered! i wasn't expecting the romance to be so soft and fullfilling. love it for us. if you all want a romance with kink, grumpy x sunshine, secret cinnamon roll Hades, three puppies, "don't touch the ground i can carry you everywhere" dynamic, bisexual main leads, public sex, and aN AMAZING STORY?! pick this up when it's out thank you for coming to my ted talk. ps i'm in love with this version of hades. i've read many, watched many, but Neon Gods!Hades is just sooooo soft and ready to drop to his knees and tell persephone never to leave him.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    I liked it!! I just wished hades was a bit darker and not as nice as he was lol

  21. 4 out of 5

    Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    A super fun read that I could not put down. I loved Persephone's confident, sunshine personality vs. Hades' dark and grumpy demeanor. Their chemistry was off the charts and I adored their banter. What stopped me from giving this 5 stars was the last act, which felt rushed and didn't hold my attention like the first portion of this story did, and the side characters who felt a bit one-dimensional At a Glance - Hades x Persephone romance -Grumpy x sunshing personalities - Light fake dating A super fun read that I could not put down. I loved Persephone's confident, sunshine personality vs. Hades' dark and grumpy demeanor. Their chemistry was off the charts and I adored their banter. What stopped me from giving this 5 stars was the last act, which felt rushed and didn't hold my attention like the first portion of this story did, and the side characters who felt a bit one-dimensional At a Glance - Hades x Persephone romance -Grumpy x sunshing personalities - Light fake dating

  22. 4 out of 5

    niteskycs

    you can never have too many hades-persephone retellings

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    I don't think I enjoyed this as much as everyone else and I'm surprised because I absolutely adore Greek mythology and I've enjoyed everything that I've read by Katee Robert. This book just fell a little flat for me. 3.5 Stars Neon Gods is an interesting take on the story of Hades and Persephone. There have been countless romances that have attempted to recreate this myth; however, none seem to be able to truly grasp the complexity and beauty of the original. What Katee Robert does with this book I don't think I enjoyed this as much as everyone else and I'm surprised because I absolutely adore Greek mythology and I've enjoyed everything that I've read by Katee Robert. This book just fell a little flat for me. 3.5 Stars Neon Gods is an interesting take on the story of Hades and Persephone. There have been countless romances that have attempted to recreate this myth; however, none seem to be able to truly grasp the complexity and beauty of the original. What Katee Robert does with this book is both entertaining and sexy. Hades, Persephone, and the rest of the Greek gods aren't necessarily complete immortal beings. They can inherit thrones and titles. For example, there was a Hades that ruled the lower city before readers meet the current Hades of this book. By doing that and modernizing the overall concept of this specific part of Greek mythology, Robert inserts readers into a world that transcends myth and makes it more realistic. The story itself focuses on Persephone's arranged/forced marriage to Zeus. Like in most stories, Zeus has a horrible reputation and Persephone is set against a union with him. To save herself she makes the decision to cross the river Styx and falls right into the hands of Hades. The two make a deal to become sexually involved to lower the interest Zeus would have in getting Persephone back. This book has a great cast of characters. The optimism that readers will encounter with Persephone equally balances out the grumpiness that will be found in Hades. There are also great side characters like Persephone's sisters, Dionysus, and Hermes. But the true character development is found in the relationship that exists between Hades and Persephone. They are truly a great match for each other with chemistry that I look for in a romance. Persephone is able to get Hades to let his guard down and she shows a love and compassion for him that has been withheld for an extremely long time. Hades makes Persephone stronger not only in her sexual prowess, but also stronger in the way in which she views herself. They both see past the scars left by others and truly get to know the heart of one another. Plus, these two have great sexual chemistry. I mean really great sexual chemistry. The steamy scenes were excellently written and illustrated the trust, respect, and admiration that Hades and Persephone had for each other. There's also a bit of public play that I thoroughly enjoyed. As a reader, you're probably wondering if I enjoyed those aspects of the book so much why did I only give it 3.5 stars. Well, absolutely nothing happens during this book until the very end. If you're a fan of character development as it looks within the framework of a romantic relationship you'll probably enjoy this a lot more. However, I feel like Katee Robert could have made this book a little more high stakes. The treaty that existed between Zeus and Hades and the relationship that they each had with the 13 could have been developed more. For Zeus to be such a big threat, I didn't really buy into the ending scene because he was mostly absent (in terms of being a threat) for most of the book. Because of this it seemingly felt as though the book had no plot and readers are just there to see a relationship develop between Hades and Persephone. Unfortunately, anyone familiar with the original myth will know exactly how things work out. As a reader who's big on plot, this book was a let down in some ways because I feel like it had potential to be so much more. Overall, this was a solid read. I probably will continue the rest of the series as the books are released. I listened to this on audio and rather enjoyed that experience.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ

    Got lured in by a few tweets and tiktok videos promising a smoking hot modern day retelling of Hades/Persephone heavy on erotica. Yes, I will clickbait Persephone + Hades + erotica anytime. I finished this book with the feeling I had just read a poorly plotted mafia romance, the only greek mythology elements being the characters names and the only gods those Persephone would implore during a screaming orgasm. Sigh. World building fail is my first grip with Neon Gods. It was so vague. So blurry. I Got lured in by a few tweets and tiktok videos promising a smoking hot modern day retelling of Hades/Persephone heavy on erotica. Yes, I will clickbait Persephone + Hades + erotica anytime. I finished this book with the feeling I had just read a poorly plotted mafia romance, the only greek mythology elements being the characters names and the only gods those Persephone would implore during a screaming orgasm. Sigh. World building fail is my first grip with Neon Gods. It was so vague. So blurry. I couldn't with the lack of on page character growth given to Persephone. One chapter she's this fake sunshiny and docile daughter, the next she's proposing Hades with a whole sex scheme to get back at Zeus. Speaking of which, I can't remember the number of tweets congratulating this book for the quality erotica and I guess I need something more than two half assed exhibitionism scenes and a cute safe-word to pass muster as D/s to wow me. I think the chemistry never truly sparked between Hades and Persephone for me so their few and many interactions between the sheets or on the throne failed to grab my interest. There just wasn't any heat between them. I can't believe I'm saying this but the sex was boring. I thought I'd love a anti hero but... sigh, Hades was just so sweet. TOO sweet. I like sweet, I do, but I would have liked some true grit given to his character and not just this shrouding misunderstood hero vibe. There wasn't any heat behind his threats either. The whole plot about Zeus war threats... dragged. His whole purposed as a villain was a complete loss on me, he was just not THERE. Not a real threat, never. I was not impressed with the rushed ending. For some reason this is tagged as fantasy/fantasy romance/fantasy paranormal, please explain. If you come looking for the greek mythology lore, you'll be sorely disappointed. The only "gods" in this story where the many implored by an orgasming Persephone. If you enjoy mafia romance though, this was very mafia romance lite. I didn't hate it but I didn't like it either. Everything was just too surface for me I guess, this wasn't a memorable read. Except maybe for the puppies. The puppies were adorb :) More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here too ☞

  25. 5 out of 5

    mila

    No plot at all and a weak world-building if I'm being honest, but do you know what I got here anyway? Hades carrying Persephone everywhere because she's hurt, somewhat kinky sex scenes that end in cuddles, and Hades with three puppies. That's seems enough for me. No plot at all and a weak world-building if I'm being honest, but do you know what I got here anyway? Hades carrying Persephone everywhere because she's hurt, somewhat kinky sex scenes that end in cuddles, and Hades with three puppies. That's seems enough for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    literarylesbian

    Hades and Persephone retellings tend to be hit or miss, especially when they are modern. I’ve read some really good ones, and some really bad ones. Like downright awful. Luckily, Neon Gods is the former. I thought this was a really interesting take on the well known story. I wasn’t expecting that level of spice but I thought it was well done. Due to the nature of the myth, a lot of Hades and Persephone retellings veer into the unhealthy and toxic category, but the relationship in this book was re Hades and Persephone retellings tend to be hit or miss, especially when they are modern. I’ve read some really good ones, and some really bad ones. Like downright awful. Luckily, Neon Gods is the former. I thought this was a really interesting take on the well known story. I wasn’t expecting that level of spice but I thought it was well done. Due to the nature of the myth, a lot of Hades and Persephone retellings veer into the unhealthy and toxic category, but the relationship in this book was refreshingly healthy. Sure, there was some miscommunication, but hey, what book doesn’t have a little? (Also, bisexual Hades and Persephone for the win). I also thought the changes the author made to the original story were interesting. The whole ‘people are named gods’ thing was kinda cool. I also liked how that made sure there wasn’t an insane thousand year age gap between Hades and Persephone. Overall, a very nice book! I thought it was a nice spin on the myth, fulfilling the contemporary feel. I do wish we got to understand a little more about the whole system of the gods and the politics between them, because that was left a little up to the imagination. Then again, this is a romance novel so it’s not really the main focus.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Remember how I was so sad that I got rejected to read the ARC for Neon Gods?? Well, it turns out I was very young and naïve in February. Mostly because I got accepted to dive into the audiobook version of the ARC. So, in a way, I still got the ARC bitches and I was very excited to dive into this. I'm also very happy to report that I will not be rioting after devouring this either. Hands down, this book was a page turner and I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Remember how I was so sad that I got rejected to read the ARC for Neon Gods?? Well, it turns out I was very young and naïve in February. Mostly because I got accepted to dive into the audiobook version of the ARC. So, in a way, I still got the ARC bitches and I was very excited to dive into this. I'm also very happy to report that I will not be rioting after devouring this either. Hands down, this book was a page turner and I ate everything up. I absolutely loved, adored, and shipped whole heartedly Persephone and Hades. Oh, they were my two little cinnabuns and I loved all the sweet and sexy moments that they gave me. Even though I wanted to throat punch Hades a couple of times because of his constant emotional whiplash. JUST TELL HER HOW YOU FEEL DAMMIT! I mean.. we all knew how you two felt about one another and everything. So it's very cute that you were trying to play a different game. WE KNOW EVERYTHING HADES! In the end, I patiently waited to dive into this book - I dove into it, loved it, and I want more. So much freaking more. Not even hesitating one bit for the second book. I'm here for it all. Please be amazing! ___________________________________________ Ugh, I hate getting rejected for ARCs. It's cool it's cool it's cooooool. I'll wait impatiently for the book to come out. It better be good or I will riot.

  28. 5 out of 5

    aly ☆彡

    I really love Hades and Persephone the most but I don't know why none of their retellings ever fulfilled my expectation. I was "traumatised" especially by the latest Hades and Persephone books I read *cough* A Touch of Darkness series *cough* like please... I just want ONE good Hades and Persephone book. And in all honestly, this book has an almost nonexistent plot with 85% smut scenes. Like, I love me some steamy romance book but this felt overdone that I get tired of reading them sometimes I really love Hades and Persephone the most but I don't know why none of their retellings ever fulfilled my expectation. I was "traumatised" especially by the latest Hades and Persephone books I read *cough* A Touch of Darkness series *cough* like please... I just want ONE good Hades and Persephone book. And in all honestly, this book has an almost nonexistent plot with 85% smut scenes. Like, I love me some steamy romance book but this felt overdone that I get tired of reading them sometimes, ngl. However, owing to the wonderful embodiments of Hades and Persephone, I find myself enjoying this ♡ And I think your reason, feeling as well as circumstances when reading the book all play a part in considering whether you'll like it more or not. Because this book just quenches my romance thirst ass that was deprived after reading dreadful after dreadful books with lousy romance. Hence, the four stars. What I love the most about this book is definitely: Hades and Persephone I love the excellent development in their romance. The banter between the two and how complimentary they are with one another. Like how excited Persephone was when Hades went and brought her to discover his places or just the moment they spent time together and Hades realized he is in love. That moment of realization!!! I AM IN LOVE WITH HADES IN LOVE!!!! Really, their relationship just strikes a mix between hot moments, kinky goodness, real love and compassion. And their chemistry?? So out of this world. I enjoy every bit of it (Just tone down a bit the horniness is all) but they're still so endearing. Also, this book offers me a new take where this is not really the magical Greek God retelling but mere ordinary people in the modern world. But it still feels nice and interesting how Katee Robert still tried to attribute what is often associated with these Gods who are not exactly a God such when Hades went to the pet shop and named the three dogs he adopted as Cereberus. Or Demeter whose position is to provide the food supply in Olympus parallel to the real Goddess Demeter. Although Persephone's character probably did not truly enhance as the real Goddess Persephone, if we were to look in a figurative manner, I think Persephone here is still well represented as goddess of spring growth. Seeing how much she has supported Hades and let him grow from his past and earning his place in the Thirteen Houses. It's just still a bit bummer because there were no magical powers to enhance the characters' potential to make the book more captivating and engaging. And the plot is still not adequate to carry the whole novel , added the lack of world-building which was kind of a disappointment. I know this supposed to be a book that is heavy with romance as its focus but if they could balance out all the conflicts, plot and world-building, I think this book would've been perfect. And maybe just the right Hades and Persephone I'm looking for. Still a good and sinful read though *wink*

  29. 4 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    Find more of my reviews at The Infinite Limits of Love The Hades & Persephone myth takes center stage in this sexy and surprisingly adorable modern-day retelling. Neon Gods by Katee Robert is an addictive read that you won’t be able to stop reading. If you enjoy the erotic romance genre, I hope my review will get you excited about this book! A DARK OLYMPUS When the story opens up, society darling Persephone is ambushed by her mother, Demeter, into an engagement with the notorious and dangerous, Zeu Find more of my reviews at The Infinite Limits of Love The Hades & Persephone myth takes center stage in this sexy and surprisingly adorable modern-day retelling. Neon Gods by Katee Robert is an addictive read that you won’t be able to stop reading. If you enjoy the erotic romance genre, I hope my review will get you excited about this book! A DARK OLYMPUS When the story opens up, society darling Persephone is ambushed by her mother, Demeter, into an engagement with the notorious and dangerous, Zeus. Persephone most certainly does not want a life chained to Zeus. In light of this forced engagement, in a moment of panic, she runs away from the party right into the territory of another mysterious and mythical dark figure, Hades. Hades has his own battles with Zeus, so he and Persephone make a deal – they will pretend to be in a relationship for 3 months, but put on a sexual show in public. However, what the two don’t anticipate is falling for each other. HADES, A SOFT BABY One of the truly appealing traits about Hades is how despite being this dark character who is feared by literally everyone else, he is a soft teddy bear on the inside. Neon Gods’ Hades is most definitely a big softie. He has always been in the shadows and has built this fearsome reputation. Actually, underneath it all, he is surprisingly tender, especially towards the people he allows close to him. We see this gentle side of his around Persephone. This is a man who tries to carry her everywhere because he is concerned about her hurting her feet. He’s a man who will adopt all 3 puppies in a litter instead of just one because he doesn’t want any single one of them to feel alone. Friends, Hades is a secret cinnamon roll. His life has not been the easiest thanks to Zeus. He is self-conscious about both the physical and emotional scars he carries around him. Yes, he is this powerful being who would literally murder you for looking at Persephone the wrong way, but he is a vulnerable man which makes it impossible not to love him. A SILENTLY STRONG PERSEPHONE Ultimately, Persephone sees right through his intimidating layers just as the readers do. It’s clear as day how and why she falls for him as swiftly as she does. In a lot of ways, these two are perfectly compatible with each other, both sexually and emotionally, despite having grown up differently. Being away from the chokehold of her mother and in the safety of the arms of Hades allows her to embrace that fierce strength and loyalty she possesses. This is a woman who is so furiously determined and goes after what she wants. I loved how she takes advantage of her newfound freedom to explore her own desires, including her kinks. Out of the two main characters, she is probably the one that we see the most character development from and it makes sense given the arc of Neon Gods. A FOG-UP-YOUR-KINDLE HOT ROMANCE With the two being such strong characters and this being a Katee Robert novel, it’s not surprising that the romance is steamy. I swear I was sweating at some of the scenes! This is a high-heat novel but I thought that every sex scene served a purpose. I especially liked how Neon Gods explores exhibitionism as a kink. I’m warning you, these two will set your Kindle on fire. It’s not all sex, however. As I mentioned, there are some seriously delicate and romantic moments throughout this book. They will have you sighing and smiling like a dork. BALANCE BETWEEN RELATIONSHIPS & WORLDBUILDING Katee does a really good job here balancing the romance, some of the other relationships, and the world-building. You all know I love a good focus on sibling relationships and we see a close bond here with Persephone and her sisters. Even though she is away from them for the majority of this book, the pure love and loyalty these women have for each other is a living and breathing part of Neon Gods. I also liked how the author weaves in the worldbuilding and the political dynamics of the Thirteen reigning houses. There’s a lot of drama and backstabbing going on, which makes the world very intriguing. CONCLUDING WORDS I ended up devouring every word of Neon Gods by Katee Robert. A really good erotic romance should make me squirm but also make me swoon and Neon Gods delivers on both counts. I’ll be waiting with bated breath for the next release, Electric Idol, featuring Psyche and Eros! CWs: parental death, physical scars, murder, emotional abuse Find more of my reviews at The Infinite Limits of Love

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa (alyssa.books)

    idk this entire book was just a big ick to me😭 ick #1: hades having a long beard😪 ick #2: “yes sir” girl i can’t handle this fifty shades of gray bs🙄 ick #3: literally no character development whatsoever. none. how was persephone so scared of her mom and then 2 pages later she’s mr. tough guy like wtf ick #4: first sex.... in PUBLIC??? girl bye💀(i’m not kink shaming- like you do you but for me personally i hate it🤢) ick #5: WHERE WAS THE TENSION???? THEY LIKE ADMITTED THEY LOVED EACH OTHER IN THE FIR idk this entire book was just a big ick to me😭 ick #1: hades having a long beard😪 ick #2: “yes sir” girl i can’t handle this fifty shades of gray bs🙄 ick #3: literally no character development whatsoever. none. how was persephone so scared of her mom and then 2 pages later she’s mr. tough guy like wtf ick #4: first sex.... in PUBLIC??? girl bye💀(i’m not kink shaming- like you do you but for me personally i hate it🤢) ick #5: WHERE WAS THE TENSION???? THEY LIKE ADMITTED THEY LOVED EACH OTHER IN THE FIRST 100 PAGES!! I HATE HATE HATEEEE INSTA LOVE THEY BARELY KNOW EACH OTHER ick #6: i’m sorry but wtf is this world building?? maybe i snoozed how during the explanation but where is olympus located in the real world? why is there modern day reference?? ick #7: this is probably my fault but i realized after i bought this that there was absolutely NO GREEK MYTHOLOGY!!! besides the names (which were very weird like wut i thought gods were immortal not jobs🤔) there was nooo powers or anything that involved what a good greek mythology retelling NEEDSSS anyway sorry for the rant but if i messed up any info in my review please tell me because i skimmed through most of the book because i hated it sm😄

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