Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Review: The Surrender of Persephone by Selena Kitt

The Surrender of Persephone by Selena Kitt

Publisher: eXcessica Publishing
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Heat Rating: 4



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 Aidon’s command and discovers being taken and consumed in the heat of passion by a man—a god—is what she was truly made for. Persephone can’t deny her own nature, or her growing feelings for Aidon, as she submits to his domination and surrenders as his wife and prepares to rule as his Queen.

As she finally admits her own feelings, Persephone faces the looming specter of her history, which threatens to shatter the newly formed bonds between the couple. She must now face not only her past, but her present, and her future—no longer only the Goddess of Spring, but also as the wife of Aidon and Queen of the Underworld—and the choices she will be forced to make will change the world forever.
Warnings: This title contains f/f/f sex, bondage, spanking and branding.

Clare C’s Review

This was not the story of Persephone and Hades we learned in school. All the parts of the myth are there. Kitt does a great job of working in the details of related myths, and this novel is populated by the Underworld’s best supporting characters. One of the best things about myths is that the details are sketchy. This leaves a lot of room for a creative mind like Selena Kitt’s to fill them in.

Persephone, Sephie to her friends, is the Goddess of Spring. She is stolen away by Hades, Lord of the Underworld. In this novel, he goes by an older name, Aidon, which only his closest friends use. Freed from a life as the third in Artemis and Athena’s sex marathons, Sephie is introduced to the BDSM lifestyle as only a God can live it. She very quickly comes to love Aidon and the Underworld.

Her blissful bondage honeymoon is cut short by the influx of dead from the permanent winter wrought by her mother’s grief at losing her child. Demeter isn’t willing to bring back summer until she knows what happened to her precious, virginal daughter. (Though if she knew what Sephie was doing in the meadow with the other Goddesses, that ‘virgin’ designation would fly out the window.) We all know how it ends, and Sephie makes the best of her situation.

I liked this story. Kitt has a great writing style. Her characters are well-developed, realistic, and likeable. The sex scenes were hot. I recommend this to anyone looking to spice up those old myths.

4 Tea Cups!

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