Honest Book Review: A Touch of Darkness and A Game of Fate

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I am so excited to share that I did my first tandem read with A Touch of Darkness and A Game of Fate by Scarlett St. Clair.

This is a popular urban fantasy book to do a tandem read for. What unique about this one is that A Touch of Darkness is Persephone POV and A Game of Fate is Hade’s POV.

This is a unique take of this Persephone and Hades retelling.

And I have some thoughts though.

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If you are interested in the A Touch of Darkness and A Game of Fate tandem read, here is the link to Scarlett St. Clair’s Instagram link to the guide. Click HERE

A Touch of Darkness


About the Book:

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.

Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.

After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.

The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a Goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.

My thoughts:

I will be real with you. I was bored with Persephone POV. Only because Hades POV was such much better. But I will get back to that in a moment.

There was a lot of conflict between Persephone and her mother. So Persephone being rebellious as she is decided to go to Hades club and accidently made a deal with him. Then she was constantly upset about Hades and his dealing with mortals and the Underworld. 

The side characters weren’t very exciting and sort of one dimensional. I wasn’t invested in Persephone’s story at all even though she is pivotal to this retelling.

A Game of Fate


About the Book:

Hades, God of the Underworld, is known for his inflexible rule, luxurious night clubs, and impossible bargains. Used to control, he is not prepared to discover the Fates have chosen his future wife and Queen—Persephone, Goddess of Spring.

Despite her attraction to the god, Persephone, an ambitious journalism student, is determined to expose Hades for his cruel and ruthless ways. She defies him at every turn, even as the attraction between them explodes.

Hades finds himself faced with the impossible—proving his future bride wrong. Regardless of his efforts, there are forces who wish to keep the two apart and Hades comes to realize he will do anything for his forbidden love, even defy Fate.

My thoughts:

What really helped me get through this tandem read and made this fun was Hade’s POV in Game of Fate. He is such a great morally grey character that I couldn’t help but love it.

He has so much depth to his character with being the god of the underworld. The side characters are more interesting that I wanted to get to know them as well. 

This also had a great plot during the tandem read. It wasn’t all about Persephone. He had some business to take care of and him handling threats to his realm on a constant basis. 

Overall Thoughts on Tandem Read:

Overall, this is not a bad of a tandem read. Just not my cup of tea.

It seems that plot was thrown out the window when Persephone and Hades got together. It was all about them going down on each other. Even there was moments where it made no sense to have a smut scene but it seemed like it was thrown in there just to increase the chili pepper rating on this.

If smut is your jam, I definitely recommend this book for you. It isn’t bad, just not for me.