Category: *Contemporary/New Adult
One minute the angel Tosca is a respected enforcer having a drink with someone she considers an ally. The next minute she wakes up beside a dead body, red-handed and blackballed.
Now enforcers she used to call friends are calling her a murderer. When they dredge up the past she’s so carefully buried, she’ll only look guiltier. Her only hope for clearing her name is escaping to Earth—and seeking refuge in the one place she vowed never to set foot in again.
One minute the angel Bronx is a frustrated warrior railing at the corruption that keeps him from doing his job. The next minute he’s got free rein to hunt the bane of his existence.
The cute but infuriating enforcer has been questioning his every move and tattling to her crooked senator friends. But now that Tosca is on the run, there’s nowhere on Earth he won’t follow—even if it takes him smack into a nest of forgotten angels and unchecked demons who will do anything to stay that way.
Except once he finds Tosca, he doesn’t know what to do with her. His gut tells him she’s innocent, but he’ll have to gain her trust to learn who framed her and why. Yet Tosca has no intention of letting any male dictate her fate again, even one who stars nightly in her dreams. Together they could root out the corruption bedeviling their realm—but divided they will fall prey to a determined enemy adept at killing enforcers and warriors alike.
Xavier and Clara kissing in a tree…
When your best friend growing up is a girl, that’s the song your classmates taunt you with over and over again. But it was never like that… until now.
It’s always been Clara and me. She’s the only one who truly knows me. After I was drafted into the NFL and ended up the starting quarterback for the San Francisco Kingsmen, I begged her to come with me. But she had her own life and responsibilities back in our small Alaskan town, so I didn’t fault her for staying.
We remained the best of friends despite the distance. I’d hang with her in Alaska during the off season, and she’d visit me in California while I was playing. Then, one night the lines blurred for the briefest of moments and set in motion a series of events that changed everything.
I’m not proud of the decisions I made after that fateful night, and I plan on making amends, because I need Clara back in my life. But not as my best friend—as my everything.
I risked everything to write the story that could change my life. And it did, just not in the way I hoped. I was fired.
I went to my brother with my tail between my legs begging him for a job.
He came through and managed to get me one… working for his best friend.
But the most embarrassing thing, he happened to be my one night stand from a week ago and now enemy number one in my eyes.
We push each other's buttons every day in every way.
Except, the more time I spend with him, the more I let my walls down.
I’ve always known that some things are too good to be true.
And Carson Taylor is one of them.
She’s my best friend's little sister, Grace Prescott.
She is beyond off limits. And now, she works for me.
She’s a constant tease to me with those sexy outfits and bee stung lips.
But her teasing ends up turning into late night rendezvous and dirty secrets.
She’s hiding things from me. And it just might be my downfall.
I could lose everything again.
My pride, my job, my best friend.
Is this my not so eloquent fall from grace?
***TW: This book makes reference to sexual assault.
I knew she was the one from the first time I saw her in that coffee shop. Time, age, life just made it impossible for us to be together.
I thought I was the one making all the hard decisions and sacrifices in our relationship. In the end, my sacrifices amount to nothing and now I have to call on every power that be to make things right with the only woman for me.
That is if our secrets don’t burn us to ashes first.
I just don’t have it in me to love him again. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. This just won’t end well. I’m damaged beyond repair…or I thought I was.
Having been born and raised in Mason Creek, I’ve been around cowboys my entire life.
Ranchers are part of the Montana scene.
But their cocky attitudes make me sprint in the opposite direction.
Until Bo Christianson comes to town.
His ability to rope cattle isn’t the only thing that captivates me.
Like all the others, I’m sure he is just another pretty face.
Except his charisma is undeniable.
He woos me with charming words and soon I’m falling for someone I swore wouldn’t happen.
Only Bo has some surprises up his sleeve.
And when he reveals his true self, will I flee from this perfect cowboy, or stay and risk everything?
If you enjoy small-town romances with, humor, steam, and loveable characters, then download this book today.
After being abducted from my bodyguard’s care by my soon-to-be ex-husband, who paid him to off me in the middle of nowhere, I’m locked in the basement of my old Bel Air mansion. Not exactly where I saw myself at this point in the separation—with a bodyguard I feel like I can trust but who accepted millions from my ex, and an ex I suspect is still plotting my demise.
When that bodyguard rescues me, I’ve had enough time to decide he’s the better option. A guy who makes my whole body ignite from head to toe can’t be all bad. I’ve made worse decisions when it comes to men, but I don’t have time to question him as we flee my rich and powerful ex. We escape to a cabin in the middle of the mountains where I have nothing but questions Cannon refuses to answer.
I’m tired of being jerked around by the men in my life. It’s time to do some digging—and what I learn about my bodyguard has little to do with the ex who’s hunting us, but it has everything to do with why Cannon won’t let himself get close to me. I just hope we can work through his past to build ourselves a future—and stop my ex before he steals that from me too.
Devoted is the second book in the Devastated and Devoted Duet.
This story starts with a theft.
Iris Maeve has always had a penchant for things from the past. It's why she studied art history in college and why she opened her own antiques store in Destiny Falls.
She prefers the simpler things, the slower pace of life in her hometown. She has her shop, her friends, and her little cabin in the woods.
Her life is going according to plan.
Until, one night, her store is broken into.
The thieves got away with some of her antiques and left her with a big mess to clean up.
Enter Arlo Michaels.
He's the bartender at The Fainting Goat Pub in town and everything that she wants in a man.
And it looks like he wants her too.
When Arlo starts coming around to help her pick up, she wonders if maybe she's in danger of losing something else.
Like her heart.
When they share one hot night together, she ends up with the biggest surprise of her life.
Then she finds out who stole from her and she’s left wondering if she can trust the man who’s claimed her heart.
*This is a 50,000 secret baby, small town romance story that ends in a happily ever after.*
I know three things about my neighbor, Adam Wainwright.
1. He likes to play his guitar on his balcony, often in his underwear.
2. He lives up to his f-boy reputation.
3. He must never, ever exist outside of the Friend Zone.
But the problem with number three is over the last year, he’s become my everything.
Adam’s the best friend I’ve ever had. The one who pushes me to follow dreams I’d written off as impossible.
We have strict lines that we don’t cross. Even when we blur them on occasion by playing you can look but you can’t touch, the lines are always there, guarding our friendship.
Taunting me with possibility.
Anytime he’s near, butterflies wage war in my stomach, desperately wanting those possibilities to become reality.
But me and my stupid butterflies are alone in that desire.
Adam Wainwright will never be mine, and I can no longer watch him be everyone else’s.
I don’t know how this will all go down, but one thing I do know?
I’m going to ruin our friendship.
All she wanted was his love.
All he gave her was his pain.
His soul was dark. Her’s was darker.
He was her everything and then he wasn’t.
She thought he wanted her. Cared about her. She was wrong.
She tried to fix his broken soul but all she did was get cut in the process.
He didn’t break her heart. He obliterated what was left. Now the pieces are lost and no one can find them.
Jaden (The Destroyer) Cyprus Pro MMA fighter is living his dream undefeated. One night he sees Briana in the last place he ever thought she would end up. He thinks she is the same girl he first met.
But he’s wrong…
A brand new single mom romance from S.A. Clayton set in her new Harbour Cove series!
Mark Winters prides himself on never settling down. He thrives on one-night stands and chasing after any girl who looks his way. Then why is it that after five years he still can't get that one girl from college out of his mind?
Harlow Bennett always knew giving up her dream of being a model was the best decision she ever made for her and her son. But moving to Harbour Cove in order to find the one person she thought she would never have to see again might be the worst.
Mark knew the second he saw Harlow’s son that he was the father. There was no doubt that those bright eyes and dark hair were his. But he can't understand why Harlow would keep this secret for all of these years and walk back into his life and expect him not to be angry.
But what happens when Harlow's life is threatened and their son gets pulled into the middle? Can Mark put aside his anger to help keep them safe or will his feelings cause him to lose everything he never knew he wanted?
I own my own dance studio, have a thriving competitive ballroom dance career, and am married to a successful financier. Life should be good, but I also have a stalker, and I’m divorcing my cold, ruthless husband. The day I walk out of my Bel Air mansion, leaving only divorce papers behind, my stalker ups his game.
With no resources, thanks to an iron-clad prenup, I have no one to turn to but an aloof and irreverent friend of a friend. Cannon dresses like he shops in a dirty laundry pile. He acts like he doesn’t have time for my frivolous career. And he looks at me like he can’t believe someone hasn’t knocked me off my high horse already.
But it’s not long before I realize Cannon isn’t all he seems. Just like he sees right through my polish to the insecure, naive girl inside, I see him. He’s intense, he’s restrained, and he has something to hide. Those secrets might not just end what’s growing between us…they might get us killed.
Devastated is the first book in the Devastated and Devoted duet. Cannon and Penni's story continues in Devoted.
He was older. Impossibly gorgeous. And had no clue I existed.
Luca Fritz was the worst sort of playboy, constantly falling in and out of love with every woman he met. I used to spend hours of my life staring at the huge Fritz mansion from the window of the staff house dreaming of him. By eighteen I’d all but given up my fantasy, set to go off to The Conservatory in London to follow my dreams when fate stepped in with other ideas.
That summer I was young. Innocent. And forbidden to him.
I knew when we succumbed to the explosive passion between us that he would inevitably ruin me.
I wasn’t wrong.
Four years later, fate decides to step in again. I’m offered my dream job as a first chair cellist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Only I know what comes with it.
On opening night, he comes barreling back into my life. Desperate for a shot at his second chance. A second chance I have no intention of giving. Now a brilliant neurosurgeon he thinks he knows exactly the right way to crawl back not only into my bed but into my heart.
I don’t care how persistent, unexpected, or clever he is. I am not that love-sick teenage girl anymore. It’ll take a hell of a lot more than panty-melting smiles and heart-stopping encounters to win me back over.
This cocky playboy is about to learn that all’s fair in love and war. And this is the latter.
DOCTOR PLAYBOY is a 120k word STEAMY and EMOTIONAL second chance, age-gap romance. It is a standalone in the bestselling Boston's Billionaire Bachelors series featuring Boston's hottest billionaire doctors and the women they fall head over heels for!
She’s not mine to take. I steal her anyway. Too young for the likes of me, but I claim her as my own.
Zinaida Krupin doesn’t know the meaning of the word freedom. Her father has isolated her for almost a decade. When Kazimir, the Bratva Pakhan, comes to her home with a contract that is too good to resist, she takes it happily. But has she made a deal with the Devil?
Osip Gusev never really thought about his future in the Bratva. He’s always done what is expected of him. As a respected Brigadier, he felt that he had reached his potential. That is until Kazimir comes to him with a new plan, an opportunity that opens up his future to something he could have never imagined.
She is a Printsessa. He's just a soldier. Can they take over an entire territory together, or will they completely fail?
Not everyone is happy about this takeover. Some men are undoubtedly angry that the new king and queen of Northern California seem to be in control and so effortlessly. Can they thrive, or will they fail abysmally?
What happens if you lose the one person you need the most?
Cressida Bennett had learned the hard way not to leave her heart unguarded. She hadn’t been looking for a relationship, especially from her closest friend. But Declan had a way of drawing her in, making her ache for things she shouldn’t. She had to choose; keep herself safe, or risk it all for love.
She’d stolen his heart years ago. No matter how hard he’d tried, Declan McKinley couldn’t keep Cressida out of his head. But she was his subordinate, and more importantly, his friend. Keeping her at arm's length was the only way to have her in his life. Losing her wasn't an option.
One incredible night changes everything. Despite their best efforts, they can’t go back to the easy world they’d once known. When a handsome American millionaire sets his sights on Cressida, Declan becomes desperate to hold on to what they were. But this man wants more from her than they know. As the lies unravel, Cressida finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous scheme, one that leads her back into the arms of the only man she can trust.
Can Declan keep her safe, or will they sever the ties between them forever?
From bestselling romantic suspense author, Dr. Rebecca Sharp, comes a friends-to-lovers bodyguard romance...
Zoey Roberts is on the run—that’s what happens when someone is stalking you.
Winding up in Wyoming was her latest move and last resort, but giving up everything was the only way to protect herself. New state. New apartment. New life. And for good measure, she takes a new job at the safest place in town—the local security agency, Reynolds Protective Group.
But safe isn’t always smart. And working for the handsomest man she’s ever met quickly turns perilous when she’s faced with those washboard abs, broad shoulders, and charming smile on a daily basis.
Hunter Reynolds is nothing if not determined. From the moment he met Zoey, he was determined to win her heart. So, he pursues her. Patiently. Steadily. Until she finally lets her guard down.
Just when Zoey believes Hunter could be her chance at happiness, she’s threatened once more. Hunter immediately goes from hot boss to protective bodyguard, and it’s not long before their forced proximity sends their attraction to explosive heights. But when her deranged stalker grows bolder, Zoey remembers why she moved to Wisdom in the first place—and why love will always be out of the question.
A brand new Fake Fiance romance from S.A. Clayton set in her new Harbour Cove series!
All Lucas Collins wanted was a simple life. One where he could fix motorcycles, hang out with his friends and if he's lucky, have the love of a good woman. But his parents are hell-bent on making sure none of that happens.
Having a trust fund was supposed to mean freedom, money to get himself out of his parent's shadow and into the life he always wanted, but that money came with stipulations, ones he wanted nothing to do with until he met Billie Peters.
Billie always thought she had her life planned out. Successful photography business that she built from the ground out and a boyfriend whom she wanted to spend the rest of her life. That is until she came home to the news that he got another girl pregnant.
With nowhere to go, Billie and Lucas come up with a plan. Lucas needs to fool his parents into thinking he's engaged in order to get his money, Billie needs a place to crash until she can find somewhere else to live. Win-win right?
That is until feelings start to get involved and the lines between fake and reality begin to blur.
I don’t often deny myself. If I want it, I’ll find a way to obtain it, not caring what lines I have to cross.
She is the exception.
Indie is forbidden, a toy that isn’t mine to break but she is a pretty thing I’m eager to play with.
For months I’ve tried to resist and keep my distance.
But it would appear the fates are finally on my side because now she’s willingly come to me.
She’s in trouble and I’m the only one who can help….that is if she’s willing to pay the price.
I want everything, and I’ll accept nothing less from her.
She walked into my life on the arm of my son, but I intend to keep her for myself.
Golden Wings & Pretty Things is an age gap/boyfriend’s father romance that includes themes of coercion, cheating (not on each other but with each other), and adult language/situations.
“It was as if my life had been marked by her absence…” Sensual, dangerous, provocative — step into a daring new world of dark magic, primal attraction, and breathtaking romance.
Julian Rousseaux has a problem. He’s single, and for the world’s wealthiest vampires, the social season is about to begin. Julian would rather stake himself than participate in the marriage market. But as the eldest, eligible Rousseaux he’s expected to find a wife before the season ends—whether he likes it or not.
When cellist Thea literally stumbles into his life at a gala, he knows she's the last person he could ever fall in love with. She's too innocent, too kind, and way too human. But now that she knows about his world, she's also a walking target. She needs protection. He needs a fake girlfriend to discourage overzealous vampire matchmaking.
So, Julian makes Thea an irresistible offer: pretend to be his lover and he’ll change her life. For one year, they’ll attend the season’s social events together in exchange for his protection and a way out of her mother’s crippling medical debt.
She can’t say no. But the vampire world is impossibly decadent and darker than Thea ever imagined, and Julian’s filthy rich vampire family wants her out of the way. But with each moment they share, new dangers emerge: a desire as forbidden as their stolen touches, an awakening of a long-dead heart, and secrets that could tear them both apart.
Pro hockey player Archer Holt is taking his charm and swagger from the ice to the...sand? One of sixteen players competing to be the last man standing on a new reality show, he’s all in until he finds out the meaning behind the show’s title—Exiled.
Before I was a pro hockey player, I was an Eagle Scout. I can tie knots, build shelters and fish like nobody’s business, making me the perfect choice to represent my team on a reality show set on a primitive tropical island. I can endure scorching heat, tough competitions and torrential rainfall—no problem. But when I find out who my partner is, I’m not so sure I’ll survive being stranded on an island with her.
Archer Holt broke my heart eight years ago. Now he’s rich and famous, and I’m a high school English teacher in our hometown. When I’m offered the chance to compete for half a million dollars by outlasting fifteen other teams on an island with my selfish jerk of an ex, I jump at it, because that money can change not just my life, but my family’s. Besides, I’m long over Archer.
Or so I thought.
He’s twenty years her senior, but age is just a number when you’ve found the woman who intrigues you.
Marilyn Jones is a survivor. Her childhood was anything but picture-perfect. In fact, it was nothing short of complete chaos and trauma. She's working hard to be the complete opposite of her upbringing. But no matter how hard you try to get away from it, the past always has a way of coming back around.
When an opportunity shows up at her doorstep, she knows she must pivot her life to accept this new future.
The President of the Nasty Bastards MC has always loved his life just as it is. So, when his past showed up a few years ago, it was a shocking but welcome addition to his life, something he accepted wholeheartedly.
When his eyes land on Marilyn, he knows that his life is missing something. Maybe it isn’t so perfect, just the way that it is. The lives they lead are full of heartache and pain. But their futures don’t have to be, do they?
A moment of clarity is all that Prez needs to know what he wants, who he wants. But Marilyn is too busy trying to shield her battered heart to take the blind leap forward. Will she realize what she not only wants but needs before it’s too late?
She doesn’t know I’ve been waiting for her. I’ve been planning since I first laid eyes on her. Now’s my chance. Save the day and get my woman. That’s the plan…if only it were that easy.
They were going to throw me in jail for something I didn’t do. Now, I’m free and clear and I just want to move on with my life. I was only supposed to be going out to celebrate. Not getting sucked back into this mess by a man who I just don’t know how to say no to. I’m breaking all of my rules for him, but I’ll learn so is he.
It all starts with an offer. A Million to Blow…
Warning: This title is a re-release of Blue's website exclusive Forever. It's been totally rewritten with over 100 pages of new content.
*This is Book 1 in the A Million Series from bestselling, award winning author Blue Saffire. This is a spinoff from the Lost Souls world.
**This book has strong language and sexual content. This Book is for Mature Readers 18+
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From Contemporary Romance Author Avery Samson comes a brand new romantic comedy full of unexpected laughs and the forever kind of love.
Karlie is a star volleyball player at a small college in New England. Moving into the last available apartment on campus, she has high hopes until she finds its state less than stellar. Deciding to make the best out of a sketchy situation, she soldiers on. Until she locks herself out the first night. No one else has moved in, so she’s left with only one option. Call the university police to help.
Max is just settling into his new, temporary assignment as a police officer on one of the many college campuses in town. Heading home after patrolling the first day of move-in by the fall athletes, he agrees to take one last call. Little does he know what awaits him on the other side of the line. He just has to survive flaming appliances, nipple rings, rabid squirrels, and a basement dwelling chupacabra to win the girl of his dreams.
Have you ever gotten married without telling anyone? I did. Not saying anything was the easy part. I had moved to a big city, had no friends, and I wasn’t speaking to my family.
I tried the whole “fake it until you make it” thing. I was the fake part and my husband Archer was only concerned with making it. When I got a call about a family emergency, I walked out on my hot but overly ambitious husband and my superficial life and ran back home to the family ranch. And I stayed, ignoring my husband’s attempts to reach me—and I still didn’t tell anyone I was married.
Then a year and a half later, I find Archer standing in on my property, looking like a titanium rod in a pile of rusty nails. He came to end things between us but ends up staying to learn who he really married—the shy corporate woman with a perfect blowout or the sarcastic country girl with mud on her boots.
The longer he’s around, the more I see that I wasn’t the only one who was disingenuous. The suit is gone and my city slicker spouse is fixing fence, diving into muddy stock ponds to save calves, and calling in favors to get the cattle enough hay for the winter.
Yet none of that changes that my family needs me and I’m not abandoning them again. It doesn’t change that the career he worked so hard to build is over a thousand miles away in Texas. Or that the life I want is exactly what he’s run from. The only thing we’re doing is making it harder to sign the divorce papers.
Ever meant to text your ex, but accidentally messaged a stranger instead? I did, and that mistake started a friendship that became important to me as I navigated a move and a new job with the St. Louis Mavericks. I’m crushing life as a strong, single woman until I discover the truth. That stranger I’m crushing on? He’s actually not a stranger at all.
Giving a fake name to the woman who accidentally texted me seemed like a good idea at the time. As a pro hockey player, my real name tends to draw out puck bunnies and fame seekers. But when the woman who thinks I’m “Rob” starts working for the Mavericks, I find myself in a jam. How do I tell her the man she thinks she’s falling for is actually the somewhat arrogant (though charming) hockey player she can’t stand?
I could run, but I couldn’t hide.
If there’s one thing I learned in this life, is that I couldn’t stay where I’m not wanted.
That’s why I fled from Ace Bolton’s home and went into hiding.
No one would care if I was gone or so I thought.
Staying hidden while the world around me imploded was the only way I thought I could stay safe.
But nothing is ever as it seems.
When danger comes knocking on my doorstep, it sends me running.
Right back into the arms of my monster.
The Billionaire’s Possession is the second in an enemies to lovers billionaire trilogy. Themes in this dark and sexy series may not be suitable for all readers. It is NOT a standalone and ends in a cliffhanger.
The only female I ever wanted was promised to my brother. But he found a woman, fell in love, and Venus is back on the market. Only she doesn’t want someone like me. A self-professed nerd, but worse, a male ten years younger than her. She’s stubborn, but I’m determined to win her over. Until she leaves.
The cost is high for a dragon shifter who’s single after a certain age. For a girl who grew up the laughingstock of her clan, mating Penn is the best way for history to repeat itself. So I flee to live my last days in peace. Only the persistent and devastatingly handsome male finds me. And when I start to melt, another female stakes her claim. And I have to decide if shifter politics are worth losing my life and my guy over.
Greene Family Vacation Itinerary…
17 adults. 5 children.
Departs from Anchorage, Alaska
Arrives in Maui, Hawaii
Reports of arguing with the TSA’s at the airport, three drunk grandmas, siblings fighting, a tooth fairy, two celebrities, one sunburned redhead, a wild blonde running the halls and one unexpected layover in San Francisco.
Enjoy your trip!
A brand new brother's best friend romance from S.A. Clayton set in her new Harbour Cove series!
Max Winters has been in love with Addison Mitchell since he was sixteen. Being best friends with her brother made things a little more complicated and so he suppressed it, denying his feelings for over a decade.
Then she got pregnant.
Addison Mitchell never thought she would get pregnant by a man who loved football more than becoming a father. She always expected to end up with Max, her brother's best friend, and secret fantasy. So when the father texts her that he wants nothing to do with her or the baby, she has to come to terms with being a single mother.
That is until Max turns up, suitcase in hand demanding that he stay with her until the baby arrives. But the longer they are together, the harder it gets for their feelings to be denied and so they have to decide if what they feel is worth the risk of losing everything.
I had two plans after graduation:
Get the hell out of this shit town and find my missing father.
Until then, comfortably invisible is how I preferred to spend my time.
That was, until I turned the corner, smacking into the chest of a jade-eyed stranger.
He makes me question my sanity.
The secrets he’s keeping make me question my safety.
The way he looks at me makes me question everything.
One thing is for sure, Dominic Pope will change my life.
Good or bad…
I’m just not sure which yet.
Revenge is a promise you make to yourself;
A pact to repay someone who has wronged you.
My sole focus for the past year has been to infiltrate and extinguish.
Get close, gain the Devil’s trust, then knock him off his shiny pedestal.
I didn’t plan on her, though.
My Night Sky.
The girl with a sharp tongue, flickering stars in her eyes, and cinnamon-brown hair.
I didn’t prepare for my need for her outweighing my plan.
Straying from the blueprints of my revenge is getting easier and easier,
but is it possible to keep her safe and call her mine?
Because one thing is for sure:
I’m not letting her go.
Everyone knows to stay away from the heirs of Olympus Bay. They rule the city through savagery and blood like the heartless assholes they are.
A streak of bad luck puts me on the path of the most ruthless of them all. Hades. The black sheep of the family, his reputation for debauchery and violence precedes him. No wonder he’s the king of Olympus U.
He wants me to pay for a mistake I didn’t intend to make, and I fear refusing him will only end in tragedy. But there are worse fates than being the target of a savage god.
When another ruthless player enters the arena and demands more than I can give, I find myself stuck in the middle of a family war, and Hades emerges as my savior. And my captor.
The longer I stay by his side, the more I realize the man is not what he seems. He’s dark and brutal, but he also possesses a tenderness I didn’t think was possible. That’s his most dangerous weapon. If I’m not careful, I might never want to leave his prison.
Only I can’t indulge in my desires. My family needs me, and if I surrender to Hades completely, I may never see my loved ones again.
*This is a contemporary retelling of Hades & Persephone's story.