The Surrender of Persephone

The Surrender of Persephone

by Selena Kitt


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The Surrender of Persephone by Selena Kitt

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452813394
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/03/2010
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Selena Kitt is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and award-winning author of erotic and romance fiction. She is one of the highest selling erotic writers in the business with over two million books sold!

Her writing embodies everything from the spicy to the scandalous, but watch out-this kitty also has sharp claws and her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.

When she's not pawing away at her keyboard, Selena runs an innovative publishing company ( and bookstore (, as well as two erotica and erotic romance promotion companies ( and and she now runs the Erotica Readers and Writers Association.

Her books EcoErotica (2009), The Real Mother Goose (2010) and Heidi and the Kaiser (2011) were all Epic Award Finalists. Her only gay male romance, Second Chance, won the Epic Award in Erotica in 2011. Her story, Connections, was one of the runners-up for the 2006 Rauxa Prize, given annually to an erotic short story of "exceptional literary quality."

Her book, Babysitting the Baumgartners, is now an adult film by Adam & Eve, starring Mick Blue, Anikka Albrite, Sara Luvv and A.J. Applegate.

She can be reached on her website at:

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"Mother!" Persephone rolled her eyes and flipped her long, honey-colored hair over her shoulder. "I'm not a child anymore!" She fingered the delicate golden heart dangling on a thin chain between her breasts, frowning as she opened the locket. It contained some magic Hephaestus had forged for her mother, with images of her and Demeter on either side. Persephone didn't want to seem ungrateful, but this was too much!

Demeter just smiled at her daughter and continued to separate the wheat from the chaff with quick, deft movements. "I know, darling. I just worry about you. Mothers worry. It's what we do."

"Don't you trust me?" Persephone crossed her arms over her chest.

"It's not you I worry about." Demeter's eyes narrowed just slightly as she gazed out the open window into the bright summer sun. "It's them."

"Them?" Persephone turned her head to look across the field, not at all recognizing the lurking monsters her mother clearly perceived. She just saw flowers and trees and a world full of brightness and exciting possibility. "Do you mean ... men?"

"Men." The older goddess spat the word, tucking a white-blonde strand of hair behind her ear, leaving golden pieces of wheat there. "They are never to be trusted. Men only want one thing."

Rolling her eyes again, Persephone went to the window and leaned against the ledge with a sigh. She had heard this lecture too many times to count and knew it by heart. Demeter spoke, but the young goddess didn't listen. Instead, she stared off into the distance and dreamed about faraway lands, handsome strangers, and daring adventure. The chain around her neck was supposed to keep her safe from the hands of men, but Persephonewasn't so sure she wanted to be kept safe. Fingering the heart, she wondered what magic made it work.

She tuned back into her mother's voice: "...even your own father, Zeus himself, has taken maidens at his whim. You are my only daughter, Persephone. You can't understand how precious you are to me."

Persephone gritted her teeth and closed her eyes for a moment, glad her mother couldn't see her face. Then she had a thought. "What happens if I lose it?"

"It's an unbreakable chain," Demeter explained. "Hephaestus promised me it would keep you safe."

"But how does it work?" the young goddess insisted, turning the heart over in her fingers.

"It's imbued with a mother's love." The older goddess approached her daughter, wrapping her arms around her waist from behind and resting her chin on her shoulder. "Do not seek to test it. I promise you, it will keep every man who seeks to defile you at bay."

Just what I need, Persephone thought as her mother's lips pressed her cheek. Yet another restriction on my freedom. She had never been with a man and, thanks to her mother, hadn't had the opportunity to meet many of them. Still, the ones she had chanced upon had struck her as ... very interesting.

Of course, she couldn't tell her mother. Instead, she turned and hugged Demeter, kissing the older goddess' dry cheek. "Thank you, Mother. I'm supposed to meet Artemis and Athena in the meadow."

Demeter moved back and let her daughter go, still smiling. "I'd tell you to be careful ... but I don't have to any longer!"

Persephone didn't answer as she shut the door behind her and started walking down the pathway into the woods. Beyond the thick huddle of trees, she knew Athena and Artemis would be waiting. Maybe she should talk to them about it. They might have some deeper wisdom to share.

She found herself so lost in thought she didn't notice the hand reaching out to tug at the back of her robe. Turning, she found herself face-to-face with a man.

"Ah, there is the delectable Goddess of Spring!" His voice rumbled low in his barrel chest, and his smile lined deeply at the corners. His salt-and-pepper hair and beard showed his human age clearly. "You will be pleased to make my acquaintance, young Persephone. I am Pirithous, King of Lapiths, Argonaut extraordinaire!"

"You startled me!" Persephone took a step back, her hand at her throat. She wasn't used to people coming so close to her mother's cottage. Demeter's refuge remained hidden from human eyes, a secret to the world of men. How did he find me and how does he know my name?

"Your father has told me a great deal of you." Pirithous smiled warmly at her, reaching for her arm. "There is no daughter of Zeus more worthy of my attention, so I hear."

Hesitating, Persephone glanced back and no longer saw her mother's home and knew Demeter couldn't see them, either. She touched the necklace at her throat and wondered how it was meant to protect her. Surely it would let her know if this man meant her harm.

"I am meeting friends." She nodded toward the field up ahead.

"You will love my kingdom." He went on as if she hadn't even spoken. "We are a fertile land, and I am a rich king. There are plenty of fields of flowers for you to pick, of course. When you aren't ... otherwise occupied." His smile widened and he looped his arm through hers and began to walk. She stumbled after him, trying to keep up. "I had hoped to talk to your mother as well, but I couldn't resist telling you first."

"First?" She glanced up at him, puzzled.

"Yes." He slowed his pace to match hers, looking down at her. His eyes brightened and crinkled at the corners. "Persephone, you are the most beautiful daughter of Zeus. Certainly the most captivating and the one whom, you will be happy to hear, I have deemed the most worthy."

"Th--thank you." She flushed, swallowing hard. "Worthy of ... what?"

"This is a lovely trinket." His thick fingers reached over to touch the locket around her neck. "But not nearly as beautiful as you, my dear." Looking down, Persephone frowned at the necklace. It's supposed to protect me? Do I need protecting from this man? "My own dear wife, Hippodamia, has passed on..." He sighed, his pace slowing even further as they made their way down the tree-lined path toward the field.

"I'm sorry to hear it."

"Yes, well, it leaves me wanting a companion." Pirithous stopped, taking both of Persephone's small hands into his. "And I find myself wanting you. There is none so worthy of my attention as you, goddess."

She blinked at him, still not understanding. He can't possibly mean--

"I came here today to ask you to be my bride, Persephone." He looked as if he were bestowing a great gift upon her, his chest puffed up, his chin proud.

Oh by the gods, he can't be serious! She stared, open-mouthed, and then--she couldn't help it--she laughed. The bright sound carried far. She covered her mouth with her hand to keep it from escaping, but it was no use. The thought she should marry this old man! Nothing short of someone telling her the world was round could have proved more ludicrous to her!

"I'm sorry..." Her apology disappeared in another gale of laughter. His face had turned a deep shade of red, his eyes narrowing to slits. "Forgive me. I didn't mean to offend you. It's just ... just..." She burst into another fit of giggles.

"Do you believe yourself too good for me, young goddess?" His kind face turned into a terrible sneer. Persephone's laugh faded and she took a step back, bumping up against a tree as he advanced. "I may not be a god, but I am a king, and I more than deserve a wife who is the daughter of Zeus!"

"Please..." Persephone could back up no further, her back pressed against the trunk of the tree. Pirithous tilted her trembling chin up with his hand, his eyes blazing with hurt pride. "I didn't mean to--"

"You will be mine." His mouth crushed down on hers. Persephone struggled in his grasp as his meaty tongue forced its way past her teeth.

She beat at him and cried out in desperation, "Help! Mother!" Suddenly an incredible heat glowed against her chest and a blue flash burst from her locket. Pirithous flew backward from her with a cry of both pain and rage, clutching his heart. His shocked eyes met hers, and they both looked at the small bauble hanging from the chain around her neck. It now glowed blue around the edges.

"My mother gave me this." Incredulous, Persephone felt its heat when she lifted the locket in her hand. "For protection."

"I will have you!" His face twisted in anger as he struggled to his feet. When he lunged for her, they both saw the white-blue arc flare out from the necklace, strike him, and force him backward. She didn't wait for him to get up. Lifting the hem of her robe, she ran for the open field ahead.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this because I have studied the Persephone myth extensively in several English courses in college, and I was intrigued by an erotica based around said myth. I wasn't expecting much, given my past experiences with erotica; most I have seen tend to be juvenile, poorly written, and focus more on generic body parts than on creating a powerful scene as a whole. This, however, totally knocked my socks off. Not only is it steamy, with plenty of truly well-written sex scenes that are far more that just heaving and thrusting, but the characters are well-thought-out and multi-dimensional. The descriptions of the setting and world are spectacular, and the universe is peopled with numerous secondary characters along with the main ones, adding depth. This author has talent and has brought it to bear in this work. I found it truly enjoyable. Best of all, it isn't one of those 10 page quickie things they sell on here so often...this is a full-length book!
Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Greek mythology perhaps for the eroticism that naturally exist in them, and so to no surprised, I was thrilled to read Selena Kitt's interpretation of a classic story that supplied all the details my imagination implied. This book is classified as erotica, more specifically BDSM, so I would recommend that if this is not your cup of tea, perhaps this is not the book for you. However, speaking to those who enjoy a good spanking or two...this book is a very satisfying read and highly recommended!
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No character development. No real story. This book had so much potential but failed miserably. Hades was a was not the strong, arrogant God that hid a deep personal torment like I always imagined but instead was a wuss and a fool. Persephone was gave into him without even putting up a fight. The sex was average but with no tension or passion between the two it fell flat. I give it 4 yawns.
HFBenny More than 1 year ago
I do know the original Greek story, but this was the sexed up version, and yes there was a lot of sex, a lot. I hate to say there was too much sex, but to me there was and that is saying a lot.... ;( If you enjoy BDSM you might get a few new ideas about what to do, but other than that, it is a Greek myth done in a new light.
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Blew me away! I could not stop reading this novel! Excellent plot, stayed to the classic myth of Hades and Persephone, including every character introduced and played. I like how this author takes concepts and plays them all out! This novel is very well wrote! I gave a copy to my sister, who enjoys this novel so much, she re-reads it on her spare time away from work! Excellent Erotic Novel! Every sex scene is perfect and has complete meaning behind it each time, where you can follow in and not loose what is happening in the scenes! Enticing descriptions always being used, who couldn't like this kind of erotic novel? Wonderful novel! Definitely a B.D.S.M. erotic novel, but uniquely done by a classic greek myth! I suggest readers to read this, because I am NOT disappointed at all in buying and reading this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, this was a great read with so much feeling in it. I loved it!
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I enjoyed this book.
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How many seeds were there?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reread this every time I'm in the mood for good erotica that is dark, twisted, and really arousing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast read. Dark, sexy, entertaining. Makes the idea of Hell long as Aidon was there.
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This is one of my favorite books by her. Hot and sexy!
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