Reviewed by Claudia Robinson

“Hell, looking the way she did, she could have been raising money to hogtie small children and he still would have fallen for her. They all would have. But it was more than that. There was something radiant about her that made you want to look away at the same time. It was like she managed to illuminate the part of them–well-hidden beneath layers of adolescent bravado–that throbbed with a suppressed desire to be better than they had been up to this point in their short lives.” – Aaron’s description of Persey.

Persephone Campbell has a unique gift. One look in to her beautiful eyes and every dark, deep, secret a person harbors, spills forth, unbidden and unchecked. Her gaze is like a truth serum, and from as early on as Persey can remember, people have been sharing their secrets with her. Distancing herself from people, burying herself in books, being aloof has saved her some of the discomfort such a talent can bring, but some people in her life are determined to be and stay, a part of her world, despite all resistance.

Haden is the God of the Underworld, the keeper of souls, good and evil. Inhabiting the bodies of people who have made deals with him, he manages to walk the earth among humans, imbibing in life, in the essence of their beings, bringing interludes of respite from the lonely existence being a God requires. The minute he sets eyes upon the beautiful Persey, Haden’s world is turned inside out, and he vows, no matter the price, to make her his Queen in the Underworld.

Aaron is the schoolmate that earns Persey’s trust and eventual love. Determined to protect her from everything and anything, he breaks through her resistance and earns her heart. The price of his love comes at a cost neither him, nor Persey understand, until too late.

Daniel is the young lawyer with a unique gift of his own. Being able to read between the lines, hearing what’s not said as opposed to what is, has allowed him to move quickly up the ranks in his law firm. Unfortunately, the talent also ruins any hope for longterm relationships, stripping each one of it’s newness, it’s surprise, like reading a book from the end to the front. Resigned to never have a real relationship, he finds himself intrigued and obsessed with the firm’s newest hire, the young, beautiful Persey, who is the first and only, to be immune to his gift.

Losing Beauty, by Johanna Garth, brings these four souls together in a book that blurs the line between mythology and modern day times effortlessly and seductively. Good and evil battle for victory in a familiar setting with completely unique weapons and fleshed out characters. Utterly captivating, spellbinding, Losing Beauty is so fresh and different, offering such a new spin on an old story, that the reader can’t help but be consumed by the emotions and desires of each character.

Garth unveils human nature in all it’s true colors exquisitely. Alternately and simultaneously sensuous, erotic, sexy, dark, demented and brilliant, the first in what is to be the Persephone Series, delivers a one-two punch that will leave mythology and love story fans alike, hungry for more.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Claudia lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband and two children.

The review copy of this book was provided free of any obligation by Johanna Garth. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.