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Fantasy Romance

Re-read Electric Idol

Read Electric Idol (Dark Olympus, #2)

He was the most beautiful man alive. And if I wasn’t careful, he was going to be my death. *A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Psyche…

Was in the mood for a Psyche and Eros story so I revisited this one, which is ~mobster marries the socialite / influencer he’s supposed to kill.

Interesting to read this again while I’ve been reading Lore Olympus online to see how they portray the same characters.

I’m still iffy on the “hero” who is a hitman that kills innocent people because his mother dislikes them — which is compared as being maybe nicer than destroying their reputation or getting them exiled? 🤔 I get it, he’s been emotionally manipulated and controlled since childhood and is basically totally traumatized and disassociative… but he still murdered people so he wouldn’t suffer emotional punishment from his mother? I think this is over the line on a redeemable hero, whereas the hero in Alyssa Cole’s A Hope Divided has been forced to torture people for the war effort and basically escapes it by repeatedly being taken as a POW. They’re both self-loathing but one makes an effort to stop whereas in this book he realizes what he’s become and kinda goes well guess I’m trash 🤷‍♀️

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Fantasy Romance

Read Electric Idol

Read Electric Idol (Dark Olympus, #2)

He was the most beautiful man alive. And if I wasn’t careful, he was going to be my death. *A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Psyche…

This was less risque than the first book, but dark in a different way. The love interest is supposed to kill her. Instead, he suggests they get married. So that’s quite a hurdle to overcome, especially as quickly as they do.

I like how she uses a different type of power to defend herself.

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Fantasy Romance

Read Dance with the Fae Prince

Read A Dance with the Fae Prince (Married to Magic, #2) by Elise Kova

Katria swore she’d never fall in love. She’s seen what “love” means through the cruelty of her family. So when she’s married off to the mysterious Lord Fenwood for a handsome price, all Katria wants is a better life than the one she’s leaving. Feelings are off the table.

But her new husband makes not falling in love difficult.

As their attraction begins to grow, so too do the oddities within her new life: strange rules, screams in the night, and attacks by fae that Katria never thought were real. When she witnesses a ritual not meant for human eyes, Katria finds herself spirited away to the land of Midscape.

Surviving the fae wilds as a human is hard enough. Katria must survive as a human who accidently pilfered the magic of ancient kings – magic a bloodthirsty king is ready to kill her for in order to keep his stolen throne – and her new husband is the rightful heir in hiding.

The power to save the fae is in her hands. But who will save her from a love she vowed never to feel?

Enjoyed this even as I was yelling at the heroine to stop being a dimwit and put two and two together. Her vehemence against love seemed misplaced though it came together in the end. She is written very well as someone who has been emotionally abused and made herself smaller, and she eventually learns to see her own value although it can make her choices and thoughts frustrating for belittling herself. Written in present tense, feels maybe new adult more than YA? There is an on page sex scene though it’s very vaguely described.