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Series: Mythos: Gods and Lovers #1
Published by the author (self-published) on February 25th 2014
Genres: Adult fiction, Fantasy, Mythology
Source: ARC from publisher
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For fans of the Oracle of Delphi series...and for those who aren't...
Born into one of the wealthiest families in Ireland, Siobhan Law has status, privilege, and a secret: The Greek gods of Olympus and their kingdom in the clouds are real, and her family acts as one of their agents on Earth.
When the beautiful immortal celeste Liam Argyros shows up claiming to have come to Earth to deal in the affairs of the divine, Siobhan finds herself unable to resist his charms. New to the game of passion and seduction, she quickly ends up in over her head, sinking deeper with every attempt Liam makes to win her over.
But Liam’s divine mission is far more complex than she ever imagined and nothing is truly as it seems. Because Liam has a secret of his own: He is Apollo, Olympian god of the Sun, and his mission will never be complete until he has claimed Siobhan’s heart forever.
OMG this book is GOOD. I wasn’t quite this excited when I finished it, but the more I think about it, the more excited I get about it. I really do want to read like ALL of her books now. I’ve read Prophecy of the Most Beautiful and given that 4 stars too. Since this is kind of a prequel series, it’s really cool to recognize names and it really makes me want to go back and re-read/continue with the Prophecy series.
The first half of this book was steamy but the second half was more…sad. I’ll explain in a minute.
As you can probably guess from the synopsis, this book is mostly Lord Apollo trying to win her over, at least in the first 2/3 or so. At first, I was kinda hesitant at getting on board with this idea because it seemed that he only wanted her for her body, yada yada. And she seemed to realize that and did a remarkable job pushing him away, considering he was a god. That made me happy. You go, girl. Don’t let no god take advantage of you. But it seemed that fate had something to do with it, and there was a promise of it being greater than just them. Then there was that little blip where it seemed that it was all just some deal that Lord Apollo had made with her family, and I was disappointed. Really? Is this really what it all was bout? But that became a non-issue.
But eventually when the relationship turned into something more, it became sad. Siobhan had to constantly remember that he was a god, and that almost tore them apart several times. I don’t think I’ve read anything like this before. You know they’re fated for each other, etc. etc., but usually people just find their way around obstacles and break rules and stuff (mortal or not) to be together forever (sometimes in holy matrimony). But I felt that this was different.
In case you don’t know already, I have a deep reverence for the Greek Gods. Greek Mythology is my favorite. It seems more real to me than any other kind. So I believed it when Lord Apollo said even though he loved her more than anyone, they could not get married, he could not give her mortality, and he could not tell her everything. She just had to blindly trust him. And that was superbly sad to me. That she was fated to love someone- goodness, her true love- and it could not be a complete perfect fair relationship. Because he was a god. That’s agonizing. Yes, gods are wonderful in ways that mortals could not be- in bed and otherwise- but it’s difficult to be in true love with one. And it was difficult watching Siobhan try to accept her lot.
I’m pretty big on fate as well. I believe that if someone appears to have a purpose, an important one, they should not shrug off their duty and put themselves before the purpose. I tend to believe in the greater good. So that is how I accepted Apollo’s duties as a god first, even though it was heartbreaking that he could not be with her as they wished, as mortals would. It is also why I was so proud of Siobhan for accepting her role in the end. Actually, it was kind of a quick thing. That expectation just sort of faded from her life. View Spoiler »Probably with the distraction of her kids. They reminded her that she- they- had a higher purpose. « Hide Spoiler She was not just to be a princess in a fairytale. As much as she wanted that sort of future, it was not her role. View Spoiler » Her role was as a mother to beings that would serve an important purpose and protect Pythia, the next Oracle, who was instrumental in the upcoming war. « Hide Spoiler And with a role as important as hers, she simply could not shrug it off. And in a way, that sort of made up for the sadness, knowing it wasn’t either of their faults, knowing that it truly was greater than them.
Of course, before it was about fate, it was about both of them and their relationship. I did find myself looking for signs they were in love, rather than accepting that he really did just want her in bed and she was eventually going to give in, whatever she told herself. I believe with every good pairing, there should be love behind it. And it was kind of difficult for the first 2/3. But I realized they always had music, if not anything else. And there were definitely other things. Siobhan wanted to be her own person, and Lord Apollo respected and admired that. Just knowing she was more than she appeared (or more than what we saw) made it easier to know that there was substance in their relationship.
I will say that this book was more about Lord Apollo seducing Siobhan than Greek Mythology, especially with Lord Apollo being so evasive and secretive. It explains a little and introduces a little (that I didn’t read in the Prophecy of the Most Beautiful, anyway) but overall, it gives the appearance that it’s not about that, really. And thinking about it, it’s not. The Prophecy books are the main story. These are just the prequels. They can be read as standalones, but it’s better to read the main series first to get as much as you can out of the story.
Also, I have to mention- this book was hot. It was a bit blunt at times, but romantic at others. It was a pretty good mix of both. And not once did I get the impression that Siobhan was dirty in any way or throwing herself at him. She was proper and very respectful of her body. Well, so was Lord Apollo, when it finally came down to it. It was well-paced.
The writing was also magnificent. I think I only came across one error, and that was simply a ‘then’ instead of ‘than.’ But the writing was very funny and I admired how captivating and nicely paced it was. It was definitely a page-turner.
Reaction upon finishing: *overwhelming sadness* *acceptance* That book was good. It feels right, somehow.
Reaction upon finishing the first half: *fans self* This book is very hot. I wasn’t expecting this, but gods forbid I stop now. But man, that Lord Apollo…*swoons*
“When he ended, the musicians gave him a respectable round of applause, but I knew they wanted to jump up and cheer. Hell, I wanted to jump up and cheer. I also wanted to kill him. It was definitely a conflict of interest.”