Wicked Beauty

Title: Wicked Beauty

Author: Katee Robert

Series: Dark Olympus

Publication Date: Expected June 7, 2022

Format: E-Book

Genre: Romance

Sub Genre(s):  Fantasy, Erotica

Summary: In Olympus, you either have the power to rule…or you are ruled. Achilles Kallis may have been born with nothing, but as a child he vowed he would claw his way into the poisonous city’s inner circle. Now that a coveted role has opened to anyone with the strength to claim it, he and his partner, Patroclus Fotos, plan to compete and double their odds of winning.

Neither expect infamous beauty Helen Kasios to be part of the prize…or for the complicated fire that burns the moment she looks their way.

Zeus may have decided Helen is his to give to away, but she has her own plans. She enters into the competition as a middle finger to the meddling Thirteen rulers, effectively vying for her own hand in marriage. Unfortunately, there are those who would rather see her dead than lead the city. The only people she can trust are the ones she can’t keep her hands off—Achilles and Patroclus. But can she really believe they have her best interests at heart when every stolen kiss is a battlefield?—From Goodreads

What I Liked:  Robert has created very likeable characters with alluring personalities in this third book in her Dark Olympus series. She could drop her versions of Helen, Achilles, and Patroclus into any other book or story, and I would want to read about them. There has been a trend (or at least something I’ve noticed recently) of writers creating badass female characters who don’t feel the need to apologize for their behavior or their actions and this version of Helen is a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to fight for it. Even though she has moments of self-doubt, she leans on Achilles and Patroclus when she knows she needs help. If you know anything about Katee Roberts books, you know that even if you don’t like the plot or the characters, you will at least like the sex.  And this book is no exception. She writes scenes between 2 or 3 characters, that are hot, fun, and detailed. So, if you’re looking for some good erotica, this book will fit the bill.  

What I Didn’t Like: Listen….this plot is…..bonkers. We find out that there is a competition for who will be the next Ares because the old Ares has died and by law this is one of the positions in the Thirteen (the group who rules over everyone in this world) that can be won by anyone who enters this fight to the (possible) death. But there is no explanation as to why this is a rule or why the tasks they have to partake in are the ones chosen or really why the Thirteen even rule at all. Additionally, if you’re looking for a mythological retelling, look elsewhere. Other than using the names of the people involved, there is very little here that resembles the story of Helen of Troy and Achilles and Patroclus. Continuing to call this series a retelling is a stretch; reimagining might be a better term.

Who Should Read It: If you’ve read the previous 2 books in this series, you’ll like this one because it’s very much a Katee Robert book with a lot of sex. Those looking for a fun ménage book will also like this one as long as you don’t expect too much plot.

Review Wrap Up: I don’t read Katee Robert books for the plot so in that regard, this book is a winner. The fact that a ménage book is getting a wide, trade paperback release is something to cheer for so for that fact alone, I applaud this book and the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, for making more taboo romances available to the mainstream romance reader. As long as you don’t expect a faithful retelling and pick up this book for some hot fun, I think you’ll like this one.

Favorite Quote: “It could be like this. You don’t have to pretend with me – with us. We don’t expect perfection. We just want you.”

Morning Glory Milking Farm

I’m going to attempt to review the hottest and buzziest romance book right now, and keep it clean, but it’s going to be difficult when said book is about a human woman, a male minotaur, and…milking. Perhaps the most shocking thing about this book is how legitimately well written and sweet the romance is in a book that is categorized as monster erotica. Seriously, if you are looking to dip your toes into the water that is monster romance, this is a great place to start.

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A Lesson in Thorns

I said in a previous post that Sierra Simone is quickly becoming my go to author for erotica but my issues with the last series of hers that I read almost stopped me from picking this book up.  It is the first book in a series that is still being published so I decided to take my chances.  Like the first book in the “New Camelot Trilogy,” this book is a great start…I just hope the quality continues.

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New Camelot Trilogy

Whoa boy, this book series.  Sierra Simone has become my go-to for well-written erotica and this book didn’t disappoint if you are looking for something very, very sexy. If you are looking for a super dramatic, smut filled romance, look no further.  However, by book 3, I was beginning to tire of all the sex and needed some more story.  I would recommend this series but didn’t feel the need for it to go on as long as it did.

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Dirty Filthy Rich Men

I have a lot of thoughts about this book and went back and forth on my rating.  This was the last title I read for my genre meeting on erotica and it definitely fit that genre.  It was a quick read but there were some unsettling topics and themes that may be hard for certain readers.  I would only recommend this book if you are looking for an erotic book and are comfortable with the topic of rape fantasies.

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Off the Clock

As I stated in a previous post, I don’t read a lot of romance. I don’t necessarily have anything against the genre, but my feeling has always been that it is hard to find “good” books in the genre. Having said that, I was very happy when my reading group chose romance for our genre study 2018-2019 because it has given me the opportunity to explore this genre thoroughly and hopefully find some titles that I enjoy as well as books and authors I would feel comfortable recommending to patrons. This month’s theme is erotica and the first book I read is “Off the Clock.” It took me a while to find a book that a) sounded interesting and had good reviews and b) I could find in a library somewhere. Erotica is still a genre that makes many libraries uncomfortable. This book has a pretty good rating on Goodreads and Roni Loren has a good reputation in the romance community so I was excited to read it. Overall, I enjoyed this book, even though I had some issues with the plot and the writing.

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