Review | Blood of Zeus — a fantasy romance that wasn’t what I expected.

Review | Blood of Zeus — a fantasy romance that wasn’t what I expected.Blood of Zeus by Meredith Wild, Angel Payne
Series | Blood of Zeus #1
Release Date | August 25, 2020
Published by Waterhouse Press
Genres | Fantasy Romance
Tropes | Forbidden, Student/Teacher
Format | eBook, Paperback
Buy | Amazon | Paperback
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An ancient grudge. A forbidden love.

The only thing worse than being a demon is being a Valari. As an undergraduate at Los Angeles’s Alameda University, Kara Valari can sometimes succeed at forgetting she’s both. Lost between the pages of the classics and tucked into the shadows of lecture halls, she can dodge the paparazzi’s lenses as well as her family’s publicized dramas—not to mention their private expectations. She has one more year to feed her true passions. Then she’ll be expected to fulfill a much darker destiny.

Cursed with inexplicable strength and god-like stature, literature professor Maximus Kane knows all about darkness. Every day he’s reminded of the missteps of his childhood and the devastating consequences they’ve had on those dearest to him. To atone, Maximus spends his nights alone and his days submerged in the quiet life of academia. His existence has become a study in control, and he’s become a master at it—until Kara Valari walks into his toughest course.

Viscerally, Kara’s everything he craves. Logically, she’s everything he rejects. She’s a starlet of privilege. She’s also a student. And after one touch, he can’t deny that she’s awakened something in him that may never go dormant. Nothing about her makes sense, but everything about her feels right. Especially in the deepest strands of his DNA, which are still shadows of mystery to him—a mystery Kara seems determined to uncover.

She’s Hollywood royalty. She’s forbidden fruit. And he’s pretty sure she could be the answer to everything.


When I first learned about Blood of Zeus, I was completely excited and couldn’t wait to read it. Plus, Meredith Wild and Angel Payne were authors that I haven’t read from before, so I was rather eager to check out this author duo.

Honestly when I saw the cover, I was totally expecting an action-packed fantasy romance, but that’s not what it is at all. And that was definitely something for me to come around to because it was so different from what I’ve read before with this sub-genre. The deeper I got into the book, I started to realize that this wouldn’t be a standalone and this book was setting the stage for what was to come.

From the beginning, we already know what Kara is and that her future is pretty much set in stone. And in comes Maximus to totally shift her world. I loved the instant connection between them and I was just anticipating what was to come. The forbidden aspect goes beyond student-teacher and we barely touch the surface with how forbidden their relation is. Even with their strong connection, I knew there was something more to them, but that’ll remain a mystery until we get further into the series.

Truly, TRULY enjoyed Blood of Zeus, I was wishing so hard that this would have been a standalone, but there’s so much more to come with Kara and Maximus’ story. There’s a lot of unknowns, but they’re willing to fight against all odds to be together.

This book was nothing like I expected it to be, but I enjoyed it completely. Thankfully we don’t have to wait long for book 2, can’t wait to get my hands on that one!

** minor cliffhanger, but not enough to leave you a mess as you wait for the next installment. 

About Angel Payne

USA Today bestselling romance author Angel Payne loves to focus on high-heat romance starring memorable alpha men and the women who love them. She has numerous book series to her credit, including the action-packed Bolt Saga and Honor Bound series, Secrets of Stone series (with Victoria Blue), the intertwined Cimarron and Temptation Court series, the Suited for Sin series, and the Lords of Sin historicals, as well as several standalone titles.

Angel is a native Southern Californian, leading to her love of being in the outdoors, where she often reads and writes. She still lives in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and beautiful daughter, to whom she is a proud cosplay/culture con mom. Her passions also include whisky tasting, shoe shopping, and travel.

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About Meredith Wild

Meredith Wild is a #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and international bestselling author. After publishing her debut novel Hardwired in September 2013, Wild used her ten years of experience as a tech entrepreneur to push the boundaries of her “self-published” status, becoming stocked in brick-and-mortar bookstore chains nationwide and forging relationships with the major retailers.

In 2014, Wild founded her own imprint, Waterhouse Press, under which she hit No. 1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. She has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, the New York TimesThe Hollywood ReporterPublishers Weekly, and The Examiner. Her foreign rights have been sold in over 23 languages.

4 responses to “Review | Blood of Zeus — a fantasy romance that wasn’t what I expected.

    • I didn’t realize how recognizable he was, that was the one comment I got when I shared that cover haha Like I get why they picked him for this book haha But if you do end up reading, I’d wait until the whole series is out. As far as I know, it’s a trilogy…hopefully.