Series | Blood of Zeus #1
Release Date | August 25, 2020
Published by Waterhouse Press
Genres | Fantasy Romance
Tropes | Forbidden, Student/Teacher
Format | eBook, 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.