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Electric Idol Book Cover Electric Idol
Dark Olympus
Katee Robert
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In the ultra-modern city of Olympus, there's always a price to pay. Psyche Dimitriou knew she'd have to face Aphrodite's jealous rage eventually, but she never expected her literal heart to be at stake...or for Aphrodite's gorgeous son to be the one ordered to strike the killing blow. Eros has no problem shedding blood. Raised to be his mother's knife in the dark, he's been conditioned to accept that he's more monster than man. But when it comes time to take out his latest target...he can't do it. Confused by his reaction to Psyche's unexpected kindness, he does the only thing he can think of to keep her safe: He binds her to him, body and soul. Psyche didn't expect to find herself married to the glittering city's most dangerous killer, but something about Eros awakens a fire inside her she's never felt before. As lines blur and loyalties shift, Psyche realizes Eros might take her heart after all...and she's not sure she can survive the loss.

I started this audiobook with an internal squeal. Having listened to Neon Gods a few months ago, I was ready for the suspenseful drama of Roberts’ modern Olympus with several steaming hot love scenes. While she delivered on a few good sexual interludes between Psyche and Eros, their storyline was lacking overall.

Marriage was the ultimate way to circumvent Aphrodite’s hit on Psyche’s life.

We know that Eros needs to protect Psyche from his murderous mother. Instead of exploring that thread with several dangerous “close calls”, the majority of the conflict is internal monologue. Over half of the book is Eros and Psyche slowly falling in love while doubting themselves. There’s several ways they repeatedly tell themselves they don’t deserve the other person. She must remember he can’t be trusted. He shouldn’t try to seduce her properly, but he’s selfish so he will anyway. “She’s too good for me” (yes she is). “He’s not actually a monster” (yes he is). Aphrodite doesn’t impact the story in a substantial way until at least 70% through the story, yet she’s the villain.

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Neon Gods, the story of Persephone and Hades, had the kind of romance that made you inadvertently shiver. Maybe even curl your toes. I don’t expect a full sex theatre in every book of the Dark Olympus series, but it did set a certain expectation for book 2. In comparison, the love scenes of Electric Idol were cayenne pepper spicy while Neon Gods was a habanero pepper.

The audiobook quality is top notch!

What kept me listening was the quality of the narration. Both Alex Moorcock and Zara Hampton-Brown are superior narrators. I love their delivery of such a sensual story line. Each of them are skilled at inflecting a different tone when narrating a supporting character in the story. Without these two reading Electric Idol, I wouldn’t have made it past 50% of the story. Overall, this sequel wasn’t for me but I appreciate the chance to provide my honest opinion.