Fake Dating Romance with So Much MORE!
Radiant Sin Book Cover Radiant Sin
Dark Olympus (Book 4)
Katee Robert
Mythology Romance, Mythology Retelling, Dark Romance
Sourcebooks Casablanca
February 7,2023
ebook, paperback, audiobook

There's nowhere more dangerous than Olympus...and no one more captivating than its golden god: Apollo. Keeper of secrets, master of his shining realm...and the only man I am powerless to deny.

*A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Apollo and Cassandra.*

As a disgraced member of a fallen house, Cassandra Gataki has seen firsthand what comes from trusting the venomous Thirteen. But when the maddeningly gorgeous and kind Apollo asks her to go undercover as his plus-one at a week-long party hosted by a dangerous new power player…Cassandra reluctantly agrees to have his back.

On one condition: when it's all over, and Apollo has the ammunition he needs to protect Olympus, she and her sister will be allowed to leave. For good.

Apollo may be the city's official spymaster, but it's his ability to inspire others that keeps him at the top. Despite what the rest of Olympus says, there's no one he trusts more than Cassandra. Yet even as their fake relationship takes a wicked turn for the scaldingly hot, a very real danger surfaces… threatening not only Cassandra and Apollo, but the very heart of Olympus itself.

"Deliciously inventive…Red-hot."—Publishers Weekly STARRED Review for Neon Gods

"I get shivers just thinking of their interactions. SHIVERS."—Mimi Koehler for The Nerd Daily for Neon Gods

The World of Dark Olympus:

Neon Gods (Hades & Persephone)

Electric Idol (Eros & Psyche)

Wicked Beauty (Achilles & Patroclus & Helen)

Radiant Sin (Apollo & Cassandra)

“They’re going to talk about me regardless of what I do. I want to give them something to talk about.”—Radiant Sin

If you’re like me and have massive apprehensions whenever you hear the name Apollo thanks to the webtoon Lore Olympus, then I’m here to assure you that this Apollo is nothing like the one from the comic. Katee Robert’s fourth book in the Dark Olympus series, Radiant Sin, is the forced proximity, fake dating, only one bed at a House Party romance that will have you entranced from start to finish.

Apollo is the Keeper of Lore (see what Katee Robert did there?) for all of Olympus. Their traditions, their lives, and anything that has to do with the Olympians falls under his jurisdiction. Apollo is shrewd, uptight, and ruthless when it comes to gleaning information from all of Olympus. Cassandra is his right hand.

“I’ve kissed people I like less than Apollo. I don’t know if I’ve kissed anyone that I like more.”—Radiant Sin

Once disgraced, Cassandra has earned her position of the right hand of Apollo. She’s as shrewd as Apollo but catches the nuances of Olympus in a way that only a woman who doesn’t believe in Olympus’ can accomplish. When a House Party invitation shows up to select few of the Thirteen, under Zeus’ direction Apollo agrees to attend the Party hosted by Minos and his family at their newly acquired estate in Olympus. It’s only when they get there do they realize that with all eyes directed at each other, Apollo and Cassandra can no longer lie to each other about their own feelings. Fake dating becomes tantalizingly real.

I absolutely loved Radiant Sin. Apollo and Cassandra’s romance is one that starts off with a smolder but quickly burns to something even more scorching than I had originally anticipated. Cassandra doesn’t fit the Olympus status quo. Her parents were killed after they tried to usurp their way into the Thirteen, which left Cassandra and her sister Alexandra to deal with the repercussions of their actions. She’s curvy, a plus-size woman who isn’t ashamed of her size, and challenges anyone who would want to make her feel less because she doesn’t conform to outdated beauty standards. She also desperately wants to leave Olympus once the House Party is over, but her feelings for Apollo are the one thing that stand in the way of walking away for good.

“It makes my chest ache in the most glorious way to hold the trust of this prickly, capable woman.” —Radiant Sin

It’s at this House Party that Radiant Sin really sets the stage for what I feel is a second part of the Dark Olympus series. Minos as a host doesn’t seem right, which is why Apollo and Cassandra do whatever it takes to gather as much information as possible. It’s only when Hermes lets slip some valuable intel, does the House Party change from suspicious to down-right murderous. I couldn’t put Radiant Sin down. It’s both a romance, and a whodunnit, combined within the power play climate of Olympus. For those readers who love a bit of suspense with their romance, this is the book for you!