Wicked Beauty

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Publisher Description

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 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 of—Achilles and Patroclus. But can she really believe they have her best interests at heart when every stolen kiss is a battlefield?

Alex Moorcock
hr min
June 7
Dreamscape Media

Customer Reviews

JaeBirt ,

Becoming Ares could be just the beginning

This is book 3 of the Dark Olympus Series. It completely stands alone and you don't need any prior knowledge of the series to enjoy this book. If you do read in sequence, you'll just have a little more depth on characters than have previously been introduced from the perspective of characters not in this book.

In this story we focus on the appointment of the new Ares. It's one of the positions within the 13 that anyone can put themselves in the running for and have the potential to elevate themselves to the equivalent of city royalty. However, you need to have a decent amount of strength, cunning and strategy skills (all of which are important for the person who will lead the army of Olympus at the end of the contest).

The story focuses on the following contenders for the title of Ares through the contest:
- Helen: Sister of the current Zeus, wanting to prove she isn't a pawn to be moved around, full of more strength and depth than anyone realizes is beneath her public persona as a golden princess
- Achilles: Second in command to Athena, rising from humble non-existent beginnings to reach his goal to be in charge. Power and control and respect are within his grasp and he's determined to get that win.
- Patroclus: partner to Achilles in and out of the bedroom since they were teens, super smart and a strategy genius. He joins the contest to boost Achilles' chances of making it to the final round.

This is a polyamory/ménage story where Helen finds herself in proximity to a pre-existing couple who have very open boundaries on their relationship. Both men have a strong reaction to her and she to them so when they are living in shared quarters as part of the champion sequester, things are bound to heat up.

This book has politics, it has competition both physical and mental, it has super spicy scenes that we expect from Katee Robert in multiple combinations of these 3 partners. There is family drama and foreshadowing of potential future conflict and a beautiful building and layering of this city, culture, ruling structure and world that is just so tangible.

The Audiobook is performed by Alex Moorecock and Zara Hampton-Brown. They both narrated the first 2 books in the series and it's great to have them back again. Alex did a great job voicing both Achilles and Patroclus. They were separate and distinct characters, I could always tell them apart. He had great range of emotion for these two from frustrated sighing of names to yelling in anger or moaning in passion. Zara brought Helen to life and it was fun to listen to her battle with inner voices, self worth and conflicts of true self vs. projected image.

I requested an advanced copy of the audio via NetGalley and this is my honest review.

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