Skip to main content

Wicked Beauty (Dark Olympus #3) by Katee Robert [arc review]


*A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Helen of Troy, Achilles, and Patroclus that's as sinful as it is sweet.*
 

And that right there is 100% accurate! 

Wicked Beauty is the third book in the series:

- Neon Gods (Dark Olympus #1)

-Electric Idol (Dark Olympus #2)

-Wicked Beauty (dark Olympus #3)

I've been a big fan of Katee Robert for a few years now, but I have to be honest and say that nothing has come even close to the O'Malley's for me. Not until now that is :) I wish I could direct you to reviews on that amazing series, but I didn't start posting romance reviews until 2017 and my first Katee review went live in 2018. You will just have to trust me on this, it is an amazing series and if you are looking for something to read while waiting for the next release in the Dark Olympus series, that is a great choice.

Now back to Wicked Beauty! The 'Hunger Games' vibe was strong. And I'm not one little bit upset about it. I love a spicy romance and a good erotica, but I love even more when the book has all that and a very engaging plot. Wicked Beauty most certainly has it all. 

The competition to be the next Ares is open. I didn't read the blurb, so I didn't know going in a lot of things, and I am glad I didn't. When the prize for the winner was announced (besides being the next Ares) I was floored, and I loved what happened after.

Helen, Achilles, and Patroclus are all fighting for the title. Achilles wasn't born rich, he has climbed the ladder on his own merit and this is the last step. Patroclus has been Achilles best friend and partner for years, he will do anything to help Achilles win. Helen has been a pawn to her father and now her brother Zeus her whole life, she wants more. The title of Ares will give her that.

The friendship and relationship that begins between them is not easy and has its obstacles. I wanted to grab Patroclus and just hold him. His insecurities felt so real. I hated Achilles at first, specially what he did in anger with Helen. Part of me wanted Patroclus to freeze him out for all eternity... But as always, Katee did a great job of making it all work in the end.

The trials were a very interesting addition to the story and written really well. This book had a little more action and a little less gossip and drama, I probably liked it more than the first two books for that. 

My one and only warning is the same as to the other books in this series. Don't go into it expecting Katee to remain true to the Greek Mythology. Dark Olympus is inspired by it, not based on it.

100% my favorite so far :) Go Read!

Get the Pre-Order and art Special at Inklings Bookshop


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Cursed King (Inferno Rising #4) by Abigail Owen

This series has been an absolutely delight and I am so glad I've read it. The Rogue King , the first book in the series is still very much my favorite. I discovered Abigail Owen through that book and have read a few of her other books since, this series -obviously-, and others. I highly recommend you all give this wonderful author a try. Blurb: He will burn. She will rise. Airk Azdajah, the rightful King of the White Clan, spent half a millennium being tortured by the false High King Pytheios. The only reason he’s alive is a curse— the man to kill Airk will be consumed in his own fire. Which is why Pytheios kept Airk alive, barely, unable to shift in his prison cage, driving the creature half of him into madness. Airk escaped, but he’ll never be truly free. What good is a king who can never let his feral dragon loose, never fly, and never lead his people? He’s better off dead. Angelika Amon is the last unmated phoenix. The problem? She has no powers. Zip. Zilch. Angelika hates bein

The Warlord (Rise of the Warlords #1) by Gena Showalter

I discovered Gena Showalter long after her Lords of the Underworld series had started. I have those books, but I haven't read them all. I have however read many of her other smaller series. My favorite still the one that introduced me to her books in 2018, Shadow and Ice  (Gods of War).  The Warlord  is the start of a new series, but if you have read Lords of the Underworld  some bits will connect. It is not necessary you read them though, gods know I have not. They sit on my middle shelf and I stare at them daily, does that count? hehe Here is the blurb: For centuries, Taliyah Skyhawk has prepared to become Harpy General, leader of the deadliest female army in existence. One of the requirements? Remain a virgin. But, for a chance to save her people, she must wed the fearless leader of the Astra Planeta, Alaroc Phaethon. The time has come for Roc to sacrifice another virgin bride to his god. There has never been a woman alluring enough to tempt him from his path. No warrioress po

Promises and Pomegranates (Monsters & Muses #1) by Sav R. Miller

I was very excited about this read. The reviews are good, the people recommending it were people whose recommendations I have liked in the past. And in the end, at did like this one. But I will confess from the start that Promises and Pomegranates  did not blow me away. Blurb: Elena To most, Kal Anderson is a villain. Harbinger of death, keeper of souls, frequenter of nightmares. Doctor Death. Hades incarnate. They say he stole me. Usurped my fiancĂ© and filled the cracks in my heart with empty promises. Imprinted his crimson fingerprints on my psyche and tried to set me free. They’re not wrong, per se. Except it was my choice to stay. Kal To most, Elena Ricci is an innocent. Goddess of springtime, lover of poetry, angel of my nightmares. Little one. Persephone personified. They say I ruined her. Shattered her virtue and devoured her soul like a succulent pomegranate. Embedded my evil as deep as I could possibly get and tried to set her free. They’re not wrong, per se. Except it was she