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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!

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