elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Tenth Muse by Belinda McBride (124-06-03-2016)

1) I very much enjoyed the placement of petulant Greek Gods in a modern day environment, with all their strengths, flaws and weaknesses on show. Loved the concept of The Aphrodite Project to bring rogue gods and demigods to heel and I look forward to more developments as the series continues. The writing is engaging and the plot has numerous twists and surprises to keep the reader enthralled. Although it isn't essential to be up to date on who is who in Greek mythology, the author has made me want to revisit some of the classic myths mentioned in the book.

2) A perfect story balancing mythology with an original plot. It kept me riveted as the story unfolded - the mythology was served in easily digested portions - just enough to deepen the plot without overwhelming the story in minutia. The writing itself flowed easily - almost lyrical in style, with a nice unexpected plot twist. So well done.

3) Really the book was engaging and I read it overnight. Sometimes I wanted some more setting details, some more flavour, color. But good overall. You take the journey of personal development not only with the main characters, the secondary ones are magnificent also. Liked the writing style. It fit the story, the characters. Maybe with another topi cit wouldnt have worked as well as here but in this story it was perfect. I started it with misgivings. I really hate reading about the fashion world or show biz, as usually it's portrayed so empty or without depth. Well, not this time. THe background (fashion  world) was flawlessly chosen to show the duality of humans, the glamour and beauty with more than a hint of putrid and rotten. THe book is in part a play on inner and outer beauty and personal development. Its a story about love, love lost and love discovered and I loved it.

The Tenth Muse (The Aphrodite Project #1) by Belinda McBride
Gay Paranormal Romance
Series: The Aphrodite Project
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (May 17, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1786513382
ISBN-13: 978-1786513380
Amazon: The Tenth Muse (The Aphrodite Project #1)
Amazon Kindle: The Tenth Muse (The Aphrodite Project #1)

In a wicked game, the God of Love falls to his own arrow, and a gentle scholar learns how dangerous knowledge can be.

Aphrodite has had it.

It was bad enough that her son Eros walked a fashion show in drag, but did he really have to show the entire world his wings? Desperate to rein in the impulsive young god, she recruits the scholarly muse Rees to lure him back to Olympus until the scandal dies down.

After hundreds of years, Eros has finally located the reincarnation of his former love, Psyche. The only way to her heart is through fame, so the God of Love plans a daring campaign to win her back. Yet the closer he gets to Psyche, the more he’s drawn to a geeky young professor who came crashing into his life.

Eros drags Rees into his wicked world of high fashion and risqué parties, only to expose him to danger from an unexpected source. When Rees’ secrets come out, they threaten to destroy Eros’ love for him. Yet when Rees is kidnapped, Eros is forced to turn to the woman who set this catastrophe in motion—his mother, Aphrodite.

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