Greek mythology is one of my guilty pleasures and I’m always on the lookout for books, or movies, that either offer up a retelling of the myths or put a twist on them. So, when I read the synopsis for Tyranny I had to give it a go and it was a quick, fun, sexy ride and I loved how she brought the Gods of Mount Olympus into the 21st century.
I loved Clio and Jax. Clio, being the Muse of history, has had a hand in every momentous decision made by mankind throughout the centuries and is able to recall each and every one, which I will admit I’m just a tad bit jealous about since I’m something of a closet history geek. She’s calm, sweet, sassy and will admit to having a middle child syndrome every once in a blue moon. Jax is a Historian and after a disastrous run in the private sector has turned to teaching. He is charming, determined and I loved that he has that sexy nerdy vibe going on.
Their relationship does evolve quickly, but it works within the parameters of the story and how the challenge was set up. The chemistry between them was hot and I really liked that their attraction to each other was equal parts physical and intellectual. While I liked the fact that there was very little angsty drama in their relationship, I would have liked it if we had been able to delve a little deeper into Jax’s background outside of what happened with his former employer. We do a get a little bit, but a touch more would have been nice. But other than that I liked how it all played out in the end.
As I said at the start of the review, I loved how Ms. Brocato brought the Gods of Mt Olympus into the 21st century. They still have their powers and are able to manipulate things when they want to, but they have also evolved over the ages just as mankind has and do not live in the past. I really liked the whole concept of how the Muses are immortal and yet mortal (you’ll have to read the book to find out how all that works out). I like how she kept things simple when it came to the gods because anyone who has read any of the myths knows that they are not simple and enjoy pitting themselves against each other.
This was my first book by Gemma Brocato and it was engaging, well paced and the dual 3rd person POV was well done. I liked how we got to meet all of the sisters, but they didn’t overtake the story ~ especially since there are nine of them. Callie is the one that I’m most interested in seeing what truly makes her tick, but I’m looking forward to seeing what each sister’s task will be and how it all plays out. If, you like Greek mythology and are looking for something fun, sexy and low on angsty drama to read on a Sunday afternoon I’d definitely check out this series.
~ ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
One man, one muse, one romance to save the world
Immortal librarian Clio has existed for thousands of years. Her purpose—to influence and inspire mortals. Now as one has inspired her, a battle is mounting between the Muses and a god who care little for the plight of man. A hostile takeover is imminent at Olympus Enterprises.
History professor Jax Callahan is battling his own uncertainties. His previous employer’s refusal to heed his warnings results in a tragic loss of life. Blaming himself, he no longer believes he can make a difference.
Tyranny will stop at nothing to appease her father and succeed in taking over Olympus and the world. To save mankind, Clio must reveal herself as a Muse to Jax, the man she’s fallen in love with. Facing the end of humanity as they know it, she must convince him to trust in the magic of what if. Because failure spells doom for everyone.
Genre: Paranormal romance
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Series: Goddess of Delphi Book 1
Gemma's favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a 'round tuit,' and a fortune from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she'd write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss even the rejections, addressed to 'Dear Author', were gratifying.
After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue an avocation as a romance author.
Her gamble paid off when she was a 2012 Finalist in the prestigious Golden Pen contest for Romantic Suspense and she received contracts for her first and second book.