March 9, 2022

Electric Idol (Dark Olympus Book 2) by Katee Robert

Electric Idol (Dark Olympus Book 2) by Katee Robert
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: January 18, 2022
Format: eBook (Purchased/Personal Library) + Audiobook (borrowed from the library) 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca


Electric Idol by Katee Robert is the second installment in the Dark Olympus series, and I absolutely loved it (but for different reasons than why I loved Neon Gods). There are so many stories surrounding Eros and Psyche, and Ms. Robert absolutely killed it with her take on their relationship. Don’t expect it to be a rehash of Neon Gods though; Hades and Persephone are a very different couple compared to Eros and Psyche, and that’s part of what makes this book so entertaining. Readers who pick up Electric Idol can expect lots of trademark Katee Robert spiciness as well as witty banter and flirtations between the main characters. 


One of the reasons I think I enjoy Katee Robert’s Dark Olympus series so much is the way that she tackles the myths and reimagines them. At the core, the myth stays the same and is recognizable (i.e. Zeus being the ruler of Olympus). Even some of the spins and twists that she layers into the characters still reference the original myths. Eros, our hero in Electric Idol, is still the companion of Aphrodite. He serves as her assassin in this book as opposed to some winged figure going around shooting people and making them fall in love. I love the original myths, but I think I’m starting to prefer Katee Robert’s version of the stories a bit. 


I’m a big fan of witty banter between love interests. There are so many moments in the book where Eros and Psyche wage wars of words that I practically squealed with delight. Despite my love of witty banter and sarcastic remarks, I was particularly taken by the moments of vulnerability that Eros and Psyche shared. Psyche has had to deal with not fitting the Olympus image of perfection her entire life, and her insecurities do come into play with their relationship. It doesn’t initially register for her that someone could love her for her, and as a result, she has her emotional walls built quite high. Eros eventually proves that he does love her and all of her curves; the moment where she realizes and eventually accepts that was beautiful. On the other hand, Eros looks like a male model but he has just as many insecurities as Psyche. He’s been his mother’s “fixer” for most of his life, which has made him view himself as a monster. One of the most touching moments for me is when he first visits Demeter’s home and is shocked to see all the genuine and happy photos featured on the wall. That moment comes full circle at the end of the book - I don’t want to tell you what happens and risk too many spoilers, but it was well worth the wait in my opinion. 


For those who are curious, this book isn’t quite as steamy as Neon Gods. While I appreciated the spice and steaminess that Ms. Robert graced us with Hades and Persephone’s relationship, I am equally appreciative of Eros and Psyche’s sweet romance. Alex Moorcock and Zara Hampton-Brown did another great job with the narration of this book. I loved how seamlessly their performances wove together. If audiobooks are your thing, I would definitely recommend picking up the audiobook for Electric Idol


After finishing this book (and getting an introduction to Helen Kasios within), I am so excited to read Wicked Beauty (which comes out in June 2022). Can’t wait to see all the juiciness that will surround Helen, Achilles, and Patroclus’ relationship (and how Eris might play into things). I’m officially hooked on the series - Electric Idol is another smash-hit by Katee Robert. I would recommend this book for mature fans of steamy romance-filled mythology retellings. 


TRIGGER WARNINGS (From the Author’s Page): Abuse (emotional, financial), Body-Shaming (Ch 1, 3, 31), Murder (Off-Page), Guns, Explicit Sex


About the Author


Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Entertainment Weekly calls her writing “unspeakably hot.” Her books have sold over a million copies. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, children, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and two Great Danes who think they’re lap dogs.

 

Katee is represented by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.


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