Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.
Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want … at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.
But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.
For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.
If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.
Laura Thalassa is one of my most favorite authors. Not only she creates flawed heroes anf heroines, who strive to survive and overcome their past, but she also creates amazing worlds, dystopian and fantastic alike. Rhapsodic is one of these books, filled with mystery, romance and a really amazing couple.
Callie is a siren who works as an PI. She does remind me of Jessica Jones in the way she uses her powers for her work. But when a man from her past appears once again, the so-called Bargainer, in order to have his dues repaid, passion will ignite between them.
Despite having a really swoon-worthy romance, "Rhapsodic" is not only about the relationship between Callie and the Bargainer. We also get to see a really strong worldbuilding, adamant to the urban fantasy genre, but with a slight touch of the mythical and of "Midsummer's Dream". The POV is Callie's and it alternates from past to present as we learn more of her story.
I enjoyed Callie; despite being emotional traumatized, she still grows into a strong woman with her own voice and sass. And don't let me begin with the Bargainer! ;)
I was also very excited when I saw the cover. I mean look at this beauty! The designer is also a good friend of mine and if she also makes the next covers of the series, then this series will be spectacular!
About the author:
Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods.
… or something like that anyway.
When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.
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