The Neon Gods series continues with Katee Robert’s latest release, Wicked Beauty.
Check out my review of this modern Greek mythology retelling of Helen, Achilles and Patroclus.
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Achilles Kallis may have been born with nothing, but as a child, he vowed he would claw his way into Olympus’ inner circle.
Now that a coveted role has opened to anyone with the strength to claim it, he and his partner, Patroclus Fotos, plan to compete and double their odds of winning.
Neither expects infamous beauty Helen Kasios to be part of the prize, or for the complicated fire that burns the moment she looks their way.
Zeus may have decided Helen is his to give away, but she has her own plans. She enters into the competition effectively vying for her own hand in marriage.
Unfortunately, there are those who would rather see her disposed of than lead the city.
The only people she can trust are the ones she can’t keep her hands off—Achilles and Patroclus.
But can she really believe they have her best interests at heart when every stolen kiss is a battlefield?
I cannot get enough of this series!
Roberts delivers yet another great story in this polyamorous retelling with a strong heroine at the helm. I love it and so will you.
The Neon Gods/Dark Olympus series has made me a Robert fan for life.
I don’t know how she can keep outdoing herself with each and every book in this series, but I loved everything about this story and cannot wait for more.
Wicked Beauty, just as the other stories in this series, delivers an outstanding story, fantastic character development and spiciness that only Robert can deliver.
When I’ve read polyamorous romance stories in the past, sometimes the storyline takes a backseat to the romance.
Don’t get me wrong, the bedroom scenes were hot in this one and help propel the story forward, but Wicked Beauty is more than just an erotic romance.
I loved how the story revolved around the quest to become one of the Thirteen by earning the title of Ares.
Helen, Achilles and Patroclus all had compelling reasons for competing in the trials and I was captivated to the very end to see how it would all shake out.
The Best Characters
I thought that Robert did an outstanding job of character development with the three leads, Helen, Achilles and Patroclus which made me fall for each of them in turn (and want to root for them as well).
Achilles was the alpha on a mission to make a name for himself having come from nothing.
Patroclus was the beta who would do anything for the man he loved.
Helen was the beauty determined to claim her independence and set away from the role as “the prize” that she was always cast into.
Each of these three had their own struggles to work through but Helen stole the show for me.
I loved her defiance, strength, willingness to trust in these men, and honesty that she finally shared with them.
I even loved how Robert painted Paris as the narcissist bad guy.
It’s no secret that this is a MMF romance that had several steamy moments, but they didn’t overshadow the story or feel excessive for shock and awe purposes.
Instead, they helped to showcase more of each person’s character and how the three worked even better as a triple.
The series continues to wow me and I cannot wait for more.
This can be easily read as a standalone but it does continue to portray the growing unrest in Olympus and the pressure the Thirteen face to keep up appearances and safety.
I’m honestly counting down to Zeus’ story which I hope we finally get at the end!
This is definitely one of the best romance books of 2022 so far and I highly recommend it.
*Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.
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