Release Date-November 15th 2016
Publisher-Lavabrook Publishing Group
Kindle Edition-326 Pages
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh, My Giddy Aunt!!! I bloody loved this book, This was soooo good Rhapsodic (The Bargainer, #1) by Laura Thalassa was a delight to behold and has been on my TBR pile for a while, well it was well worth the anticipated wait let me tell you.
Begging the question why did I leave this so long to pick up and read, god bloody knows.
This is actually not my first Laura Thalassa book, I have previously read and loved The Fallen World Trilogy but I had forgotten just how gripping her books are so I was in for a big treat.
So Rhapsodic basically tells the tale of Callypso Lillis a human Siren and Desmond Flynn AKA The Bargainer and King of the night.
Callie has tried to forget The Bargainer after having her heart broken into two she wants no more of deep meaningful relationships, but when a certain Des Flynn comes back into her life regarding the armful of debts she still owes, Callie is coerced into helping the King of the night with his tasks, first little things like decorating his guest bedroom and then more important tasks like glamoring certain human changelings with her siren powers for information.
Things are occurring in the Otherworld and Des needs Callies help in unravelling the mystery.
Or is that just an excuse to get closer to the intoxicating Siren.
So, First Rhapsodic is told from Callie’s POV which normally isn’t my favourite but here seemed to work, though I would have liked to maybe get more of an insight into Desmond’s head also.
Second, this is told in alternate flashbacks of present time and the past, I don’t have an issue with this but I know some don’t like this writing style so thought I’d mention.
And finally, I found Both the main characters here to be extremely likeable individuals.
So this book, hand on heart I am completely in love with Des, Desmond of the sexy wings, long white blonde hair, bad ass attitude and third most wanted on the supernatural shit list.
His sexy ass is so delectably scrumptious and I was drooling.
Callie, I liked also though at times her internal monologue could be a tad irritating.
I would also have liked her to have a greater appreciation for Desmond’s single-minded devotion towards her, his steadfastness with Callie is beautiful to perceive.
And I sometimes get the impression that Callie herself doesn’t quite give the same level of herself back, maybe its because at heart she is actually only human while Desmond himself is just more.
An overpowering concept to actually behold in all its entirety.
Though Callie is absolutely kick-ass in her bravery and her courage is a sight to behold.
She actually makes a fitting mate to The Night King.
Out of the two, I have to admit to being slightly more enchanted by our Bargainer, what can I say I’m such a girl at heart.
There was no OW here and though we had an OM for like ten seconds with Callie at the beginning (The werewolf) this was very quickly resolved with minimal angst for all.
Well, the Wolf did chew up and destroy Callie’s home but Des contained him there with his magic.
The other main secondary character was Callie’s best friend Temper, we didn’t get to see that much of her here so I am hoping to maybe get to know her better in the future as she seemed all sorts of interesting and diverse.
I don’t want to give away to much here so will just say that Rhapsodic has plenty of action and is truly a captivating enchanting tale.
Half the book is spent on earth and the rest in Otherworld with the fae.
The underlying mystery here with the sleeping maidens and them creepy-ass kids adds an extra layer to the story.
I also really loved the ending here, it was so unexpected but such genius and it definitely left me wanting much more.
As such, I am now really looking forward to book two in this series.
So This book completely worked for me and I would definitely recommend this if you like your fantasy with a touch of romance like myself, there’s just something about Fae royalty that sooo gets my blood pumping like madly.
So give this a go folks, it’s a really fab read and I do hope you enjoy as much as moi.
Rhapsodic is available free with a KU subscription.
Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm