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Blood of Zeus

Blood of Zeus, Book 1
Narrated by: Jennifer Mack, Jacob Morgan
Series: Blood of Zeus, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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"Blood of Zeus is a dynamic and uniquely alluring paranormal romance! This author duo knows how to scorch the pages and tug at our imaginations. I can’t wait for more!" (New York Times best-selling author Carrie Ann Ryan)

An ancient grudge. A forbidden love.

The only thing worse than being a demon is being a Valari. As an undergraduate at Los Angeles’s Alameda University, Kara Valari can sometimes succeed at forgetting she’s both. Lost between the pages of the classics and tucked into the shadows of lecture halls, she can dodge the paparazzi’s lenses as well as her family’s publicized dramas - not to mention their private expectations. She has one more year to feed her true passions. Then she’ll be expected to fulfill a much darker destiny.

Cursed with inexplicable strength and godlike stature, literature professor Maximus Kane knows all about darkness. Every day he’s reminded of the missteps of his childhood and the devastating consequences they’ve had on those dearest to him. To atone, Maximus spends his nights alone and his days submerged in the quiet life of academia. His existence has become a study in control, and he’s become a master at it - until Kara Valari walks into his toughest course.

Viscerally, Kara’s everything he craves. Logically, she’s everything he rejects. She’s a starlet of privilege. She’s also a student. And after one touch, he can’t deny that she’s awakened something in him that may never go dormant. Nothing about her makes sense, but everything about her feels right. Especially in the deepest strands of his DNA, which are still shadows of mystery to him - a mystery Kara seems determined to uncover.

She’s Hollywood royalty. She’s forbidden fruit. And he’s pretty sure she could be the answer to everything. 

©2020 Waterhouse Press, LLC. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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This book is edgy, and suspenseful and all the things a good dark fantasy romance book should be. I really enjoyed it!

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  • Lilian
  • 04-09-2020

too much mystery...little paranormal..

Lets start with the easy part. I have no problem with Jacob Morgan. He is pure sugar, spice and all things nice when he narrates. Jennifer Mack isn't bad... she just didn't fit right with this book imo. Still the narration didn't take away from the story line. So I have read a few books by these authors. Some I like, some I don't. I already knew this was a 50/50 shot for me. I really wanted to like this one but for 90% of the book I felt that something didn't feel right with this listen. The authors spent the whole book building up the mystery of Maximus' identity.. yet his profession is closely interweaved with his identity but he still couldn't put the clue together. As for the Valeri family, we know they are demons and there is this whole mystery over what kind and how did that happen and what does it really mean to be a Valeri. Almost every single person has dire warnings about defying destiny.. heck even I would rebel.. to expect a family tradition to be upheld without any question is unreasonable especially for a story set in today's society. Add in that kids raised to be fierce and defiant; that to me equals a recipe for disaster. Overall I would say book 1 was mostly mystery and character building and not alot of paranormal. Maybe book 2 will have more? unfortunately I am not motivated enough to care about book 2... my journey with this series stops here.

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  • Carey Sabala
  • 26-08-2020

A fresh take on a PNR teacher/student romance.

I can't tell you how refreshing it is to have a new take on the PNR genre the likes I haven't seen since Sherrilyn Kenyon (now McQueen). I am a die-hard PNR junkie and there are few authors that really bring a fresh idea to the scene. A lot have tried, and a lot have failed but not with these two authors. They've taken the teacher/student trope and gave it a Greek/Roman mythos twist. Demons and Demigods have mingled with us mere humans, making pacts and sowing seeds but still being the absent parents, they always have been throughout history (so toss in your parental issues as well). Our hero Maximus has always had super strength that has come with serious consequences. It's more a curse than a blessing but like anyone, you learn to deal. He's gone on to become a professor at University and has a pretty decent, normal life until this famous socialite wiggles her way into his class and his life, bringing all her drama and upending all his carefully cultivated protections. If you love PNR, if you love teacher/student romance, if you love famous people/regular guy romance or just want something different with a slow build that will span many books, give this one a shot. My only critique is for the audiobook version. For me, the cover and descriptions do not match the voices. I was expecting completely different voices than I got and to be honest, it was a bit jarring. From the cover with Brock O'Hurn I was expecting a deeper voice, more mature voice and from the description of the heroine I expected a more sultry voice but what I got from both the female and male Narrators were younger, more new adult college aged voices which to me is in complete contrast to the characters but that's my opinion.

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  • Erin Lewis
  • 01-09-2020

Entertaining

Paranormal romance is not a genre I usually read, however since it is co written by one of my favourite authors, Angel Payne, I thought I would give it a try and I am so glad that I did. Although it is PNR, it was intriguing and Blood of Zeus was a book that I had a hard time putting down; in fact I was so invested in the story line that I forgot that there were paranormal elements to the story. The chemistry that sizzles between the mysterious and tortured Maximus Kane and Kara Valari was so scorchingly hot that at times I felt as though I was going to burst into flames. Maximus is swoon worthy and there is something about him that ticked the boxes for me whilst Kara is a strong determined woman. The secondary characters were just as engaging and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I am also going to purchase the audio as soon as it is available. The narration by Jennifer Mack and Jacob Morgan was spot on and they really brought the story to life for me.

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  • Attia Khan
  • 11-10-2020

Holy Hades and Zeus

I am a huge fan of Greek mythology so when I read the synopsis of this story I knew I’d fall in love immediately! I got the ARC copy of this book in July and read it but the audio just helps the imagination more. The casting was amazing and with Jacob Morgan, how couldn’t be? This story is a true Greek nerds dream come true and I cannot wait for the rest of the series. Highly recommend this listen.

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  • Connie Cunningham
  • 11-10-2020

Book is ok

It seemed to take forever to get to the point of the story. I found it a little hard to get into. I didn’t understand what was going on. There is not alot of information about the characters backstories. I had a hard time following it. Hopefully the next book will ne better.

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  • carrie sponaugle
  • 05-10-2020

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Great,Great read! Leaves you NEEDING more. I can’t wait until the next book releases.

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  • Myra
  • 01-10-2020

I like it but.....

I liked the story. Kara seems like a book smart person, bit of a ditz. sometimes Kell seemed workdly smarter. Listening to the audible version, I just had a hard time with listening to Jennifer's voice of Kara. It is too nasal sounding and just doesn't portray the strength I think Kara has. Jacob sounded better, but I imagined a deeper voice with more growl to it. Personal opinions.

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  • T.8203
  • 13-09-2020

Its a no for me...

...I couldn't. I just couldn't like this.. There were tons of metaphors that made it feel more mechanical than immersing me into the story. Then the mystery or "getting to know" the characters went on through MOST of the book. I read OFTEN and that could have been summed up in a chapter or 3. Instead it DRAAAAGGGEEEDDDD.....to the last chapters. When I had 2 chapters left, I STILL wasn't any more connected or invested in reading on as much as I should be. The only thing keeping me going is wondering WHAT Max is...we know what Kara is. When the succubus comes to town...he borders on rape behavior. It leaves you feel outraged and sick...but the author thought that would be a great time to cut to a sex scene with the Hero. I was still reeling from the last scene and couldn't be happy for or enjoy their Kara and Max's moment. I kept moving throughout the book although I took up more issues with it than I care to write. And the payoff or promise that we're all excepting at the end...CLIFFHANGER. Nope, I won't be reading again. This was my first book from this author. This book doesn't make me trust the author enough to read another one. No wonder it took forever to introduce the character. Book 1 is like the first few chapter of the book. Book 2 will prolly be the middle and another cliff hanger. I'm going to gracefully bow out before I get hit with another cliffhanger.