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Release Day Review: The Tenth Muse by Belinda McBride

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Release Day Review: The Tenth Muse by Belinda McBride

Book Info

Book Series
Aphrodite Project #1
About the Author
Belinda is an award-winning, top-selling author of erotic romance, speculative fiction and LGBTQ romance. She lives in far Northern California with her family, a pack of Siberian Huskies and a rogue Saluki. 

A graduate of CSU Chico, she managed to attend the notorious party school without once getting drunk, arrested or appearing in a ‘Girls Gone Wild’ video. Her main focus of study was classical and archival history, cultural anthropology and theatre arts.

After several years in the workforce. Belinda purchased a laptop computer and from there, knew that her childhood dream of being an author would come to life. 

Belinda's books are available at all the typical distributors as well as on the publisher's homepages. 

You can check out Belinda's website and find her on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

Publication Date
May 17, 2016
252 pages
Filed on personal Goodreads shelves: 2016 reads, Divine Magazine 2016, 4 star reads, erotica, historical, romance, male/male, paranormal, over 18
In a wicked game, the God of Love falls to his own arrow, and a gentle scholar learns how dangerous knowledge can be.
Aphrodite has had it.

It was bad enough that her son Eros walked a fashion show in drag, but did he really have to show the entire world his wings? Desperate to rein in the impulsive young god, she recruits the scholarly muse Rees to lure him back to Olympus until the scandal dies down.

After hundreds of years, Eros has finally located the reincarnation of his former love, Psyche. The only way to her heart is through fame, so the God of Love plans a daring campaign to win her back. Yet the closer he gets to Psyche, the more he’s drawn to a geeky young professor who came crashing into his life.

Eros drags Rees into his wicked world of high fashion and risqué parties, only to expose him to danger from an unexpected source. When Rees’ secrets come out, they threaten to destroy Eros’ love for him. Yet when Rees is kidnapped, Eros is forced to turn to the woman who set this catastrophe in motion—his mother, Aphrodite.

Reader Advisory: This book contains some scenes of kidnapping/captivity and graphic scenes of death and violence. This book also contains references to/discussions of rape.

Editor reviews

1 reviews

Interesting take on the Greek Gods of old.
(Updated: May 17, 2016)
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.

Eros is taking the modelling world by storm. But he showed his wings and his mother Aphrodite has had enough. She sends Rees, a scholar and teacher, brother to the Nine Muses, to convince Eros to pack up from earth and return to Mount Olympus. Eros grows attached to the young man and, dare he say it, falls in love with him. But the Eros discovers what his mother did, and Rees disappears. As much as Eros hates his mother right now, Aphrodite is the only one to can find Rees, so Eros can apologise and attempt to salvage their relationship.

Most of the major characters in this book are Greek Gods and Goddesses. And we get a lot of legends and myths from them. Now, I don't know if I'm not remembering Ancient Greek history correctly, or they appear slightly different here. Regardless, once I turned my remembering off, and I just read the story as a story, so to speak, I enjoyed the book a whole lot more.

Eros has his says, so we get his immediate reaction to Rees when he literally falls into Eros' life.  We get Eros' love of Psyche, the woman he has been searching for, for so very long. We get his reaction to finding her, but not liking her and discovering she is in love with another. We get his slowly dawning realisation of what his mother has done, and his utter devastation when he realises Rees is missing. 

Rees also has a say, so we get his unsettled feeling in The Fields. We get his growing love for Eros. His awful reaction when he meets she who Eros doesn't like. And we get when he remembers. When EVERYONE remembers.

Its very well written, and flows a steady pace. I didn't spot a single spelling error. 

And I got the whodunnit wrong too! I LOVE being proven wrong, I really do!

It's the first I have read of this author and I would like to read more. This book is billed as book one in the Aphrodite Project. I'd love to be able to follow the series, because I have no idea who might be next. Whether someone else gets a story, or Eros and Rees return for more. I really don't care, I still want to read them. 

It does get a little . . . . . .painful, when Rees is remembering, graphically painful and because of this violence, I've filed it on my over 18 shelf.

A really really good read, I thought.

4 solid stars

*same worded review will appear on Goodreads,,, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo**
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