Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
Series: The Bargainer, #1
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 326 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 15th 2016 by Lavabrook Publishing Group
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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.
I think Rhapsodic is the first book with sirens I’ve ever read, so I was pretty exited to read this one. There’s not that many fae books I’ve read either besides Sarah J. Maas and Holly Black books.
Callie might be like all the other characters in fantasy books in the past but in the present she’s one badass siren. She turns from a victim to someone who isn’t afraid of going after bad men.
I found it very interesting that her siren side is like a whole different person. The monster side of her wants to take, wreak havoc and feast on her victims’ fear and lust. I hope the siren part of her makes more appearances in the second book. I like Callie but I kinda find her darker side more interesting.
I usually hate flashbacks but while there were many in this book I was happy to read them. They weren’t just random but gave a bigger picture for Callie’s relationship with The Bargainer.
Callie met him when she was almost sixteen years old, which is legal age of adulthood in the supernatural community. She kept calling more and more favors from him until after 322 favors he disappeared from her life. Now he’s back and we get to know little by little what happened with them in the past. Still, Callie doesn’t know what he’s doing back now after seven years.
Slow burn romances are always hit or miss for me but in this book insta love wouldn’t have worked. Callie was only fifteen when they met and “broken”. She needed to grow up and learn to trust Des. Callie needed to know that he didn’t want to take anything from her but gave her peace and comfort.
All in all I really enjoyed the world building and after few days I even raised the rating from four stars to five. The romance could feel slow sometimes but I wouldn’t have been satisfied by it otherwise and in the end you can’t be mad for Des being away for so long.