If you’re looking for a modern romance retelling of Psyche and Eros, look no further. This is the second book in the Dark Olympus series, but you don’t need to have read Neon Gods to read this. Electric Idol can be read as a standalone, although it will spoil the events of Neon Gods and will mention some events that took place previously.
Title: Electric Idol
Author: Katee Robert
Series: Dark Olympus #2
Genres: Romance, Retellings, Fantasy
Release Date: January 18, 2022
Thank you to Dreamscape Media for the Netgalley Audiobook arc!
I’ll be the first person to admit I don’t know the first thing about Greek mythology. Psyche and Eros? Literally have no idea what their story is and yet I loved this modern retelling of it. I didn’t even know I wanted this book so badly until I saw the audiobook arc available for request, and once I was approved, I shoved aside my entire TBR to listen to this immediately.
If you’re looking for a steamy romance with marriage of convenience and enemies to lovers, this is the story for you. Psyche and Eros aren’t friends – they are barely acquaintances. But when Eros shows up to a party limping and covered in blood, Psyche is quick to help patch him up. When they’re seen together, the rumors start to fly of their so called “relationship” and Eros mother, Aphrodite, tells Eros to bring her Psyche’s heart on a platter. Instead, he decides the only way to protect this innocent young woman is to marry her. He either has to kill her or marry her and he goes with marry – and she agrees.
I loved Psyche so much! She’s a plus-sized social media influencer in Olympus – she is perfectly happy with her body the way it is – she knows she’s not like the other women, has to shop at speciality stores to find clothes in her size, but that doesn’t bother her. She loves her sisters and mother, family is important to her even if they don’t alway see eye to eye. She’s strong willed and independent.
Eros is the opposite, a loner type who won’t show his feelings to anyone. Living alone in a bachelor pad pent house with only casual flings, never a real relationship. He’s the grumpy one with an angry face.
Their opposite personalities obviously make them a perfect match for a “we have to get married or I have to kill you, and I don’t want to kill you.” I love marriages of convenience when it makes sense like this. (As much sense as this can make, that is…) Despite being forced together, neither can deny they’re attracted to the other as they’re forced to live together and keep Psyche alive.
I have to say, compared to Neon Gods, I found this book to have a lot less sex scenes. The sex that did occur was quite steamy, but it was a lot less than I expected to find. This book still has a strong plot line and more romance than just sex, so I wasn’t mad in the least.
I really enjoyed this story and I couldn’t stop listening to it – its addictive! I’m already looking forward to the next book in this series.
This book was narrated by the same narrators as Neon Gods, once again in dual perspectives of both Psyche and Eros, and I have to say I loved it! I love the duo of Alex Moorcock & Zara Hampton-Brown – A+, highly recommend listening to this!
If you’re looking for a romance that is also a retelling of a Greek myth, look no further! This was a fun and quick read that I highly recommend. You don’t have to be well versed in Greek mythology to enjoy this – I’m sure not well verse, and I understood enough of what was going on.