1 Star · DNF · Whinny Protags

A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa

A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer Book 2)Summary: Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.
When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.
Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.

My Review

DNF @ 56%

I have no desire to go back to this book at all after reading half of the book yesterday…..

After enjoying the first book,this was a complete let down to the max. Instead of everything and everyone getting better,everyone but Temper got worse.

Caillie went from being a straight badass siren P.I. to this whiny special snowflake who can’t put two and two together and whines about training even tho she said she wants to learn how to be a nightmare… Guys I can’t tell you how much it ignores me when I figure out something like two pages before the MC does and I have to keep myself from saying ” duh” aloud. I did this a couple times with Callie and it’s madding.

Des went from being an ok dude who respected Callie wishes and saw her as an equal to a overbearing ,protective ,who can’t tell her shit about about his past, and would rather bang her on a cloud or tree horndog.. Their realtionship went from having some substance to straight up to an unhealthy dose of “how many places can we bang and talk nasty?” God I hate alpha males. Especially when they found who their mates are and go 0 to 100 if someone breathes on their girl wrong. I’m really starting to dislike the whole mate thing as well.

The plot was still nonexistent and still wasn’t enough side characters to help the plot along.It still to much of Caillie and Des trying to get it on in different places and not really nothing each other like they thought they did in book one and not enough about them solving the case or the missing men soldiers and comatose woman soldiers. Yes, It was some world building but it was just enough to say that it were some.

So in all honestly, just read the first one and don’t even think about reading the second one.


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