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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.

©2016 Laura Thalassa (P)2017 Laura Thalassa

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  • Killian
  • 11-04-17

I'm so glad I read this

I was about to skip over this book because the summary was a bit confusing but the reviews said it was worth a shot. I was not disappointed. I loved that the worlds were established enough but not overly explained to follow along smoothly. The main character is tough and funny (didn't expect that!) and the side characters are interesting. Of course the love interest was ¡¡HOT!! and really every fantasy style romance man but he was everything I'd look for so I was super happy. the plot is interesting and engaging and there wasn't a moment I though "hmmm wonder when something fascinating is going to happen"
It's not just well written! Oh no. Susannah Jones gives one of the BEST performances I've heard on audible and I've been a member for a long time and gone through about 100 books. Susannah where have you been all my life!? She give great tones and has amazing character voices. She gives one of the best sexy male voices I've heard, better than some men! Her delivery is natural and impeccable. Enough so I might just get another book she's narrated based on her being part of it alone!

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  • L. Jones
  • 11-01-20

Fifty Shades of Fae

Let me start by saying that this book isn't bad *for what it is.* The problem is that the blurb is very misleading, so if you go in expecting the story it promises you'll be sorely disappointed.

The blurb suggests that what you're getting is the story of a girl who's forced to work with a dangerous fae who's her former lover in order to solve a deadly mystery surrounding an unknown entity abducting fae warriors. Strictly speaking, this plot does happen - but in a book with 30 chapters, practically none of it occurs prior to chapter 24. When it finally does happen, it feels rushed and unsatisfying, especially the ending. Without spoiling, imagine if Gandalf suddenly stormed into Barad Dur and triggered a nuclear bomb - it was kinda like that. And this part of the story makes Callie seem incredibly dense, as she "figures out" thinks that would've been obvious to a narcoleptic preteen three chapters ago.

The plot we get instead for roughly 80% of the book is about Calypso being hot for Brooding Bad Boy™ Desmond, aka The Bargainer. She knows he's dangerous, she knows he abandoned her, and he's manipulative and controlling - but dammit, he's SEXY, so she just can't help herself. (Incidentally, his abandonment of her is explained in one of the most cringeworthy ways I've ever seen.)

The relationship between Des and Callie feels *incredibly* toxic - they read like two badly damaged people who are leaning on each other because they don't think anyone else will have them. This is especially true of Callie. Its story of a man who's powerful, rich, and influential controlling a younger, more naive woman put me in mind of the execrable 50 Shades books, which is never a good thing to be compared to. Also, the extremely graphic descriptions of sexual acts put me off. I'm not a prude by any means, but if I want to read a book that goes into detail about hand jobs and oral sex, I'll deliberately choose a book that's supposed to include such content. If I'm here for the plot and had no reason to expect stuff like that, it just gets in the way.

I'm giving this two stars instead of one because the writing was competent and the narrator did a good job. If I'd actually understood what the book was actually like going in, I still wouldn't really have liked it, but I'd probably give it a three.

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  • Victoria
  • 26-05-18

I tried to finish it, I did

The narrator was fine, but the story had too many major things that rubbed me the wrong way. For starters our love interest meets our protagonist when she’s 15. FIFTEEN. And he’s already making suggestive remarks. And the creepiness is borderline ignored because in this world the legal age is 16. Still gross. My biggest issue is how controlling the men are in this book, mainly our love interest, and the protagonist rarely puts up a fight. She gets angry but she’s literally being forced to do things and she get over it in what seems like 30 seconds. Oddly enough, what made me turn this off, even though it was the least important problem to me, is the stereotypical portrayal of her black best friend. The “giiirrrlll”s and the “hey bitch”es and the “black Jesus”s literally grated on my nerves so much I couldn’t force myself to finish. I say this as a black woman, if you can’t write a black character who uses AAVE without resorting to these sorts of cliches, it’s totally okay to write their dialogue like literally every other character. Like come on. Our protagonist and her best friend have an extended conversation later in the book and the friend said nookie, I swear to god this woman said nookie, and I had to hit stop before I scratched my own ears off. What year is it?! If you can look past the borderline pedophilia, the glossing over obviously abusive relationships, and just annoying black stereotypes, hey you might enjoy it. But I could never get into the story because either our girl is being forced into something and brushing it off, we’re having a flashback of her when she was basically a child and coming on to a grown man, or heaven forbid her best friend *speaks*. This book exhausted me.

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  • S. E.
  • 24-02-18

Honestly baffled

Would you try another book from Laura Thalassa and/or Susannah Jones?

The reader, maybe. The author, "SWEET BABY JESUS" no.

What character would you cut from Rhapsodic?

Haha this book has like 5 characters total and most of them appear in 3 scenes at most. You could still cut half of them and nothing of value would be lost.

Any additional comments?

I have written and deleted many things already. What do I want to say? How do I properly express how much this book annoyed me? My two main thoughts while listening:

1. Any of the elements of this story could have been enjoyable if they were done well.
2. This is kind of embarrassing. Just a general embarrassment all around.

I think I can describe this book best by describing the male lead. SPOILERS MAYBE? Not much happens in this book, y'all.

He is an enormous man with the face of a woman. He wears old band shirts (so cool). His arms have muscles (and you WILL be reminded). He has a predatory, nefarious, wicked, sinful, evil, vicious, thesaurus-exhausting smile. Our protagonist breathlessly insists constantly, in nearly every scene that he is a terrible man who does terrible things to people and will do terrible things to her. He is the king of the night! He is the king of sex! So what will he do to her now that he's come to collect on her debts?

He kisses her. He takes her furniture shopping. He helps her get away from an angry ex-boyfriend. He stocks up his kitchen with all her favorite foods. He takes her traveling. He wants her to stop drinking so much, it's not good for her. He wants her to have her own friends because she's too isolated. He wants her to talk about her feelings and their relationship. He blocks her sexual advances because he'd rather cuddle and marathon Harry Potter movies. He fixes everything in the end by assuring her that she is beautiful. What.

So many things in this book would be entertaining if they weren't played so embarrassingly straight. Up until the last hour, all it is is the two main leads interacting, interspersed constantly with flashbacks of them interacting even more. I honestly can't remember any of these scenes because it is really just one really long conversation and we know how it resolves from the moment it starts. None of this would be a problem if I liked the main leads. But I don't. Because the book says they're one thing, they are actually a different thing, and I don't like any of the things.

OK, I need to stop now or I never will. I just wanted to put my thoughts down because it was the interesting premise and glowing reviews that made me buy this book.

Good ideas, bad execution. Reader did her best with it. "I AM THE NIGHT!"

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  • Amanda C.
  • 17-12-20

STOP writing romantic storylines between minors and adults. It’s gross.

I’d be really curious to know how many readers of this book are/were 16-18 when they read it. I’m in my early thirties and I gotta day, hearing these creepy storylines where a full grown man has romantic feelings toward a minor (even if the author “fixes” it by making a parallel society where 16 is the age of adulthood, nice try) really ruins the mood for me. It seems that underage/school age characters are the norm, yet, it seems the majority of readers/listeners are adults, so, WHY? Please make it stop. Everything else about this book is fine and even enjoyable. I am just really getting sick of this gross, pedo crap in my genre. It isn’t relatable, it isn’t sexy, it’s gross.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-02-19

disappointed

I was looking for much more fantasy and not soft porn. I wanted something more along the lines of The Cruel Prince, and this was really, really far from it. Not necessarily bad, just really not what I was looking for.

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  • Amy
  • 20-04-17

Love the plot

I would have given 5 starts in each category but the narrator voice for Dez was so weird sounding. Like a high school speaking like her boyfriend. That through me off. It also mad it hard to connect with Dez. However, the story was so good I just had to power through.

I love this plot and I can't wait to see what happens next. I think we find out there is more to Callie than we first thought. I hope we find out what the plan is for those creepy little kids.

Overall great read!

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  • Leslie
  • 11-04-17

Swears, Flashbacks, and Adult Audiences

Any additional comments?

This is not as much as a review, and more of a, "Let me tell you what I wish I had known."

I was drawn in by the story description and by all of the positive reviews, and the beautiful cover. I was eager to get started on it.

I only got about 1/2 way through before stopping. BUT, I do agree with a majority of the readers, what I did get through was gripping, interesting, and a really good read.

That aside, their are some things I wish I had known before getting this book, that I hope will help someone else make their purchasing decision.

1. This book swears a lot more than I am comfortable with. There are a lot of F-bombs, and I didn't like hearing them.

2. Every chapter starts with a flashback. Some reviewers found this tastefully done, I found there to be too many, and found them a bit of a bore, taking away from the main storyline.

3. This is definitely a book suited for mature audiences. I guess I could have gotten that from the cover, but there was a lot of sexual components that I didn't find tasteful.

It you don't have issues with any of the things I listed above, you may have just found a new favorite book. The writing is, overall, really well done. Plus the narrator does a great job.

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  • Brekah S.
  • 06-06-19

its okay

Not the storyline, that I anticipated. Not a bad book, but most likely won't finish the series

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  • AmazonCustomer
  • 17-07-18

Loved every second of it.

Thalassa is a master of building sexual tension and story telling. Fantastic story with characters who feel real, even if they're quite not human.

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  • Jessica Wolfe
  • 30-11-17

A Fine Romance

A fine romance

Though Desmond is a pitiful name for a romantic hero, this is nonetheless an enjoyable romance. Thematically It feels like the writer has borrowed heavily from Sara J Mas' Court of Thorns series, but given I like that series this wasn't too much of an issue for me. In tone it's more like A. J. Aalto. This story lacks Mas' complexity and nuance, but it's fun.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer)
  • 14-01-21

So good

For the first 30-45minutes I wasn’t sure if I was liking this but I’m so glad I persevered as I really enjoyed it.

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  • Stephanie Lynn
  • 07-12-19

A fun listen!

I've known about this book for a while, but kept putting it off. When I heard that it was on audiobook, I jumped at the chance to listen! I'm glad I did, I loved listening to it, and likely enjoyed it more this way. Not as complex as I enjoy in most stories, but the characters are likable enough, and the story flows smoothly, making this a fun book to listen to! Call and Desmond are much like some of the other stories I've seen, but with inspirations from the Hades/Persephone myths, that's what retellings often do, and I enjoyed this telling.

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  • Km
  • 30-05-18

Loved it

Such a steamy intriguing mystery. That kept me well intertwined throughout. Call is a women that keeps other women inspired.

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  • Deborah B.
  • 08-01-21

Excellent

What a fantastic start to this series. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Great characters and a wonderful narrator

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-12-20

Loved this!

It is a wonderful story, I fell in love with Callie and Des right away. The narrator is doing an amazing job as well. Highly recommend listening to this!

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  • Somy
  • 04-12-20

dragging in the begining but interesting at end

struggled to pass middle and then it got my attention. narrator was very good in her performance particularly in romantic scenes.

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  • Janie
  • 12-10-20

Not very original

For me i found the story and the characters to be a poor attempt at merging Sarah J Mass's far superior, Throne of Glass and Court of Thorns and Roses series..I love fae stories and the character Des (really stupid name, even for a human) wasn't too bad, a bit annoying at times, but no where near as annoying as Callie. She's got none of the strong female traits and character as the two leading women from the other two series mentioned. She has a power (a siren) not that makes much more of her character, apart from that a bit of a simpering, pathetic human. Just how humans are described in the books. Needs much stronger characters and a faster paced story.

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  • Poppey
  • 08-06-20

Possibilities

This book will not win any awards for great world/character building. However, it has the ingredients of one of those books which, once you start, find it difficult to put down. It is a little reminiscent of a Sarah Maas book and would be more suited to YA, apart from language and sexual content possibly.

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  • Lindy Hunt
  • 30-05-20

Really enjoyed this book

Love this author and the narrator! Enjoyed the book, will be listening to the series

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  • Imee_B
  • 19-04-18

***Rhapsodic***

Rhapsodic is magical, beautifully written in a slow burn romance and suspense between a sirene and her fairy king of the night. Its mesmerizing. Laura Thalassa create a magnifcent world of fairies, humans and other supernatural beings. Susannah Jones narratives is excellent, she puts life to each character with all their feelings and emotions.

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  • Jayltee
  • 17-01-18

Aggressively Cliched

Flimsy, poorly written romance with a blurb indicating a fantasy novel. The prologue sets out a promising idea but it’s wasted in the following chapters, drenched in cliche, poor characterisation and distracting plotting. After so many quality audiobooks lately this was such a let down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-21

let down.

had high hopes for this one but it lacked a good plot and had mediocre spice.
won't be finishing the series.

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  • kerri williams author
  • 25-01-21

best read for 2021. I

I binged the heck out of this story. Fast paced, well written, and hot!
About to hit up book two

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  • DebraP
  • 20-09-20

Siren n Darkness, Love

Well, Laura Thalassa, author and her beautiful captivating stories. It’s hard to express exactly why and saying love is just not enough, expressive enough to convey how I enjoyed the begging of this series. You know when it comes to the ending even though it’s a cliff hanger that you want more, that you don’t want it to end that’s it’s good.
Susannah Jones, expressive, she made to feel the story and the love, angsts, wonderful
I just can’t wait to sink into the next part of the series. Well done to both author and narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-07-20

Really enjoyed

My first book here on this app and I loved it. The narrator was amazing , she did different voices and I felt I could invisiion the story from her words. I felt the book was good as well. I will continue the series .

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  • mbs_alert
  • 13-12-19

Tragic start

Love the book and looking forward to reading the next. It is a bit confusing with the flash backs but well worth it once you have a full understanding of the past...

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  • Alex
  • 10-08-18

lovable, easy listen but gaps in story telling

there's gaps in the story that maybe answer in book two other then that it's a easy listen with rememable parts and lovable characters you'll won't forget easily, just stick it out

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  • Amazon Customer Rach
  • 16-03-18

very addictive

I I switched between reading and listening. time for the second book. highly recommend. Callie never the victim