Title: Books, Bulls, and Bacchanals
Series: Brandywine Investigations, #4
Author: Angel Martinez
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Mystery
Length: Novel (214 pages)
Publisher: Amber Allure, Amber Quill Press, LLC (October 25th 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: Everyone assumes life’s one big party for Dionysus, but even the god of wine and orgies has problems. His anger management issues are out of control, and his siblings suggest a visit to the Eternal Library to find a cure. The library of the gods is a strange and confounding place, though, one that Dionysus has avoided for centuries, and his certainty that the library hates him is confirmed when a killer strikes during his visit.
Life as the only librarian is blissfully peaceful for Leander, giving him the security and quiet he so desperately needs. Considered a monster as a child, Leander’s memories of his imprisonment in the Labyrinth left deeply carved emotional scars. But when a young woman is murdered in his library, he needs to emerge from his self-imposed seclusion to help find the killer who might still stalk the hallways.
Forced to keep company with Dionysus, Leander swings between whether the unpredictable and charming little god will keep him safe or drive him to distraction before the killer is found.
Review: This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone in my opinion. But I would suggest reading the others to know all the characters and their stories.
I must say I fell in love with both Dio and Leander. Both characters are so damaged but together manage to balance each other and make their relationship work. Not that things are easy for either of them.
Dio is the crazy god of wine, ritual madness, and a few other things like orgies. He gives the outside appearance of happy-go-lucky and a little crazy living a rock star life. However he is so much more than that. He grew up bullied and tortured by many of his Olympian siblings and step-mother Hera. This has all lead to him having low self-esteem, extreme cases of rage with blackouts, and a very funny at times thought process.
Leander is the Minotaur. Except all the stories about him are completely wrong. He the exact opposite. He shy, has panic attacks, is afraid to leave his safe haven of the library, and very much body conscious. Also he is a virgin.
Together this two are complete opposites. But they do find a way to make it all work. As they work together to find who killed Dio’s friend in the library they get to know one another. They find that they give each other strength to overcome their individual issues. They also accept each other for who and what they are.
Honestly from start to finish of the story I was enthralled by these two very different men. Plus it didn’t hurt that I loved the supporting characters either. Who wouldn’t love red panda library assistants, mushroom gardeners, fauns, and some other mythical gods and goddess lending a hand? Oh and let’s not forgot some very hot sex between a god and Minotaur.
Overall a very nicely flowing story and a great creative take on mythology. This was a great addition to the series and perhaps my favorite to date.
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