Genre: Fiction; Romance; Dark Romance
Note: There are NO spoilers in this review. When discussing in the comments, please provide a spoiler warning if needed.
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5
I’m sitting here watching my best friend read Neon Gods by Katee Robert and realized – it’s time for my first (of many, I assume) Katee Robert fangirl posts.
Aside from an embarrassing amount of Nicholas Sparks and the perfect amount of Sarah Dessen in high school, I don’t have a long history with romance novels. Maybe some romantasy built into my larger fantasy obsession, but 2022 is the first year I really dove into the romance genre. Rom-coms, drama with a little spice, and full on dark romance of every variety, I did not shy away.
And that is how I found Katee Robert. I’m definitely late to the party, but I’m so glad I finally arrived.
Neon Gods is a modern retelling of Hades and Persephone. In the city of Olympus, the Thirteen rule all. There’s little evidence of magic remaining from the original Greek gods, but that doesn’t stop Zeus and the other rulers of the city from maintaining complete control.
After being promised as Zeus’s bride, Persephone runs and strikes a deal with the ruler of the lower city that begins her journey into the city’s “underworld”.
Most dark romance and smut I’ve read sacrifices a lot of plot for the sex. I’m often okay with that, but Katee is not making that sacrifice in Neon Gods or anywhere in the Dark Olympus series so far. The scenes between exhibitionist or intimate moments are not filler getting us from one orgasm to another. There are dynamic and interesting politics at play, family intricacies and drama, and deep, soul-changing love mixed into this story.
From Neon Gods to Electric Idol and Wicked Beauty – the Dark Olympus series will introduce you to kinks and desires you never knew you had, all while making sure you are fully invested in every character and interaction.
And if you want more eccentric and interesting Katee Robert recommendations, just let me know. She’s got everything from mafia romance to dragons, krakens, and vampires. But if you want a safer place to start – this is your best bet.