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An ancient grudge. A forbidden love. The only thing worse than being a demon is being a Valari. As an undergraduate at Los Angeles’s Alameda University, Kara Valari can sometimes succeed at forgetting she’s both. Lost between the pages of the classics and tucked into the shadows of lecture halls, she can dodge the paparazzi’s lenses as well as her family’s publicized dram An ancient grudge. A forbidden love. The only thing worse than being a demon is being a Valari. As an undergraduate at Los Angeles’s Alameda University, Kara Valari can sometimes succeed at forgetting she’s both. Lost between the pages of the classics and tucked into the shadows of lecture halls, she can dodge the paparazzi’s lenses as well as her family’s publicized dramas—not to mention their private expectations. She has one more year to feed her true passions. Then she’ll be expected to fulfill a much darker destiny. Cursed with inexplicable strength and god-like stature, literature professor Maximus Kane knows all about darkness. Every day he’s reminded of the missteps of his childhood and the devastating consequences they’ve had on those dearest to him. To atone, Maximus spends his nights alone and his days submerged in the quiet life of academia. His existence has become a study in control, and he’s become a master at it—until Kara Valari walks into his toughest course. Viscerally, Kara’s everything he craves. Logically, she’s everything he rejects. She’s a starlet of privilege. She’s also a student. And after one touch, he can’t deny that she’s awakened something in him that may never go dormant. Nothing about her makes sense, but everything about her feels right. Especially in the deepest strands of his DNA, which are still shadows of mystery to him—a mystery Kara seems determined to uncover. She’s Hollywood royalty. She’s forbidden fruit. And he’s pretty sure she could be the answer to everything.


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An ancient grudge. A forbidden love. The only thing worse than being a demon is being a Valari. As an undergraduate at Los Angeles’s Alameda University, Kara Valari can sometimes succeed at forgetting she’s both. Lost between the pages of the classics and tucked into the shadows of lecture halls, she can dodge the paparazzi’s lenses as well as her family’s publicized dram An ancient grudge. A forbidden love. The only thing worse than being a demon is being a Valari. As an undergraduate at Los Angeles’s Alameda University, Kara Valari can sometimes succeed at forgetting she’s both. Lost between the pages of the classics and tucked into the shadows of lecture halls, she can dodge the paparazzi’s lenses as well as her family’s publicized dramas—not to mention their private expectations. She has one more year to feed her true passions. Then she’ll be expected to fulfill a much darker destiny. Cursed with inexplicable strength and god-like stature, literature professor Maximus Kane knows all about darkness. Every day he’s reminded of the missteps of his childhood and the devastating consequences they’ve had on those dearest to him. To atone, Maximus spends his nights alone and his days submerged in the quiet life of academia. His existence has become a study in control, and he’s become a master at it—until Kara Valari walks into his toughest course. Viscerally, Kara’s everything he craves. Logically, she’s everything he rejects. She’s a starlet of privilege. She’s also a student. And after one touch, he can’t deny that she’s awakened something in him that may never go dormant. Nothing about her makes sense, but everything about her feels right. Especially in the deepest strands of his DNA, which are still shadows of mystery to him—a mystery Kara seems determined to uncover. She’s Hollywood royalty. She’s forbidden fruit. And he’s pretty sure she could be the answer to everything.

30 review for Blood of Zeus

  1. 4 out of 5

    CourtRocks'

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.75 Stars! LONG review! This was one of my most anticipated releases for the year, and while I really enjoyed it and LOVE the cover (Brock Ohurn baby😏), it just didn't end up being as epic as I hoped it would be. Though, I am still holding out hope the next books will make up for it since it is part of a series. 🤞 I actually loved the start of it, and how it is kind of a role reversal type of book. The heroine is a bit more forward type of character (actually she only was in the beginning), rich, 3.75 Stars! LONG review! This was one of my most anticipated releases for the year, and while I really enjoyed it and LOVE the cover (Brock Ohurn baby😏), it just didn't end up being as epic as I hoped it would be. Though, I am still holding out hope the next books will make up for it since it is part of a series. 🤞 I actually loved the start of it, and how it is kind of a role reversal type of book. The heroine is a bit more forward type of character (actually she only was in the beginning), rich, a demon with a bit more mysterious past, and who is in an arranged engagement. The hero grew up poor, doesn't really know who he is, trying to figure out who the heroine is most of the book, and has to face more hurdles to be with the heroine (something I'm excited for there to be in book 2) Totally my type of book. But as the book went on, their personalities and who they are, just became a bit bland. Such as since she is a demon, I expected her to maybe be somewhat experienced or promiscuous, so I was VERY disappointed when we found out the heroine was a virgin🙄 even if it was for a reason. And then the hero, I think I was expecting a bit more darkness or alpha-ness, or have a broody nature to him, maybe just to spice things up a bit, but he was actually probably one of the nicest characters ever LOL, even a bit naive. I wish I could give this one a 5 star too, but so many things were lacking and it was a bit disappointing. One would be the teacher/student trope. I so hoped it was a bigger part of the story, or at least have an age gap between them, which there wasn't really one sadly😭 The book was actually a sweeter, less angst and drama, type of book. Like a coffee shop type of read. There were some sexy parts, and I think the forbidden-ness was supposed to cause more angst, bur it didn't really. Everything, including the romance, was just pretty calm and sweet. The calm before the storm maybe? Another thing that bothered me, was the lack of details. For example, descriptions and their ages,which were total mysteries the entire book. I'm guessing she's in her early 20's since she's in college. The hero mentioned he was young to be a professor, and he acts pretty young too. We finally find out at the end that he is 27 from the heroine who tells the reader that actually, and I'm just a little confused how she even knew how old he was when they literally don't have any conversations about details of themselves like that. I also expected him to be a bit older🤔 I'm also confused on the hero's past? So here is this super strong dude who mentioned he has to be super careful about humans and how he wishes he can have more contact. Then we have his friend making fun of him because he's never with a woman or even entertains them, and the hero makes comments of how he prefers courting women and that sex isn't everything. So I'm thinking, if this dude is scared of being even close to his best friend for example, that maybe he's more innocent with sex. Maybe not a virgin, but just more inexperienced? Especially because every comment the best friend makes about him, sounds like the hero is legit never with women and the hero couldn't rebuff it. But then all of a sudden we get to when they're together, and he says how it's more special with her than anyone he has ever been with, and just how at ease he is with sex, and it just seemed like he's been with a lot more women than he let on. Then he has condoms in his nightstand, which I was under the impression he didn't bring women back to his apartment because again, the friend insinuated that. I'm fine with his sex past, but I just needed more details on it and how he was able to be with women at all because of his strength. It was all just too vague. The last thing that bothered me, was I felt like the characters were wishy washy. Their thoughts and decisions constantly contradicted their actions when it came to each other. Or they would make a decision and stick to it for legit like only a second. Or the heroine for example, who was the main pursuer at first, she chases him but everytime they get too close, she completely backs out and is running away, which got pretty annoying. So overall, although I did really enjoy this book, I think i was just expecting more out of it. So many things were just too vague or rushed, and the development was a bit off. I do love the premise of the book though, and the uniqueness of it, and I'm still super excited for the next book, though I will probably wait to read it until the last book comes out. Do i recommend it? I guess I do, but I would have to read the next books to be sure. Is it worth the price? Ehhhh, that's where it gets tricky. If you're a paperback hoarder like me, I would say hell yeah it's worth it. But for the ebook?😬. For how many pages and how this book was really just of the progression of their relationship with nothing really happening, it just wasn't enough of a full story for me to believe that this book is worth $8 for an incomplete story as an ebook, and 24$ for probably only 900 pages worth. Maybe for paperback, but not ebook, at least for me. So I guess that's up to whoever is fine with the price. Safety: No OW drama/ maybe a bit OM seeing as she is engaged but she doesn't entertain him No Cheating Only with each other in the book No manho Virgin h/non virgin H

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Bookaholic

    My immediate reaction when I finished this book was "Great start to the series. I need to get my hands on book two like NOW!!!" and I'm not kidding. There is a deep connection between Kara and Maximus but their Professor/student relationship needs to stay just that way, he cannot and will not jeopardize anything ever again. But after one touch she's what he craves.... Read my full review along with an excerpt here: https://bit.ly/NBReviewBOZ **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy My immediate reaction when I finished this book was "Great start to the series. I need to get my hands on book two like NOW!!!" and I'm not kidding. There is a deep connection between Kara and Maximus but their Professor/student relationship needs to stay just that way, he cannot and will not jeopardize anything ever again. But after one touch she's what he craves.... Read my full review along with an excerpt here: https://bit.ly/NBReviewBOZ **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books** You can find me here:  https://linktr.ee/NadineBookaholic

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Wow! I was blown away by Blood of Zeus!! When Meredith Wild and Angel Payne announced they were teaming up to bring us a new series, I could not contain my excitement. Two of my unicorn authors together? How could this be anything other than amazing? And I will tell you, it is even better than I could have imagined! I was 110% invested and engaged in this book right from the start. I read it voraciously in one sitting. And even though I am not normally a rereader, I am already excited to read th Wow! I was blown away by Blood of Zeus!! When Meredith Wild and Angel Payne announced they were teaming up to bring us a new series, I could not contain my excitement. Two of my unicorn authors together? How could this be anything other than amazing? And I will tell you, it is even better than I could have imagined! I was 110% invested and engaged in this book right from the start. I read it voraciously in one sitting. And even though I am not normally a rereader, I am already excited to read this one again! Strong and sexy, Maximus is to die for! There is a mystery and an unknown element to him that I look forward to finding out more about. And Kara? She is a strong heroine with her own destiny. I am highly anticipating the next book. I know it is going to be epic!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Luman

    Reread, just as good as the first time! This was my first foray into the PNR genre, and let me say, it was the perfect introduction. It was magnetic, the connection between Kara and Maximus. Their story and what they feel when they're together absolutely consumed me. To the point that I felt like I was a voyeur in their world. Peeking into their most intimate thoughts and emotions. Maximus's best friend Jesse, and Kara's grandfather, were my favorite supporting characters. The bonds formed are un Reread, just as good as the first time! This was my first foray into the PNR genre, and let me say, it was the perfect introduction. It was magnetic, the connection between Kara and Maximus. Their story and what they feel when they're together absolutely consumed me. To the point that I felt like I was a voyeur in their world. Peeking into their most intimate thoughts and emotions. Maximus's best friend Jesse, and Kara's grandfather, were my favorite supporting characters. The bonds formed are unbreakable. As someone who has mostly shied away from paranormal romance, I loved that even though the biggest plot point is Kara's demonic lineage and Maximus's unknown, but inexplicable, lineage, it doesn't feel overly mystical or paranormal. They are written in such a humanized way that you don't even think about those things when you're reading. You're just sucked into their connection and the obstacles they face. Both our characters are extremely self-aware, in different ways. And let me tell you, their slow burn leaves sparks along the way. Highly recommended and my final read for 2019. I was absolutely engrossed from start to finish.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    When I heard that two of my favorite authors were teaming up to deliver an epic PNR series I could not be any more excited!  Maximus and Kara were sexy and so compelling. I loved the attraction between them and how their connection came right off the pages. Overall I loved how mysterious Kara and Maximus' past was and the tiny breadcrumbs of secrets. This story was tantalizing and delicious and the perfect new series to jump into head first! 4 stars! ~Ratula 

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shel

    I love everything about this story! Maximus is so intense, so tortured by his past actions that he can't let anyone too close. He has a secret and truly doesn't even know it. Those closest to him won't tell. Kara has a secret too and wishes she could forget it. Her life is mapped out for her and she has no control over her future. Together they are fire and lightning! Together they are on a path that neither one knows how to move forward. Book 1, Blood of Zeus is an exciting buildup to what can onl I love everything about this story! Maximus is so intense, so tortured by his past actions that he can't let anyone too close. He has a secret and truly doesn't even know it. Those closest to him won't tell. Kara has a secret too and wishes she could forget it. Her life is mapped out for her and she has no control over her future. Together they are fire and lightning! Together they are on a path that neither one knows how to move forward. Book 1, Blood of Zeus is an exciting buildup to what can only be a battle of epic proportions for love! I am vibrating with glee having read this and thoroughly anticipate the next book of the series!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angel Payne

    UPDATE: WOW!! The reader and reviewer love for Kara and Maximus is just...GAH. Thank you, world, for loving our demon and her demigod with such passion and fire! We guarantee you're going to LOVE "Heart Of Fire" just as much! We really hope you all love Maximus and Kara's story. Writing this one with Meredith Wild was such a wonderful, awesome ride--and an immense honor. So thrilled the book is here for your enjoyment now too!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Corinne Akers

    Wow!! Just mind blowing!! So much intensity through out this entire book! The depth of the emotion can be felt in every word written in this book. I felt like I was pulled into a very vivid, deeply personal intimate relationship between Maximus and Kara. It’s so vividly written that you’re drawn into the reality that exists on the pages in front of you, so much so your breathing elevates as you frantically turn the pages needing to find out what happens next! I have always been fascinated by the Wow!! Just mind blowing!! So much intensity through out this entire book! The depth of the emotion can be felt in every word written in this book. I felt like I was pulled into a very vivid, deeply personal intimate relationship between Maximus and Kara. It’s so vividly written that you’re drawn into the reality that exists on the pages in front of you, so much so your breathing elevates as you frantically turn the pages needing to find out what happens next! I have always been fascinated by the ancient gods and goddesses and on that same note the demons from that time in history too! To read about them in a modernized story like this made this reader one ecstatically overjoyed human who cannot wait to get her hands on the rest of this series!!! How can I only give 5 stars to a book when there’s a whole galaxy of them out there?!?! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  9. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Demons and mythology? SIGN ME UP!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kika Medina

    I was completely blown away by this book!! Every scene with Maximus and Kara was perfect, they had me swooning hard!!! When I found out my favorite authors Meredith and Angel we’re writing together, I already knew I would love it, but it was seriously so much better than what I expected and those last few chapters OMG specially the last one!! I seriously know this words are not enough but my mind is all over the place!! I can’t wait for the next book and for the rest of the world to know Maximus and I was completely blown away by this book!! Every scene with Maximus and Kara was perfect, they had me swooning hard!!! When I found out my favorite authors Meredith and Angel we’re writing together, I already knew I would love it, but it was seriously so much better than what I expected and those last few chapters OMG specially the last one!! I seriously know this words are not enough but my mind is all over the place!! I can’t wait for the next book and for the rest of the world to know Maximus and Kara.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    All of a sudden this book was all over my feed, then it popped up on my library's website, so it seemed a no brainer to click to get it. Sadly this one didn't work out for me, I gave up at 30%. As I was reading this one I felt like I was missing something, like a prequel or if this book/series was spun off of another. I was mildly intrigued by Kara, who seemed like a good person, one who needed a better family. I really liked that she bucked them to visit Gramps, who was a bit sad, due to the si All of a sudden this book was all over my feed, then it popped up on my library's website, so it seemed a no brainer to click to get it. Sadly this one didn't work out for me, I gave up at 30%. As I was reading this one I felt like I was missing something, like a prequel or if this book/series was spun off of another. I was mildly intrigued by Kara, who seemed like a good person, one who needed a better family. I really liked that she bucked them to visit Gramps, who was a bit sad, due to the situation he was in. I get that Maximus is the hero we should swoon over, but I didn't get it, he was only slightly interesting to me and his guilt complex drove me nuts, along with his fighting his attraction to Kara. I just got to a point where I didn't care what happened to these two, this one just wasn't for me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2 stars A book ive been waiting half a year to be released is a total flop. The characters and the plot all fell flat. To summarize, this book was all window dressing with nothing of substance inside. The story just got bogged down under: -The heroine being a celebrity (I think her and her family were supposed to represent the Kardashians??) -Student teacher relationship with Hero being a professor of literature (btw this felt like a total rip off of Gabriels Inferno) -And on top of those two thing 2 stars A book ive been waiting half a year to be released is a total flop. The characters and the plot all fell flat. To summarize, this book was all window dressing with nothing of substance inside. The story just got bogged down under: -The heroine being a celebrity (I think her and her family were supposed to represent the Kardashians??) -Student teacher relationship with Hero being a professor of literature (btw this felt like a total rip off of Gabriels Inferno) -And on top of those two things, both H and h are paranormal beings. (H is a Demi god and h is a demon) Even though allllll of that extra stuff is going on, the book still felt formulaic and predictable. I felt like I knew exactly what was going to happen before it happened. Like I havent read a scene where the H and h are making out and about to get the sexy times on but then they get interrupted just so the story drags along. Same old same old. All of this on top of each other made everything so jumbled and over the top. Like I said, all decoration with no real substance. Especially the Hero's character. He was a total wimp when it came to going after the heroine. And youre telling me this guy is the son of Zeus??? Wasnt buying what this author was selling. So why 2 stars instead of 1? The hero wasnt aware of the paranormal world and the heroine is the one that introduces him. Usually its the heroine that has to play catchup. Thats the only part I liked. Safety: Safe as far as I could tell, even though this book ends on a cliffhanger No cheating/no other people after meeting/ no OW/OM drama yet Heroine is a virgin and is 'betrothed' to some other demon H isnt a manwhore but his experience level was never spelled out Lots of push and pull from both parties.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin Lewis

    5 star review of Blood of Zeus (Blood of Zeus #1) by Meredith Wild & Angel Payne Paranormal romance is not a genre I usually read, however since it is co written by one of my favourite authors, Angel Payne, I thought I would give it a try and I am so glad that I did. Although it is PNR, it was intriguing and Blood of Zeus was a book that I had a hard time putting down; in fact I was so invested in the story line that I forgot that there were paranormal elements to the story. The chemistry that siz 5 star review of Blood of Zeus (Blood of Zeus #1) by Meredith Wild & Angel Payne Paranormal romance is not a genre I usually read, however since it is co written by one of my favourite authors, Angel Payne, I thought I would give it a try and I am so glad that I did. Although it is PNR, it was intriguing and Blood of Zeus was a book that I had a hard time putting down; in fact I was so invested in the story line that I forgot that there were paranormal elements to the story. The chemistry that sizzles between the mysterious and tortured Maximus Kane and Kara Valari was so scorchingly hot that at times I felt as though I was going to burst into flames. Maximus is swoon worthy and there is something about him that ticked the boxes for me whilst Kara is a strong determined woman. The secondary characters were just as engaging and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I am also going to purchase the audio as soon as it is available.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Living My Best Book Life

    Blood of Zeus is a mesmerizing paranormal romance with a fascinating mythological theme. Meredith Wild and Angel Payne blew me away with this book. They give readers a story that is seductive, mysterious, dangerous, and so addicting. As the story begins, we meet Kara Valari. She is a student at Alameda University in Los Angeles. She is constantly being scrutinized for being part of the Valari family. She is trying to finish her final year at college and pursue her passion of classics because onc Blood of Zeus is a mesmerizing paranormal romance with a fascinating mythological theme. Meredith Wild and Angel Payne blew me away with this book. They give readers a story that is seductive, mysterious, dangerous, and so addicting. As the story begins, we meet Kara Valari. She is a student at Alameda University in Los Angeles. She is constantly being scrutinized for being part of the Valari family. She is trying to finish her final year at college and pursue her passion of classics because once she is done she is expected to fulfill her true destiny. Her future has always been planned by her mother so she wants to make the most of her classes. One class in particular, Advanced Studies in Medieval Literature, catches her attention for many reasons. Professor Maximus is gorgeous. He teaches at Alameda University and everyone wants to take his classes. He is beautiful, tall, broody, and dominating. He begins his class and catches the eye of a student, Kara. He feels an instant and unexplainable attraction with Kara but will never make a move. He likes to keep to himself always afraid of hurting anyone that is close to him after experiencing a tragic accident when he was a young boy. Kara and Maximus run into each other at a A-List party and once again their chemistry is fiery and passionate. Both have never felt this way and can't help but want to spend more time together. There are many things and people that don't want them to be together, but they don't listen. I was so intrigued by their connection from the beginning of the book. They have both felt like they would never find love because they were so different but together they realize that they are so in sync with one another. There are so many unique abilities that they each possess that only adds to the suspense of the story. I really loved this book because it had everything I love in a read. It had romance, mystery, conflict, and passion. I give Blood of Zeus 5 stars. As soon as I finished the book, I didn't want the story to end. I was completely hypnotized by the love story between Maximus and Kara. These characters are so intriguing because of their extraordinary characteristics. So many people have made them feel less than throughout their lives because of their differences but when they are together those differences are appreciated. This book did leave me craving more and left me with a huge book hangover but it was so worth it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    MaryAnn Costanzo

    Oh holy chemistry! It is off the charts from the beginning. I can honestly say that I was not able to put this book down. Maximus who doesn't understand why he's so different and Kara who is literally a demon that is unlike the rest of her family but they are drawn to each other like a moth to a flame 🔥.. I can't wait for the next installment

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ria

    Eppppp!!!! It’s getting closer😊 This book is on my most anticipated list of 2020! I’m really hoping it’s good because I’m tiredt of 2020! Every single book on my anticipated list so far has been disastrous! This is a student/teacher romance mixed in with Greek mythology so I’m expecting to be blown the fuck away! I need a win 🤣

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie Race

    For the love of a god! If you like Mythological romance, then this book is definitely for you. This isn’t your usual professor/student romance, it is so much more. Kara Valari is the quiet academic of LA’s biggest socialite family, who likes nothing more than to be lost in a book, whilst avoiding her family drama and ultimately her destiny. Then along come Professor Maximus Kane, huge, immensely strong, sexy and avoiding all things romantic. That is until Kara, the forbidden fruit arrives in his c For the love of a god! If you like Mythological romance, then this book is definitely for you. This isn’t your usual professor/student romance, it is so much more. Kara Valari is the quiet academic of LA’s biggest socialite family, who likes nothing more than to be lost in a book, whilst avoiding her family drama and ultimately her destiny. Then along come Professor Maximus Kane, huge, immensely strong, sexy and avoiding all things romantic. That is until Kara, the forbidden fruit arrives in his class. This book is so well written, I was drawn into their world immediately after reading the first word and felt like I was intruding on their journey. Their chemistry is booming like Thunder and as bright as lightning and you feel it all for them. “Maximus…” she rasps, ending it with a lilt that almost seems a question. One born in desperation. “What?” I murmur. “What is it?” “Tell me I am not the only one feeling this. Please… tell me” I emulate her swallow as she splays her hand along the side of my throat. “I knew it” she whispers There is more to Maximus and Kara than meets the eye, can Maximus save Kara from her fate?? I need book 2 more than I need my own breath please don’t make us wait too long. This book ends on a cliffhanger so big you won’t want to jump off!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Belle's Book Labyrinth

    MIND. BLOWN! I read this book in one day and couldn't get enough! This is a strong start to a new series by two of my fave authors and I can't wait to see what's in store for Maximus and Kara! He is sexy and mysterious, there's something unknown to him and he can't shake the feeling. Kara is strong willed but her life is pretty much controlled and she doesn't know what to do. Both have secrets. Together, their chemistry is lightening and it wakes something in them. I need the next book stat and I MIND. BLOWN! I read this book in one day and couldn't get enough! This is a strong start to a new series by two of my fave authors and I can't wait to see what's in store for Maximus and Kara! He is sexy and mysterious, there's something unknown to him and he can't shake the feeling. Kara is strong willed but her life is pretty much controlled and she doesn't know what to do. Both have secrets. Together, their chemistry is lightening and it wakes something in them. I need the next book stat and I need to find out more!! *ARC generously provided for my honest review, thank you!*

  19. 4 out of 5

    D.D. Lorenzo

    What an amazing story! Supernatural has never been so sexy!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Her Adventures In Reading

    Mindblown! I honestly don't know if I just read a book or watched a movie. This book is so vidily written I honestly saw it like a movie in my mind. Kara and Maximus were epic. I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology and even studied Latin for a time. This book brings gods and goddesses to a modern day timeline that does not disappoint. Throw in some hot chemistry and the best of Meredith and Angel's writing and you have magic! These characters come to life and I cannot wait to read mor Mindblown! I honestly don't know if I just read a book or watched a movie. This book is so vidily written I honestly saw it like a movie in my mind. Kara and Maximus were epic. I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology and even studied Latin for a time. This book brings gods and goddesses to a modern day timeline that does not disappoint. Throw in some hot chemistry and the best of Meredith and Angel's writing and you have magic! These characters come to life and I cannot wait to read more!

  21. 5 out of 5

    TheGuideToRomanceNovels

    I am familiar with the author's books, the contemporary romance ones and well this was my VERY FIRST PARANORMAL and what a start...my full review & teaser on my BLOG -> CLICK HERE I am familiar with the author's books, the contemporary romance ones and well this was my VERY FIRST PARANORMAL and what a start...my full review & teaser on my BLOG -> CLICK HERE

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tina Mitchell

    Omg I can't wait till the next book comes out !!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    It ended! Why did it have to end? Can I have the rest of the story immediately? Are there more secrets? What will Z demand? Will Z and Max be able to save Kara? I NEED answers!!! I was so excited to read this book and let me tell you my excitement was rewarded tenfold! This is a beautifully written story with a unique position that still plays off of older and much loved themes. It allows for a full realm of possibilities to come in subsequent titles. I cant wait for more!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tausha

    Hot dang! Blood is Zeus was a PNR page turner. My attention was drawn from the first page and I was addicted. I would say it was a quick read for me just because it was so hard to put down. I am hooked and look forward to seeing how Maximus and Kara’s story plays out.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karen Aguilera

    When you hear that two authors you admire are teaming up to write a book together you know you need to read it. They save never judge a book by its cover well never judge a book by its title. I was unsure going into this as I am not much into PNR & mythology but let me tell you HOLY HELL I was sucked in and wasn't getting out. The instant connection and chemistry between Max and Kara is really out of this world. Max is trying to figure out his past while Kara knows what hers is and is trying to k When you hear that two authors you admire are teaming up to write a book together you know you need to read it. They save never judge a book by its cover well never judge a book by its title. I was unsure going into this as I am not much into PNR & mythology but let me tell you HOLY HELL I was sucked in and wasn't getting out. The instant connection and chemistry between Max and Kara is really out of this world. Max is trying to figure out his past while Kara knows what hers is and is trying to keep it a secret. Will be bond that they formed together be able to keep them together or will it break them apart. I can't wait for Heart of Fire to see what happens next.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Alexander

    This book is amazing! The attraction between these two are off the charts! You will not be disappointed, other than waiting for the next book...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    [I received an arc copy for an honest review] Blood of Zeus is the start of a new fantasy romance series by authors Meredith Wild and Angel Payne. While Angel Payne is a new author to me, Meredith Wild is one whose story telling never fails to entertain. Kara is a demon whose future is already mapped out for her, and she has no say in the matter. Maximus is a man who has more than human qualities. When the two meet the effect they have on each other is too strong for them to deny. With more than t [I received an arc copy for an honest review] Blood of Zeus is the start of a new fantasy romance series by authors Meredith Wild and Angel Payne. While Angel Payne is a new author to me, Meredith Wild is one whose story telling never fails to entertain. Kara is a demon whose future is already mapped out for her, and she has no say in the matter. Maximus is a man who has more than human qualities. When the two meet the effect they have on each other is too strong for them to deny. With more than the fact the he is her professor and she is his student, there is much more at stake and keeping them from being together. In the end will she risk it all to be with him completely. "There's something bizarre and forbidden and different about Kara Valari. But something warm and familiar and right too." This book is so many things, mysterious, sensual ,captivating . I really enjoyed the characters and the world the authors have created. There're layers of forbidden love but undeniable connection between the characters. The intensity between Kara and Maximus sets the pages on fire. The angst builds and builds until it explodes in passion. The story is filled with the half-truths the characters tell each other, everyone afraid to unveil their realities, but as a reader it's easy enough to piece everything together. "I relinquish my need to breather to stay inside the kiss as long as I can. Eternity this way would be fine, I think, inside the chaos of my mind." Blood of Zeus is a story filled with literature, mythology, demons and Gods. Thankfully it doesn't end on a "throw the book at the wall" cliffhanger but it WILL leave you anticipated what's going to come next.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Oh my my my. Let me gush about this book that was even better than I hoped for! First I'll start with the obvious- Professor Maximus and his too hot to handle cover that's been worth many repeated glances. Sigh. He's just delicious. And my heart hurts for him. He carries guilt and restraint with him his whole life, and there's a lot he doesn't know about himself. Then there's Kara. She's got secrets, and obligations, and a family debt she's supposed to pay. But what can you do when you find your Oh my my my. Let me gush about this book that was even better than I hoped for! First I'll start with the obvious- Professor Maximus and his too hot to handle cover that's been worth many repeated glances. Sigh. He's just delicious. And my heart hurts for him. He carries guilt and restraint with him his whole life, and there's a lot he doesn't know about himself. Then there's Kara. She's got secrets, and obligations, and a family debt she's supposed to pay. But what can you do when you find your soulmate? Not like they can fight these feelings, so powerful it must be fate. There are so many cool little details that brought this story to the next level for me. The forces keeping these two apart are bigger than things typical to a romance novel. These are HUGE problems! I also love the little details of their personalities- things unique to Kara and Max that are fascinating. And the things that happen whenever they touch....love it all. This does end in a cliffy. And I'm sure I will reread this before book two comes out. I haven't been this excited about a series all year!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Mind. Blown. The concept behind this story is beyond brilliant. Wild and Payne gives us something so unique that you are dying for more. I devoured this book in one sitting and I need more. The story is unique and one of a kind between Maximus and Kara. Things are not all they seem to be for both of them. One one hand, we have Kara who knows who she is and what her lot in life is. On the other, we have Maximus who is trying to figure out why he is the way he is and his mother won’t give him the Mind. Blown. The concept behind this story is beyond brilliant. Wild and Payne gives us something so unique that you are dying for more. I devoured this book in one sitting and I need more. The story is unique and one of a kind between Maximus and Kara. Things are not all they seem to be for both of them. One one hand, we have Kara who knows who she is and what her lot in life is. On the other, we have Maximus who is trying to figure out why he is the way he is and his mother won’t give him the answers he is so desperate to know. But I have to say, the sizzle in this book is stunning. The connection between these two is beyond amazing as they try and figure out a lot of the how and whys. Their banter keeps you on your toes as they match each other in so many ways. But their physical connection is just sizzling. It is such a slow burn and the way these two spare verbally at times is such a passionate foreplay! Overall, this book is everything and more for me. The storyline kept me on my toes as I have never read anything like this and I am just in awe of what these authors came up with! Then that ending! OH MY STARS! I am so counting down till the next book in this series!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Naurarwen

    I was absolutely blown away by this book! The only thing worse than being a demon is being a Valari Kara Valari isn't what she seems, the Valari's are caught up in the media, she wants anything but to be the centre of attention. All she wants is to finish her time at Alameda University in Los Angeles before she is dragged to Hell, in the literal sense. Her future is already planned out for her by her mother, and she knows the ending of her story before it even happens. Maximus Kane is her professo I was absolutely blown away by this book! The only thing worse than being a demon is being a Valari Kara Valari isn't what she seems, the Valari's are caught up in the media, she wants anything but to be the centre of attention. All she wants is to finish her time at Alameda University in Los Angeles before she is dragged to Hell, in the literal sense. Her future is already planned out for her by her mother, and she knows the ending of her story before it even happens. Maximus Kane is her professor of Advanced Studies in Medieval Literature. There is an undeniable connection between the two, one that they both try their hardest to get away from. But fate has other plans when it comes to these two, and nothing they do can avoid the outcome. And while Kara wants to avoid her future, and Maximus wants to find out more about his past they cannot avoid the pull between them. I absolutely loved this story from start to finish and didn't want to put it down. When it ended, I was hoping there were more pages but sadly I'm going to have to wait until book two before I can find out more about these characters. One character I found stood out in his story is Jesse North, Maximus' best friend. He wants Maximus to be happy and find love, or just get laid if it will help calm his friend down. Jesse is a total player but so loveable, and he doesn't want Maximus to feel bad for what happened to him. Hoping to see more of him in book two.

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