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For ballet dancer Laurel Berg, no amount of artistic expression ever seemed enough to satisfy the ravenous muse within her. Painting didn't have enough brush strokes, music didn't seem to have enough notes. But when the company director announces Ace, front man of the band Apollo's Suns would have a special appearance in their new production, she had no idea she'd be amidst For ballet dancer Laurel Berg, no amount of artistic expression ever seemed enough to satisfy the ravenous muse within her. Painting didn't have enough brush strokes, music didn't seem to have enough notes. But when the company director announces Ace, front man of the band Apollo's Suns would have a special appearance in their new production, she had no idea she'd be amidst the King of the Muses himself. And when magical things start happening, things she can't rationally explain, she'll discover there's more to rock star Ace than an ego the size of Mount Olympus and a dazzling smile that could put the sun to shame.


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For ballet dancer Laurel Berg, no amount of artistic expression ever seemed enough to satisfy the ravenous muse within her. Painting didn't have enough brush strokes, music didn't seem to have enough notes. But when the company director announces Ace, front man of the band Apollo's Suns would have a special appearance in their new production, she had no idea she'd be amidst For ballet dancer Laurel Berg, no amount of artistic expression ever seemed enough to satisfy the ravenous muse within her. Painting didn't have enough brush strokes, music didn't seem to have enough notes. But when the company director announces Ace, front man of the band Apollo's Suns would have a special appearance in their new production, she had no idea she'd be amidst the King of the Muses himself. And when magical things start happening, things she can't rationally explain, she'll discover there's more to rock star Ace than an ego the size of Mount Olympus and a dazzling smile that could put the sun to shame.

30 review for Apollo

  1. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    I received an arc of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review! ”No matter what your decision,” he started, his thumbs brushing over each of my cheekbones. “Just know you’re already a goddess.” My review is spoiler free and it will updated with more details after release. If you’re a fan of Greek mythology and swoon worthy romance. I’m begging you to read this series! I loved Hades and I knew I’d love Apollo just from the small scenes he had in the first book, but I didn’t thi I received an arc of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review! ”No matter what your decision,” he started, his thumbs brushing over each of my cheekbones. “Just know you’re already a goddess.” My review is spoiler free and it will updated with more details after release. If you’re a fan of Greek mythology and swoon worthy romance. I’m begging you to read this series! I loved Hades and I knew I’d love Apollo just from the small scenes he had in the first book, but I didn’t think he’d become my new favorite so quickly! The message in this story was beautiful. I found myself relating to Laurel and how she felt caged in and stuck within a shell. To watch her and Apollo open themselves up to each other and break free from that hold was perfect. Oh and that excerpt for the next book? All I can say is bring on, Ares! Haha 4/5 ✰’s

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carvanz

    Great Gods, this was wonderful!!! I loved Hades and didn’t think I could love Apollo even a fraction as much but I was so wrong. This couple were so much fun as they began with a touch of animosity between them, especially on Laurel’s part. Apollo’s responses to her were fun even as they cranked her irritation higher. He’s definitely all rockstar on the surface but as Laurel gets to know him, he became so much more...and that’s not including being a god. This is a fast read with low angst, great Great Gods, this was wonderful!!! I loved Hades and didn’t think I could love Apollo even a fraction as much but I was so wrong. This couple were so much fun as they began with a touch of animosity between them, especially on Laurel’s part. Apollo’s responses to her were fun even as they cranked her irritation higher. He’s definitely all rockstar on the surface but as Laurel gets to know him, he became so much more...and that’s not including being a god. This is a fast read with low angst, great additional characters, and the development of Apollo’s and Laurel’s in a believable manner. I love the remakes of fairy tales and have recently, thanks in part to Hades, started craving books that incorporate the Greek gods into the story. Thanks to this author, I may have plenty to read in the future and if the rest are anything like this, I’m all set for happy times! Heroine POV Safe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama; h not a virgin; H a bit of a player (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristin (piecesofourlife)

    I loved the first book in this series, and I fell even more in love with Apollo! I always enjoy Carly’s writing and the fun little gems she weaves into her stories! If you love Greek mythology, this fun new spin on Apollo is for you! I highly recommend it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Blue

    This book was so epic so beautiful and I have never been so happy to then to read a book where Apollo gets his happy ending. Thank you so much for creating this breathtaking gem of a book. I really love the new twist you put on all the Greek Mythology Characters. Thanks so much for letting me read this epic book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ❦ Shelby | LiteraryFaery ❦

    I swear to the gods I would pay any amount of money to see Apollo and Laurel’s show--another glorious mythological retelling from Carly Spade! Once again, Spade crafts sweet and addictive chemistry between her lovers while also developing a solid, relatable female friendship between the MC and her bestie Kate. My favorite part of Spade’s style is the inclusion of many pop culture references throughout the narrative that make reading her stories so much freaking fun. Music was the heart of this no I swear to the gods I would pay any amount of money to see Apollo and Laurel’s show--another glorious mythological retelling from Carly Spade! Once again, Spade crafts sweet and addictive chemistry between her lovers while also developing a solid, relatable female friendship between the MC and her bestie Kate. My favorite part of Spade’s style is the inclusion of many pop culture references throughout the narrative that make reading her stories so much freaking fun. Music was the heart of this novel and I do not know that I have ever encountered an author who so beautifully depicts music and dance on the page. I highly recommend this book for any readers who love art in any form--this story will totally speak to your soul! If you’re a Greek Mythology nerd like me, you will be obsessed; the best way I can describe my thoughts is simply to say that Hades and Apollo both feel like Percy Jackson for the NA audience--both brilliant mythological retellings with tons of comedy and steam! Apollo made me feel altogether warm and fuzzy inside and I can say with absolute confidence, if you are looking for a book/author to swiftly pull you out of a reading slump, look no further than Carly Spade’s Contemporary Mythos series! Devoid of unnecessary complexity pervading many fantasy romances and chock full of those crafty connections to both ancient Greek myths AND pop culture, Apollo proved to be exactly the kind of book I needed in this super busy season of my life! 4.5/5 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Egotistical, cocky and the lead singer of the band Apollo's Sun's - Ace (aka Apollo) has his work cut out for him when he meets ballerina - Laurel. Mainly because she cant stand him. Which is unlike every other woman hes ever met. I literally cracked up with the banter these two had together. They definitely steam together too. Its a really great read and i loved that Hades & Stephanie popped up in this book too. Im looking forward to Ares book but i wonder if Apollo's sister Artemis will get he Egotistical, cocky and the lead singer of the band Apollo's Sun's - Ace (aka Apollo) has his work cut out for him when he meets ballerina - Laurel. Mainly because she cant stand him. Which is unlike every other woman hes ever met. I literally cracked up with the banter these two had together. They definitely steam together too. Its a really great read and i loved that Hades & Stephanie popped up in this book too. Im looking forward to Ares book but i wonder if Apollo's sister Artemis will get her own book too??

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marjolein

    These books are for me the perfect in between read, and Apollo did not disappoint. It's a lovely romance story, with a great depiction of Apollo. He's the perfect mix between the old Greek god and a modern rock star, without losing anything what made him Apollo. The love story is nicely built up, and what I particularly loved was the focus on creating a connection between Laurel and Apollo instead of just focusing on the sex part of it all (which was there as well, of course :D ). All in all, I These books are for me the perfect in between read, and Apollo did not disappoint. It's a lovely romance story, with a great depiction of Apollo. He's the perfect mix between the old Greek god and a modern rock star, without losing anything what made him Apollo. The love story is nicely built up, and what I particularly loved was the focus on creating a connection between Laurel and Apollo instead of just focusing on the sex part of it all (which was there as well, of course :D ). All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next one!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carly Spade

    This book has a sliver of my very soul embossed within its pages. I truly hope you enjoy the journey and feel that "spark" :-D This book has a sliver of my very soul embossed within its pages. I truly hope you enjoy the journey and feel that "spark" :-D

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Awad

    I am honored that I was given an advanced Readers Copy of Apollo from Carly! Since reading Hades I've been anxious with anticipation for book two! The downside is that I have to now wait for book three. 🤣 I am the sun, but you light the way. Oh, Apollo finally found his muse. And even though I've been obsessed with Hades for as long as I can remember I may love Apollo a little bit more. Oh! And the last sentence of the book was golden and I can't stop thinking about it. I am honored that I was given an advanced Readers Copy of Apollo from Carly! Since reading Hades I've been anxious with anticipation for book two! The downside is that I have to now wait for book three. 🤣 I am the sun, but you light the way. Oh, Apollo finally found his muse. And even though I've been obsessed with Hades for as long as I can remember I may love Apollo a little bit more. Oh! And the last sentence of the book was golden and I can't stop thinking about it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    CerysAnne

    4.5 Stars From the moment I finished reading Hades, Apollo immediately became one of my most highly anticipated reads of the rest of 2020. Not only because Apollo himself left enough of an impact on me in Hades to naturally leave me curious to know his story, especially after reading that sneak peek at the end of Hades that immensely upped my excitement for Apollo. Oh no; I immediately began craving for this story when I realised that it was two of my all-time favourite tropes combined: a Greek m 4.5 Stars From the moment I finished reading Hades, Apollo immediately became one of my most highly anticipated reads of the rest of 2020. Not only because Apollo himself left enough of an impact on me in Hades to naturally leave me curious to know his story, especially after reading that sneak peek at the end of Hades that immensely upped my excitement for Apollo. Oh no; I immediately began craving for this story when I realised that it was two of my all-time favourite tropes combined: a Greek mythology reimagining, and a rock star fucking romance. Literally my two absolute F A V O U R I T E tropes... ever. Combined. Into one story. AndohmyGodthisbookwaseverythingIwashopingitwouldbe! Now that I know what to expect from this series, my enjoyment was not dimmed whatsoever when I realised that these books wouldn't be the magic-filled, drama-heavy, fights and darkness and bloodshed galore madness that I originally thought they would be. Nope. Now that I know what to really expect from this series, there was nothing stopping me from expecting and setting high hopes for a funny and romantic and entertaining romance that'd make me laugh so loud I'd give myself a headache, smile so hard my cheeks would ache, and swoon so many times that I'd constantly leave myself breathless. And did Apollo deliver all that and more - that more being a slow-burn, haters-to-lovers romance too? You bet it did. "For hundreds of thousands of years, I've spent my life inspiring others. For the first time... Someone has inspired me." I'd only started reading this book on the Sunday morning as a way for me to have a nice, light read before diving head first into a busy and hectic day. Next thing I knew, it was the Sunday night and I'd done absolutely nothing but read this romance - I could not put it down! Told entirely in our female lead, Laurel's perspective - and if you don't get why the name Laurel is both so important and hilarious in a story surrounding the Greek God Apollo, look it up - we follow this ballet dancer as she's dragged by her best friend to an Apollo's Suns concert after said friend wins free front row seat tickets and backstage passes. Throughout the entire performance, Laurel is unimpressed by everything going on, and Apollo - the God, the rock star, and the man who goes by the name of Ace throughout this story - can't help but notice that she is. So when they officially meet backstage... Well, let's just say they didn't get along very well. But that's fine, because Laurel never plans on meeting the cocky rock star ever again. However, when Laurel heads to her dance class the next day where everyone is preparing to rehearse for their new show, it's then that the new star male lead of the performance is announced. Want to take a guess who it is? "Well, well, if it isn't the Ice Queen herself." His presence loomed over me like a harsh shadow. "Ah," I started before turning on my heel with a flick of my chin. "The pompous ass." Just like Hades, Apollo was an absolute treat of a story to read, and I just know that I'll be rereading it again and again and again in the future. It's one of those books that easily brought a smile to my face at the back and forth banter between Laurel and Apollo; their chemistry and developing relationship kept me on the edge of my seat just dying to see where things between them would go to next. We got to have more magic to this story that was so vivid and beautiful to see thanks to Carly Spade's magnificent writing... God, what more is there to say? This book was just PERFECT! And it was absolutely hilarious too. And somewhat realistic, in a sense. And honestly, I think the reason why Carly Spade has become one of my favourite authors with her Contemporary Mythos Series is because she absolutely nails her reimagining's for these Greek Gods. She doesn't just take these Gods' names and then mould them into her own character. She does her research of these Gods', matches the story and the heroine to the God perfectly, and then plays their story out so, SO beautifully that I find myself absolutely entranced from start to finish. I feel as though some authors make their Greek God romances either too ridiculous to take seriously, or serious enough to bore me to death. But Carly Spade... She just does it right. She sticks to most key elements of the actual mythology, yet still adds her own twists to the tale to make it modern, and original, and very entertaining, so it's neither too ridiculous nor serious to turn this reader off. And that is honestly what I loved the most about Hades, and it's what I loved to see again here in Apollo. And now, it's what I'm very excited to see in the next book of the Contemporary Mythos Series, Ares. And in Eros. And in Poseidon and Zeus too. I'm just all in all excited to see whatever it is Carly Spade delivers next for these Gods in general, because I know no matter what, it will not be a disappointing read for me, which is why I cannot recommend this series highly enough. Hades was not disappointing, neither was Apollo. And I just know that this series will only get better from here. His smooth cheek pressed to mine, “Eímai o ílios, allá fotízeis ton drómo.” "Mm. What does it mean?" "I am the sun, but you light the way." ARC provided by author for honest review

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Ever since I finished Hades I was really really looking forward to this book about Apollo, mostly because Apollo always seems like the kind of God I could get a crush on, if he would be portrayed well, of course. And since Spade did an amazing job with Hades I had really high hopes for Apollo. But such high hopes for a book, also means that a book can easily disappoint. So, I was a little nervous when starting this book too. There was however absolutely no need to be nervous about reading this bo Ever since I finished Hades I was really really looking forward to this book about Apollo, mostly because Apollo always seems like the kind of God I could get a crush on, if he would be portrayed well, of course. And since Spade did an amazing job with Hades I had really high hopes for Apollo. But such high hopes for a book, also means that a book can easily disappoint. So, I was a little nervous when starting this book too. There was however absolutely no need to be nervous about reading this book at all! This book was in every way the read I wanted it to be and it managed to made me feel all kinds of happiness and excitement while reading. I was so invested in those two characters and their connection and the further I got, the more afraid I grew that something terribly bad would happen to these people and I really didn't want that! One of the reasons it was so easy to connect to these characters is the role music, dance and arts played in this story. It's not weird in a story about Apollo, but it was so brilliantly done! I could almost see the dance moves and I could almost feel my muscles wanting to dance along. And Spade, on top of that, really managed to describe the music in this book perfectly. I could hear it and feel it and live it. And I loved how those two characters seemed to communicate through their music and dance. It worked so well and it felt so soul deep. On top of that both characters were very relatable. I liked how Apollo was in every way Apollo and still the kind of man you can really build a relationship with and get a future with. He was in every way the kind of guy I would instantly fall in love with. But it was Laurel who really stole my heart. I loved her passion, how she felt her dancing so deeply, how she could lose herself so fully in her music and how she really let Apollo win her heart instead of just handing it to him on a silver platter. And now I'm really excited about the next book about Ares! I can't wait to see what Spade does with his character!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Adelle

    I bought and read two Carly Spade books back to back. So when I saw an ARC of her book on Booksprout, I was thrilled to review it! While this is the sequel to Hades, it can be read and understood separately from it. However, I would suggest reading them in order. There are a lot of references to the first book the author released and it makes for some great Easter eggs. I also appreciate the Easter eggs to Greek mythology in general, some of which were so obscure I had to wait for the characters I bought and read two Carly Spade books back to back. So when I saw an ARC of her book on Booksprout, I was thrilled to review it! While this is the sequel to Hades, it can be read and understood separately from it. However, I would suggest reading them in order. There are a lot of references to the first book the author released and it makes for some great Easter eggs. I also appreciate the Easter eggs to Greek mythology in general, some of which were so obscure I had to wait for the characters explain it. It's a tongue in cheek reimagining that knows it's silly and owns it. The relationship between the characters was very loveable. I'm not the biggest fan of rivals or enemies to lovers tropes. But the sarcastic back and forth was amusing to read. And as it began moving on to something more, it seemed like a natural progression. I appreciated that Ace didn't suddenly turn into another character, but instead deepened the traits that were already there. Also, Laurel reminded me of the protagonist of the movie Center Stage, and I adore that movie. So she had my seal of approval from that alone. The only struggle, if you could call it that, is that the descriptions of the dance went right over my head. I read that the author danced for years and it's evident that she knows what she's talking about. But I do not. However, it was fairly easy for me to get the gist of what was going on and it provided some excellent sexual tension between the couple. Admittedly, the ending of the first book was much more my style. A nice bombastic fight. But I did like that this book goes back. You get to see the protagonists of each book interacting in a really sweet way. I look forward to seeing the found family of mortals-turned-deities grow. All in all, it was another great book! Carly Spade continues to prove her books are the perfect mix of steamy and adorable.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    Wow! I really liked Spade’s writing in book one, but book two completely devoured me in the best ways possible! Seriously, I haven’t read such a fun and engaging read in awhile. This is book two of contemporary myths, but honestly you can read them in whatever order. I didn’t think I would like Apollo as much as Hades because I love Hades as a god, but the book Apollo beat book Hades for me! For starters, I felt as if there was so much more to the storyline in this book and character development. Wow! I really liked Spade’s writing in book one, but book two completely devoured me in the best ways possible! Seriously, I haven’t read such a fun and engaging read in awhile. This is book two of contemporary myths, but honestly you can read them in whatever order. I didn’t think I would like Apollo as much as Hades because I love Hades as a god, but the book Apollo beat book Hades for me! For starters, I felt as if there was so much more to the storyline in this book and character development. Not that the first one lacked it, but I can see improvements in book two! Apollo was cocky, but was he ignorant and toxic? Nope! And I think that’s why I loved Carly’s writing so much. She can create these cocky guys that are still likable and aren’t problematic. I also loved laurel! I thought she was so fun, level headed, and I admired her devotion to her craft. I don’t know how I’m going to wait for book 3, because I’m slowly dying already. I would highly recommend this book to my Greek mythology lovers!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather Miller

    Omg I absolutely love this series!! Apollo is the second in the Mythos books. Hades is a hard book to follow, and Apollo knocked it out of the park. I loved that so many new characters were introduced... Artemis, Ares, the Muses, Poseidon, Eros, and of course reading a bit about Stephanie and Hades is wonderful. The story is about Apollo (Ace) who is the lead singer in the band Apollo's Suns and Kate who is a ballerina. Their story started out with the two of them SERIOUSLY clashing when meeting Omg I absolutely love this series!! Apollo is the second in the Mythos books. Hades is a hard book to follow, and Apollo knocked it out of the park. I loved that so many new characters were introduced... Artemis, Ares, the Muses, Poseidon, Eros, and of course reading a bit about Stephanie and Hades is wonderful. The story is about Apollo (Ace) who is the lead singer in the band Apollo's Suns and Kate who is a ballerina. Their story started out with the two of them SERIOUSLY clashing when meeting after a concert. It became worse when Apollo showed up at Kate's dance studio as a special guest performer. The more they worked together, the more their differences minimized, and they fell in love. Now Kate has to make the decision to become a Goddess and live forever wit Apollo but watch everyone she cares about die or stay human and have Apollo watch her die. This was a great book, and I am sooooo looking forward to the next book which features Ares!!! I recieved an ARC for my honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa unofficialbookaddict

    ☀️🩰🎼ARC Review of Apollo by mah love @carlyspade : 4.3🌟 “𝐄í𝐦𝐚𝐢 𝐨 í𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐬, 𝐚𝐥𝐥á 𝐟𝐨𝐭í𝐳𝐞𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐫ó𝐦𝐨.” “𝐌𝐦. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧?” “𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐧, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲.” This is one of the best examples when passion and shared interest makes the best power couple! 🤩When ballet meets music! Everything came in full circle at the end! The foreshadowing and the ending was very very EPIC!!! 🥰It wasn't just ur normal HEA, it was so fitting and beautiful there is like no better ending! Underneath all this greek ☀️🩰🎼ARC Review of Apollo by mah love @carlyspade : 4.3🌟 “𝐄í𝐦𝐚𝐢 𝐨 í𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐬, 𝐚𝐥𝐥á 𝐟𝐨𝐭í𝐳𝐞𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐫ó𝐦𝐨.” “𝐌𝐦. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧?” “𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐧, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲.” This is one of the best examples when passion and shared interest makes the best power couple! 🤩When ballet meets music! Everything came in full circle at the end! The foreshadowing and the ending was very very EPIC!!! 🥰It wasn't just ur normal HEA, it was so fitting and beautiful there is like no better ending! Underneath all this greek mythology and glamour, I see a super healthy relationship based on shared passion and careers! These relationships are the ones that are meant to last and keep the fire burning as they inspire each other artistically and emotionally! 😘This is slight enemies to lovers but not much of opposites attract but similar attract, two souls drawn to music and art in all forms! You could very much say they were meant for each other like it was written in the stars! 🌟 This is a very light-hearted and music filled creative ride ! My only petition is beard or stubble for Apollo! 🤣 I do appreciate the non-asshole and not so fboy rock star in all his Chris Hemsworth glory! 😝😍 Let's just say Laurel being a ballerina and Ace being who he is... makes things very very convenient.... 🥴 This makes me really really want to brush up on my Greek mythology again! I used to be obsessed with them as a kid! And I also am intrigued with Hades and Stephanie! The side characters are also super likeable! You can totally see the next few books in this book! So fcking excited for Ares' book!!!!! The brooding MMA fighter hero... can life get better than this....????? 😱❤️

  16. 5 out of 5

    The Lusty Literarians

    Apollo is a rockin' addition to the Contemporary Mythos series. Ace is a bright follow up to Hades' dark beginning. I really enjoyed the combination of rock music with ballet dance in this book. Ace brings the auditory inspiration and Laurel brings the visual. They are perfect complements to one another. The entire book is told from Laurel's perspective, but I didn't mind that at all. Usually I'm a fan of dual POV but the single POV worked well here. Also, while this is book 2 in the series I th Apollo is a rockin' addition to the Contemporary Mythos series. Ace is a bright follow up to Hades' dark beginning. I really enjoyed the combination of rock music with ballet dance in this book. Ace brings the auditory inspiration and Laurel brings the visual. They are perfect complements to one another. The entire book is told from Laurel's perspective, but I didn't mind that at all. Usually I'm a fan of dual POV but the single POV worked well here. Also, while this is book 2 in the series I think you could read it as a standalone with no issues. I look forward to the next book in the series. It doesn't feature who I thought it would, but I'm excited nonetheless!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katslovesbooks

    I've been desperately waiting to read the story of Apollo since reading Hades, which is book one in the series and it was everything I was expecting and so much more. Apollo aka Ace, is living a rockstar life, his passion for creativity brings him to the stage every day. Fans adore him, all women fall at his feet except one. Laurel, is a ballet dancer. Her passion for everything that is art is what I adore about her. She is such a grate character, honestly a breath of fresh air. She is the perfec I've been desperately waiting to read the story of Apollo since reading Hades, which is book one in the series and it was everything I was expecting and so much more. Apollo aka Ace, is living a rockstar life, his passion for creativity brings him to the stage every day. Fans adore him, all women fall at his feet except one. Laurel, is a ballet dancer. Her passion for everything that is art is what I adore about her. She is such a grate character, honestly a breath of fresh air. She is the perfect person and muse to bring a God's attention. Through out the whole story the sensual tension between Apollo and Laurel is off the charts HOT!! Again, Carly Spade delivers a story that is just fantastic, I was glued to this book from beginning to end. Now I'm desperately waiting for Ares.

  18. 4 out of 5

    sim | readwritesparkle

    After getting a glimpse of Ace in the first book, Hades, in this Contemporary Greek Mythology series, I was desperately waiting for his story. Ace, or Apollo the Greek God, is also the lead singer of the band, Apollo Sun's. He is captivated by Laurel. When she doesn't give him the attention he wants, he takes it as a challenge to lure her, but soon he realizes that she is so much more. 𝘼𝙘𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙮𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙢 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙚. 𝙄𝙩 𝙜𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖 𝙛𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙬𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙠𝙞 After getting a glimpse of Ace in the first book, Hades, in this Contemporary Greek Mythology series, I was desperately waiting for his story. Ace, or Apollo the Greek God, is also the lead singer of the band, Apollo Sun's. He is captivated by Laurel. When she doesn't give him the attention he wants, he takes it as a challenge to lure her, but soon he realizes that she is so much more. 𝘼𝙘𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙮𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙢 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙚. 𝙄𝙩 𝙜𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖 𝙛𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙗𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙬𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙. Laurel Berg is a ballet dancer with so much passion in her. Music and dancing keeps her alive and her desire could be seen through the story. "𝙄'𝙫𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙘 𝙢𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙖 𝙝𝙪𝙢𝙖𝙣, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙩 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪. 𝙄𝙩 𝙥𝙪𝙡𝙡𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙞𝙣, 𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙙𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙜𝙚, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪'𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙧." I love the easy flow of the book, the writing so simple yet powerful, the characters so likable. The story was fast paced and quick. I devoured the book in two sittings. I enjoyed the enemies-to-lovers segment of the book. The cocky and arrogant man with the sweet and adorable woman was a perfect match. 𝘼𝙣 𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙤𝙬 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙙 𝙢𝙮 𝙬𝙖𝙡𝙡, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘼𝙥𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙤 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙬. Ace was described as a beautiful Greek God. I couldn't stop imagining his hair and man bun. He was definitely very impressive. "𝙄 𝙖𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙣, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙮." What to expect: Enemies-to-lovers ✔ Slow-burn ✔ Sweet heroine ✔ Cocky, arrogant hero ✔ Greek Mythology elements ✔

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karley Stafford

    I loved the first book in this series, and I knew I needed to read Apollo! I love how Carly adds pop culture easter eggs into her stories makes me laugh. Her writing is so easy to follow and engaging. A perfect light read especially if you are looking to get out of a slump. The sexyness of this book was also all class and my smut loving heart isnt made about it. Can I read Ares now?

  20. 5 out of 5

    muts

    Omg this is a great story! I must admit when it started off with a woman who is a ballet dancer, I put it back down. I am not into classical music or ballet. But as I read book one and I rememberd how fantasic I thought that story was....I picked it up again. As soon as I got to the bit where she puts on her favourite Metallica shirt I was hooked. And this story was just as great as hades book was, but also a totally different story. Loved the setting of this story and that two people who are so Omg this is a great story! I must admit when it started off with a woman who is a ballet dancer, I put it back down. I am not into classical music or ballet. But as I read book one and I rememberd how fantasic I thought that story was....I picked it up again. As soon as I got to the bit where she puts on her favourite Metallica shirt I was hooked. And this story was just as great as hades book was, but also a totally different story. Loved the setting of this story and that two people who are so different can together make magic. Well written story had me up late at night not wanting to put it down. Looking forward to the next story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lizs.book.nook ||Elizabeth||

    Carly Spade has done it again! Carly has completely obliterated all expectations for this story and has absolutely outdone herself with this phenomenal story! I loved the storyline that Carly so intricately weaved. Apollo, the God of Sun, inspiration and so much more. And Laurel, who has so much inspiration swirling through her it’s bursting at the seams. Everything flowed so effortlessly through this story. From the plot line, to the outstanding characters, to the beautiful magic. There is just Carly Spade has done it again! Carly has completely obliterated all expectations for this story and has absolutely outdone herself with this phenomenal story! I loved the storyline that Carly so intricately weaved. Apollo, the God of Sun, inspiration and so much more. And Laurel, who has so much inspiration swirling through her it’s bursting at the seams. Everything flowed so effortlessly through this story. From the plot line, to the outstanding characters, to the beautiful magic. There is just so much to love. The chemistry between Ace (Apollo) and Laurel. Even when they first met and pretended not to like one another, you couldn’t deny that spark that shown as bright as day between them. “All my life, I’d felt incomplete—trapped inside a fleshy shell, not knowing how to escape. It turns out, all I needed was one singular…spark.” Seeing their story unfold, was truly beautiful. Laurel is such a genuine character. She makes you see the beauty in all things. And Apollo...he may have a big ego, but he certainly has the heart and drive to back it up. “I am the sun, but you light the way.” Highly recommend this read to everyone, especially lovers of Greek Mythology!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    I liked this book overall. I really liked Kate and Apollo a lot. I really liked the discussion of art and its role in our lives. However, the MC, Laurel, is kind of mean even to her best friend. She's prickly at the best of times and, frankly, there were several times when I wished this story was about Kate, who was much nicer and kinder and more understanding (she'd have to be to put up with her "best friend"). So, I skimmed some of it because it was like the author was just ruminating on the n I liked this book overall. I really liked Kate and Apollo a lot. I really liked the discussion of art and its role in our lives. However, the MC, Laurel, is kind of mean even to her best friend. She's prickly at the best of times and, frankly, there were several times when I wished this story was about Kate, who was much nicer and kinder and more understanding (she'd have to be to put up with her "best friend"). So, I skimmed some of it because it was like the author was just ruminating on the nature of art and creativity and the importance of both. It felt more like a personal journal entry than a story at times. Also, I kept waiting for a big challenge or turmoil to arise, but it was mostly, "I've been hurt before and should I like this guy?" (which she never really confronts and resolves) and then "Should I commit to this relationship?" Overall, it was a fun and light romantic story. I will definitely read the next one. I like this author and her light-hearted take on relationships and magic.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily Pennington

    This story embraces Apollo (“Ace”), the lead singer in the popular band Apollo's Suns, and Laurel Berg who is a ballerina never finding enough outlets to fully express her explosive muse. When Apollo arrived at the dance studio as a special guest performer, the earlier hostilities between the two began to dissolve as they worked so seamlessly together and fell in love. Their relationship was inevitable when Ace and Laurel's amazing passion for their art, unable to be contained, sets off passion This story embraces Apollo (“Ace”), the lead singer in the popular band Apollo's Suns, and Laurel Berg who is a ballerina never finding enough outlets to fully express her explosive muse. When Apollo arrived at the dance studio as a special guest performer, the earlier hostilities between the two began to dissolve as they worked so seamlessly together and fell in love. Their relationship was inevitable when Ace and Laurel's amazing passion for their art, unable to be contained, sets off passion and intense chemistry for each other. This is a beautiful story that somehow brings everything to life. The emotions are especially poignant and felt by the reader. It is obvious that music and art live in their souls by the way they interpret what they feel. They were perfect for each other. Would Laurel allow herself to become his goddess so that their love could last forever?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mar

    3.5 stars I had so many expectations with this and some were met but others... not so much. I loved Hades book so much so I hoped I like this one as much but I think this one was fun and entertaining but just... okay. The most excited I got while reading this was when "Eric" showed up and with the introduction of Ares (I'm super excited about his book I'm not going to lie). Overall it was a fun cute read. Side note: I didn't like Poseidon's "vibes", I actually hated it. I hope that was a disguise an 3.5 stars I had so many expectations with this and some were met but others... not so much. I loved Hades book so much so I hoped I like this one as much but I think this one was fun and entertaining but just... okay. The most excited I got while reading this was when "Eric" showed up and with the introduction of Ares (I'm super excited about his book I'm not going to lie). Overall it was a fun cute read. Side note: I didn't like Poseidon's "vibes", I actually hated it. I hope that was a disguise and is not his real personality.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    A simply delightful twist on a Greek god that had me laughing and enjoying every moment of their romance. It was sweet and the fire between them was enjoyable to read. Both the war of words and their musical interactions. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessa

    I've been looking forward to reading this story since Hades! I've been loving the concept of having characters from Greek mythology in a contemporary setting, but what made this story special was Ace and Laurel's passion for their art. Having that connection made it all the more real and worthwhile when the sparks (and the flirtatious banter) started flying! A great romance read with characters that draw you into their love story as well as their lives. I've been looking forward to reading this story since Hades! I've been loving the concept of having characters from Greek mythology in a contemporary setting, but what made this story special was Ace and Laurel's passion for their art. Having that connection made it all the more real and worthwhile when the sparks (and the flirtatious banter) started flying! A great romance read with characters that draw you into their love story as well as their lives.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lynall

    This modern romance between the Sun god and a ballerina is really cute and I enjoyed every single word. I thought Laurel was a wonderful heroine, and Apollo is so cute. I shouldn’t have started this before bedtime, because I just couldn’t put it down. This story really made me smile, and I am really looking forward to reading more in this series I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beebee Bonsai

    It had funny and endearing moments. It contained a lot of dancing, which wasn’t my personal taste. Thus I found the story a bit boring, especially after about halfway. By that stage, I’ve had my fill of ballet and dance move descriptions. That said, of you like cellos, ballet and greek gods, then this story provides a good escape.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Reopel

    What can’t Apollo do? Apollo is well written and a very fun read, especially for lovers of the arts. The cameos from other gods and goddesses are delightful. Apollo and Sparky’s banter and passion is something to witness. I loved reading this and am looking forward to Ares’ story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    S Paschal

    Unknown to the public, the lead singer of Apollo's Sun is Apollo himself. Bored with eons of solitude and hoping to inspire the artists of the world, he walks among mortals. Everyone he meets is in awe of his talent and good looks - until he meets Laurel. Despite her attraction to the beautiful god, she holds herself apart and doesn't hold back from insulting his arrogance. A refreshing change, Apollo is at first intrigued by the feisty human. Determined to win her over, Apollo finds ways to ins Unknown to the public, the lead singer of Apollo's Sun is Apollo himself. Bored with eons of solitude and hoping to inspire the artists of the world, he walks among mortals. Everyone he meets is in awe of his talent and good looks - until he meets Laurel. Despite her attraction to the beautiful god, she holds herself apart and doesn't hold back from insulting his arrogance. A refreshing change, Apollo is at first intrigued by the feisty human. Determined to win her over, Apollo finds ways to insert himself into her life, finding her to be kind and dedicated to her art. As she strives to advance in her ballet company, suddenly Laurel is distracted by the overwhelming presence of Apollo. Always working to improve, Laurel's talents are showcased through Apollo's inspiration. These two set the page on fire, not only with their artistic endeavors, but the sensuality of their interactions. At first appearing arrogant and self-important, Apollo reveals his loving and supportive self. He brings out the best in Laurel. Laurel never loses her spitfire attitude and makes Apollo work for any type of relationship with her. Our lovers will have to overcome the issue of Apollo's immortality if they want to be together. Will he lose the inspiration Laurel brings to his life that he has been searching for? I loved Laurel's strong sense of self and snarky personality. She knocks Apollo back a few paces - he doesn't seem to know how to deal with her at first. For a god who's been around for thousands of years, it led to some amusing interplay between these two characters. The steam between these two characters cannot be denied. Four stars for this supernatural romance. This is an honest, voluntary review of an ARC of the story.

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