Review: Rhapsodic (The Bargainer, #1), by Laura Thalassa

Rhapsodic (The Bargainer, #1)Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was one of those stories that takes you by surprise. I had never heard of this author and wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. I had already braced myself for disappointment. Was I ever wrong! This book ended up being great!

The first book in ‘The Bargainer’ series, ‘Rhapsodic’ was a terrific love story. It had plenty of romance and angst, as well as danger and adventure. It was sweet, without being overly cheesy and had just enough tension to keep me on the edge of my seat.

Callypso “Callie” Lillis is a siren. As a teenager, she makes an impulsive decision, which could have dire consequences for her. Desperate for help, she calls upon the Bargainer, aka the Lord of the Night, to use his magic to clean up behind her.

From that point forward, she and the Bargainer form an unlikely friendship. As Callie grows into a young lady, going to college and entering her early adulthood, the Bargainer is her closest companion and only friend. She falls in love with him. Then, he disappears from her life for years.

Callie has done her best to put the Bargainer behind her. She has had several relationships, trying to move on and forget him. Nothing has worked. To make matters worse, Callie knows that the Bargainer always shows up to collect a debt and she owes him more than anyone else alive.

When the Bargainer finally shows up to collect Callie’s debt, she is forced to comply. Fae warriors are disappearing and the women are returned in glass coffins, a creepy new breed of children along with them. Nobody is talking. Whatever evil is behind this is even more feared than the wrath of the Bargainer, something that is almost unfathomable.

As Callie works with the Bargainer to get to the bottom of whatever is going on, it becomes harder and harder to deny her feelings. No man has ever held her attention like him. To further complicate matters, it seems that she has caught the attention of the same thing that is responsible for the females’ disappearances. The Bargainer will have to work diligently to keep her safe.

From start to finish, this book held my attention. I was drawn to this futuristic world that Ms. Thalassa created. It was magical. It was highly entertaining. There was just enough action to keep me on the edge of my seat, while there was plenty of romance to hold my interest. I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in this series to see how things work out for Callie and Desmond, aka the Bargainer.

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