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Rhapsodic (Bargainer #1)



[A quick note: I saw this series a ton on bookstagram, but I was always hesitant to read it because I wasnโ€™t a huge fan of the covers. I am so guilty of judging a book by itโ€™s cover. Iโ€™ve since gotten over that, assuming there are good reviews. But, anyway, when I saw that this series was going to be offered as a special edition from the bookish box, I jumped on the opportunity. These editions are GORGEOUS.]


โ€œ๐๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฌ. ๐–๐žโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ง๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ž.โ€ โ€”Laura Thalassa

Fae courts, a Thief of Souls, and an unforgettable romance. This was ADDICTIVE! Itโ€™s one of those guilty pleasure reads thatโ€™s difficult to put down. And it stands out by having a legitimate storyline beyond just the romance. The writing is simple enough that you donโ€™t have to worry about keeping track of too many details. Itโ€™s the perfect wind-down-from-a-long-day kind of read and I loved it!

One of the things it did well was timeline jumps. Each chapter is set up to begin seven years prior to the current events, so there are essentially two storylines happening. But they lined up really well and helped set the stage for each chapter. I really liked how this was done. I often find myself annoyed with backstory, but not this time. I was just as intrigued by the past events as the current. It reminded me a little of Addie LaRueโ€™s structure. You donโ€™t see that very often in books.

Letโ€™s face it, I read this book for the romance between Callie and Desโ€ฆI mean, hubba hubba. Iโ€™d give it a mildly spicy rating? There were definitely some scenes but they were tastefully done and could easily qualify as upper YA or tame NA. Desmond Flynn, our love interest, is the Fae king of the night. Heโ€™s all about chaos and naughty things. He has shadowy magic and can teleport. Major Rhysand vibes going on here, yโ€™all! Most importantly, heโ€™s THE BARGAINER. I mean, hello! The way Desmond and Callie meet was great, it really set the stage for the whole story. Plus, his bargainer magic was super cool.

Worldbuildingโ€”letโ€™s talk about that. I liked how it was done. I liked that the fairy world was parallel to ours, but that within our own contemporary world, magical beings were known and integrated among modern society. I loved the way the magic was done, the way the fairy kingdom was done, all of it. It wasnโ€™t overdone. There werenโ€™t massive info dumps. It was just enough.


I will give a trigger warning for some of the events of the book. Small spoiler here: The allusion and mention of rape are present both in the beginning and end of the book. No scenes were shown, but it was mentioned and was something the MC herself had suffered from before the story begins. This could be jarring for some. I thought it was handled well and was glad it never actually happened within the pages of the book, only mentioned.

Overall, Iโ€™m loving this series. Iโ€™m already deep into the second book, which Iโ€™m enjoying even more than the first. I can tell this will become a favorite series of mine. If you love Fae, mildly spicy romance, and good writing, youโ€™re going to love this one. ๐Œ๐˜ ๐‘๐€๐“๐ˆ๐๐†: ๐Ÿ’.๐Ÿ“/๐Ÿ“โญ๏ธ

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