Lucky me- I got an advanced review copy of this book. (The fact that I stalked the author for a couple of months before might have been helpful.) As readers of this blog know, I'm a huge fan of The Oracle of Delphi Series, and I loved the other short story put out that gave us some insight into Strafford aka Solar aka the Sun Prince, the protector and beloved of Chloe Clever, the new Pythia.
Lover, Divine tells the story of how his Influential mother Siobhan and his Olympian father came together. It's immediately apparent that Strafford's stubbornness is derived as much from his mother as it is from his father. Even when she discovers the truth about her suitor's origins- there are immortals and then there are immortals- Siobhan is determined to maintain her dignity and free will, "destiny" and "prophecy" be damned. So what's the key to get her to accept a divine lover?
Um, it's got a little something to do with why we are DEFINITELY out of YA territory here (in case the cover didn't already give that away). In other words, this is erotic and explicit (and really well done), so if that's a problem for you, you might want to skip this installment...
But maybe you shouldn't. We start to understand the inner workings of the Influential world, and we know that's going to affect not just Strafford but a few other pivotal characters in Chloe's saga. Perhaps even more importantly, we get a clue about yet another player in the impending Olympian War. (Hmm...didn't see that one coming!)
This is a very engrossing read. I highly recommend it for fans of The Oracle of Delphi series (particularly those who like a little spice!).