ARC Review: ‘Midnight Ruin’ by Katee Robert
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Netgalley, the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Midnight Ruinby Katee Robert
Series: Dark Olympus #6
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 16, 2024
SubGenres: Dark Romance, Fantasy Romance, LGBT Romance, MMF Romance, Polyamorous Romance
Source: Netgalley, the publisher
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Eurydice Dimitriou has always been the innocent sister, but she's finally ready to step out of the long shadow cast by her powerful family…and the ex who shattered her heart. Perhaps rough hands on soft skin are exactly what she needs to forget her heartbreak once and for all?
Charon Ariti has been Hades's right-hand man for years. He's given everything to the lower city, but now he's ready to take something for himself. He's only too happy to give Eurydice a special kind of education…but is her heart really free enough to be claimed?
Orpheus Makos will do whatever it takes to make things right. Once the golden boy of the upper city, he's now a shadow of his former self. He'll do anything to get Eurydice back…even if it means she's not coming into his arms alone. Three hearts. Three futures. Countless ways to get it wrong.
But with enemies slipping through Olympus's faltering barrier to lay siege on the lower city, a trio of broken hearts will be the least of these would-be lovers' worries…
Midnight Ruin is the sixth installment in Katee Robert’s Dark Olympus series. I was looking forward to this installment in the series, especially realizing Katee was taking us back to the Lower City where Hades and Persephone reside. I was ready to get out of the Upper City and hopefully get away from the drama that was unfolding, but unfortunately, it looked like it started to trickle down to the Lower City within this book.
First things first, I’m enjoying this series from Katee Robert but have found some of the books are a hit-and-miss with me. This is the case with Midnight Ruin, and I’m upset that I didn’t enjoy it because I’ve loved Katee’s MMF and Polyamorous Romance storylines. I loved learning more about Eurydice’s character and loved that she and Charon were finally hooking up with one another, but when it came to Orpheus being with them, I wasn’t fully invested. I hold grudges and think that Eurydice should have kicked Orpheus to the curb and not accepted him back in her life, or at least made him grovel more. Orpheus didn’t deserve Eurydice, even if he was feeling sorry for what he did to her, and that’s all thanks to Charon confronting him. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the part where Eurydice gave him orders and degraded him, but I felt she should have made him work for it more to win her back.
I liked being back in the Lower City and seeing the inner workings of how Hades and his people handle things. He does not play around when it comes to the safety of everyone he’s responsible for, especially his wife. I wouldn’t want to cross paths with Hades, that’s for sure, and I wouldn’t want to cross paths with Charon either. Charon is Hades right-hand man for a reason.
I didn’t think I would like Eurydice after what she did in Neon Gods, but she redeemed herself. She was able to get information that helped Hades and the other Thirteen on who was actually behind the downfall that was happening in the Upper City.
One thing I’ve noticed with the books is that it’s become more political and less focused on Greek Mythology. It’s all due to what happened in previous books in the series and how the Thirteen are being targeted. I’m interested to find out what is going to happen to the Upper City after what Hades had to do to keep him and his people safe in this one. It’s definitely going to cause a rift with the other Thirteen, but it puts Zeus and the others on the spot to deal with the mess they started in the first place.
Story Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5
Spice/Steam: 🌶️🌶️🌶️.5 (Katee is one who always writes some spicy, unique scenes, and that’s no different with Eurydice, Charon and Opheus, even though I wasn’t fully invested in Orpheus in the relationship.)
Will I read the next book in the series? Even though I only gave this book 3.5 stars, that doesn’t mean I won’t stop reading this series. I enjoyed being back in the Lower City and learning more about Eurydice and Charon, but it won’t be my favorite installment.
Standalone or Part of Series: I feel the Dark Olympus series would be best read in order.
Would I recommend this book/series? Yes. If you haven’t started this series and enjoy Greek Mythology with a darker and sexier twist, then this series may be something up your alley.
Genre/SubGenre: Romance | Dark Romance | Fantasy Romance | Polyamorous Romance | MMF Romance | LGBT+ Romance
Trope(s)/Element(s)/TW(s): Friends to Lovers | Second Chances | Degradation | Puppy Play | Abortion (not the FMC)