Overall: 4.5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
~QD STORY DETAILS~
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance/Dark Romance (lite), Enemies-to-Lovers(ish)
Location: Ravndal, Norway
MC age range: Mid 20s & immortal
Lead: Nora Olsen
Love interest(s): Loki Laufeyjarson
Tear jerker: No
~QD BOOK INFO~
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Paperback page count: 319 pgs
Series: Lily of the Valley
1. To Love A God – released 06/04/20
Sex/kink type: manual, oral, penetrative, bondage, rough
Possible triggers: kidnapping/captivity, forced proximity, dubcon (lite), violence, death, pregnancy
The Quick and Dirty: Kidnapped ballet dancer is offered to Norse god Loki as a consort. It doesn’t go as either think it will.
Loki has been trapped in a cave for the last 800 years by a witch for having a hand in Ragnarok (the apocalypse), and over the centuries the village by his cave has offered him whatever he wants in exchange for blessings like good crops and extra luck, etc. Every so often, they kidnap women and bring them to Loki to offer him companionship as well. Nora, a ballet dancer who is taking a sabbatical in Norway after some traumatic life events, gets snatched up by the village due to her resemblance to Loki’s dead wife and is also offered up as sacrifice. Unlike most other women, despite knowing he is a god, she is resistant and determined to escape. Things take a turn when the two start to get to know one another and realize they are not so different from one another despite the contrast in their mortality.
I absolutely love this author’s writing. I have read work from her various pen names and I love seeing how she continues to grow in her craft. Her descriptions offer a vivid mental image and the characters she’s created are as beautifully flawed as they are compelling. Loki, a god, exhibits strength but is broken and vulnerable in equal measure. And Nora is not a wilting violet who succumbs to Loki’s every whim; despite what you might imagine a ballet dancer to be (graceful, delicate, etc), she has an incredible amount of grit, fire and tenacity. Don’t get it twisted either: this is NOT a Stockholm Syndrome scenario. The relationship started off naturally where Nora absolutely despised her supposed “captor” but things take a turn when certain secrets are revealed and suppositions corrected. I love the climax of the book, I loved how it ended (mild spoiler: everything is wrapped up in a bow, a HEA that made my heart smile but also made sense). My only qualm was that while yes, there is some mild dubcon, there wasn’t much of what I would consider “dark”. The author does indicate it’s soft dark but I think I was hoping for just a smidge more. Otherwise a great debut under this pen name! I can’t wait to read more!
I spent my whole life training to become a ballet dancer—a soloist, a star. Today, I’m a toy, a plaything, a distraction…
A sacrifice to a caged god, to the Norse trickster.
Trapped in a cave for the sins of his past, he waits for the end of days. Modern worshippers curry favor with gifts and trinkets, spilled blood—and women like me.
Women who resemble his long-dead wife. We all have that look, you see. I’m supposed to be flattered that I remind him of a goddess in an age gone by.
The ones who came before me were sweet, docile, compliant—just like her. But I’m not sweet. I’m not docile, and I will never be compliant.
I am resilient. I am determined.
I am—not—drawn to him.
I will survive this.
I will survive him.
My name is Nora Olsen, and I will not die here.
To Love a God is a full-length standalone dark paranormal romance novel set in the Lily of the Valley universe. Each book in the series can be read on its own, but characters will occasionally pop up in other stories. No cliffhangers. Always a happy ending—because even villains deserve a happily-ever-after.
Evie Kent is a dark paranormal romance author who loves a possessive anti-hero and a strong-willed heroine. She has been #teamvillain for as long as she can remember, and thinks the dark side definitely has more fun.
Her work errs toward soft dark, and features soulmate-level romances with dubious beginnings, along with a dash of angst and a dollop of kink.