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Arrows and Apologies (Monsters & Muses)

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There’s something alluring about a violent woman. Men, not so much because violence is our legacy. But being at the mercy of a woman craving blood? There’s nothing quite like it.” I will personally remove the hide from your body and lay you out like a rug in my bedroom if you don’t remove your hands from her this bloody instant.” God doesn’t get on his knees to worship”…”You’re in bed with the devil, m’eudail, and I don’t think he intends on letting you go.” Arrows and Apologies, Sav. Miller

We have 2 characters in this book: Alistair and Cora, if you have read the previous book Oaths and Omissions* we have a reference to Alistair (Jonas’ brother) and a reference to a girl with blue hair that would be Cora. There was a reoccurring line of Alistair saying Cora of “I’m trying to keep you safe.” Or something similar to that. Safe from what? The Barbieris? In Arrows and Apologies Cora is searching for her brother who has been missing for the last year. His last known location is Aplana Island so that’s where she’s headed but first she needs money. Alistair is in Boston hoping to meet up with someone when a girl with blue hair catches his eye and now he has to have her. Little do either of them know this won’t be the last time they see each other. throughout this book there was literally no definite plot line followed. just a bunch of random stuff that happened from time to time. don’t bs me and tell me that the plot was cora looking for her brother cause for a big part of the book i forgot he even existed. I liked this one okay. I could have loved it, given how much I loved Alastair and his beautiful, dirty mouth and how much he revered Cora. Her, I didn’t like so much. She was too wrapped up in her own secrets and not paying attention to what was going on around her. There were just big plot holes for me.Alistair Wolfe is Jonas’ older brother. Who we met in the previous book. I think Alistair so far, has been my favorite MMC out the series so far. He is a confident, stoic politician, that also is tall, handsome and older. ̶(̶N̶o̶t̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶m̶e̶n̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶h̶e̶ ̶h̶a̶s̶ ̶a̶ ̶b̶r̶e̶e̶d̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶k̶i̶n̶k̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶a̶ ̶d̶i̶c̶k̶ ̶p̶i̶e̶r̶c̶i̶n̶g̶.̶)̶ He is obsessive and possessive. He literally changes parts of his house and wardrobe based off the hair color of the girl he loves. This man was unhinged for this woman, there would be moments of him just thinking odd things such as: “𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘳𝘪𝘣 𝘤𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘧𝘧 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦, 𝘴𝘰 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘢𝘧𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥.” You cannot love a person fully without knowing the darkness etched into their soul.” Sav R. Miller, Promises and Pomegranates This is the fourth book in Miller’s Monsters and Muses series. While we get character cameos from previous books, this book can be read on its own.

Early morning: Some people find that reading in the morning helps them start their day with a positive and productive mindset. Honestly, these characters have become some of my favorites, they are entertaining and entertaining. I love how different each character is, but it somehow connects them to previous books and characters. I’m waiting until we get MORE King’s Trace connections though… JUST SAY.

My Book Notes

This is a dark contemporary romance inspired by the Apollo & Daphne myth. I’ve always enjoyed mythology & I love to see how Sav translates themes from different myths into every book in this series.

Apollo and Daphne isn't a myth I'm well-read about, but I still really enjoyed the little easter eggs of the source material Sav constantly includes in these books. one last thing that really bothered me is that the chemistry (and supposed love) between the mc (cora) and the mayor (alistair) was practically non-existent. it feels more like an on-going infatuation on his side and from hers it doesn’t feel like anything. it would make sense if we were given more of a resigned (but still present love) than what we got from her which was nothing until the end. there was only one scene before that when jonas’s wife came over and she second-guessed leaving. i know it was a somewhat slow burn and f-buddies trope but there was NO chemistry. it was like nails on a chalkboard. i didn’t ever feel and giddy feelings or excitement about them being together. This dark romance was a perfect installment to the Monsters & Muses series by Sav. Miller and it did not disappoint. Then there was a scene of two having sex at the edge of a cliff. Like ? I would understand doing it outdoors, but at the edge of the cliff, with your head dangling? Why? SAV DID IT AGAIN. This series is superior and this is known by everyone in this community FOR A REASON.

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The only reasons I’m giving it 4/5 stars is because there were some confusing moments for me as a reader that just didn’t tie in together super smooth. Also, the ending scene could have been played out a little longer to give it that emotional depth that the characters were feeling. And I wish there was a bit more development from Cora and Alistair as well as development together as a couple. For example, just more intimate moments and dialogue would have elevated their dynamic more.

Alistair and Cora had a lot sexual chemistry. But romantic chemistry? I’m not sure. They definitely had their soft moments. But I wasn’t sold on them having a serious developed relationship.

Alistar is one of the characters that you need more from and it will never be enough until he is real and in your bed. He installed a pool for this woman simply because she said she liked swimming. Every time a Sav R Miller book comes out, I honestly wonder how it’s going to surpass the others. I’ve read every single one of his books and I’m always blown away by the latest book. A&A is no exception. Book Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Dark, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Mythology, Retellings, Romance As usual though I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum but there may still be a few small spoilers in this review. Proceed with caution.

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