I consider myself to be a professional reader that can sometimes be a bit snarky. I'm a tattoo'd, yoga pants wearing, mom of 2 boys.
I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. Actually, I was really skeptical about it. This book was so erotic and I found myself literally clenching my thighs. The Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first book in The Szolites series. Dyletri is the God of Fertility and he's suppressed his powers and became celibate to save the soul of the woman he supposedly loves by making a promise of a sacrifice to the Fates. Eleven thousand years later he meets Ismini, the woman he's supposed to sacrifice and also ends up falling in love with. Dyletri is now tortured by that promise he made to sacrifice Ismini.
I loved Ismini and had an emotional connection with her. She never played the why me card and accepted what her fate was long ago. Because she loved Dyletri and she didn't want him to feel guilty about the sacrifice, she would hide things from him that were happening to her.
Being the God of Fertility Dylertri knew how to please a woman. This is one of my absolute favorite parts of the book...
A growl rumbled behind her words,
warping her voice. "Dylertri."
He laughed darkly, looking way too amused for her liking. "I swear to fucking God--"
He grabbed on to the waistband of her pants, his fingers harsh.
"I am your fucking god!" Oh. . .oh my. . .
"You're not coming until I let you to, got it?"
You'll just have to read the book to read the rest of that wicked hot sexy time between Dyletri & Ismini! There are some heart racing, thigh clenching, hot erotic sex in this book! I recommend this book to anyone who loves romantica or paranormal romance erotica. It's a fast paced book with a new world of characters that you'll fall in love with. I can't wait to read the 2nd book when it comes out!!!
*Thank you to netgalley and The Writers Coffee Shop for the ARC*