Full disclosure: I was a beta reader for this book.
This book took me by surprise in a few ways. I was unfamiliar with Norse mythology for the most part — all I really knew were the names and stuff I’d seen in trailers for the new Marvel movies (which I haven’t seen). So I was pretty much a blank slate. The Trickster’s Lover not only was a great, fun read in and of itself, but it got me so interested in Norse mythology that I bought a book on it!
Here’s the short description:
Surviving Graduate School ~ Falling in Love ~ Preventing Ragnarök
Graduate student Caroline Capello has always been more comfortable with books than people. She’s just moved to the University of Chicago to become the world’s foremost authority on Norse mythology, making her the only member of her family to leave San Diego, and the family business.
But she’s wondering if she’s just made the biggest mistake of her life.
When Loki, the enigmatic and irresistibly sexy Norse trickster god, appears in her studio apartment, Caroline is forced to question everything she’s learned.
Do the gods exist? Are the legends about Ragnarök, the apocalyptic battle that destroys the gods and ends the Nine Realms, actually true?
Or is she losing her mind?
The Trickster’s Lover was exciting, interesting, and fast-paced, with a great main character, Caroline, who I couldn’t help but root for, and it was great to watch the way she transformed from a quiet, unconfident girl in the beginning into a strong, independent person in the end.
Loki came across as cocky and aloof in the beginning, but his character growth throughout the book definitely made me love him by the end.
The dialogue was fast-paced and at times laugh-out-loud funny, world-building was done perfectly and the mythology aspects were explained briefly and to a degree that I didn’t feel confused or overwhelmed by the information. Also, I didn’t come across any annoying romance cliches (and no love triangle! Woo!). And, of course, there was no shortage of romantic scenes, and they were, well… *fans self*
This isn’t a book I would normally have picked up at the store, but I’m so glad I got the chance to beta read it! I totally loved it.