Book Review: Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1)

Originally Posted on August 14, 2017 in my old blog.

Title: Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1)

Author: Laura Thalassa

Publisher: Lavabrook Publishing Group

Release Date: November 15, 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

*I acquired my own copy.*

5 stars
It was amazing


Desmond Flynn is King of the Night and is a Bargainer for a sideline. A girl owes him 322 bargains and he has come to collect. What does he want in return?

“I’ll be back tomorrow night, be prepared for more than just a kiss.” 

From the very beginning this book got me hooked. I keep comparing Des to Sarah J Maas’s Rhys but later I’ve stopped because they are completely different. Not just the physical description but Des is a different person with a different background (which I’m so excited to read in his Novella ‘The Emperor of Evening Stars’).

I love stories where two people have this huge history together and the way the book was written, to jump between the past and the present and how they somewhat parallel to their arguments and revelations.

Overall this was a very exciting read, my heart pounds whenever Des and Callie are in the same room. I could feel their electricity jumping out of the pages of the book. This is my first Laura Thalassa book and it certainly wouldn’t be the last. I also heard so much about her other series and will check those out soon too. This book deserves more praise because this is truly one of the gems.