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When I went to my neighbour’s apartment to investigate strange sounds, I never expected to fall through a portal into another world. Yet here I am, a stranger in an even stranger land... and I'm stranded. In this world, might makes right, men carry swords, and gods walk the earth. Within minutes of arriving, I’m enslaved! Fun place... How do I ge When I went to my neighbour’s apartment to investigate strange sounds, I never expected to fall through a portal into another world. Yet here I am, a stranger in an even stranger land... and I'm stranded. In this world, might makes right, men carry swords, and gods walk the earth. Within minutes of arriving, I’m enslaved! Fun place... How do I get home? GREAT question. Wish I had an answer! The one person that might be able to help me is also the one person I want to throttle most. Aron, Lord of Storms, Butcher God of Battle, is my new companion. Or rather, I'm his. As Aron's anchor to the mortal realm, I'm the one that's supposed to be guiding him through his exile in the mortal world... Ha. Joke's on him. I know nothing about this place! But Aron and I have a common goal - get home. And we're bonded - anchor and god - with a bond unlike any other. So we travel together. We bicker. We bathe together. We fight our many, many enemies together. And sure, he’s a god, but he’s also an arrogant jerk. Brawny, smoking hot, irresistible jerk. I should want nothing to do with him. I certainly shouldn’t want to do things to him... Mortals and gods don’t mix. We stick to the plan and ignore our attraction. Focused, with one goal in mind... One task... One goal... Focused! I-oh heck, I’m going to end up kissing him again, aren’t I?


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When I went to my neighbour’s apartment to investigate strange sounds, I never expected to fall through a portal into another world. Yet here I am, a stranger in an even stranger land... and I'm stranded. In this world, might makes right, men carry swords, and gods walk the earth. Within minutes of arriving, I’m enslaved! Fun place... How do I ge When I went to my neighbour’s apartment to investigate strange sounds, I never expected to fall through a portal into another world. Yet here I am, a stranger in an even stranger land... and I'm stranded. In this world, might makes right, men carry swords, and gods walk the earth. Within minutes of arriving, I’m enslaved! Fun place... How do I get home? GREAT question. Wish I had an answer! The one person that might be able to help me is also the one person I want to throttle most. Aron, Lord of Storms, Butcher God of Battle, is my new companion. Or rather, I'm his. As Aron's anchor to the mortal realm, I'm the one that's supposed to be guiding him through his exile in the mortal world... Ha. Joke's on him. I know nothing about this place! But Aron and I have a common goal - get home. And we're bonded - anchor and god - with a bond unlike any other. So we travel together. We bicker. We bathe together. We fight our many, many enemies together. And sure, he’s a god, but he’s also an arrogant jerk. Brawny, smoking hot, irresistible jerk. I should want nothing to do with him. I certainly shouldn’t want to do things to him... Mortals and gods don’t mix. We stick to the plan and ignore our attraction. Focused, with one goal in mind... One task... One goal... Focused! I-oh heck, I’m going to end up kissing him again, aren’t I?

30 review for Bound to the Battle God

  1. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    Please don't judge this book by its cover!!!!! lol 4.5 stars Let me tell you all the things I loved about it... Bound to the Battle God is a slow burn romance, the couple doesn't kiss until 50% into the book. And it's not an Erotica novel. The amount of sex is average, in one word a perfect amount for such a long book. It's a portal fantasy, an earthling female is being transported to a different planet, WITHOUT the dreaded going back and forth (like Outlander), which I hate. The heroine stays where Please don't judge this book by its cover!!!!! lol 4.5 stars Let me tell you all the things I loved about it... Bound to the Battle God is a slow burn romance, the couple doesn't kiss until 50% into the book. And it's not an Erotica novel. The amount of sex is average, in one word a perfect amount for such a long book. It's a portal fantasy, an earthling female is being transported to a different planet, WITHOUT the dreaded going back and forth (like Outlander), which I hate. The heroine stays where she is. The hero is deliciously aggravating in his arrogant way (there is a reason for it), possessive, sweet, affectionate and very much godlike. The way he was portrayed was perfection! And the visible character growth was something I really enjoyed. The heroine is from Earth, and has no issues standing toe to toe with our God of Battle. She enjoys pushing his buttons, and telling him NO whenever it suits her. She is mouthy and sarcastic - in short I was delighted by her. And because she was unafraid of him, her ignorance balanced their relationship and made them equals rather than God and slave, which I appreciated. The story was unique. I was captivated by the characters, plot and the overall feel of the story. The couple was passionate, and I couldn't get enough of it. Honestly, I hated putting it down, and every interruption was an annoyance. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. One of the only complaints I have is that the book was LONG!!!! With 665 pages it was one long story. The beginning was a bit slow, but I never felt that the story dragged. And the amount of pages makes sense since it's a big tale to tell. There were maybe some scenes that could have been cut, but in retrospect I'm glad it was a long book, because I didn't want it to end. Also there were a couple things that didn't make much sense to me, like the heroine understanding everyone, but on the other hand can't read their books. But in the end, those were a couple small things that didn't really take away from the overall enjoyment. I had the best time reading this book!!! ___________________________________ Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog Follow me on Bookstagram

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    Apparently this book was written over a period of years, and you can kind of tell. It's super long and gets better as it goes on. First things first - your feminism spidey senses will tingle, especially at the beginning. I wasn't a fan of the beginning because it seemed like there was going to be a whole glorifying rapeyness going on. But, it didn't go there. The heroine was not having any of that crap - which I liked. Still, not a good world for females in general. Our heroine, Faith, is transpor Apparently this book was written over a period of years, and you can kind of tell. It's super long and gets better as it goes on. First things first - your feminism spidey senses will tingle, especially at the beginning. I wasn't a fan of the beginning because it seemed like there was going to be a whole glorifying rapeyness going on. But, it didn't go there. The heroine was not having any of that crap - which I liked. Still, not a good world for females in general. Our heroine, Faith, is transported to the magical land of Not-GameofThrones and immediately captured and sold as a slave. She is part of a creepy beauty contest to see which "lucky" slave-girl gets to "serve" the high priest of the war god for a year. We meet the priest and let's just say that there's no way that "serving" doesn't include a happy ending. well, that took a creepier turn than usual. If she isn't picked by the rapey-priest she will be killed at sunrise. Hard to say which is better. She isn't chosen, but then a third option shows up in the form of the god of war. She can choose to serve him and live. He also doesn't seem that interested in sex with a mortal, so why not? Uh, yeah. She didn't quite know what she was signing up for. So basically serving this guy is doing a lot of running for her life and getting dirty on this Planet of the Renaissance Faire. This story is really long and complex. I wasn't sure about it at first, but I found myself getting more and more invested as it went on. The romance didn't come into things for a long time and it made it more enjoyable when it did. I also liked the whole mythology of the gods and how things worked. But, mostly I ended up loving the main characters. Aron, the war god, will take a little while to warm up to because of things like this: He sniffs my hair again, and I wonder.....Is he overcome with lust for me? "You smell bad," Aron says. “When was the last time you bathed?” Man, fuck this guy. Yeah, dude needs a little time to grow on you. But, after a while, he is epic! Totally book-boyfriend worthy. And, Faith is awesome right from the start. She's not perfect, but she is easy to relate to as a normal everyday girl. Also, she's sarcastic and curses a lot. My favorite of her qualities. Overall, I would call this one of those epic-journey type of books, and I really hope that it takes off so Ruby Dixon will write more in this world. There were tons of characters that deserve their own stories.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aisling Zena

    4.5 stars For all those that read Kristen Ashley's Wildest Dreams and Golden Dynasty, for all those that read The Winter King by C.L.Wilson, for all those that read Grace Draven's Wraith Kings or any amazing fantasy book and couldn't find something to satisfy you after reading them; look no more and pick this one up as soon as you can. I don't even want to go into it too much because I feel it will detract from the enjoyment of discovering for yourself how good this one is, so I'll try to keep it 4.5 stars For all those that read Kristen Ashley's Wildest Dreams and Golden Dynasty, for all those that read The Winter King by C.L.Wilson, for all those that read Grace Draven's Wraith Kings or any amazing fantasy book and couldn't find something to satisfy you after reading them; look no more and pick this one up as soon as you can. I don't even want to go into it too much because I feel it will detract from the enjoyment of discovering for yourself how good this one is, so I'll try to keep it simple. Faith suddenly finds her self in a strange world after she walks in her neighbour's apartment to investigate the strange noises coming from there. And if standing in her pjs in another world isn't enough, she's enslaved within minutes. But that doesn't deter her or quell her fighting spirit. Even when she finds herself as a ritual sacrifice to a God she's never heard of. As luck would have it this particular God appears before his devotees and he requires a willing anchor in order to stay on that plane and help get him home. Faith volunteers and adventures ensue! Aron, Lord of Storms, Butcher God of Battle is a sort mix of Dax, Kratos and Conan with Faith tempering him, teasing him, and teaching him. Their relationship was a lovely slow burn. I found the worldbuilding and setting absolutely brilliant. Each page made me want more and when it finished I wanted to go back and read it all over again. I want more. I want a whole series of this. I need to know what happens to the side characters too. Or even a new heroine and God pairing! I need to have more of this world! If you love fantasy do give this a try! I hope you'll fall in love with it as much as I did.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Ignore the hideously cheesy cover, it's not representative of the quality of this book! It's hard for me to find a fantasy book (aka the setting is not here on Earth, and the plot or characters feature some sort of manifestation of magic or power) that features a romance (with no fade to black nonsense) and is not YA (no offense to YA, I just want adult characters and themes). It's especially hard to find one that is actually well developed in both plot and characters. Happily, this book is one Ignore the hideously cheesy cover, it's not representative of the quality of this book! It's hard for me to find a fantasy book (aka the setting is not here on Earth, and the plot or characters feature some sort of manifestation of magic or power) that features a romance (with no fade to black nonsense) and is not YA (no offense to YA, I just want adult characters and themes). It's especially hard to find one that is actually well developed in both plot and characters. Happily, this book is one of those rare finds! I was a little skeptical about this book at first because A) that cover and B) the author is known for her alien smutty books, which didn't bode well. But my low expectations were blown out of the water. This book is laugh out loud funny at parts and features some big plot twists/reveals that I didn't see coming. Just don't come into this book expecting the romance to take center stage immediately - it's over the half way point before any real progress is made on that front. This isn't a perfect book by any means (it's a bit too long, too many references to food, secondary characters aren't particularly well developed etc), but I still really enjoyed it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Penny Reid

    First and foremost, I'm angry at each and every person who never recommended this book to me. Why have you failed me thus? What hath I doth to offend thee? Second, this book is so much fun. It's a well written, slow burn fantasy that was also 100% unputdownable. One minute I was laughing, the next I was cringing, the next I'm all like Basically, if you want to read a 600+ page adventure story with sass, excellent characterization, and wonderful story progression, this is the book for you. Highly, First and foremost, I'm angry at each and every person who never recommended this book to me. Why have you failed me thus? What hath I doth to offend thee? Second, this book is so much fun. It's a well written, slow burn fantasy that was also 100% unputdownable. One minute I was laughing, the next I was cringing, the next I'm all like Basically, if you want to read a 600+ page adventure story with sass, excellent characterization, and wonderful story progression, this is the book for you. Highly, highly recommend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    nina

    (( 4 )) 'I just want to collapse and cry like a child. It seems that every time I turn around, someone's trying to kill us—or just me—and this entire world feels like one big death trap. I want my quiet apartment back home. I want my boring desk job and my boring reruns on television. Did I think my life was humdrum and monotonous? Clearly I was insane. I have a new appreciation for “safe” and “boring” and “quiet.” I'd like any and all of those things.' yea, how did our heroine get there? star (( 4 )) 'I just want to collapse and cry like a child. It seems that every time I turn around, someone's trying to kill us—or just me—and this entire world feels like one big death trap. I want my quiet apartment back home. I want my boring desk job and my boring reruns on television. Did I think my life was humdrum and monotonous? Clearly I was insane. I have a new appreciation for “safe” and “boring” and “quiet.” I'd like any and all of those things.' yea, how did our heroine get there? start from the beginning (feel free to skip this long-ass part, cuz, spoilers. but i’ll just keep it here for case one day i’d like to revisit / get it) : ✧ p l o t ✨✨✨✨✨ ↳ home girl gets transported to this other world where there’s gods and stuff. the second she got there, she’s a slave on a beauty pageant in a temple for this prelate to choose (case on point : quote below), and if she’s not chosen, she’ll be killed w/ the other slaves as a sacrifice for the gods by dawn. yay for her, right! He flicks a hand at the front of my skirt-dress. “I should like to see your breasts. Disrobe.” So much for being chipper and accommodating. I clutch the front of my dress. “No thanks.” “What?” “I mean…no?” I try to smile sweetly. “But ‘no’ in the nicest way, of course.” He recoils, aghast at my response. “You dare?” “Well, they’re very shy boobs.” I promise. Something tells me I’m not getting picked. The prelate flicks his gaze over me one more time. “Pleasant appearance…distasteful personality.” And he moves on. Sounds like my last annual review at work.' ↳ long story short she’s not chosen. Surrounded by other resigned slaves, Faith was trying to find an out when all of a sudden this naked god of storm showed up in the temple and everyone were shaking w/ fear. that god, our dear Aron, is looking for an anchor to... i guess anchor him? A human anchor works kinda like battery for the gods to recharge by feeding off the anchor’s energy as long as they’re on earth (not earth earth, but their earth). So the anchor eats, sleeps, drink for them. Plus, the only way to defeat the gods are by killing their anchor, it’s a risky role. of course, no one volunteered (it only works w/ volunteers), and Faith figured this was her only way to save her life, so she did. spoiler alert, soon enough she's gonna throw the whole ↳ they’re both clueless & confused, they don’t really know what’s going on / their purpose in this world, that it’s actually pretty funny Of course, after a minute or two of staring, he continues to ignore me. So much for gods being omniscient. I clear my throat softly, and when that doesn’t get me anywhere, I try again, a little louder. Aron of the Cleaver turns to look over at me and scowls. “Are you sick?” “Uh, no—” “Choking?” He really does make it hard to like him. “I was trying to get your attention.” “By irritating me?” He gestures out at the room of revelers. “Do you think I am not maddened enough by these fools? You have decided to join in?” ↳ the first night in that city, we’re immediately thrown into some action. apparently someone wants to kill Aron, and one way to do that is through Faith. of course, they decided to leave that city right at that moment. and so their journey begins, and through it all they bonded (aside from the literal anchor bond) His eyes narrow and he just stares at me. Slowly, he shakes his head. “You are not afraid of me at all, are you?” I get goosebumps at that, wondering if this is the set-up for being eradicated by a god’s temper. Being a pain in the ass has got me this far, however, so I lift my chin. “Should I be?” “I don’t know if I am amused or annoyed. I want to wring your neck and laugh at the same time. It is very curious.” ↳ at first it was only with the purpose of running for their lives from the mob. But along the way, they figured that there’s 4 divided parts of Aron called Aspects ; hedonism, arrogance, liar, and apathy. our Aron is arrogance, which means they gotta kill the other Aspects (hedonism, liar, apathy) before those Arons kill our Aron through Faith. Also so that our Aron can ascent to Aether, and Faith can go home »»—— Characters ——«« 1. I lie down on the bed, too depressed to even consider what the next few weeks—or hell, months! years!—of my life will be like. I pull the blankets over my head and roll over to face the wall. "What are you doing?" Aron snaps, rustling the map. "We are discussing strategy. Stop this foolishness." "Go fuck yourself," I tell him and ignore him. If he wants to be an asshole, I can be one, too. 2. His arm goes around my waist and he pulls me tight against him. I'm surprised when a moment later, he sniffs my hair. A hot flush moves over my body He sniffs my hair again, and I wonder if he's hard right now. Is he overcome with lust for me? "You smell bad," Aron says. “When was the last time you bathed?” Man, fuck this guy. 3. ”We require supplies," Aron tells them imperiously. "Food and drink for travel. A mount. And my consort needs a bath." "Dude, are you going to tell everyone we meet that I need a bath? You're going to give me a complex." I make a face at his back. "I will until you stop smelling.” 4. There's a stool, but I want to leave that for her, so I move to Aron's side and plop in his lap. "Hope you don't mind if your smelly consort takes a load off, then." His hands go to my waist and he leans in to murmur to me, "As long as I do not breathe deep, I am fine." "Prince Charming," I tell him. "You're going to make me swoon with your flowery words.” 5. ”Do not worry, my lovely Faith. You have my undivided attention, I promise you. Shall I spend all night in your bed so you can have your way with me?” He leans in and nips at my mouth. I don’t know if I want to laugh or cry. “Have my way with you, you say?” His eyes gleam. “You can tie me down and we can pretend I’m your anchor and you’re the fierce goddess who must lick my cock for endless hours to sate herself.” 6. ”Faith, you don’t understand. I will cease to exist if I die. All of who this Aspect is”—he gestures at his chest—“will be removed from who I am.” “But you’ll still exist. Aron will still exist.” “I won’t be the same. He won’t be the same. He won’t know what it means to make the rain stop for a starving farmer and his wife. He won’t know what it’s like to race away from a crumbling citadel and have glass picked out of his back. He won’t know what it’s like to hold you close.” My breath catches in my throat. He caresses my face. “I told you once that you’re my heart, Faith, and I mean it. You’ve shown me a different way of looking at things, and not just because you like to argue.” His hard mouth curls into a hint of a smile. “I learn from you. I learn to think about how my presence affects others. I think of how I can be a better god to my faithful. Every day that I am here on the mortal plane with you changes me, Faith. I don’t want to lose that. I don’t want to lose you.” He smiles. “That’s why I’m going to win.” 7. 'Yeah, Aron’s a jerk and a half, but I still love him. His arrogance is the perfect foil for my salt. He doesn’t care that I’m a potty mouth, that I’m surly in the morning, or that I have a soft heart underneath all my vinegar. He likes all of that about me All in all✨✨✨✨✨ this was awesome, and I think more people should read this. my complain : this book has a slow burn, such anticipation, such buildup. Yet once they got together, the execution felt rather..... anticlimactic. also I really loved it up until we hit the 75% mark. I crazy skimmed the last 25%, except for the epilogue, so I don’t really know how they won this thing lol. (nevertheless, i still adored their dynamic thorough out most of the book). what I loved the most was the fact that this book has an epic journey (at some point there were other people joining them, but my favorite part is when the journey only consisted the two of them, more banter) the cover’s weird. but the book was solid!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Giorgia ~ Reads

    This was so good!! I am glad I overlooked the very misleading cover, I know it’s shallow of me but that cover does not make one pick up the book with high hopes! Anyway, back to the praise. I can start enumerating the things that are so right about this book: 1. The writing is good and consistent. 2. The world building and storyline are top notch. 3. The characters go through a great journey of self discovery I’d say. Not only do they become better people but the book actually has characters reflec This was so good!! I am glad I overlooked the very misleading cover, I know it’s shallow of me but that cover does not make one pick up the book with high hopes! Anyway, back to the praise. I can start enumerating the things that are so right about this book: 1. The writing is good and consistent. 2. The world building and storyline are top notch. 3. The characters go through a great journey of self discovery I’d say. Not only do they become better people but the book actually has characters reflect on their actions and analyse how they may be wrong in doing or thinking a certain thing. I know most will say that it’s the male lead that did most of that because the storyline is actually in part about him conquering his flaws, but in my opinion the female lead did a lot of growing on her part. She came into the story already being a normal, kind, righteous person but we were shown that even good people have room to reflect on their actions and thoughts and better their response to others. Her choice to be kind to Yulena and understand her from a different perspective other than a 21st century woman from Earth for example. Also her understanding that some of her reactions are based on her own prejudices not the other persons flaws, I think that it was all very beautifully illustrated. The best thing about this book are the characters, but everything else was perfectly crafted around them therefore there’s really nothing that left to be desired or improved. I cannot wait for the next book. The concept is intriguing and I look forward to learn what Ruby comes up with.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Just Josie

    Ruby. Ruby, Ruby, Ruby... This book? Damn. Just damn. *insert slow clap 🤩 I lost count of how many times I thought to myself: “Gosh, I love this”. 😍 I was enraptured from the very first page. Ruby Dixon sure knows how to write fantasy romance. Faith is my new favorite person. Funny as hell, sassy as fuck and so much backbone. Delicious💜 And Aron? Omfg Aron. God of Battle. Arrogant, protective and the perfect amount dick-ish asshole😂 #ilovethemalphas But what really blew me away? The world building- Ho Ruby. Ruby, Ruby, Ruby... This book? Damn. Just damn. *insert slow clap 🤩 I lost count of how many times I thought to myself: “Gosh, I love this”. 😍 I was enraptured from the very first page. Ruby Dixon sure knows how to write fantasy romance. Faith is my new favorite person. Funny as hell, sassy as fuck and so much backbone. Delicious💜 And Aron? Omfg Aron. God of Battle. Arrogant, protective and the perfect amount dick-ish asshole😂 #ilovethemalphas But what really blew me away? The world building- Holy shit Aos was stunning. The Aspect and Anchor thing was beyond perfect. Such an incredible and well written idea. Stunning work (and this was a bloody side-project!!) Faith is Aron’s anchor. She is tethered to the God of Battle (Aron) and before Aron can ascend to his godly throne ones again in the “Aether” he needs to kill his 3 other “aspects”. (Hedonism, lies and Apathy) In order to do that their anchors needs to die. With mean Faith is pretty vital for Aron of Arrogance’s survival. And Faith? She just wanna go home to earth. The story was deep, I cried, I laughed, and I cannot express how much I loved it. Read: 14/06/2020 1st rating: 5 stars Genres/Tropes: Fantasy/romance/humour/magic/portals/gods Cover: 2 stars- Okay, hear me out- I can see that is resembles Faith & Aron, but the cover just seem a little cheesy and because of how intricate the book was I find it a little misleading😂 POV’s: Single- 1 st person (Faith) Will I recommend: YES YES YES AND A BIG FAT YES!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jam

    ✨4 stars✨ Ok I feel peer pressured into reviewing this book lmao so imma keep it short and sweet. “I don’t know if I am amused or annoyed. I want to wring your neck and laugh at the same time. It is very curious.” “Well, you didn’t ask for obedient volunteers, just volunteers,” Bound to the Battle God was generally a great time! I don’t know what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn’t a super long, very well built fantasy world with crazy rules and interesting side characters. It definite ✨4 stars✨ Ok I feel peer pressured into reviewing this book lmao so imma keep it short and sweet. “I don’t know if I am amused or annoyed. I want to wring your neck and laugh at the same time. It is very curious.” “Well, you didn’t ask for obedient volunteers, just volunteers,” Bound to the Battle God was generally a great time! I don’t know what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn’t a super long, very well built fantasy world with crazy rules and interesting side characters. It definitely served everything I want in a pnr: ✔️a slowburn ✔️good worldbuilding without exposition dumping ✔️an interesting plot ✔️a grumpy hero who gets super soft for the heroine but stays mostly an asshole to everyone else ✔️good banter ✔️a heroine who's smart, funny, kind, quick thinking, not emotionless but not overrun by her emotions For me, the heroine was the best part of this book, hands down boots. I think what I liked best was that upon realizing she's stuck in an alternate world, she freaks out for a minute, but smartly gets her shit together and does everything in her power to survive and go home. "I want to press my hands to my forehead and cry. I want to collapse, but I know all of that won’t do any good. So I take a deep, shuddering breath, straighten my shoulders, and try to figure out where I am." Faith is my fave type of heroine, basically the antithesis of TSTL. More like TSTDFASFRTCHBEA (too smart to die for a stupid fuckin reason that could have been easily avoided) 😌 She's not a secret badass or an international super spy (super spy!) who can sneak around, have military level attack plans and fight better than anyone else around. She's just a regular girl with a healthy dose of snark who does that she can to stay alive and I love her for it. "Fuck this guy. Fuck all these guys. I’m going to go out fighting, I tell myself. This isn’t the end. There has to be more to why I’m here than to just die in a pile of anonymous blondes." As for the romance it was pretty good, satisfactory! It wasn't super thrilling and definitely didn't grip me from the beginning, but by the time everyones boinking and starting lovingly into each others eyes, I was invested. I think my favourite part of their relationship was right at the very end with the underworld business. The world-building was a little more interesting than these two getting together. All in all, this book was a great time and I definitely recommend it. Just ignore that horrific cover and you should be good.

  10. 4 out of 5

    B.E.Love

    So Ruby Dixon said this book was an "epic fantasy romance" that's big words and big claims for a book, annnnnd those words are 1000% true. I loved this book in fact hold your seats ladies I think this is the best book from Ruby Dixon to date. Seriously this book blew me away I love Ruby Dixon and this book was nothing short of astonishing. I started this book having no clue it was so long (almost 600 pages) and as I started reading I noticed I was reading and reading and my page count was gettin So Ruby Dixon said this book was an "epic fantasy romance" that's big words and big claims for a book, annnnnd those words are 1000% true. I loved this book in fact hold your seats ladies I think this is the best book from Ruby Dixon to date. Seriously this book blew me away I love Ruby Dixon and this book was nothing short of astonishing. I started this book having no clue it was so long (almost 600 pages) and as I started reading I noticed I was reading and reading and my page count was getting high but my percentage was still low when I finally looked I was so happy this book was long. Even though this book was long it was filled to the brim and flowing over with amazing content. The story in this book is so remarkable so thought out its not a simple story its a whole new world that is created with once in a life time charters and a world with gods thrown onto this world to learn lessons and seem to wreak havoc in their wake. While a girl from earth is thrown into this new world and becomes the only person who can save Aron the god of battle and storms. We see their fails and struggles as well as their love that shouldn't be possible grow. In all honestly this review will never give this book justice. It's one book that you finish and when you think about it so much come to your mind that its hard to get it all out. I finished this book last night and what I can tell you is I can't stop thinking about this book. I want to read it again right now. I am jealous for everyone who hasn't read this book yet and who pick it up because you're in for something special with this book. I truly hope we get more books like this, please. We get friends in this book that would be great to have their own books, but I am really hoping that we get more god's books with this anticipation (god's being brought down to earth because they are needing to be taught lessons). I will also say I can not recommend this book enough. If you love Ruby Dixon read this book, is you love a good fantasy/romance please read this book, if your after a slow burn with a build up far and away worth it I highly recommend this book but regardless if you like romance at all you must read this book. The romance is something special(think Barron's and Mac from the Dark fever series). This is one of the best if not the best books i have read so far this year(I would actually have to look at my read list to see if something was better and I have read some great books). This is also one of those books that 5 stars will never even be close to enough stars. Whatever you do read this book please.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    don't let the cover throw you... this book is actually a whole lot of fun! We have our h, Faith, who ends up traveling to another world through some possible manipulation from the Fates *wink wink* Faith she ends up getting mixed up with a bunch of different gods who have been punished to live and survive in the world of mortals. Faith ends up being tethered to Aron- the god of storms and battle- and has to help him navigate the world of mortals, while trying to find her own way in a new reality t don't let the cover throw you... this book is actually a whole lot of fun! We have our h, Faith, who ends up traveling to another world through some possible manipulation from the Fates *wink wink* Faith she ends up getting mixed up with a bunch of different gods who have been punished to live and survive in the world of mortals. Faith ends up being tethered to Aron- the god of storms and battle- and has to help him navigate the world of mortals, while trying to find her own way in a new reality that is seriously different from modern day Earth. (Think something like the Dark Ages or Ancient Greece, where might makes right- and there is a hell of a lot of corruption going on. But sprinkled with magic and mysticism.) While some points of the story dragged on- the book is over 600 pages- so fair enough, but this was a lot of fun and has some seriously cute and sexy romance!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    Part of me doesn't want to admit that I gave this a shot. It is every bit as schmaltzy as that cover indicates. And I stuck it out way longer than I would have expected given how little Dixon cares about worldbuilding or characterization. The thing is, if you can let go and just flow with the romp through a fantasy land without trying for things to make sense then you're going to be just fine. Faith can be a hoot and she just keeps trying to make the best of things even when they're pretty despe Part of me doesn't want to admit that I gave this a shot. It is every bit as schmaltzy as that cover indicates. And I stuck it out way longer than I would have expected given how little Dixon cares about worldbuilding or characterization. The thing is, if you can let go and just flow with the romp through a fantasy land without trying for things to make sense then you're going to be just fine. Faith can be a hoot and she just keeps trying to make the best of things even when they're pretty desperate. But there's a lot you'll have to overlook along the way. Like thriving towns in the middle of magical wastelands (where feasts that feature lots of ripe fruits and sweets abound) or slavers that leer and jeer but never actually do the obvious with a nubile new acquisition despite mouthy provocation or that the new portal world Faith dropped into not only speaks English but only stumbles on her colloquialisms when it'll be funny or awkward. I was able to ignore all that for awhile. And then I put the book down. And I can't bring myself to pick it back up again. Because as charming as the romp is, I just can't get past all that other stuff. I toyed with not giving this a rating, because it is clearly indicated what you're getting and I took the chance anyway. But the fact remains that I just couldn't engage and the weaknesses added up enough to overcome some strengths that have real potential.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️

    4⭐️ I love my Battle Gods for sure🤷🏻‍♀️ IGNORE THIS COVER ❗️❗️ lol Just think of Aron as : or maybe this?? Anyhow..anything is better than that cover ffs... moving on: So first things first: •this book is looooong but not long enough to bore you , it was written over the span of several years as a secret project of the author ( which in my opinion nailed it) and maybe in the future we can read more about the secondary characters stories (hopefully, personally I’m dying to read about the God of Dead 😋 4⭐️ I love my Battle Gods for sure🤷🏻‍♀️ IGNORE THIS COVER ❗️❗️ lol Just think of Aron as : or maybe this?? Anyhow..anything is better than that cover ffs... moving on: So first things first: •this book is looooong but not long enough to bore you , it was written over the span of several years as a secret project of the author ( which in my opinion nailed it) and maybe in the future we can read more about the secondary characters stories (hopefully, personally I’m dying to read about the God of Dead 😋) •I started to read this as a recommendation to similar books as The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley so I jumped right into it 🙃yaayy.Also this is a slow burn..so don't expect much sexy time until very late in the book. •this may have triggers for some of you : (view spoiler)[slavery , “prostitution” (kind of ) human trafficking ( selling slaves) , orgies , public display (hide spoiler)] If you can get over the above and are a fan of paranormal romance with steamy scenes with a bossy/ arrogant/ dirty talking Hero than this is for you!!! The story : Faith is a mouthy chick from Chicago with a boring existence until she hears weird sounds coming from her neighbors apartment . Obviously she is intrigued about this so she breaks in and “falls” into another realm called Aos. Here she is caught and is sold as a slave to be sacrificed to one of the Gods these weird people believe in , to be more specific, Aron Lord of Storms ,Butcher God of Battle. Thinking this supernatural being is her best chance to get back home , Faith volunteers herself to be his anchor and guide on the mortal plane. So the adventure and story of our H and h begins. Pros •I love their dialogues and the funny interactions between them ( him not knowing how to sleep or that he needs to wear clothes 😋😂) • the world portrait was not always beautiful but was very interesting and different from all the other “realms “ i ve read before • loved the second characters and how they formed a bond with eachother ( would be very interested to hear Yulenna or Markos story ) ——————— Cons • sometimes I was a bit exasperated with Faith, her way of cursing and being a brat (all independent and strong women and this shit but in the wrong moments 🤦🏼‍♀️) • Aron was awesome, I mean he is a God after all, but I would have liked him to stop with the push away earlier in the story ( I mean ffs , they kiss at almost 70% of the book only , fuck that .. the goodies could have happen much earlier, just saying 🤷🏻‍♀️🙃) I am happy tho , they have found their HEA and am gonna continue this story if the author decides to keep going 🙂🤗

  14. 5 out of 5

    Meagan ✊🏼 Blacklivesmatter ✊🏼Blacktranslivesmatter

    7/15/19 This was fucking perfect! I hope this is the start of a new series because I NEED Yulenna's story and even Markos! _________________________ I'm not reading the blurb. I don't give a shit what it's about. I don't care what the cover looks like. I'm going to read the shit out of this! I'VE WAITED TOO LONG FOR MY RUBY DIXON FIX! I will read anything this woman writes! 7/15/19 This was fucking perfect! I hope this is the start of a new series because I NEED Yulenna's story and even Markos! _________________________ I'm not reading the blurb. I don't give a shit what it's about. I don't care what the cover looks like. I'm going to read the shit out of this! I'VE WAITED TOO LONG FOR MY RUBY DIXON FIX! I will read anything this woman writes!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vashti

    Thanks to my fellow Goodreads friend B E Love for bringing this book to my attention. I really enjoyed this fantasy romance and looking forward to more in this series if the author decides to continue with it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    NMmomof4

    4 Stars Overall Opinion: This was a fun read! I read a few reviews and the blurb and was immediately sold when I saw (what I thought was) the parallels between one of my favorites, The Golden Dynasty, and this book. After reading it, I wouldn't say it's all that similar though. The only similarity I really saw was the alternate universe thing. Which is fine! This was all on its own and an enjoyable story. It was long! It didn't feel that long to me though which I also feel is a good thing. I've 4 Stars Overall Opinion: This was a fun read! I read a few reviews and the blurb and was immediately sold when I saw (what I thought was) the parallels between one of my favorites, The Golden Dynasty, and this book. After reading it, I wouldn't say it's all that similar though. The only similarity I really saw was the alternate universe thing. Which is fine! This was all on its own and an enjoyable story. It was long! It didn't feel that long to me though which I also feel is a good thing. I've enjoyed this author's storytelling capabilities in the past, especially with the unusual type of romances -- and that's no different here! She wrote a strong h, an alpha H, a whole new world, and an actual complete-a-task-type-adventure for us to experience! It was fun 🤗 Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Faith and Aron's story. Faith hears some weird noises in the empty apartment next door, and they haunt her until she finally gives in to her curiosity and gets in and ends up sucked into a whole other world. She is quickly captured and made into a slave and possible sacrifice for a God in this weird world. She ends up volunteering to be bound to the God, Aron, when it seems to be either that or face her pending death. She doesn't realize that she just started a whole new journey with this God who she doesn't like that much. There is an adventure, some good banter with laugh out loud moments, some sexy times...and they get a HEA ending. Point Of View (POV): This was told in Faith's POV. Overall Pace of Story: Good. I did feel that there were parts that could have easily been edited down, but I thought it flowed pretty well and I never skimmed. It is long! The story was 646 pages in my kindle app. Instalove: No, they take a while to develop stronger feelings. H (Hero) rating: 4 stars. Aron. I liked him. He was arrogance personified, so there was that...but he was not unlike the Hs I usually enjoy and label as "alpha" 😏 h (heroine) rating: 4.5 stars. Faith. I really liked her. She was so strong, brave, sassy, and loyal! Sadness level: Low, no tissues needed Push/Pull:Yes (view spoiler)[ The H pushes away at first because he doesn't care to get attached to the h since she's mortal (hide spoiler)] Heat level: Good. They have some good tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story. They take a good while to do anything intimate, so I'd say this was a slow burn type of heat. Descriptive sex: Yes OW (Other Woman)/OM (Other Man) drama: No Sex scene with OW or OM: Not with mcs (view spoiler)[They are scenes with other people having sex in front of the mcs but they don't participate. (hide spoiler)] Cheating: No Separation: Yes, but only physically (view spoiler)[They are separated a few times shortly, but there was no mention or suggestion of other partners during this time. (hide spoiler)] Possible Triggers: Yes (view spoiler)[Violence/murder/magic (on page) and brief mentions of violence against women (none on page and not the h) (hide spoiler)] Closure: This had pretty good closure with what I would call a HEA ending (view spoiler)[They're together and she's pregnant (hide spoiler)] . I still wanted a little more of their HEA though if I'm being honest, but simply because I had read the whole thing!! I should be rewarded with some more time experiencing their HEA with them 😉 Safety: This one should be Safe for most safety gang readers (view spoiler)[ - Does Not have cheating - Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with a mc and OW/OM - Does have the H pushing the h away - Does have a few physical separations between the h and H - Does Not have abuse by mcs - Does have a HEA ending (hide spoiler)]

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    This is one thick book so it took me foreverrr to finish, but I really did love it. This fantasy world of Battle Gods and Anchors is so unique and fun – I'm already dying to read more of it!! It's also sloooww burn, which surprised me given that it's Ruby Dixon (who is all about mates and claiming them at first sight) but I loved that the romance was slow! It fit well for Faith and Aron's story. They're thrown together reluctantly but genuinely get to know and fall for each other over time. This This is one thick book so it took me foreverrr to finish, but I really did love it. This fantasy world of Battle Gods and Anchors is so unique and fun – I'm already dying to read more of it!! It's also sloooww burn, which surprised me given that it's Ruby Dixon (who is all about mates and claiming them at first sight) but I loved that the romance was slow! It fit well for Faith and Aron's story. They're thrown together reluctantly but genuinely get to know and fall for each other over time. This is a well-crafted fantasy romance that's like a mix of Game of Thrones and Outlander and I highly recommend it!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura ❀

    ✨3.75 stars✨ 1. I love Faith 2. I love Aron 3. I love Faith + Aron together 4. I'm still not over the cover of this book 💀 I might write a proper review eventually........ but maybe notttt Thanks for the rec Emma!🤗 ✨3.75 stars✨ 1. I love Faith 2. I love Aron 3. I love Faith + Aron together 4. I'm still not over the cover of this book 💀 I might write a proper review eventually........ but maybe notttt Thanks for the rec Emma!🤗

  19. 5 out of 5

    ★Me Myshelf and I★

    I don’t think I've ever been to say before now that a book was a slow burn and standalone. But with 665 pages for the build-up it was the equivalent of getting the romance in book 2! Which I was not complaining about. The pacing and timing was perfect. Slow enough to build the romance and the world with detail but fast enough to keep it moving and hold my interest. I should have never visited that fortune teller. King of Pentacles—a man like a force of nature? Try a god of storms. A journey about I don’t think I've ever been to say before now that a book was a slow burn and standalone. But with 665 pages for the build-up it was the equivalent of getting the romance in book 2! Which I was not complaining about. The pacing and timing was perfect. Slow enough to build the romance and the world with detail but fast enough to keep it moving and hold my interest. I should have never visited that fortune teller. King of Pentacles—a man like a force of nature? Try a god of storms. A journey about to begin? Fucking understatement of the year. Lovers? I shiver at the thought. I’m not sure if I hate it or want it so badly I ache. Faith has been pulled into a portal from modern day to a fantasy world where Gods exist and where any woman found alone is taken into slavery. Faith is no exception and finds herself up for sacrifice to the God of Battle and Storms Aron. When he makes a surprise appearance and in need of an anchor to hold him to the mortal plain Faith chooses him over death and they end up bound together. The kids from Narnia went through a wardrobe dresser and became kings. The chick from Outlander touched some stones and ended up with a hot kilted Scotsman. Me, I knock on my neighbor’s door because I hear voices shouting, and the next thing I know, I’m being shoved in a slave pen and referred to as “Tart.” I loved the "different dimension" aspect to this epic fantasy based romance. As Faith says during the book it was like being on a set of Game of Thrones but she had the whit and humor of a modern woman. The banter between Faith and Aron was top-notch and laugh out loud funny. If he touched me right now? I’d be wet. The realization is shameful. He sniffs my hair again, and I wonder if he's hard right now. Is he overcome with lust for me? "You smell bad," Aron says. “When was the last time you bathed?” Man, fuck this guy. Most of it was a adventure on horse (or hippo) back across the world. It reminded me alot of Laura Thalassa’s War and Pestilence because of that and because it was about instilling humanity into a God who had none. He had to look after Faith least he be killed also, so there was a lot of protective Alpha Maleness as well as the arrogance of a God who was once all powerful. It was a slow build for her to accept his nature and him to take advice from someone else but when we did get there it was so so satisfying and sweet. Oh yeah and hot, can’t forget that one. Aron is a dirty talker and boy I love a dirty talker. The only thing wrong with this book is that cover. The quality of that cover is not reflective on the content I promise. And the only complaint I have about the content is that it wasn’t explained how she could understand there language but couldn’t read it? But it didn’t make me enjoy this journey any less. I’ve read everything Ruby Dixon and this is my favourite of a brilliant bunch. Seriously the woman can write Alien, post apocalyptic Dragons and now fantasy. I should also mention I liked the little Star Wars references that are present here and in Ice Planet. She must be a serious fan. I dig that! I’m cheering on for more in this series. Preferably the Spidae because you know I’m a fan of RH and there is 3 of those guys.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    I honestly don't know how to rate this book!!! I love Ms. Dixon's books; they're light, funny and quick reads. That's not the case here... Yes, the heroine was occasionally funny. But I found her language too foul and inappropriate for the story. Our heroine, Faith is snapped from Earth and ends in a world where Gods walk among mortals. She's clueless. And I mean clueless - in the most stupidest way possible! She speaks American slang to people who are obviously in Dark Age. She acts like a 20th c I honestly don't know how to rate this book!!! I love Ms. Dixon's books; they're light, funny and quick reads. That's not the case here... Yes, the heroine was occasionally funny. But I found her language too foul and inappropriate for the story. Our heroine, Faith is snapped from Earth and ends in a world where Gods walk among mortals. She's clueless. And I mean clueless - in the most stupidest way possible! She speaks American slang to people who are obviously in Dark Age. She acts like a 20th century woman and pretends to be heard when it's obvious that women are not considered else than cattle... She ends a slave and to avoid being sacrified accepts to be an anchor to Aron, the battle (storm, lighting, ecc.) god. He's clueless too. He doesn't remember anything besides that he's a god. I will not spoil the book and tell you, but the story is complicated. Very complicated and that's why it is so unusually long. And that was really interesting part. I loved how things went, the unexpeting hppening, the bits of mysteries revealed. The world building was the best part of the book. I must say that I appreciated Aron more than Faith because she was so cuelessly stupid! So, with tears in my eyes, I could not rate it more than 3 stars...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Parvati Patil

    Adding because someone said it's like Pestilence. Adding because someone said it's like Pestilence.

  22. 5 out of 5

    AvidReader

    I love those books which starts on point A and ends on exactly point Z! For some reason this book reminded me of the one the whole good-readers went gaga over- Pestilence! Though I can’t exactly pinpoint why. May be because of the whole god business or it may be, both had that somber rough undertone throughout the story. But storyline that’s entirely different. I liked the story settings, different cultures, different landscapes, cluster of characters ranging from exiled gods to human to slaves. St I love those books which starts on point A and ends on exactly point Z! For some reason this book reminded me of the one the whole good-readers went gaga over- Pestilence! Though I can’t exactly pinpoint why. May be because of the whole god business or it may be, both had that somber rough undertone throughout the story. But storyline that’s entirely different. I liked the story settings, different cultures, different landscapes, cluster of characters ranging from exiled gods to human to slaves. Still hero is the (well) hero of this book. He was a joy to read. He made me laugh so many times with his aspects. Heroine was very brave and courageous woman. I loved that though author wrote her as ordinary as they come but she still managed to save the hero. Still I didn’t love her. There was suspense, fantasy, anticipation, passion, action and ultimately love and sacrifice. I applaud the author for her imagination. She did well. Looking forward for more from this series. P.s i loved the last part of the book more than any other. Recommended.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*

    We have in the red corner A Ballsy Woman From Chicago that has Just Been Informed that she is to be a Sacrifice to a God. In the blue corner, we have A Battle God who is Not Used to being Told No. Who is going to be crowned the victor in this epic fight? This book was just so much fun. I was eager to see what happened next and ready to see what the next adventure would bring. It had more depth than I was expecting and so much more heart. It wasn't just sex and battle. It had sweet moments and thes We have in the red corner A Ballsy Woman From Chicago that has Just Been Informed that she is to be a Sacrifice to a God. In the blue corner, we have A Battle God who is Not Used to being Told No. Who is going to be crowned the victor in this epic fight? This book was just so much fun. I was eager to see what happened next and ready to see what the next adventure would bring. It had more depth than I was expecting and so much more heart. It wasn't just sex and battle. It had sweet moments and these moments of introspection. I loved watching the characters grow!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Milica's Bookshelf

    I love this story! In the beginning, I was skeptical about this book, 'cause it's a big book, but it was easy to read and I love main characters ♥ I love this story! In the beginning, I was skeptical about this book, 'cause it's a big book, but it was easy to read and I love main characters ♥

  25. 4 out of 5

    Donyae Coles

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was 665 pages which is very unusual for romance especially Dixon's style of romance. That being said, I am used to reading such long books so I said, bring it on. This ended up being three stars for me because there are some interesting parts but Faith, the main character whose head we travel in, is so dumb. Just, really stupid. And nearly 700 pages of that is a problem. So lets talk about what this book did well. It created a unique world. The pacing wasn't horrible for such a long st This book was 665 pages which is very unusual for romance especially Dixon's style of romance. That being said, I am used to reading such long books so I said, bring it on. This ended up being three stars for me because there are some interesting parts but Faith, the main character whose head we travel in, is so dumb. Just, really stupid. And nearly 700 pages of that is a problem. So lets talk about what this book did well. It created a unique world. The pacing wasn't horrible for such a long story. We weren't overloaded with characters. The tone of the book stayed consistent. I don't know if the tone really worked but it was consistent. But even in these good points, there are issues. We are given hints of the world as they travel and the story progresses. What we are shown is interesting but it is also really underdeveloped. We don't have a sense of how this world operates. We never see more of the animals or foliage than the horse-hippo things. Governments are pretty greatly under explained, how slavery works, the magic that may be there, etc. None of this would matter in a normal romance novel but this more of an epic fantasy and honestly it needed WAY more world building. The pacing wasn't horrible but also very little happened from location to location, from issue to issue. Past events are forgettable and even if they play a role in the last bit of the story, there's no great spark of connection mainly because Faith, the person we're following, barely remembers them or recognizes their importance herself. The book could have been cut down to far fewer events and travels and would have not suffered for it in the least. The tone of the book is similar to others by Dixon which is fine, but this is 700 pages and it needed to be more. By the end I was just skimming and I literally missed nothing important. Somewhere around 75% it just became a slog to get to the end of the book. I didn't even care if she died. So now we need to talk about Faith. Faith was dumb as a rock. Either this girl was dumb or Dixon lost track of her story details in a bad way. On multiple occasions Faith is given information about the world and then later when that info is relevant, she doesn't remember it all. Then when someone brings it up again, she acts as if this is the first time she's heard it. This happens a lot. She doesn't put simple dots together. She doesn't ask meaningful questions about anything. And she does that "I'm mouthy" garbage like it's a good idea to pop off at the mouth to people who can and will kill you all the time. And despite being in the world for weeks she completely fails to pick up any sort of basic etiquette of the culture. And even in the romance part of this story, because she is dumb, she can't understand Aron in any meaningful way. She is unable to parse his flaw that dominates him from who he really is even though he's pretty constantly showing her. And being inside of the head of someone like that for so many pages is frustrating. Nothing in the story pays off because Faith has the memory of a goldfish. You think you're going to get this big connect the dots moment but you don't because Faith is dumb and some other character has to explain the same information to her AGAIN making the whole scene fall flat. By the end I didn't care what happened to her. I just wanted her to complete the process so the book would end. I don't know why Dixon chose to stay only in her head. The book would have been so much better if we got Aron's POV of view as well. Being cast out of heaven, your memory stripped away, having to kill aspects of yourself, being a GOD but being unable to do very basic things for yourself, these are all really compelling story elements that could have been explored. And we would have better understood why he liked her. I didn't really buy their their love either to tbh. Faith is annoying. She's ANNOYING. She's cute (I guess?) but other than that, she has no redeeming qualities. Of course she falls for Aron because she's a dumb B and that's what dumb Bs do but he had no reason at all to like her. He just suddenly was like, oh, I like this human now. Ok but why? You were cool with leaving her so what changed exactly? This story has an HEA but I don't feel like it was ever really earned. The stakes weren't ever very high for me while I was reading this nor was I at all invested in the characters themselves. This was not a strong outing for Dixon. I gave it three stars because I did finish it but I was mostly annoyed with the book and this boarded on a hate read more than anything. I think it's probably possible to write a romance at this length but this ain't it chief.

  26. 4 out of 5

    T00zday

    Ruby is the Goddess of Stories & Feels!! LOVE THIS NEW SERIES!! Kindle Unlimited! I can't begin to describe how flipping AMAZING this new world & story is!! Nice big juicy page count, perfectly wonderful HEA and SO many possibilities to come. I neeeeeeed to re-read this again immediately! Faith is an office drone in Chicago. Average, if boring life. She starts to hear talking & noises from the empty apartment by hers. Investigating it, she gets sucked to a whole new world a little on the Game of Throne Ruby is the Goddess of Stories & Feels!! LOVE THIS NEW SERIES!! Kindle Unlimited! I can't begin to describe how flipping AMAZING this new world & story is!! Nice big juicy page count, perfectly wonderful HEA and SO many possibilities to come. I neeeeeeed to re-read this again immediately! Faith is an office drone in Chicago. Average, if boring life. She starts to hear talking & noises from the empty apartment by hers. Investigating it, she gets sucked to a whole new world a little on the Game of Thrones/Clash of the Titans side of things. She gets enslaved by random soldier & offered as a sacrifice to a God of Battle. Every year there are celebrations for The Anticipation (this world’s version of Greek-type Gods coming back to walk amongst mortals) but every year for hundreds of years - nothing has happened. Until this year. I’d love to go into the ‘aspects’ and anchors, but it was really so wonderful reading about all of the history/lore that I don’t want to rob anyone of that experience. Hero is an Arrogant dick. Heroine is funny and brash. Loved her!! They journey, they make friends, there is a fantastic enemy. The WORLD BUILDING that Ruby Dixon does is just SOFA KING amazing. I haven’t given a five star review in so long, I started to wonder if I was just getting jaded. Nope! I didn’t even think about it for this one. This is so very VERY recommended. HEA (happy sigh)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    This was about 2 set pieces too long from being a perfect fantasy romance (at least for my tastes!). I absolutely loved Faith as a heroine, with a great balance of being gutsy but not stupid, and the slow burn romance allowed the interesting world/magic system driven plot to shine. Looking forward to more in the series!

  28. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Mademoiselle Smut ♛

    4 Stars! This book was long...and slow but so funny! Our Heroine, Faith, keeps hearing weird noises from the apartment next to hers. When she decides to check on the noise one night, she falls into a whole other world. There she is, in her nightgown, in a place that is nothing like earth. She's sold as a slave before she offers herself as the anchor to the Battle God. Aron, God of Storm and Battle, is an aspect, and he needs an anchor to stay alive on the mortal lands. When Faith offers herself 4 Stars! This book was long...and slow but so funny! Our Heroine, Faith, keeps hearing weird noises from the apartment next to hers. When she decides to check on the noise one night, she falls into a whole other world. There she is, in her nightgown, in a place that is nothing like earth. She's sold as a slave before she offers herself as the anchor to the Battle God. Aron, God of Storm and Battle, is an aspect, and he needs an anchor to stay alive on the mortal lands. When Faith offers herself as his anchor, he's glad—or as glad as the arrogant god can be. After Faith and Aron are attacked, they escape and start their journey through the mortal world. "He sniffs my hair again, and I wonder if he's hard right now. Is he overcome with lust for me? "You smell bad," Aron says. "When was the last time you bathed?" Man, fuck this guy." The bickering between Aron and Faith was hilarious! Faith was never afraid to speak her mind, and Aron's arrogance made their dialogue so much fun to read. I laughed out loud multiple times. As I mentioned before, this is a real slow-burn romance. There was almost no romance until I was halfway through the book. However, there were cute scenes between these characters and hilarious dialogue, and that's what kept me reading.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rosebud

    For the purchase price of $4.99 on Amazon, a reader will get a 665 page story that includes mythology-Gods, suspense, steamy romance, and oodles and oodles of action-adventure. Personally, I struggled to read this book. I had a really hard time getting through the first 25%, finally throwing in the towel at the approximate 50% level. My issues were that the story crawled at a snails pace providing me the reader with a drip drip of new content and/or world building progress. I'm just not a fan of For the purchase price of $4.99 on Amazon, a reader will get a 665 page story that includes mythology-Gods, suspense, steamy romance, and oodles and oodles of action-adventure. Personally, I struggled to read this book. I had a really hard time getting through the first 25%, finally throwing in the towel at the approximate 50% level. My issues were that the story crawled at a snails pace providing me the reader with a drip drip of new content and/or world building progress. I'm just not a fan of a story that focuses too much on mundane day to day scenes that have little to no effect on the totality of the story. I am a fan of this author and love the majority of her works but for this one, I'm just not a fan.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura Elizabeth

    This was tough to rate. The beginning didn’t grab me. I read a few chapters put it down. A few weeks later, read a few more. Then picked it up third time to see if this would be DNF or reading on. I read on. It was good. Sort of a hunger games for fallen gods. The middle dragged a bit but last half was great. This couple had very very slow burn. But in the end this was great.

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