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A Veil of Gods and Kings

A Veil of Gods and Kings

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Series: Apollo Ascending

Book: 1 of 4

A god fighting his fate.

A prince burdened with secrets.

And a romance that could end in flames.


I absolutely adored this book! I read this at work and almost forgot to do my job because I couldn't bring myself to put it down! If you love M/M Romance and fantasy novels, I recommend this!



A god fighting his fate. A prince burdened with secrets. And a romance that could end in flames.

Apollo is a deity… almost. Half mortal and refusing to take his position as god of the sun, he spends his nights drowning out haunting memories and his days avoiding responsibilities.​Until his father forces him into an ultimatum:

Ascend immediately.

Or spend the year mentoring under the obnoxious Prince Hyacinth.

Forced together, Apollo and Hyacinth grapple with their mutual disdain for each other.

But what starts as a kindling of irritation begins to burn into something new. A spark that, if it turns to flame, could incinerate everything they’ve always protected.

A reimagining of the Greek myth of Apollo and Prince Hyacinth, this NA, enemies-to-lovers fantasy series is a whirlwind journey full of romance, intrigue, and enthralling characters.

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A blade could have sliced at my head with the way it ached. It hurt so much I might not even fight a weapon aimed at me. Not that a blade could kill me.

I sighed and stretched. The mattress crinkled with the movement. Gray light filtered in through a stone window. Birds heckled each other, their squalling echoing around the shadowy room.

“Blergh.” I moaned and rolled over.

Someone lay in bed with me, their dark form rising and falling with their breath, blankets tucked over their head.

I groaned again and eased off the mattress, stumbling across my bedroom, the cool touch of the stone biting at my bare feet. 

Grabbing the bucket of water that sat inside the doorway, I cupped a handful and splashed it over my face, the droplets dripping down my chest and speckling the floor. A bronze looking mirror hung on the wall, and I peered into it, ruffling my hand through my coarse curls to tame them.

A silver glow emanated over the surface of my skin.

It had returned so soon.

I clenched my jaw and pushed my powers out.

The glowing diminished, a veil slipping over my features, softening the sharp edges, muddying the golden eyes to a standard brown, reducing the height and broad shoulders, giving a matte texture to the light brown of my skin.

And otherwise wiping away the visual signs of a deity.

I pressed my fingers to my temples, drawing the headache out. 

Snagging the ivory tunic off the hook on the wall and slipping it over my head, I stepped out into the hallway, clipping down the stairs and into the kitchen to pluck an apricot out of a bowl. I strode towards the open door where sunshine and a spring breeze trailed in.

“Not so fast.”

Shit. I was supposed to be veiled as a house attendant. What would they be doing right now? Well, they wouldn't have snagged fruit off the counter. I tucked the apricot behind my back as I turned around. “Yes, mistress. Can I help you?”

Temi crossed her dark arms over her plum tunic, her lips pinched, her eyes darkening. “Don’t think you fool me with that cheap magic, Apollo.”

I clicked my tongue. “Cheap doesn’t quite feel fair. I’ve all but perfected this trick now.” I winked.

Her frown deepened. “You’re supposed to learn the powers of a deity, and the only one you’ve mastered—the only one you’ve even tried—is disguising yourself to not look like a deity. Do you know what that sounds like to me?”

I snagged my sandals and pulled them on. “A failed plan since you recognized me anyway.”

She rolled her eyes, her ebony braids scraping her shoulders. “Like someone who doesn’t know who they hell they want to be.”

I thrust a finger in the air. “That’s where you’re mistaken. I know exactly who I want to be. Not a god.”

“So, you’re an idiot fighting your fate?”

“With a vengeance. Is there anything you need? I was leaving.”

She narrowed her eyes. “Are you leaving here before your companion even wakes?”

I shrugged. “You know, I have so many plans. I just don’t have the time to lie about waiting all day.”

“I’m sure.”

I cocked my head to the side. “Do you think you could escort her, or him, or them… whoever it is, out?”

Temi’s arms dropped, and she clicked her fingernails against the wooden work table. “Are you seriously going to tell me you don’t even know the gender of who you slept with last night?”

“It all blurs together over time, you know?”

“Actually, I don’t.” She made a noise in her throat. “Thankfully.”

“Some of us enjoy sex.”

I turned, but she reached out and snagged me. “What you say is true. Some people enjoy sex. But you aren’t one of them.”


“Don’t ‘Temi’ me.” She jabbed a finger into my chest. “You know why it all blurs together? Because it means nothing. Because it doesn’t satisfy you. You can drink and party and sleep around all you want, and it will always leave you feeling empty inside. What you need is a real connection and a real purpose in your life.”

I groaned. “Yes, Father. May I go play outside now?”

Her features scrunched together. “Do not even teasingly compare me to your father.”

“Gods. Noted. Why are you so pissy today?”

She grabbed a clay bowl and smacked it down hard enough against the table that it clinked. “So, you forgot about this evening, did you? Why does that not surprise me?”

I paused. “What’s today?”

She dumped flour into the bowl, puffs of it rising like a fog around her hands. “The convoy?”

My heart leaped into my throat. “My father comes?”

She blew out a breath. “Thank the gods, no. It’s just Ares.”

“See.” I laughed. “Nothing to worry about.”

She snagged an egg out of a basket and cracked it against the side of the bowl. “Yeah, your brother who can start a war by raising an eyebrow. Nothing to worry about.”

“Temi, relax some. Come on.” I stepped towards the door again.

“Are you seriously still going to leave after I just told you Ares is coming?”

I placed my hands on the stone door sill. “He’s coming for dinner, isn’t he?”

“Well, yes, but—”

“Then I have plenty of time.” I tossed her a smile. “Don’t worry. I’ll be back by dusk.”

I stepped out into the golden sunshine of the day, but her voice carried to me as she yelled, “Apollo, I swear! And don’t expect me to handle this person in your bed. I’m your sister, not some attendant of yours.”


🌞 Apollo as a Main Character

❤️ Enemies to Lovers

🥀 Tragic Original Story

👑 Immortal God x Human Prince

👥 Forced Proximity

👿 Angry Gods

🏳️‍🌈 LGBT Rep

🫂 Found Family

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Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews

Book 1 and I’m addicted to this series…. The character development is amazing. The plot is really good I can’t wait to read book 2 and 3.


What a great read can't wait to start the next one. I truly enjoyed it and think it will be a favorite of mine!

Simply Beautiful

This book had the cutest MM couple I've ever seen. The opposites attract dynamic has always been one of my favorites. One is an uptight, responsible man, carrying the kingdom on his shoulders, the other is an easygoing, rebelious demi-god who runs from responsibility. Put them together and theyx make each other better, more fulfilled people. This was perfect, but what really won me was the good-natured, slow burn romance. It was so sweet and natural, I squealed with joy when they confessed to each other. Can't wait to start the next book!

A perfect mix!

I received this book off my wishlist because I loved two books I had previously read and wished they were combined, this is that combination! This book was so easy to get into and the characters are so well written! Apollo is such a likable little bastard, and Hyacinthus is so prestine it's fun to see him break out of his shell! If you liked Song of Achilles and Red, White, and Royal Blue, this is your next book!!


I started this series on vacation and can’t put it down! It has everything I love in a book…Magic and LGBTQ romance. Just finished book 1 and cannot wait to start the second!