Zodiac Academy: The Big A.S.S. Party
by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti
Book 5.5 in the Beasts and Bullies Series
Once upon a moon, the wild wind whispered in my ear that the true queens were returning to Solaria and I made it my mission to open up their path to the throne so that they could slip right in like an oily oyster.
Now, on this most special and wonderous of days, the very day of their birth – I will prove myself to be the most loyal and dependable of their followers. Though of course, Venus is in my chart and Lady Petunia has caught sight of the bothersome barracuda once more.
Max Rigel is my most sinful of temptations, the shark in the dark who wishes to lure me to his sea cave and I don’t know if I’m Fae enough to resist him for long.
But one thing is for sure, I will make certain the Vegas get the big A.S.S. party they deserve for their birthday or I’ll die trying. Succulent squids be damned!
Zodiac Academy: The Big A.S.S. Party is a novella set between books 5 and 6 in the Beasts and Bullies series written by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti. This novella centers on Geraldine, our favorite Royalist, and Max, one of those pesky heirs. The story begins on the night of the lunar eclipse, and we finally get to see what Geraldine did that night that has Max following her around like a lovesick puppy. After some hilarious dialogue during sexy time, we fast forward to the BIG EVENT. It's the Vega twins birthday, and Geraldine has planned the most amazing of parties for them. Everything will be flawless ... until she finds out that the Heirs have their own surprise planned for their birthday. Geraldine, in a panic over the boys less than stellar cake and decorations, decides to invite them to the big party, and have them help with the details. With Geraldine as the party planner, you know this isn't a simple dinner, and I promise you, you won't be bored at this party.
Guys. Oh my god. I laughed so fucking hard reading this book. Geraldine is comic joy, and I'm honestly shocked that Caroline and Susanne can come up with so many weird yet wonderful words and phrases for her character. I love that we get a sneak peek into what happened between Geraldine and Max to make him so enthralled by her -----------spoiler----------> she's dominating. <----------------- And I enjoy getting Max's perspective, as we don't get a whole lot in the main books. His gifts as a Siren really propel the heirs in my eyes, honestly. He feels their emotions so distinctly, it reminds us that these guys do have feelings. But the other highlight of this novella, other than Max and Geraldine, is the Vega's birthday. I frigging loved it. The Geraldine-esqe party, and the heirs attempt of a party (and let's be honest, the guys party would have been perfect in the twins eyes) was great. We get to see these two groups of people, who are not politically aligned, but have come to genuinely care for one another in their own ways. It's just nice after the bullying.
If you love Geraldine, and you love Max panting after her, you will love this novella. The sex is great, but it's not the highlight. These two have great chemistry despite huge differences with one another, and the storyline of planning a birthday party for the twins brings characters together in ways that we needed - like Seth and Darcy, and more moments with Darius and Tory. If you have read the Zodiac Academy books, and are missing this world, get the novella and jump in. You are in for a fun read.