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Reluctant Gods Paperback – August 29, 2011

3.4 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Reluctant Gods Series

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by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite
A.J. Aaron is a genius. I loved this book! It had fantastic images but the real story was about Sevilen accepting his power. I understood that everything is as it should be but the author's depiction of this concept is exceptional. The laid-back dialogue and cool characters mixed fantasy with what is usually considered a serious, esoteric subject. Leyna's mindset and sexual exploits are tastefully done. Quotes from Einstein, Toffler and Drucker reinforced the message. This book is highly recommended for teenagers and adults.


"Many moments of sheer fun with its easy wit and hilarious vignettes", Norman Goldman "Publisher & Editor of BookPleasures.com 
A principal aspect of the 1st of the Reluctant Gods series is its desire to fully engage the reader...utilizing supernatural phenomena and settings as he effectively integrates magical powers, different time frames, farcical scenes, archangels, reincarnation, god-like characters,chakras, mythology, as well as the power of love, even some philosophical musings, all of which makes for quite a tale. Enjoy the ride!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466231386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466231382
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,309,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Connecticut, educated as a mechanical engineer in Massachusetts, and moved to Ohio for a job in a Fortune 200 company. I've since left the safety of that career, having been in multiple manufacturing roles, including: engineering manager, plant manager, and an acquisition captain, as well as an internal consultant for numerous manufacturing plants on Lean methodology. I have now set about consulting part time and writing the rest of the time.

I was always a maverick as a child, and an adult, and was never quite able to draw inside the lines or follow certain rules. I did however, figure out how to fit into acceptable society and not be a pink monkey. This, and the engineering training I had, taught me to question everything, and never automatically believe in anything. Consequently, I was always a handful for anyone I reported to. Once they knew me though, they pretty much let me run free with the reservation, "If anyone asks if I knew about this, I didn't." - since the things I did usually didn't fit into the nice neat corporate boxes or standards, but were effective at getting the job done.

This personality trait, possibly due to playing with mercury as a child, influences my writing to be somewhat different than others. My hopes are that it will make reading more entertaining for you, with a fresh approach to viewing the world around us, by removing the usual paradigms and blinders we impose on ourselves through our culture's influences.

I've done some pretty dumb things while learning about writing as a career. The first thing is, how darn hard it can be, and I've taken classes, and read several books on writing. The second is how easy it is to make a mistake, such as over-write a good file with a draft copy and promote it to 35,000 people. Yikes. That was a nightmare. I'm much more careful now.

If you are someone that doesn't always feel you fit in all the time, and sees things somewhat differently than most, or looks at things and says, 'What if?' then you might like my work.

If you like a more lighthearted group of somewhat irreverent characters, you might like my Reluctant Gods Series. If you've been in business and know some cold and cruel characters, you might like Dr. Roland Vandergrift in 'Power, Control, Conformance.'

If you are a person who is set in their ways and beliefs and can only see things a certain way, you might not like any of my work.

I hope you enjoy what I've done. If you don't like it, remember you can always return it, though I've had few returns so far. Remember, I did warn you.

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I remember in writing class being in such a hurry to get through a story that the story I wrote was... not written very well. And that's what this book felt like. It seems hurriedly written, without developing a decent plot line, characters of depth and very little, if any regard to basic editing and writing skills. Perhaps I am being a bit hard on the author, but instead of caring what the characters were yammering on about, I was counting the amount of exclamation points in one sentence. There were quite a few.
I gave it more than one chance, tried to go back and read it... and I just couldn't.
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By Tammy on September 9, 2011
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This was a very well written book. I was hooked from page one. A J you have a new fan!
Can two people right the wrong they did 500 years ago? This is the last chance Leyna and Sevilen will be able to reunite, can they learn from the past to be able to make their future work? Will they be able to find each other again after 500 years? When they hear what is expected of them will they understand and be able to accept destiny?
The characters are very colorful and entertaining. This book is full of romance, mystery and fantasy.
If you like a good fantasy book this is the one for you. At the end of the book you will only be wanting more!
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Let me start this review by coming clean and saying that, under normal circumstances, I would not have read this book. I'm not a fantasy fan, or a romance fan, or a fantasy romance fan. LOL

That being said, I was highly recommended Reluctant Gods from a close female friend and she's never wrong about what I will like. Suffice to say she was dead-on yet again.

Reluctant Gods starts grabbed me right from the start. Author A.J. Aaron has impressive skills that are, frankly, often lacking here on Amazon. To put it succinctly, he can actually write, and write well. His characters are fully fleshed out (even when they're not in the flesh) and the settings and surroundings came to life in my mind's eye quite vividly.

The story is well put together also. It moves along at a brisk pace but, when necessary, slows down to allow the reader some time to take in the scenery, so to speak. It's a timeless love story with a twist, combining elements of romance, science fiction and wish-fulfillment (with liberal doses of adult-oriented situations thrown in to get the blood flowing, of course).

What it is, if nothing else, is a fun, sexy and surprising tale about 2 broken people separated by time and fate that, miraculously, come back together and heal each other.

What I liked about Reluctant Gods was that it surprised me. It got into my head and left a little something behind that still has me thinking about it a week after I finished reading, and that’s something that very rarely happens with me. Is it my favorite book ever? No, but any writer who laves an image in my mind’s eye for anything longer than a few hours is a writer worth reading, and worth recommending.

Which is what I’m here to do. Read Reluctant Gods. It will surprise you, put a smile on your face, a tingle in your heart and leave a little mark on your soul. Highly recommended.
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Ever since viewing the film “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and reading the book, I have been in search for time traveling romance novels. I happened upon this free eBook by A.J. Aaron and after examining several reviews did not know what to expect. I have to say I was surprised to find myself reading “Reluctant Gods” in one day. I’m usually a slow reader, but this one caught my attention. Here’s why:

The first chapter immediately grabbed my attention because it begins with engineer Sevilin Decarain entering Ninee Aysel’s mansion to see what he expects to be his 106-year-old great grandmother. Instead, she looks around forty. It’s a shock to him, and she explains that she could have looked younger but didn’t want to surprise him too much. Aysel then cuts him in on a little secret by showing him a painting of what could have been his identical twin, so similar is the face. His name is also Sevilin, and this is due to the fact that Aysel needed a marker to be certain that the young man she watched from youth to adulthood was indeed the right man to learn the secrets of the gods. For you see Sevilin is a very old spirit indeed.

In fact, his spirit is destined to reunite with the spirit of his old love. This spirit can be found in Leyna DiAmore, a woman who has become bored with life. In her first chapter, chapter two, we learn she has slept with 27 men, and none have meant a thing to her. It’s obvious she is missing something or someone. The author paints a very vivid picture of her dim view on life, especially in the way she threatens to send her lover’s wife a naughty videotape just to create chaos. She remarks how disappointed she is the lover was tossed from his house several months ago because destroying his life would have been fun.
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This story centers around Sevilen, who wakes up one day, to find that he is a god. No, seriously. Apparently he has always been descended from Gods, whose powers manifested with the passing of his grandmother, Aysel. Things move quickly from there plot-wise, but it eventually settles on a super-powered group of people, tasked with getting Sevilen and Leyna (his long lost love), back together.

This was a very interesting read. The surprise of Sevilen becoming a god reminded me a little of the Harry Potter books, when Harry found out he was a wizard in the first book. I enjoy these types of stories: Stories where the protagonist is thrust into a life that he had no idea was even there, but he was always destined to inherit, and having to deal with that. I really liked the science fiction portions of this book (which was around 90% of it), but I also enjoyed the romance between Sevilen and Leyna. It added to the story, without overpowering everything, and morphing the entire book into a sci-fi romance novel.

Overall, it was a very different read for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Plus, it’s free! You should definitely check it out.
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