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- Publication Date: April 17, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06ZZQT7V2
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Aphrodite (Dita) is still one of my favorite female characters of all time and in this revamped version she has only gotten more amazing. She is a force of nature, take no prisoners, and unapologetic about it. She is woman hear her roar! Haha I love her so much. Staci's books always feature a strong positive female role model character and Dita is definitely that.
Along with Dita on the strong lady boss list is Perry (somehow the one I relate to the most! Not surprising if you've met me haha) but I love her and Dita's snarky bff's relationship.
Now, Dita (along with the other gods on Olympus) engage in these games, usually meddling with Mortals haha and Dita is the best at this game -- she hasn't lost in over 3,000 years so her odds are pretty good right? You would think! But comic hijinks ensue when the rules of the game involve she picks the woman and Apollo picks the man. . . At stake for the Gods? (Besides bragging rights. . .) Is a token for one God to do another a favor. For the Mortals? This little thing called love. . . Happily ever afters and whatnot.
Dean and Lex are the couple brought together and this is a battle of the musician who is a serial dater (Dean) and a artist ensconced in her quaint bookstore job (Lex) and boy somehow they are complete opposites but yet make perfect sense. I love stories with characters like that and these 2 have that sharp witty banter we have come to love from Staci's characters. Their story isn't a picture perfect unbelievable romance (thank goodness!) But it is perfectly imperfect for them. Its relatable, adorable, sexy and comedic in the best ways. This story is and always has been one of my top 3 favorites of Staci's and I know it's perfect for us die hard fan girls and newbies alike. I cannot wait to see how the rest of these books have evolved from the originals I have read.
In Paper Fools, the first in Staci Hart's Hearts and Arrows series, we get a glimpse into that possibility.
Over the millenia, being a god that no one realizes still exists gets boring. So to help pass the time, the Greek pantheon have developed a series of games. When it's Aphrodite's turn to host, the challenge for her opponents is quite simple. Pick some schmuck who doesn't have a hope in hades of ever finding love and she'll try to find a match for them, and get them together, within 28 days. If she succeeds, she wins, if she doesn't, they win. Simple.
Apollo, desperate to extract a favor from Dita as she chooses to go by these days, picks Dean, a hot, brooding artist type who plays guitar and sings in a band ... and hasn't really experience real love ever in his entire life. Was never loved as a child, has never been in love as a man. May not even be capable of it.
To counter, Dita puts Lex in his path, which seems like a strong move, but there are complications. Lex, even though she's a serial monogamist, has commitment issues of her own, and of course, there is the small matter that she already has a boyfriend.
I had very little idea what I was getting myself into with this one, but I've always had a fascination with the myths and legends of ancient Greece, love a good romance and it's by Staci, so what's not to love?
What I found was a tale that, while being told third person, is constantly shifting its focus. From Aphrodite to Apollo to Dean to Lex and not stopping there. There are also parts that focus on Dean's only real friend Roe, Lex's BFF Kara and even her boyfriend Travis. Not stopping there, even some of the other gods get a look in on the action. All of which results in a narrative where the reader is constantly exposed to new clues, shading in between the lines of the unfolding drama on two different planes of existence.
You see, it's not just humans who have messed up, complicated lives. The gods have had thousands of years to interfere with each other's happiness, and secrets, lies and distrust can be found almost everywhere you look.
All of these threads are seamlessly woven together into a rich tapestry that depicts parallel stories which repeatedly intersect with each other, even if the humans are completely oblivious to how they're being toyed with, and perhaps, that's too strong a term. Perhaps someone on Olympus really does have their best interests at heart.
This book totally blew me away. The way the ancient gods were fleshed out as complex, nuanced characters and integrated into a modern setting. The way their games fed off of, and fed into their ongoing machinations. The way the human characters ignorant of their role in a greater contest struggled with competing priorities of love and desire contrasted against loyalty and obligation, fear and prudence set beside trust and hope.
Complete within itself, there are nevertheless abundant teasers for future strife between the gods, and I for one, can't wait.
I'm happy to say this book exceeded all my expectations!! While it has the fantasy/paranormal type feel to it, it's SO NOT your typical fantasy type book. Yes, there are all the players from Greek Mythology here, but in a truly modern vein and I truly got sucked into this book from the first page to the last!
While the story centers around Dean and Lex, just like in Greek Mythology, there's so much more at stake here. I just wish my college Mythology classes had been this entertaining; I probably would have done so much better in them! This book has it all, romance, comedy because those Gods, they like to one up each other, angst, sassiness like I've not seen recently and an overwhelmingly well written story!
While Ms. Hart is still a relatively new author for me, with this third book that I've read and loved by her, she has now moved into the automatic one-click category and I will devour each and every one of her books both old and new.