Title: Deer in Headlights
Author: Staci Hart
Release Date: February 13, 2013
Source: Amazon free download
How do the Greek gods kill time? Because they’re always bored. It’s an unavoidable downside of being alive for thousands of years. So, they play games. Games with human players. Remember Shakespeare? Yeah, that was Apollo. Bonnie and Clyde? Aphrodite vs Ares.
It’s Aphrodite’s turn once again in the rounds of competitions, and she’ll defend her domain: Love. She hasn’t lost a competition on her turf in over three millennia, and she’s not about to start now. Apollo is her first competitor, and he’s on a mission to win. If he wins, he’ll get a token; a favor that Aphrodite must fulfill. And with that favor, he’ll finally get the one woman he’s never been able to have.
Aphrodite and Apollo will choose their human players, and if Aphrodite can’t get them together before the clock runs out, Apollo will get his way. And she couldn’t have that.
Lex and Dean are perfect for each other. They just don’t know it yet.
Dean is a perpetual bachelor, and a man-whore. A brooding, gorgeous, rock star man-whore. Lex always has a boyfriend, but she’s never let anyone in enough to let herself go. Not really. Not ever. Aphrodite has her work cut out for her, but if she can’t make it work, no one can.
But she has more at stake than just Lex and Dean. Apollo killed her mortal love, and that beef has been dragging on for thousands of years. Ares, the douchebag, is forever trying to start a fight, and get Aphrodite into bed. And Persephone, her best friend, is the one person she can confide in, laugh with, and always count on for a healthy helping of bacon when she’s having a bad day.
Follow the gods as they fight, laugh, cry, lose love, and gain power. Making a mess with humans has never been so fun.
You should know by now that I would read any book that is related to Greek Mythology so I was really excited to read this one.
The gods of Olympus are always bored so they made this particular game where two deities will go head-to-head in a game and the humans will act as their pawns. This time it’s Aphrodite versus Apollo. Aphrodite will make two humans fall in love with each other and Apollo will do everything to keep them apart. And for Apollo, winning could mean being reunited by the love of his life.
I am no stranger to modernized Greek mythology, but this is kind of new to me since this is the first time I’ve read a modernized Greek myth book with a mature content. It works, though. The combination of Greek deities and steamy romance is great! And I like how the Greek deities are just like us humans, they fall in love, they make mistakes, they learn things they aren’t aware before. I think this is one of the reasons why tales of Greek deities are widely incorporated in contemporary fiction.
The story of Lex and Dean was full of chemistry. Although I gotta admit my first of Dean is that he’s a jerk for sleeping with his band mate’s girl. But hey, everyone can change for the better, right? But what I love the most was the competition of Apollo and Aphrodite. My heart aches for Apollo because he has too much to lose if he didn’t win this competition and he’s been in grief for such a long time. Yet I knew he didn’t stand a chance against Aphrodite. Love conquers all, after all.
“He was funny, smart, charming…and a monumental slut. Dean had all the makings of a man-sized Venus Flytrap. ”
Still, I love the way the story ended, no cliff hangers, just good ol` happily ever after.
I finished this book within a day. I just couldn’t put it down. Good thing the second book to the series is out now and I bet it’s as good as the first one.