RELEASE DAY BLITZ+ GIVEAWAY: Doe Eyes (Good Gods #3) by Staci Hart

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share this news to you– Doe Eyes officially comes out today!

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I am a huge fan of the Good Gods series and I’ve been really looking forward to this book. The Good Gods series is like a breath of fresh air in the New Adult category. It has steamy romance with a little fantasy twist in the form of the Greek deities in the mix. So without further ado, here’s the blurb and the very gorgeous cover of Doe Eyes.

doe eyes books keep me sane Aphrodite knows better than anyone how the heart works. Just don’t ask her to figure out her own.

She’s been away from Olympus for weeks, which wasn’t near long enough for her move on from everything that happened, to get past the betrayal and loss. She has no idea what she’s walking into when she gets back other than a new competition, this time against Artemis. The goddesses have never been friends, but now they have more in common than ever, though they’d rather face eat ambrosia straight than admit it.

Artemis can’t help but be smug. Her player, Josie, is a private investigator who’s lost more than she’s won. Every waking moment is consumed by her fire to catch the man who killed her partner, and when Jon comes back into town after leaving her without a word, it’s more than she can handle. She’ll never let him in. Not again.

But Jon only did what he thought was right, and he’ll do anything he can, give her everything he has to give to prove that he can be trusted with her heart again.

With Adonis gone and the threat of Ares around every corner, Aphrodite’s past presses on her, leaving her more alone than she’s ever been. She can’t help wondering if she’ll ever escape, and how much pain she’ll endure before the whole ordeal is behind her.

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CHARACTER FEATURE+ GIVEAWAY: Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart

Hi guys! You might not know this but I love the Good Gods series. Today you’ll meet one of my favorite characters from Deer in Headlights (#1 Good Gods series). Here’s Lex, an artist and poet with a guarded heart.

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An artist and poet who works at a book shop. She’s never been able to fall in love, even though she’s had one boyfriend after another since she turned sixteen. Lex is afraid of love because she doesn’t want to get hurt, but when she meets Dean, she almost doesn’t have a choice. Her best friend, Kara, is her sounding board and a constant in her life, and someone who she couldn’t live without.

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Age: 26
Height: 5’4”
Hair: long, dark brown
Eyes: blue-green

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“Seriously, the longest I think I’ve gone between guys is two weeks, and I cried the entire time that I would be alone forever. How is it possible that I’ve never been in love?”

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She felt spellbound, like she’d been hypnotized. Like Mina and Dracula, as if he’d somehow infected her, and logic and reason no longer applied. Ultimately, she didn’t get it, and was torn because even though she knew she should stay away, she was equally fascinated, dreading and anticipating every chance she had to see him.lex-dream

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They’d only spoken a few times, but she watched him during band practice like a stalker. Dean had all the makings of a man-sized Venus Flytrap. Everything about him called to her, and every other woman in a fifty-foot radius, but she knew that if she got close she would get eaten. Hopefully eaten in the sexy way, but she figured more likely it would be in the way that she would experience a slow and painful death via metaphorical stomach acid.

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She’d dodged a bullet, she told herself, over and over, but it hurt like she had taken it in the heart.

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Aphrodite never loses, not when it comes to love.

Immortality has its perks and its downsides. Boredom, for one, is unavoidable, but instead of playing parcheesi, the gods devised a game that uses humans as pawns. Remember Shakespeare? That was Apollo. Bonnie and Clyde? Aphrodite versus Ares.

Aphrodite is on deck once again, and she’ll defend her domain of love as she works to get the humans together before the clock runs out, while her opponent tries to keep them apart.

Game one is against Apollo, and Aphrodite knows she has her work cut out for her when he chooses Dean, a brooding rock star man-whore who believes women can’t be trusted. Aphrodite decides on Lex, a perfect match for Dean, even though her heart is guarded, locked away tight. She’d never let anyone in. Not ever. Of course, she hasn’t met Dean.

But there’s always more at stake than just the game when you’ve lived for thousands of years. The Olympians are the original dysfunctional family, surviving eons of love and lust, betrayal and lies, as friends and enemies, through feuds and wars. From Ares, the douchebag, who’s forever trying to start a fight and get Aphrodite into bed, to Persephone, her best friend, who she can always count on for a healthy helping of bacon on a bad day, the gods will take you on a lighthearted trip as they mess with humans, laugh and fight, lose love and gain power.

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Snake in the Grass (Good Gods #2) by Staci Hart

Snake in the Grass (Good Gods, #2)Title: Snake in the Grass

Author: Staci Hart

Genre:Romance/ Fantasy

Release Date: July 30th 2013

Source: author

Format: ebook

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)

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It’s Round Two of high stakes Love Connection on Olympus, and this time, everything has changed. For Aphrodite, at least.

Ares is on deck, and Aphrodite is nervous. As much as she loves to hook up with him, she doesn’t trust him as far as she could throw him, which isn’t very far. He’s a big dude. They haven’t been together in a very long time, but she can’t resist him. She never could. Even when every part of her screamed that he was a liar.

Ares has a plan to keep Aphrodite, for good this time. He wants to win the game, but he’ll hold back to get what he wants. He’s sitting on a chance that he’s been waiting thousands of years for, and he’ll do what he has to do to convince her to stay forever.

The only thing that could stop him is the secret that he’s been keeping from her for eons. If she finds out, it will destroy everything.

Kat and Dillon have been through a lot, and everything has been to protect their younger siblings. They have sacrificed everything to make sure their brother and sister are safe. The players are tough and loyal. Fierce and determined. But they become each other’s weakness, even though they fight it, and even though it means danger for Kat and her sister.

If Aphrodite can get the players over their egos and issues long enough to see that they’re meant for each other, the competition will be a piece of cake. One that she’ll eat a la mode, right in front of Ares, if she beats him.

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I really liked the first book in the Good Gods series, Deer in Headlights so I was really excited to read Snake in the Grass. While the first book is great, I like this one even better!

Aphrodite won against Apollo in the last game of the Gods. And now, Aphrodite’s opponent will be Ares, the god of war.

I really like the main characters in this book—Dillon and Kat. Let’s start with Dillon, he’s a very angsty bad boy. He’s got this sexy and bad ass attitude in him that makes him very lovable. He’s a very strong fighter which stemmed from his childhood when he was always beaten up by his father. Emotionally broken characters have that special appeal, no? And I’m gonna be honest here, I am a sucker for bad boys.

His love interest, Kat, is one badass girl too. She’s a drag racer, and drag racing is a world dominated by males but she won’t let testosterone-fueled thugs threaten her on the race tracks, she shows them who the boss is. That’s exactly what I really like in a female protagonist. Kat is also a very strong, smart and independent woman. I also love her mouth which is always capable of spouting vulgar or witty lines that drives Dillon crazy when they bicker.

The Aphrodite-Adonis-Ares love triangle was a nice side story. I know that the Dillon-Kat love story is supposed to be the main focus of the story but the Aphrodite-Adonis-Ares love triangle is equally entertaining to read. I never really liked Ares since the first book but I do think Adonis is turning into a total jackass in Snake in the Grass. No hard feelings Adonis fans!

I only have one word for this book: badass! In one corner you have a tough chick with tongue as sharp as switchblade, and on the other corner you have an emotionally wounded, mysterious yet charming man who’s too afraid of himself to ever love somebody. And then you have messed-up gods up above pulling the strings of this love story. This can’t get any better!

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Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart

Deer in Headlights (Good Gods #1)Title: Deer in Headlights

Author: Staci Hart

Genre: Romance/Mythology

Release Date: February 13, 2013

Source: Amazon free download

Format: ebook

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)

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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.

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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.

 

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