Monday, April 17, 2017

Paper Fools by Staci Hart

Title: Paper Fools
Author: Staci Hart
Release Day: April 17th

Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess. 
Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.
Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.
It doesn’t matter that her eyes speak to a long forgotten part of him, or that her art and poetry touch his shredded heart. She’s off limits — crossing that line would implode his band and everything he’s ever cared about. There’s only one option: stay away from her, no matter the cost. Even if the price is his heart.
Dean is everything Lex wants, but she can’t take the risk.
The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice.
If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in the game of love, Aphrodite never loses. 
*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited for your enjoyment.*

Staci Hart has yet again gotten my undivided attention with this amazingly unique story! I never thought about reading a book that combines a contemporary romance with Greek Mythology yet here I was  devouring it in one sitting.

As it turns out Greek Gods are not just twiddling their thumbs while spending their days at Olympus, they are also playing games. Those games involve unwitting humans of course and they are competitive, but Aphrodite never loses. It's come time for Aphrodite and Apollo to compete against each other and guns are most certainly blazing because they have a long standing feud. So now Dean and Lexie are being controlled by these puppet masters and all hell is breaking loose! Dean and Lex are both closed off people because of their pasts but somehow they click. At first I wasn't so sure how I felt about Dean because he seemed a bit like a sociopath, but as soon as he met Lex his personality really started to show and I warmed up to him. He's in a band and has a bit of a bad rap because of course everything that comes with that territory, i.e. women. I loved Lexy instantly though, she works in a bookshop, draws and writes poetry. I really really wanted her and Dean together even if it meant hurting other people (don't judge me). 

So much is happening is this story that there was never a dull moment! Dean and Lex's lives start getting dramatic and a tangled mess, but that's nothing compared to Dita and Apollo! Their stories go back thousands of years and they definitely do not lack in the drama department. I also loved the fact that we got glimpse into the past to show how some of the tragedies came about. It really helped form the stories taking place. 

This was a very entertaining and special story that left me hungry for more! Hart never fails to leave my heart content with her magical stories of love. 

5/5 Fangs 

A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.
From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

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