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Posted April 20, 2017 by Cyndi Becker in 2017, 5 Star, Contemporary Romance, Cyndi's Favorites, New Adult, New Release, Our Review, Romantic Comedy / 0 Comments

Paper Fools by Staci Hart
Series: Hearts and Arrows #1
on April 17, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, New Adult

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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 just for you.*

In the game of love, she never loses. 

Paper Fools (Hearts and Arrows, #1)Paper Fools by Staci Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Be still my heart. I fell hard and fast for this read and dreaded it ending. Staci Hart delivers yet another book that I have classify as a favorite. Part romantic comedy, part new adult, part contemporary romance, Paper Fools left me exhilarated. There are two stories, cleverly meshing into one, and multiple voices delivering humor, sadness and oh so much angst. Paper Fools is one of my favorite reads of 2017 as it’s entertaining and captivating, a read I can’t recommend enough.

At the center are Dean and Lex, but really their story begins with The Olympians. Confused? You won’t be. What drives Dean and Lex together is the mythical contest between Aphrodite or “Dita” goddess of Love, and Apollo, a healer and seer. When Zeus declares a 30 day challenge with Dita and Apollo as opponents, the lives of humans Dean and Lex are transformed.

Dean and Lex, well it’s not often the chemistry between hero and heroine is as palpable as it is with Dean and Lex. With the immediate connection and then the anticipation of something more, it became all too much. I thought my heart would crack. There are times when you can almost feel the pheromones coming off the page, and this is exactly how their attraction to each other is, instantaneous. If you’ve felt something like it before, you know exactly what Hart means to elicit. It’s a moment where time stops. And it’s something completely foreign to the two of them. They both have baggage and circumstances keeping them a part. But resistance is nearly futile when the goddess of love has something to lose.

Hart means to make you feel a conflict though. You’ll want Apollo to win the battle against Dita. Just as Dean and Lex’s connection is magical, his story is heartbreaking. And the more we uncover all the mischievous activity between the Olympians, his story gets sadder and more desperate. He really is outmatched against Dita but she might have a little sympathy for Apollo.

In the end, this was pretty much a one sitting read. Thankfully I started on a Friday afternoon and I only let bio needs get in the way (food and all). I just felt completely invested in this story, for all the characters and their trials and tribulations, and couldn’t much wait to see each Olympian make their plays and to see how Dean and Lex react. Do yourself a favor and dive into the world of Staci Hart’s Olympians.

~Review by Cyndi


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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an eIMG_8015ntrepreneur, 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, 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.

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 reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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