Series: Hearts and Arrows
on August 24th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Even the gods cannot betray the will of the stars.
It’s been a hundred years since she’s warmed my bed, a hundred years spent waiting for her. Now we’ll compete again in a game that matters little to me. But my prize is far greater than a token to be paid for a favor — I want her.
And for the first time in a very long time, I have the chance to keep her.
Because now the ground has shifted, tilted in my favor, and with her footing unsteady, she will fall.
I will catch her.
This time, I won’t let go.
*Formerly titled Snake in the Grass, Shift has been completely rewritten and edited*
Bestselling author Staci Hart brings you the second installment of an addictive romantic mythology series where love is the ultimate game, and Aphrodite always wins.
Gahds, I’m in love with this series. Staci Hart hits the mark every.single.time. Much like our heroine Ditta. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, here’s the 411: Hart weaves together a story about a mythical battle between Olympians and the humans that are their “puppets” in the game and love is always on the line.
In Shift, Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and defending champion, is pitted against Ares, the God of War. Ares is also Dittas’ estranged lover, a very impassioned estranged lover, and he’ll do anything to get her back. The humans chosen for this battle are a prize fighter, Dillon, and a tough as nails bartender/underground car race queen, Kat. Also on the board are Owen, Dillons’ brother, and Kiki, Kats’ sister.
What unfolds brings much drama and angst but these are all characters born of drama and angst. Our humans are riddled with life experiences created in conflict, and with Ditta and Ares pulling the strings, that thin line between love and hate is blurred and eventually eviscerated. The story is plotted so that what happens on earth is mirrored or shown as a prophecy as it happens in Olympus.
Even with the violence that surrounds the story, Hart manages to make this a humorous read. The dialogue between Ditta and the Gods and Goddesses alike lightens the story. The chemistry between Dillon and Kat, and Ditta and Ares is filled with passion. But in this game there can only be one winner, and love always trumps hate. 5 stars and recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi
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The city stretched up like quartz against the fading sunlight, the colors of the sky deepening with every second that slipped by. Ares’s eyes were on the horizon, slashed with the darkening skyscrapers at the southern tip of Manhattan, but his mind was a thousand years behind him, and her face filled the space in between.
They were Mars and Venus. Man and woman. Ares and Aphrodite. The bond between them was unbreakable, undeniable, no matter how she had tried to reject it, tried to stay away. She’d never quite succeeded. She never would.
Even the gods could not betray the will of the stars.
It had been a hundred years since she warmed his bed, a hundred years of waiting for her. Now they would compete again in a game that mattered little to him. His prize was far greater than a token to be paid for a favor — he wanted her. And for the first time in a very long time, he had a chance to keep her.
Adonis had been in the way far too long — even murdering the human hadn’t removed him from the equation — but now the ground had shifted, tilted in Ares’s favor, and with Aphrodite’s footing unsteady, she would fall.
He would catch her.
This time, he wouldn’t let go.
Ares had already chosen his human player, and soon he would make his way down to the throng of gods who waited for the game to begin. She would be there. She would make her choice, and the fire between them would ignite as it always did — first with a spark, then a flicker. Then, she would be consumed, and so would he.
It would be the same as it ever was, and he was so starved for her, his body tensed from head to heart to heel in anticipation of what was to come.
From a hundred years down to a few days, the distance traveled worth every second of longing, and with every moment that passed, the stars moved closer to alignment and to his favor. And there was nothing she could do to fight it.
He’d see to that.