Book Review: Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart

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Title: Deer in Headlights
Author: Staci Hart
Published: February 12, 2012
Publisher: Promise Socks Publishing
ASIN: B00BF7CO4W
Format: Kindle edition
Series: Good Gods #1
Acquisition: FREE Download on Amazon

Purchase at: Amazon

**18+ and FREE**
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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This is part of my Random Reads where I read free Amazon downloads, and it was also part of the Free eReadathon that I participated in last week. This is one of those books that I judged by the cover, I didn’t even bother reading the synopsis until after I started the first few pages. I’m silly like that, but I think the cover is gorgeous enough. I’m not really sure, but considering Staci Hart worked as a graphic designer, I think she had a lot of say in the cover and it turned out really nice.

And since I didn’t really read the synopsis, I was very surprised by this book. It was truly different and unique. The story revolves around Greek mythology characters in a modern setting. Now I didn’t really study much up on Greek mythology so I know very little about it. Hercules, the Disney movie, is probably as far as I went because it wasn’t required in my elementary, high school, or university. So I will admit that I get a little lost because I don’t know who’s who. That, however, did not stop me from enjoying the book because Staci Hart was able to fill in some details even though I was left bewildered at times.

What I really loved about this is how the Greek gods were living in their world with modern technology and clothing. They text, play video games, use mobile apps, wear jeans, designer clothes, etc. I think it’s also interesting how they seem to interfere with normal human life that results to what happens around the world. And because they are immortal and they get really really bored, they have competitions where they use normal humans as their contenders.

In this book, Aphrodite and Apollo go against each other. The goal is for Lex, Aphrodite’s choice, to fall in love and be together with Dean, Apollo’s choice. However, it definitely would not be easy because both Dean and Lex have a lot of emotional baggage they carry around, and Dean has a reputation as a womanizer and Lex has a boyfriend that she lives with. The prize for the contest is one favor from the loser, and Apollo has a lot to gain. To add to that, Aphrodite has never lost in a competition, and Apollo will be really desperate to beat her.

I’m not really sure if I fell in love with the main characters, but they were definitely fun to read about. My favorite character, however, would be Kevin, the keyboardist in Dean’s band. He doesn’t really show up much in the book because he’s just a side character, but I just love him. He’s geeky/dorky/nerdy and funny – just like how I like my men. And I love his shirts that have those funny geeky stuff on it.

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OVERALL, this was a really fun and interesting story where Staci Hart was able to put a modern twist into Greek mythology. I think a lot of the plot was quite predictable for me, but I was still very much entertained. What I didn’t expect was the erotica in some of the scenes, but they were pretty okay. I like how the Greek gods were connected to reality and the events that revolve around it. This was great and funny and totally worth reading. And it’s free too!

RATING:

4-star

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own any of the images I use, but some may be subject to editing.
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10 thoughts on “Book Review: Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart

  1. Francine, I’m so glad that you enjoyed the book! And to all of you, I’m offering a free copy of the second book if you post an honest review on Amazon. Just message me with a link and I’ll get you free ecopy. If you enjoyed the first book, the second will knock your socks off 🙂

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