Book Review: Snake in the Grass by Staci Hart

Please note: This is a review of a second book in a series. See my review for book 1, Deer in Headlights, here. My review will NOT contain spoilers on book 1, but the first book must be read before this book because this second book will contain spoilers. Luckily, Deer in Headlights is FREE.

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favoriteTitle: Snake in the Grass
Author: Staci Hart
Published: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Promise Socks Publishing
Format: ARC ebook
Series: Good Gods #2
Acquisition: From the author

Purchase at: Amazon

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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Sequels normally never exceed the first book, but Staci Hart was able to do just that with Snake in the Grass. It was definitely more moving and heartfelt. It’s also a little more intense and dramatic, but it was definitely entertaining. The characters were also more lovable. (I want a Persephone and Hades book.) There were predictable parts and there were some surprising as well, but I honestly just loved it that I easily got lost in it.

Aphrodite (Dita), the goddess of love, is now going against Ares, the god of war. They have a lot of sexual tension going on between them and Dita cannot easily resist Ares. But Ares also has a secret that would make Dita hate him, and it could really change their relationship if Dita finds out. In the midst of this turmoil, they also want to beat each other in the challenge where Dita must make the players fall in love while Ares has to keep them apart. Dita likes playing not only to win, but also to see these humans be happy in love. But Ares doesn’t like losing and will do anything it takes to win.

Katsumi (Kat) is the daughter of a yakuza (Japanese mobster) so she is not oblivious to the dangers of the world. She has always been a lot like her father so she was taught how to protect herself and her younger sister, Kiki. She also inherited her father’s love for cars and racing. Her main goal in life has always been to protect Kiki no matter what it takes, even if it means putting her first over everything else. And once Dillon moves into the picture, it definitely wouldn’t be easy for Kat, especially if Dillon is able to rile her up but also make her feel all fluttery unlike anyone else. She’s definitely a badass who won’t take shit from anybody, especially men who think less of women. She can be a little explosive too when she’s angered.

Unlike a lot of bad boys, Dillon doesn’t drink or do a lot of girls, but he has a temper that couldn’t be messed with. He has an inner beast that makes him rage and beat the crap out of people. He lived a pretty messed up life and carried a lot of baggage, but at least he was trying to deal with it despite failing at times. I’m not into violence, but I definitely liked his character. He’s also very protective of his younger brother, Owen.

I like the side romance between Owen and Kiki. These two were the opposite of their siblings and they were just both nice and sweet. I’m also very curious about Kat and Kiki’s parents, and I think it’s awesome that there is a book just for them, What the Heart Wants. The love scenes were definitely more romantic. There were also some side characters or extra scenes in Olympus that were pretty interesting, and I just loved the book overall.

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OVERALL, Snake in the Grass is definitely a step up from Deer in Headlights. I fell more in love with the modernized Olympian gods that I met in both this and the first book. This is a new round for the challenge to stop two people from falling in love in order to beat Aphrodite, the goddess of love. But it will also deal with a couple of other conflicts. The challenge players were definitely interesting though. I wasn’t expecting to like them, but I ended up falling in love.

RATING:

4.5-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 most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.
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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Snake in the Grass by Staci Hart

  1. Thank you so much for the fantastic review!

    You’ll definitely get a lot of Perry/Hades, but it’ll be a few books! I’ve got a lot to cover in the meantime 😉

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