In the game of love, she never loses.
Paper Fools by Staci Hart is available now!!
Title: Paper Fools
Author: Staci Hart
Cover Designer: Quirkybird Designs
Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry
4 God Worthy CROWNS
Paper Fools by Staci Hart is incredibly unique and intriguing with the integration of Greek mythology and the gods into the modern day world and romance of Lexi and Dean.
The gods are completely what I loved about this book. I am obsessed with Greek mythology. The stories, the gods, and the beliefs of a culture that is exhibited in these stories are all fantastic. I could get lost in this world, and I really enjoyed how Staci Hart modernized the tales, the gods, and their conflicts and stories. They actually stole the show for me, and I am so intrigued as to what will happen in the next book between Dita and Ares.
Lexi and Dean are the main couple of the book, but they take a back seat to the drama of the gods. They are likable characters and damaged by their pasts, which makes their trepidations and insecurities understandable. Of course, their flaws and brokenness fit each other, and end up filling the holes in each other, but at the end of the day I was excited to get back to the gods and what was going on in their world.
This story jumps between two worlds, mortals and the gods. The readers get to witness the challenge between Apollo and Aphrodite as they attempt to win by getting Dean and Lexi together or keeping them apart. Told with multiple points-of-view and players, the reader gets to really see all the details of this new world the gods inhabit. The allusions to the myths add to the development of the gods and what motivates them. Lexi and Dean, however, become more of a game, and I wasn’t as interested in them as a couple. I was invested in the outcome of their romance, but only because it tied to the outcome of the gods and whether or not Apollo or Dita would win. The way Staci Hart ends this book, though, makes me very excited for the next book in the series and more time with the gods.
Overall, this book is really entertaining. I enjoyed the author’s modernization of the gods, and how they played games with humans, in true god form. The plot line is entertaining, and the wheeling and dealing between the gods is intriguing. This is definitely a Greek mythology lovers dream.
ARC received in exchange for an honest 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.*
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She reached into her bag, digging around in the black hole for her book, but looked up, sensing someone in front of her.
When her eyes locked on his, she froze.
They were the greenest eyes she’d ever seen, shocking and bright, rimmed by thick, dark lashes. His long face was graced with an elegant nose and wide lips bent in a crooked smile. And he was tall, really tall, with ebony hair that fell forward as he looked down at her. He pushed it back without seeming to think about it, but it still looked perfectly tossed, like he’d just rolled out of bed.
She realized she still hadn’t taken a breath and flushed as she fumbled and almost dropped her book.
“Uh, hi. I’m Lex.” She tossed her hand in a wave, hoping she looked casual.
He paused for a second, watching her with an expression she couldn’t quite place. The moment seemed to stretch on forever, and as she studied him, it dawned on her that he was amused. This unnerved her, even more so when it dawned upon her that it was exactly what he wanted.
“Hey,” he said, the timbre of his voice deep and full. “I’m Dean.”
Lex realized her mouth was open. And that he was smirking. And that he was dead sexy while he was doing it.
She closed her mouth and cocked an eyebrow, putting on her snark to hide the fact that he’d gotten to her.
“Dean, huh? I heard they call you Professor Panty Dropper.”
His smile stretched wider. “Oh, is that what they say?”
A tall blond, who she guessed was Roe, stood at the microphone, glaring at them. “Mic check, Dean.”
They stared at each other like idiots for a split second longer before Dean turned to pick up his guitar, and he took his place with the rest of the band. She watched him walk away and blinked a few times before turning to her bag again, not looking for anything in particular — she only wanted to keep her hands busy and her eyes off of Dean while she scraped her dignity off the floor.
About the Author:
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, 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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