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Paper Fools (Hearts and Arrows Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Aphrodite may be the goddess of love except where her own love life is concerned, it is a MESS! She and Apollo are in a game of wits against one another. They each choose a human player and a timeline of 4 weeks. She will attempt to get them together, and he will attempt to keep them apart. The winner will be granted a favor from the other, and it cannot be refused. This is Apollo’s chance for true happiness, and he will do everything in his power to win even though Aphrodite never loses.
Enter the players, Dean (Apollo’s choice) and Lex (Aphrodite’s choice). Dean and Lex both don’t believe in love. Dean never tries to attain it. Lex tries, but she just can’t give herself completely to someone. So, she believes she’ll never have it. When these two meet, it’s like stars colliding. She completely overwhelms Dean. He’s never felt anything like this before. Lex feels the same way. But, each of them are off limits to the other. Lex’s boyfriend is the new drummer for Dean’s band. He swore to his best friend and fellow bandmate, he wouldn’t cross that line. This is going to be hard for both of them. As they are together more, the attraction only gets stronger. They have no clue they are game pieces being played by forces more powerful than them, but is anything really more powerful than true love?
Paper Fools is a clever and intelligent romance. The name of the title was a genius move…hearts and arrows each represent Aphrodite and Apollo. It’s really about two different relationships, Lex and Dean, and Aphrodite and Apollo. Although, each is a very different story. The four characters were each deeply touched by pain in their lives. Dean’s story was incredibly sad, and it’s no wonder he can’t have a healthy relationship with a woman, and I love that Lex speaks to that very sad part of him. I love how Dean shows her that love is indeed possible.
One of my favorite things was the long, tortured, and sad history between the Aphrodite and Apollo. The flashbacks showed me that they may be immortal and powerful, but their hearts are very much human. I am REALLY, REALLY anticipating the next book in this series. I highly recommend reading this especially if you are looking for a romance that really is intelligent and emotional!
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Paper Fools is a complex, multi-level story where mythology and contemporary romance converge. On one level you have the gods of Olympus competing for favors from each other, a 'game' that has been going on for centuries with different gods competing at any given time. Now the turn of Aphrodite and Apollo, with their intertwined history, the stakes are high. An unfortunate side effect of their competition is the human lives they meddle with bringing us to the contemporary romance aspect of the plot.
On one level you have the gods of Olympus competing for favors from each other, a 'game' that has been going on for centuries with different gods competing at any given time. Now the turn of Aphrodite (Dita) and Apollo, with their intertwined history, the stakes are high. An unfortunate side effect of their competition is the human lives they meddle with bringing us to the contemporary romance aspect of the plot.
In this instance, Lex and Dean are the damaged souls to be used as pawns in the challenge set between Apollo and Dita. Both are artistically gifted and emotionally stunted by their respective upbringings and influence of their mothers. Both have the tendency to keep themselves emotionally distant, while Lex is a serial monogamist, Dean is the embodiment of a good time. Yet it is obvious that they are perfect for each other on an elemental level; although you can't help but question how much is due to the influence of the gods in their lives.
The narrative is told in the third person with multiple perspectives not just those of the main characters; providing insight into their relationship as well as providing details of the background to all of the characters. I adored the friendships within Paper Fools, showing the importance of platonic relationships, not just romantic ones.
Staci Hart makes ingenious use of Greek Mythology within the plot explaining the significance of the 'game', and the need for past regrets to be appeased. The interwoven nature of the gods and the seriously messed up history between all of them creates so many levels of unhappiness. Dita has the most character growth within the story and ultimately speculates on what constitutes true love ♥
Paper Fools provides a lot of material for introspection when you look at relationships through the eyes of the characters. Very, very clever ♥
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