In the game of love, she never loses.
Title: Paper Fools
Author: Staci Hart
Cover Designer: Quirkybird Designs
Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry
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.*
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.
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ReviewThis book is like getting two stories in one. One a creative take on the Greek gods and goddesses and another a romantic contemporary with two damaged souls.
The mythology portion of the book was intricate and interesting. Gods and Goddess playing games and telling a tale of thousands of years in their realm. There was a lot of players involved and a lot of bad blood, rivalries and broken hearts. There were some points where I thought this part was a bit much because there were so many involved. Being slightly familiar with Greek mythology was helpful but I did spend a lot of time putting together what I remember to what the story told. That being said, their story was interesting and these games they play are quite amusing.
The contemporary side of the story was more of what I have come to be used to from this author. Paper Fools is a band and their guitarist/song writer/playboy, Dean is quite the character. He is damaged and lacks emotion. He has gone through life unattached and detached. His actions though have caused more then their fair share of problems for the band.
Lex is in love with idea of love but her experiences have always fallen short. She fears opening up and attachment because she craves something she has yet to find. She is complacent in her life but getting ready to move on, she just doesn't know what she is moving on to. And then she meets Dean and feelings get a little murky.
While enjoyed both sides of the story I did find myself wanting to get back to Lex and Dean more so then I wanted to read about the pasts of the gods and goddesses. It was unique how the stories were woven together and the stories played off each other well. There were times that the Greek side felt a bit overwhelming and there seemed like there could be more to tell with them. All of the side characters played a part and while the focus was on four characters there was a full world build around them. I am for sure interested in seeing what the gods have up their sleeves for the next game.
About the AuthorStaci 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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