Series: Good Gods #1
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: February 10th 2013
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Aphrodite never loses, not when it comes to love.
Immortality has its perks and its downsides. Boredom, for one, is unavoidable, but instead of playing Backgammon, the Greek gods devised a game using humans as pawns. Remember Shakespeare? That was Apollo. Bonnie and Clyde? Aphrodite versus Ares.
Aphrodite is on deck, and she’ll defend her domain of love by using her magic to get the two human players together. Time is not on her side, and she’ll have her work cut out for her as her opponent does everything in his power to keep the players apart.
Game one is against Apollo, who chooses the loner Dean, a rock star who takes dark and brooding to the next level. His band has finally gotten a break, and he can’t screw it up, not for another one night stand, and especially not with his new drummer’s girlfriend. He swore to the band that he’d keep it together, but from the minute he first sees Lex, it takes every bit of willpower he has to stay away. But Dean’s will is nothing for the Goddess of Love, who’s certain she has a fighting chance to win with Lex as her player. The artist and poet is perfect for Dean, if only she can open her heart and find a way to love for the first time.
There’s always more at stake than winning the game when you’ve lived for thousands of years. The Olympians are the original dysfunctional family, surviving eons of love and lust, betrayal and lies, as friends and enemies, through feuds and wars. From the douchebag Ares, who’s forever trying get Aphrodite into bed, to her best friend Persephone, who she can always count on for a hearty helping of bacon on a bad day, the gods will take you on a lighthearted trip as they toy with humans, laugh and fight, lose love and gain power.
I am a HUGE sucker for mythology. So much so I harass my Greek-American boyfriend about it all the time (yes I stereotype him from time to time). I love anything involving myth, and Deer in Headlights was no exception. I loved it!
In Deer in Headlights, you have your favorite Greek Gods and Goddesss: Aphrodite, Apollo, Persephone, Ares, etc. And these Gods are bored. So bored in fact, they have these games they play using humans. As the Goddess of love, Aphrodite knows how to play the game and has never lost. But this time, Apollo is determined to win at any cost. For him, this is more than a game. For Apollo, he has everything to gain.
The unsuspecting players in the game, Lex and Dean are perfect for one another.
Dean is the ultimate rock star. He is talented, magnetic, and sexy as hell. And in true fashion of a rock star, he can’t keep it in his pants.
Because of Dean’s predicament this brings Lex into his life.
Lex is a girl that is always in relationships, but has never been in love. She has a dark outlook on love and romance and Dean is the one person she should avoid. But Aphrodite knows what she is doing when she picked these two to get together.
But Lex and Dean have their work cut out for them. Not only are both of them dealing with their own past ghosts but Apollo is determined to keep them apart.
With plots constantly being recycled and reused it is disheartening as a reader to have to turn down a book because it is a carbon copy of another. I can happily say that I did not experience that disappointment with Deer in Headlights. Although my knowledge on mythology is limited, I have not read a book like this before. If I wasn’t enthralled by the stories of Aphrodite, Apollo, Adonis etc. I was sucked in by the story of Lex and Dean. It was a story within a story and I really enjoyed it.
As much as this is a modern day twist, I was really happy that the Gods stayed true to their respective traits and myths.
Aphrodite was by far one of my favorite characters of the book. She is beautiful, and knows it, but never came off as vain. In fact, her raw vulnerability and sadness struck a cord with me. For the Goddess of love, she is not that lucky in love herself.
Oh, and for all my naughty reader friends there is plenty of hot steamy scenes going on 😉
Overall the character development is awesome, the plot twists are exciting, and the writing is descriptive without being repetitive or boring. If your looking for a book that is fresh and new and different from the current rehashed storyline, Deer in Headlights is for you. From the moment I started reading, I didn’t put down my kindle once. This book has everything; myths, love, rockstars. You can’t go wrong!