ARC Review: Paper Fools by Staci Hart

Series: Hearts and Arrows #1
Release Date: April 17, 2017
Rating: 4/5
I volunteered to review an ARC.
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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 for your enjoyment.*

Staci Hart is indeed one hell of a quirky story teller. She never fails to bring her unique brand, adding one of a kind layers to modest love stories. I’ll admit it, I had a sluggish start with Paper Fools. Well for one, I’ve completely forgotten about my Greek mythology, rendering me a little overwhelmed first quarter of the book and to add insult to injury it was told in multiple POVs. After a while, I got the hang of it and eventually had a blast reading Paper Fools.

Consider me obsessed with how Staci fused Greek mythology with modern day romance. Imagine this – hot AF gods, alive and kicking like bad ass mortals.  What’s more amusing was how hysterical and snobbish the gods were, constantly bickering and mocking humans and gods alike. This could go the other way round for some but all in all, in my opinion, Staci was able to pull this off.  Re-runs of their thickly layered back stories set in Mount Olympus and Greek underworlds were told; which then became entertaining hooks that set the tone for the present-day Olympus and Lex-Dean’s love story.

While at first I thought the gods will steal the show, I still ended up bewitched by Lex and Dean. Their connection was insta but was dreamily tied up with the mythical feel created by the Greek gods. My heart was beating fast for these two while Apollo and Aphrodite played tricks on them, hoping and wishing they’d get their happily ever after. The stolen moments, the flirting, the relentless staring resonated through me. You know that kind of connection that leaps off of the pages. Aside from the love struck, smitten kind of chemistry, there’s some mild angst that will make you understand the struggles of the characters. Story got slightly messy with that third party slash cheating component but it was a breeze and you won’t reach that point where you’d despise the major characters. Yes, MCs were a little hasty but they handled their off limits attraction sensibly.

Aside from MC’s chemistry that’s so addictive, reading POVs of the secondary characters were entertaining too. I secretly rooted for the fun tandem that is Kara and Roe (Dean’s and Lex’s best friends). They were an interesting hot pair, playing cupids to help the obsessed couple. The deep and hilarious bonding amongst the characters gave a more down to earth vibe to this story.

In the end, I wanted to see Lex and Dean beyond their infatuation stage. I wanted to see them go beyond what’s superficial. I wanted more and craved for more of these two lovers brought together by fate and well, the playful gods. If you are in search for something that’s like no other, light hearted, sexy; a contemporary romance blended with enchantment, art and music? Then take a chance on this. You will end up enthralled and with a smile on your face. Paper Fools is book one of the Hearts and Arrows series, re-written and re-edited for more readers to enjoy. I can’t wait to read book two, see Aphrodite work her magic and witness the gods compete again in this game called love!

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