Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart

Posted May 22, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Deer in Headlights by Staci HartDeer in Headlights by Staci Hart
Series: Good Gods #1
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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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. 

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I love mythology, like super love it, it was the first thing that attracted me to history when I was a kid. Even more than I love Greek mythology, I love when authors take on myths and make them their own, so I was pretty excited about this book. I have to admit, that I was expecting a lot more time with the actual Greek gods, versus as much time as we spent with the human components of the book. The book focuses on two different and rather independent worlds: the Gods and then the humans in their game. The two don’t ever interact, which is kind of an interesting thing for a book to do.

So first I want to address the whole Gods aspect of the book. Dita (or Aphrodite) is the main God in this book (at least in my opinion), and she’s an interesting character. She has a long standing feud with Apollo, she blinded her son, he killed her lover, she curses his love and then she was incased in a tree. So when it is time for Apollo and Dita to compete, in a game of the Gods, a lot is on the line. Apollo wants to win back his love, and Dita hates to lose. There game was definitely interesting to watch. I actually really enjoyed Dita, she was more complex then I was expecting. Apollo was okay, but came off much more whiny than was likable to me. I also think that that Dita’s love Adonis has serious issues, and I don’t like him at all. He was absorbed in himself, and I was really glad that towards the end of the book Dita started to actually realize this about him.

As for the humans in the story were better developed than the Gods, so the story worked for me. I liked Dean, even though he was a damaged as he was. I liked that he tried to do the right thing when it came to Lex and avoid her, even though for the first time ever he had real feelings about a girl. I also liked that Lex was so concerned with doing right by everyone involved. I did find that she her “superstitious nature” which was only mentioned like once in passing and then all of a sudden she puts some tarot cards so ridiculously seriously. Other than that the love story between Lex and Dean is enjoyable.

My biggest problem with the book was really the ending. It felt like the ending didn’t resolve a lot of story lines, and then abruptly ended the book. The abrupt ending really annoyed me. That being said the book was a quick and enjoyable read, and I liked it. I think anyone who likes new adult romance or likes a little mythology mixed in with their books would probably like this book.

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About Staci Hart

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; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife; even 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. Her favorite word starts with f, ends with k, and there a uc in there. Just saying. 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 sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics. But let’s be honest, she’s mostly writing.

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