Title: Paper Fools (Hearts & Arrows #1)
Author: Staci Hart
Date of Publication: April 17, 2017
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.
Meagan’s 4.5 Star Review
I’m a huge fan of any kind of classics being re-told – Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Greek mythology – so, of course, I picked up Paper Fools as soon as I could get my hands on it. The story centers around a game the Gods play.
“All right, gang, we’re going old-school rules, as usual. I’ll go ahead and restate them for Zeus since we all know how he loves the law.” He smiled at Zeus, who glared at him from across the room.
“Aphrodite will go toe-to-toe in a battle of wits against each of the twelve Olympians. She and her opponent will each choose a human player, and she’ll have to get them together before the clock runs out in four human weeks. Her challenger’s task —and a mighty one at that —will be to keep the humans apart.
“The winner will receive a token from the loser, which will grant them any favor, a favor that cannot be refused.”
Going into the book I expected the parts featuring the Greek Gods to be serious, but wow, these Gods are not like the ones we read about in school. They’re hip and fashionable, they’re snarky and funny, they are a perfect vision of what Greek Gods would be like in 2017.
I actually expected to enjoy the storyline between Dean and Lex (the two pawns the Gods are playing with) to be the most exciting, but wow, the sexual tension between Ares and Dita (Aphrodite) was unbelievably hot. I couldn’t put the book down until I know who won their game. Would Dita find a way to be with Adonis more than just in her dreams, would Ares and Dita could ever be together without his temper getting in the way, or would Dita end up with her crazy hot husband, Heff (Hephaestus)?
The storyline on Earth was also well written. Dean promises his best friend, Roe, he won’t slept with the new drummer’s girlfriend, Lex. Of course with Ares and Dita in the mix Dean and Lex’s lives become even more chaotic than they already were. I liked reading about Lex and Dean, but the Gods were just too angsty and passionate to ignore.
If you’re worried about enjoying a story about Greek mythology don’t. This story is fantastic. The emotion Staci Heart injects into her characters makes you immediately connect with each one. Take a chance on Paper Fools, it’s an addicting series that I can’t wait to finish!
About the Author
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, with 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 and ends with k.
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.