Sunday, April 16, 2017

Paper Fools (Hearts and Arrows #1) by Staci Hart


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.

3.5 out of 5 stars

I have some mixed feelings about Paper Fools. There are some elements I absolutely adored, and there are others that I didn't care too much for.

The story takes place in the modern world, and the Greek gods entertain themselves by having competitions involving humans.

Aphrodite is the next goddess to play, and her opponent is Apollo. Aphrodite hasn't lost in years and doesn't plan on losing anytime soon. Especially since Apollo is the reason why her lover was killed.

The humans involved in the game are Lex and Dean. They're both damaged and don't know how to handle relationships. The attraction between then is strong, but Lex can't do much because her boyfriend is the drummer in Dean's band.

The majority of the issue in the story for Lex and Dean is the idea of cheating and having commitment issues. I really like the two lovers, but to me their relationship wasn't the star of the book. I was more interested in the gods and goddesses.

The idea of Greek gods competing against each other in the modern world is a unique idea. And it is probably the reason why I'm rounding my stars up. I loved the mythology, and I loved reading the background stories.

I'm interested in reading the next books, but I hope the human subjects in the next game are more interesting.