I received a free ecopy of Aphrodite’s Choice from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest review.
About the Book:
Publication Date: May 20, 2016
eBook; ASIN: B01FZQ80F0
Series: The Goddess Diaries #1
Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, still walks the modern world. No longer thronged by worshipers, Aphrodite heals the bodies and souls of the men she touches, one man, one night, at a time. But not everyone thinks of her as a long-dead myth. Someone is stalking her. The men who have hunted her kind as witches for centuries have passed their hatred on to their sons.
As she flees her enemies and tries to warn her sisters of the danger facing them once again, Aphrodite is followed by one of the members of the Brotherhood, a man who has been given the task of killing her, and any of her sisters who cross his path. But it does not take her long to discover that Steven Wharton is not a murderer, and his soul is one she has known before.
In this paranormal romance, a goddess’s past is brought to life, from the Greek city of Corinth to the shores of the island of Cyprus, at the court of Versailles to the burning city of Persepolis. But it is not until she meets Steve that Aphrodite falls in love for the first time. As she faces an ancient enemy, Aphrodite discovers that the love she feels, not the love she gives, is the root of her soul. And that love might even be the path to her freedom…
About the Author:
Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. Sometimes an actor, always a storyteller, Christy works happily with Sourcebooks Casablanca to bring the knife-throwing women of her novels to life. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in western North Carolina.
This book is a real departure from my usual reading choices but now and again a girl just wants an entertaining bit of escapist fun. I’ve read a couple of other books by Ms. English – more in her historical romance line than this paranormal/fantasy series and I enjoyed them. She has a way with that boy/girl thing that is so vital to this genre of book. She has a way of creating fictional characters that seem like you could meet around the turn of the next corner.
Aphrodite – calling herself Addy in this century – walks the Earth healing men (one per night), helping women and spreading love but she fears that an ancient evil has found her and is going to hunt her down. As she goes through her day with the feeling of being watched she worries that a group that has been killing her sisters throughout time has found her. As she meets with her lawyer she finds an old foe all right – Ares, the god of war has come to visit. He never comes with good intent – what god of war would?
Will Addy be able to stay safe in a world where the god of war is following her?
This was a quick read; the chapters are short and I was flipping the pages of my Kindle app to follow Addy as she navigated the modern world. It was a delight to enter this world that Ms. English created where the gods walk among us mere mortals. The mix of mythology, fantasy, thriller and romance kept me glued to my phone until I’d read the entire book. I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced, diverting read from a talented author. I hope there are others in this goddess series as Addy’s sisters would make interesting protagonists.
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