Blog Tour~~Shift by Staci Hart @imaquirkybird
Bestselling author Staci Hart brings you the second installment of an addictive romantic mythology series where love is the ultimate game, and Aphrodite always wins.
Shift by Staci Hart
Publishing Date: August 24th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Even the gods cannot betray the will of the stars.
It’s been a hundred years since she’s warmed my bed, a hundred years spent waiting for her. Now we’ll compete again in a game that matters little to me. But my prize is far greater than a token to be paid for a favor — I want her.
And for the first time in a very long time, I have the chance to keep her.
Because now the ground has shifted, tilted in my favor, and with her footing unsteady, she will fall.
I will catch her.
This time, I won’t let go.
The city stretched up like quartz against the fading sunlight, the colors of the sky deepening with every second that slipped by. Ares’s eyes were on the horizon, slashed with the darkening skyscrapers at the southern tip of Manhattan, but his mind was a thousand years behind him, and her face filled the space in between.
They were Mars and Venus. Man and woman. Ares and Aphrodite. The bond between them was unbreakable, undeniable, no matter how she had tried to reject it, tried to stay away. She’d never quite succeeded. She never would.
Even the gods could not betray the will of the stars.
It had been a hundred years since she warmed his bed, a hundred years of waiting for her. Now they would compete again in a game that mattered little to him. His prize was far greater than a token to be paid for a favor — he wanted her. And for the first time in a very long time, he had a chance to keep her.
Adonis had been in the way far too long — even murdering the human hadn’t removed him from the equation — but now the ground had shifted, tilted in Ares’s favor, and with Aphrodite’s footing unsteady, she would fall.
He would catch her.
This time, he wouldn’t let go.
Ares had already chosen his human player, and soon he would make his way down to the throng of gods who waited for the game to begin. She would be there. She would make her choice, and the fire between them would ignite as it always did — first with a spark, then a flicker. Then, she would be consumed, and so would he.
It would be the same as it ever was, and he was so starved for her, his body tensed from head to heart to heel in anticipation of what was to come.
From a hundred years down to a few days, the distance traveled worth every second of longing, and with every moment that passed, the stars moved closer to alignment and to his favor. And there was nothing she could do to fight it.
He’d see to that.
Tera’s 3.25 Blush Review
I was super excited for the next book in the Hearts and Arrows series by Staci Hart. Paper Fools was a great change of pace, and I looked forward to hearing more from the Goddess Aphrodite. What I found, however, was a little less than my expectation.
He was the hope that had failed, the wish for a life she would never have. Because Ares could give her his heart, but not without taking her captive. And it would never again see the light of day.
In Shift, Aphrodite and Ares go head to head in the gods’ little competition. Aphrodite never loses, but with Ares being the God of War, it left much to be excited about. Not to mention the long history (as in thousands of years) between Ares and Aphrodite. Ares chose fighter, Dillon, and Aphrodite chose racer, Kat. Their relationship started out rough, smoothed out, and then the God of War took the competition to its breaking point. The premise of the story… awesome. The POVs and the time lapses… too much. I could never get fully invested in either side… the gods nor the humans. It was frustrating.
The actual writing is nothing less than what I have come to expect from Staci. It is good. But this book, unlike Paper Fools, felt so choppy. I think it was, perhaps, the types of characters she chose to write about because the time lapses and POVs was to help build the characters, which helped, but it didn’t feel well executed to me. I’ll continue the series, but hope the next one has more of the same feel as Paper Fools.
She had submitted, yielded, bent to him, and it was every bit as sweet as he knew it would be.
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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, 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.
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 reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.
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