Also by this author: Tonic
Shift (Hearts and Arrows, #2) by Staci Hart
on August 24, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
“They were fire and tinder, hot and destructive, dangerous and comforting.”
I really am having fun with this series. I just love the idea of merging Greek Gods into the modern world. Sure, they are ruthless and play with other’s lives but I can’t seem to get enough of it. Not sure what that says about me.
Since Paper Fools, I wanted to get Ares and Aphrodite’s story. Together these two are fire and ice. They are so much alike yet different. I was so torn throughout the entire book. I would pull for Ares and then I’d get angry with him. Yet at the end of the day, you know how much he loves Aphrodite.
Their game is set and both couldn’t have picked a better player. Kat and Dillion have both lead tough lives. Neither one of them trusts easily and they only care about their siblings. So it’s difficult to see how the two of them could ever fall in love. Both are fighters. One in the ring and one on the track. What I loved about these two were how broken they were but how much they needed the other to break out of their darkness.
I will admit that I was left a bit annoyed towards the end but only because I really wanted something to go my way and didn’t get. Typical brat behavior. Haha.
I also liked the secondary characters in this book. Especially Kat’s sister, Kiki and Dillion’s brother, Owen. They are so different from their respective sibling but they all balance each other out. It really shows just how big of hearts all four of them have.
Overall, I enjoyed the second installment of this series. If you are looking for a slightly twisted story with Greek Gods and modern humans, then this might be the story for you. Games will be played. Hearts will be broken. Love will be found. Can’t wait for the next one and I’ll forever be pulling for Heff!