{Blog Tour} Review: Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart

Monday, July 8, 2013

Deer in Headlights is a light, fun read that will keep you laughing, tug at your heartstrings, and maybe make you change your panties. It's steamy and sweary, a lighthearted romance with a Greek mythology twist. Today, I'll be reviewing it for its tour hosted by IMR Blog Tours! Let's get to know these scheming gods and goddesses in this mythology NA romance!

Deer in Headlights
Title: Deer in Headlights (Good Gods #1)
Author: Staci Hart
Publisher: Promise Socks Publishing
Date of Publication: February 12, 2012 (ebook) | February 13, 2013 (paperback)
Genre: contemporary/fantasy NA romance

What do the Greek gods do when they're bored? Because they're always bored, so humans are the perfect players in their games.

Aphrodite owns love; she hasn't lost a competition on her turf in over three millennia. Apollo is on a mission to win. He's counting on it to finally get the one woman he's never been able to have. The two gods will choose their human players, and if Aphrodite can't get them together before the clock runs out, Apollo will get his way. And Aphrodite couldn't have that.

Lex and Dean are perfect for each other, they just don't know it yet. Dean is a perpetual bachelor, and a brooding, beautiful rock star. Lex is always with a man, but she'll never fully give herself up. Aphrodite has her work cut out for her, but if she can't make it work, no one can.

The gods have their own drama. Apollo killed Aprhodite's mortal love - they've got beef that's been dragging on for thousands of years. Ares, the douchebag, is forever trying to pick a fight, and trying to get Aphrodite into bed. And Persephone, Aphrodite's best friend, is the one person who Aphrodite shares everything with.

Follow the gods as they fight, laugh, cry, lose love, gain power, and make a mess with humans.

This fast paced, light-hearted, sexy modern romance is a perfect summer read!

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Excerpt

Lex sat in the back of a dingy dive, sipping her drink out of tiny cocktail straws. There was no way she was putting her mouth on the glasses in this place. She glanced up through the very small crowd to spot Kara near the stage, her heart shaped face upturned to a mealy, dirty singer as he screamed into the microphone. He clearly believed he was Sid Vicious reincarnated. This guy had about as much talent as a safety pin in Sid’s cheek.


When the set ended, Kara made her way to the table and set her beer down with a thunk. “I can’t keep this up. Clearly I was very, very drunk when I hooked up with Spike.”


“I still can’t get over that you hooked up with a guy named Spike.”


“Ha ha. Funny. Let’s get out of here, yeah? There’s still time, maybe we can actually find a bar with a band that doesn’t suck.” Kara grabbed her purse and a pale, skinny, sweaty arm slipped around her shoulder. Kara’s lip curled, totally disgusted.


“Hey, chicks. How’d you like the set?” Spike sneered. He looked like a short, starving Billy Idol.

“Oh, it was great.” Lex tried to keep her face together. “You guys are…special.”

Kara shrugged out from under his arm. “Uh, Spike, I’m not feeling so good so we’re going to bail—”


“What? You can’t go yet. We’re on the list at a couple of clubs, and you’re coming.”


Kara shot Lex a 9-1-1 look, but Lex wasn’t paying attention. She was too busy watching the rest of the band walk up. Specifically, the tall blond that led the pack. Lex couldn’t take her eyes off of him. She wondered how the hell she had missed that?


He leaned on the table next to Lex with a charming smile on his face. Kara cleared her throat.


“Uh, right. I mean, I don’t know Kara. Are you feeling okay?” Lex looked hopefully to Kara and her eyes flicked to the blond.

Kara sighed. “You know what, I guess I can tough it out. Come on, lover.” She linked an arm into Spike’s, and as they walked toward the exit, Kara shot Lex a look over her shoulder. Lex slid off the seat and slung on her bag. She was going to owe Kara, big time. The blond walked next to her as they made their way out.


“So, how’d you like the show?” He sounded like he was baiting her.


“Um, it was…interesting?” 


He laughed, and she relaxed. He knew they were terrible. 


“Yeah, well, it pays the bills. Most of the time, at least” He gave her a wave. “I’m Travis.”


“Lex,” she said as they stepped outside.


“Well, Lex, it’s nice to meet you.” He ran his hand through his hair. “So, how about I buy you a drink?”


She smiled up at him. “I think I’d like that.” 

Review

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Tabby of IMR Blog Tours and to Staci Hart for the review copy! This in no way affected my views and these are my honest opinions. So let's get to that review!


Enjoyable. Satisfying. Engrossing. Those are three words I would use to describe Deer in Headlights. I started reading Deer in Headlights in my new bb Adrien the Kindle late at night (or more like early in the morning as that was 2AM) to lull myself to sleep. However, it didn't help because I was so glued to the page and ended up more awake than before I started reading.

Stories and novels involving Greek mythology and Greek gods and goddesses are my guilty pleasure. I can't seem to get enough of these scheming and manipulating gods. It's like a super campy soap opera on steroids. And that's my exact definition of a guilty pleasure. I admit that Deer in Headlights isn't surprising and you could probably tell already what's gonna happen right from the blurb. But I really had a fun time reading it and found myself reading nonstop.

Moreover, we get two stories in one! The gods and goddesses in here live in a high-rise up out there and they fashioned its surroundings to Central Park. They each get a floor of the high-rise and it was so cool to read how the author imagined and described each of the god's residences. Moreover, they live as if in the modern times. Apollo even works out! Perry aka Persephone eats junk food. I enjoyed how Staci made the gods modern and then turn that back around by showing us flashbacks and how they were back in the day. Because they're gods and goddesses, they are forever bored so they hold competitions and challenges. In here, we witness Apollo and Dita aka Aphrodite dishing it out. The winner gets a token from the loser and can exchange said token for a favor. They;re competing over Lex and Dean. Dita, being the goddess of love will do whatever for them to end up together, and Apollo won't let that happen because he's badly in need of a token from Dita, to free and get back together with the love of his life, Daphne. So we have two stories, the one with the mortals and the one with the immortals. I love myself a deal so I loved this format.

Lex and Dean's love story was kind of expected but I did enjoy it. I think I liked Kara and Roe's story more, Lex and Dean's best friends, who acted as cupid with them. I just got a bit iffy at times that these mere mortals just had no chance against the immortals manipulating them (I'm all for free will, yo!) but nothing major. And my heart just really went out to Apollo. Dita is harder to like as her temper's definitely on the short side and she does things willy-nilly but she has heart. But Apollo, Apollo. <3

All in all, a fulfilling read if you're looking for a short, fun and sexy read with some Greek gods and goddesses meddling in with the lives of mortals. If I'll be given a chance to read the sequel, I'll gladly accept. Do pick this up, it's free! Plus, AWESOME COVER!

About Staci Hart

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; she has 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, ends with k, and there a uc in there.

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. But let's be honest, she's mostly writing.

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16 comments:

  1. I'm in love with the cover! It's so pretty! Deer in Headlight sounds like a fun read and I always love reading stories involving Greek mythology so I'm definitely looking forward to reading it!

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    1. I really did enjoy reading it and I hope you get to it too soon! YES, THE COVER! <3 Thanks for dropping by, Desnica!

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    2. Glad you liked the book Dianne! And Denica, glad you liked the cover! Book 2, Snake in the Grass is amazeballs, and the cover is really, really cool. Reveal is next week, so keep an eye out!

      <3

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    3. Staci! I want to help with the cover reveal! Eeeepp! Thanks for dropping by! <3

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  2. This books seems really interesting. Thanks for the review :)

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    1. And thanks for dropping by, Marissa! :D

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  3. I LOVE this cover! Seriously.. something about the pink on it just does it for me :) So glad you liked this one!

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    1. I SO want to make a poster, a tshirt, a mug.......EVERYTHING! And the next book's cover too. *sighs*

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    2. Yes, the light pink on black, the antlers, the shining stars, EVERYTHING. Thanks for dropping by, Tabby! And thank you for hosting the tour!

      Staci, I want every swag you'll ever make!

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    3. LOL Dianne! I'm working on that next - as soon as I get this final edit on the next book DONEZO! If you're not already, be sure to follow my facebook so you can stay up to date on all the goodies I'll be rolling out! <3

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  4. Looks awesome, can't wait to read this

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    1. Hope you can read it soon! And thanks for dropping by! :D

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  6. I really love the cover and the story sounds really interesting. I have to complained about something though, why is it that the last few years there are more and more books about Greek Gods or Greek Mythology and also why do people mess up so much the ancient history... I know it's fiction but it's kind of annoying to see people changing so much and so many times your county's history, would you like that to happen with you too?

    (I'm just wondering and sharing my opinion,I am sorry if I am making someone feel bad, I don't want to be blamed for being a bad reader or a bitch later...)

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    1. Hi Stella! No, it's okay to share your opinion. :D I guess more authors are into retellings and giving their own spin to it. I mostly enjoy it because it makes my imagination run wild while still reining it in since I'm familiar with most of the elements and the characters/people. But to each his own! :) Thanks for dropping by!

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    2. Hi Stella! My books actually stick to the classic myths (though many have multiple tellings). My novels are all about what happens next. I'm pretty anal about sticking to mythology, it *really* annoys me when authors mess with classic myth.

      When I first thought about writing, I knew I would want to write a romance, and I knew I would want some element of magic or fantasy. I've always loved mythology, so it was an easy choice.

      Hope you decide to pick it up! It's free on Amazon :)

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