Title: Aphrodite’s War
Author: Donna Milward
Published Date: September 15, 2013
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Aphrodite despises Aries and when Zeus proposes a contest, the prize being expulsion of her enemy from Olympus, Aphrodite cannot resist. The catch: should Aries prevail it is Aphrodite who must leave her home. Risks aside, she cannot refuse the possibility of a future without her former lover.
The challenge: two mortals must fall in love. It is simple. However, the players could not be more ill-suited. Poetry, a free spirited artist and Adrian, a defense attorney would not normally choose one another. But when gods interfere anything is possible.
***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
I love Greek mythology so I was so excited to read this. Up in Mount Olympus, Aphrodite and Ares have been bickering for a while so Zeus says they will have a contest and whoever loses has to live on Earth for 100 years. The contest rules are simple: both Gods get to choose their own person and Aphrodite has to make sure they fall in love in a week, where Ares has to make sure it doesn’t happen. Aphrodite chooses a girl named Poetry who is an artist and free spirit, and Ares chooses Adrian who is a lawyer and very by the book.
Aphrodite makes Poetry and Adrian meet at a bar where Poetry and her friend Jenny are hanging out. They make small talk and don’t think they’ll become anything more then friends when Poetry’s ex boyfriend Kevin comes and starts harassing her. Adrian and the friends he’s with manage to kick Kevin out but Adrian takes Poetry home and makes sure that her and Jenny’s apartment is all clear just to be safe. To say thanks Poetry stops by Adrian’s office the next day and offers to take him on a picnic that she packed. They do start to hit it off but Ares, determined to win the challenge, sends his minion Strife to Earth to have her cause havoc. She’s messed up sometimes before and Ares has taken his aggression out on her sexually. Strife figures if she does what Ares wants then he’ll finally let her go and let her live the life she never had. I don’t want to give away the ending but it ends on a surprising note. You really want all the characters to have a happy and ending and some of them do…and some don’t.
It was a good read and I enjoyed the story but the only thing I didn’t like all that well was when the author was describing the characters. She does describe them well, but you’re already pretty into the story before she tells you what they look like. I had a completely different look for Poetry when I was first reading. However the story was very well written and I really enjoyed it and I recommend anyone who also loves Greek mythology to check it out because there are a few different Gods that make a surprise appearance.
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