//Paper Fools by Staci Hart//
“He felt… affected, changed by her presence alone.”
Let me just start off saying that I am a HUGE… HUGE Staci Hart fan! Like, I see that she has written a book and I instantly pre-order, stalk her page for teasers, and spread the word like a mad woman… but I had a very difficult time connecting with this novel. Now, don’t get me wrong, it was unique, refreshing, entertaining, and different than anything I’ve read before, but I just couldn’t connect with the characters or the story line like I normally can, and I’ve narrowed it down to two reasons…. One, I’m not a fan of instant love, it’s just not believable to me. Two, I found the frequent switching of settings, between Lex and Dean and the gods of Olympus, distracting.
“Nothing existed, except his eyes.”
If you’ve read the synopsis, you know that Paper Fools is about a competition between the god of love Aphrodite and Apollo as one tries to make two humans, Lex and Dean, fall in love while the other tries to keep them apart. Going into this novel, I was so excited. This was different than anything I had read in the past and I was ready to read a unique twist on mythical gods and how they interact and interfere with the human realm. However, as the story continued I found myself never fully connecting with the characters. As soon as I found myself completely immersed in a scene, the setting would change and it would break the magical love bubble I was in and I would have trouble switching my frame of mind. Also, because each setting was so different, I kind of received an emotional whiplash of sorts. I would have loved if one setting, either Lex and Dean or the gods of Olympus, would have been the main focus instead of trying to give us multiple story-lines.
As far as the instant love aspect… it’s just something I’ve really never been a huge fan of. I love angst and stolen breathtaking moments between a forbidden relationship and all the drama that goes along with it, but with instant love some of my favorite elements are taken away. While, Lex and Dean’s story gave me just a small taste of everything I crave from a romance, knowing how the story was going to end, dulled the shine from their relationship.
Overall, Paper Fools was entertaining, sexy, sweet, a bit predictable with just a dash of uncertainty to keep things interesting. I did, however, LOVE watching the gods work their magic on Lex and Dean. To me it was the equivalent of being inside an authors mind while they plot their next novel. And while, this wasn’t my favorite from Hart, I definitely recommended you check it out because it might be just what you are looking for!
Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess.
Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.
Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.
It doesn’t matter that her eyes speak to a long forgotten part of him, or that her art and poetry touch his shredded heart. She’s off limits — crossing that line would implode his band and everything he’s ever cared about. There’s only one option: stay away from her, no matter the cost. Even if the price is his heart.
Dean is everything Lex wants, but she can’t take the risk.
The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice.
If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in the game of love, Aphrodite never loses.
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.