Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart

Posted July 11, 2013 by Michelle in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

 I won this book on Goodreads a couple weeks back and I totally loved it. 
One of my all time favorites. 
I had already review this book and Posted it on my blog
(My original review post is HERE) 

I have had the chance to chat with Staci and I absolutely adore her!!!
Her new book is coming out in a couple of weeks so when I got the chance to do this blog tour with Review I could not pass it up.
You really need to understand how amazing this book is 
and how you seriously MUST read it. 
Title: Deer in Headlights
Series Name & #: Good Gods book 1
Publish Date OR Expected Publish Date: 2-13-2013
Published by: Promise Socks
Genre: Contemporary Romance, 
    Paranormal romance
Age Group: 18+ (lol!!)

Book Synopsis:

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.

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DIH 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.

When I read a series the first thing I have to do is totally love the characters, ALL of them, because in a series the next couple of book might be about them. Now you’re thinking DUH of course otherwise you wouldn’t want to read the book. Exactly my point. I have read a series (I don’t want to say which one) were characters in the book I didn’t connect with, so when the book came out for them I wasn’t interested in reading it. Sort of ruins the entire series. 

In Deer in headlights I wanted to invite them all over for Sunday Dinner. I LOVED them. They were written amazingly, each has their own back story and she did a great job building each character (flashbacks and all). Have you ever seen Hercules the Legendary Journey the one that use to be on TV? The characters were so witty and quirky. Even thought it was meant to be in ancient times they acted like spoiled brats, fashionista and complete divas. This is exactly how they were written in the book they totally reminded me of the show. Which made me love them more cause I LOVED THAT SHOW!!!!!

Aphrodite (Dita) is chosen in a competition to play against Apollo.The Competition is an ongoing game the gods play to win tokens. Each token they win can be exchanged for a favor from the owner of the token. They use a human champion to be their player in the game. Dita picks a young girl who has commitment issues name Lex who is in a “going no place” kind of relationship with Travis and she spends a lot of her time with her friend Kara. Apollo picks a bad boy musician with some issues named Dean who has a tendency to sleep with a lot of girls even his band mate’s girl. The only way Dita can win is if she can get Lex and Dean together. Apollo’s goal is to keep them apart.

The story switches between the gods and the morals with lots of flashbacks to give more details on Greek history. Some of the history I wasn’t aware of and it really adds a lot to the story. Ok so I actually had to look a lot of stuff up cause I was like “No that’s not right” but yup it was. Example I had no idea Aphrodite wasn’t Zeus’ daughter.

Dita gave a smug grin, a mouthful of bacon in her cheek. “That’s right, bitches.”

Dita and Apollo both have emotional background stories and they both have lost someone they really care about. Apollo is hoping to win the competition to get back his true love Daphne who was cursed by Eros (Dita’s Son Cupid) The curse made her fear Apollo only to have her father turn her into a tree to keep them apart. He has been waiting for a chance to beat her so he can have the curse undone and get her father turn her back to normal. Dita is angry at Apollo for killing her love Adonis. (or did he).

All of the Greek god characters were great. I loved the humor in it. Ares is a complete ass (but I love me a bad boy and he WAS a bad boy) and Persephone (Perry) is a great BFF for Dita I love the friend connection they have (Also love the back story). They were all like a dysfunctional family you would want to at least hang with often. Or maybe a fly on a wall when they were all together.

Dita and Apollo each play a part in how the story for Lex and Dean will go. The chemistry between them (Lex and Dean) is great. I love reading sexual tension, it always sends butterflies in my stomach waiting for that moment that leads up to the first kiss. The other characters in the book especially Kara and Roe they are HILARIOUS. They were great in helping move the relationship along with a little push from Dita.

“I was scared shitless – I almost took you to the hospital. Spent half the night googling spontaneous amnesia. It doesn’t exist, by the way”

I will say this is for sure an adult book the sex scenes in the book aren’t hardcore or raw but very sensual and intense. I loved the smoothness of it. Well written for this book. I don’t think I would have like as much if it was too hardcore. (seriously, I can’t believe I said that either)

I have been trying to find any fault in the book. 
I’m not even sure if this was a fault sometime I got confused who was talking 
but a quick look back and it was easy to figure out (could have been just me).

I really enjoyed this book. I thought it has a great cast of characters that stick with you for a while (even now I want to read more I miss them) and an original story. I’m not sure if I would call this a fairytale re-telling but it is a re-
telling of Greek Myth and I think that is what drew me in to enter to win it. I am soooo very glad I did.

I am really rather excited to read the next one in the series. From what I read on her website it’s about Ares. **swoon** I can’t wait.

So do I recommend this book. Well yes, I’m surprised your still here reading this and haven’t jumped off my blog to go get it!!!! Totally a must read. A great mix of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance with just the right amount of loving 😉 Trust me!!!

“Do you want to talk about it?” Kara Lex they headed toward the subway entrance. 
“Talk about what?” 
“Don’t play dumb, Alexis.” 
Of course she knows. “He’s just so … I mean, you’ve seen him.” 
“I have. His panty moistening skills are off the charts.” 
“Gross.” Lex side-eyed Kara, deadpan. 
“Seriously, Lex, does he light a fire of desire in your lady cave?” 
Lex cackled, and both girls broke into giggles. “Oh my god, Kara. I can’t believe you just said that.” 
“Really? You’re really shocked?” 
“No, actually. You’re right. I’m not.”

Author Bio:
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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About Michelle

I am a mom to two pretty amazing kids, three pretty cute fluffy children and a wife to one adorable husband. I am a gamer, reader and a graphic designer with 20 years experience. I recently started my own business "Limabean Designs" to help other bloggers, authors and anyone else create amazing things that they would be proud to show off. I have been reading since forever and started blogging because I love sharing all the awesome books this world has to offer. I am also the co-host for the COYER Challenge, Reading Assignment Challenge, Author Luv, Bloggiesta and the Bookish Resolutions Challenge. I try to create a warm welcoming environment on my blog where authors, readers, and bloggers will have a great time. Let’s chat books, games, blogging, recipes, design, or family over a cup of coffee and a glass of wine!



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