Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Review: Lover Divine by A. Star

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Title: Lover, Divine (Mythos: Gods & Lovers)
Author:   A. Star  
Genre: Adult Mythology Romance  
Publish Date:   Feburary 25, 1014 Publisher:  Self Published

For fans of the Oracle of Delphi series…and for those who aren’t…

Born into one of the wealthiest families in Ireland, Siobhan Law has status, privilege, and a secret: The Greek gods of Olympus and their kingdom in the clouds are real, and her family acts as one of their agents on Earth.

When the beautiful immortal celeste Liam Argyros shows up claiming to have come to Earth to deal in the affairs of the divine, Siobhan finds herself unable to resist his charms. New to the game of passion and seduction, she quickly ends up in over her head, sinking deeper with every attempt Liam makes to win her over.

But Liam’s divine mission is far more complex than she ever imagined and nothing is truly as it seems. Because Liam has a secret of his own: He is Apollo, Olympian god of the Sun, and his mission will never be complete until he has claimed Siobhan’s heart forever.

My Thoughts: Having a romantic relationship with a Greek god could be tempting. I liked the premise of this book since I wanted to know how Greek gods played a role in Ireland. While I read the book, my feelings for it became confused. Do I love it or do I hate it? Perhaps it was a little bit of both.

I was completely hooked the first couple of chapters of the book. It had a very strong beginning. I immediately liked the main character, Siobhan, and I was thrilled to read about a world with music. When Liam was first introduced, I enjoyed the love-hate feelings that occurred within Siobhan. I found her thoughts towards Liam to be fun at the beginning.

As the story progressed, I began to have issues. Liam's true character was revealed. I did not like his "all-mighty" attitude and his sexist thoughts. I had to keep reminding myself that he was a god and this was the reason why he acted the way he did. However, I couldn't make myself like him like I did in the beginning. What irritated me the most was how easily Siobhan fell for him. I could not understand how a strong female character like her would fall for someone like Liam/Apollo.

Another thing that did not sit well with me was Siobhan's parents' attitude towards her virginity. I found it unsettling how the parents did not blink an eye when Apollo came to them requesting their daughter. They even encouraged Siobhan to "please" Apollo no matter what. Yes, Apollo was a god and perhaps the parents felt obligated to agree to his wishes, but they did not show any signs of remorse about the decision. This made me a little sick.

Though I did find myself slowing down with reading this book, I couldn't help but continue it. A. Star did a fantastic job in creating all the tension between Siobhan and Liam/Apollo. The sexual scenes were steamy hot. I kept getting drawn to them because of how well they were written. I also found myself wanting to know when and how Siobhan was going to lose her virginity. I kept imagining all kinds of scenarios.

What I also appreciated about this book was how it was set in Ireland. Even though these were Greek gods, I found it weird yet fascinating how it did not take place in Greece. It really made it feel that these gods existed and were a big part all over the world. It also gave the sense on how Greek mythology has had an influence in many countries. Thus, it was not a hard thing to imagine Apollo being in Ireland.

As a whole, this book showed a lot of promise but it did have its issues. A. Star showed signs of being a very talented writer. This book seems to be the prequel to a series and I am actually interested in reading the rest it. I rate this:

  *I received the book from the Author in exchange for an honest review*  

About the Author
A. Star is a fan of dirty passion. She likes to read it, and she damn sure likes to write it. Her first adult romance/fantasy novella is called Invasion, an alien romance about sacrifice. Lover, Divine is the first release from the Mythos: Gods and Lovers series. Future releases under A. Star include, King, Desired (Mythos: Gods and Lovers #2), the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more.
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