Paper Fools (Hearts and Arrows #1) by Staci Hart
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.
*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited just for you.*
Paper Fools was a fun read. I really loved the idea of the gods competing with each other for favors to keep them from fighting all the time. That it is Aphrodite's turn to compete which means she will take on the other gods and try to make a love match while they try and stop it. I was fun.
Aphrodite knows how to get people to fall in love, but her own life is a bit of a mess. It was fun watching all of the gods just hang out and act like normal people, even though they all have these great powers. It was really interesting and even though I am not up on my Greek gods it was fine. She has a bit of a mess and first up in the competition is Apollo. Apollo who needs to win to get his love back. To get the favor from Dita so she will help him. There is no other way, which means he has to be on his game this time. Dita never loses so it will be tough, but he can't stand waiting longer to get his love back.
When Apollo choose his player, Dean, who sleeps with any girl who throws herself at him, Dita is right there with Lex who she knows will be perfect for each other. There is something about Dean that make girls fall all over him and he is not complaining. But his bandmates are as he keeps sleeping with their drummers girlfriends when they ask and then the drummer leaves. Like what just happened just before they were to start recording an album. Luckily his best friend, the only person he really cares about, is able to find a drummer, maybe even a better drummer than they have, so now he really has so stay away from the new drummers girlfriend. Who happens to be Lex. Who isn't sure that her boyfriend who she lives with is right for her. Who feels the connection with Dean right away, but how could she do anything about it?
These two definitely have a connection, but neither really want to mess up the band of hurt anyone. I did like them, but Lex was a bit...at times I didn't like her decisions. It was okay because everything worked out in the end, but she wasn't my favorite at times.
While all of this is going on on earth, Dita and Apollo are fighting each other to see if they can make or break the connection between Lex and Dean. Apollo has a few tricks up his sleeve and along the way you get to know then both a little better. Their past and what brought them to where they are at now. I enjoyed those bits as it was fun.
Now my one issue with the story was that the Lex/Dean storyline felt like a secondary story that was trying to be a main storyline. I wanted either a bit more or a bit less detail on it. Like let me really get to know these characters more, really root for them, or have the gods storyline be the main one with bits and pieces of Lex and Dean. It didn't stop me from enjoying the story overall, but I wanted a bit more of less.
Overall this was a fun read and I can't wait to read book two to see what happens next.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration
Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2
About the Author:
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.