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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Olympians: Love’s Forge by Susan M. Sailors

Olympians: Love’s Forge by Susan M. Sailors
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (161 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Aphrodite’s talent for bringing about “happily ever after” despite numerous obstacles has never helped her straighten out her own love life. She’s been keeping her estranged marriage to Hephaestus a secret from everyone, but his determination to finally make it work and regain her heart has convinced her the time for secrecy may soon be over. But when Hephaestus catches her with Ares, he decides his wife needs to be taught a lesson. Aphrodite stands very little chance against his erotic assault, but she still refuses to promise to be his forever. As he continues making her live out all his fantasies, she must ultimately decide if she only wants his body or if she can truly return his love.

I am a big fan of mythology, and the twists that Susan Sailors gives to the old tales makes them such fun to read.

Everyone has insecurities. Even the ancient gods and goddesses suffer from time to time. Aphrodite is the goddess of love, and she has had her share of lovers over the centuries. But she doesn’t believe that true love is in her future at all.

Hephaestus loves Aphrodite with all his heart, and they have been secretly married for quite a while. But it was a marriage forced by Hephaestus, and they separated when Aphrodite had Ares’ child. Now, he is courting her, trying to get her to return, when one of the Fates thinks she can manipulate them into being together. Her goal may be worthy, but her methods are far from perfect. She creates a lust spell over Ares and Aphrodite, and Hephaestus catches them in the act. Taking both Ares and Aphrodite to his home, he imprisons both of them to punish Ares and seduce Aphrodite. Can the gods find out who is behind this before it goes to far? Will Hephaestus convince Aphrodite of his love? Can Aphrodite accept that she can love, and accept what Hephaestus offers?

I liked that the goddess of love had such doubts about her own worthiness to be loved. The insecurity and fear that Aphrodite displays was so human and it was delightful to read. I loved that Hephaestus was willing to do anything to get the woman he loved.

Even after he knew it was a spell cast upon Ares and Aphrodite, he’s still determined to convince her they belonged together. The passion and romance is marvelous.

I loved the combination of mythology and contemporary times that Ms. Sailors has built into her world, and I plan on reading more in this series, soon.

If you like mythology with a bit of a kick, this one is a fun reading experience.

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