Bestselling author Staci Hart brings you the second installment of an addictive romantic mythology series where love is the ultimate game, and Aphrodite always wins.
Shift by Staci Hart
Publishing Date: August 24th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Even the gods cannot betray the will of the stars.
It’s been a hundred years since she’s warmed my bed, a hundred years spent waiting for her. Now we’ll compete again in a game that matters little to me. But my prize is far greater than a token to be paid for a favor — I want her.
And for the first time in a very long time, I have the chance to keep her.
Because now the ground has shifted, tilted in my favor, and with her footing unsteady, she will fall.
I will catch her.
This time, I won’t let go.
The city stretched up like quartz against the fading sunlight, the colors of the sky deepening with every second that slipped by. Ares’s eyes were on the horizon, slashed with the darkening skyscrapers at the southern tip of Manhattan, but his mind was a thousand years behind him, and her face filled the space in between.
They were Mars and Venus. Man and woman. Ares and Aphrodite. The bond between them was unbreakable, undeniable, no matter how she had tried to reject it, tried to stay away. She’d never quite succeeded. She never would.
Even the gods could not betray the will of the stars.
It had been a hundred years since she warmed his bed, a hundred years of waiting for her. Now they would compete again in a game that mattered little to him. His prize was far greater than a token to be paid for a favor — he wanted her. And for the first time in a very long time, he had a chance to keep her.
Adonis had been in the way far too long — even murdering the human hadn’t removed him from the equation — but now the ground had shifted, tilted in Ares’s favor, and with Aphrodite’s footing unsteady, she would fall.
He would catch her.
This time, he wouldn’t let go.
Ares had already chosen his human player, and soon he would make his way down to the throng of gods who waited for the game to begin. She would be there. She would make her choice, and the fire between them would ignite as it always did — first with a spark, then a flicker. Then, she would be consumed, and so would he.
It would be the same as it ever was, and he was so starved for her, his body tensed from head to heart to heel in anticipation of what was to come.
From a hundred years down to a few days, the distance traveled worth every second of longing, and with every moment that passed, the stars moved closer to alignment and to his favor. And there was nothing she could do to fight it.
He’d see to that.
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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.
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I have read several of Staci Hart’s book at this point and just love her writing. She is an amazing author that can evoke so many emotions from her readers. But I must say, the first book in the Hearts and Arrows series, Paper Fools, was not my favorite, but Shift truly drew me in from beginning to end.
The gods are back and the stakes cannot be any higher. Aphrodite and Ares have a long history and a love/hate relationship. They have such a strong connection and their chemistry is off the charts. This time around they are facing off in the competition and both are determined to win!
There really are two stories told within Shift. The story and history of the Olympic gods and the story of the players. This time around, the chosen players are Kat and Dillon. Both have struggled with so much and find it hard to trust and open-up to others, much less let love in.
Dillon is angry at life. He grew up in a house where fighting and hitting was the norm. He did everything he could to protect his brother from that life. Now he is guarded and terrified of becoming his father, so he avoids getting close to anyone. He is determined to never lose control. Kat is strong and devoted. Nothing is more important to her than her sister. In trying to protect her sister, Kat and Kiki move and start over. But she too is very guarded and protective.
Kat and Dillon were so stubborn, I wanted to smack them at times. Both were angry characters that found it hard to be open with each other and just let things be. It was both funny and frustrating to see them interact with each other. Meanwhile, Aphrodite is learning things about Ares that will change everything between them. Can both couples survive or is it too late for them?
These books are a little different, with Greek mythology woven into the story in a way that it flows well and captures readers. So many twists and turns in both the human lives and those of the gods, you have no idea how it will all end, but will be caught up with the story until the last words are read!