Deer in Headlights
Author: Staci Hart
Publication Date: February 10, 2013
Genre: Romance, Mythology & Folk Tales, Humor
Lex is everything Dean needs — but he can’t have her.
It doesn’t matter that she’s beautiful or that her art and poetry speak to his shredded heart. She’s the new drummer’s girlfriend, the latest in a long line of drummers past. He promised the band he’d stay away to protect their record deal, so he’s left with no choice but to deny his heart for the sake of their music.
Dean is everything Lex wants — but she can’t take the risk.
When Lex meets Dean, she’s sure it’s only attraction that has her so hung up on the dark, damaged lead singer, but the more she learns about him, the more she wants him. Love has never been worth the sacrifice, until now. But she can’t put her heart on the line — she won’t — even though she wants to for the first time.
If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in this game of love, Aphrodite never loses.
Rating: 3.75/5 stars
Deer in Headlights is a fun take on Greek Gods.
The story starts in Olympus with the Gods all sitting around acting like normal human beings. I’m not kidding you. They were drinking coffee and watching TV. It was hilarious in a good way. I thought it was really clever to portray the Gods that way. They are supposed to be immortal and one would assume they would change with them times. Anyway…so the Gods are in constant competition with each other and the competition this time around is between Aphrodite and Apollo, who themselves have a complicated history. Of course the competition is about putting two humans together or, in Appollo’s case, keeping them apart. The couple in question is Lexi, a girl with a boyfriend and trust issues, and Dean, a gorgeous rocker with commitment issues.
The book alternates between Olympus and New York (where Lexi and Dean) lives. We get back story on the Gods and their complicated, intertwining pasts. There is mortal and immortal influence playing into the competition. In the end, there are more than one happily-ever-afters and a tiny little cliff-hanger to lead into book two.
Staci Hart’s writing is always good. My only complaint would be that it was just a little on the long-side. There is a lot going on and at times I found myself wanting more of the humans and less of the Gods. Otherwise, a pretty great book.