Release Date: March 14, 2013
The Gods Made Me. They Own Me. They Rule Me. Well, they like to think they do. Almost a year ago I was rejected and banished by Eros the God of Love. Now I've been forced by Eros to live a life of slavery in the mortal world completely forbidden to love anyone but him - unless I want pain, heartbreak and torture to feature heavily in my future. My hatred for Eros is almost as strong as my desire to escape this life of loneliness, which is looking very unlikely. Until I see him, the auraless mortal, who steals my breath and burns my heart. Now I have to find a way to be with him even if that means losing everything I have and starting a war to end all worlds. Lucky for me this guys willing to kill to give me a life. I may be forbidden to love but I'm determined to live. - Goodreads.com
Yep, you know I'm a sucker for Greek mythology, so this book was right up my alley. And it was a unique twist to a myth that I don't read about too often...that of Eros, the son of Aphrodite, so he's all up in the love business. But he's always been painted as a really good guy in mythology, at least those that I've read. In this book, that wasn't the case. This is a guy who has lost his only love, Psyche from mythology, and although Zeus has created him a replacement, he shuns those replacements and enslaves them in the sense that they are goddesses who also work in the love business to match people up with their soul mates, but he has no love for them and forbids them to love any other but him. That's kind of selfish!
Acacia is one of these goddesses and spends her days matching up people with their true love via the colored auras that only she can see. It was kind of sad to watch a person work on pairing other people up with their love when she herself is forbidden a love of her own. So I definitely felt her dilemma from the first page and was cheering her on when she was presented with an opportunity for some excitement of her own. She was a good character. She was sweet, cared about her little make-shift family, and had a giving personality. So for the events in this story to hit her like they did made me sad for her.
Josh was a good match for her, although at times I really felt like I wanted to see a bit more character development for him. I could see why she was drawn to him, and I liked the two of them together, but at times I felt like I didn't really know him as a person. This was actually how I felt with several of the other characters as well. I'm thinking that when the second book comes out, this will be remedied, as the reader will get to spend more time around him and getting to watch him and his actions.
When events draw her into some danger, she does meet a second guy, and although I liked him, I felt like there wasn't enough development there before feelings were expressed. She had these strong feelings for Josh, and then she suddenly she has them for this other guy too... so I was left scratching my head a little bit. Perhaps if he had been introduced a little sooner into the book and the two of them had gotten to spend just a little more time together, I might not have had any issues with the fact that strong feelings developed. But with the way it was presented, it was too little time for the level of caring to progress.
That aside though, the story itself developed very well, and I really liked where things were going. The level of danger is amped up, some unexpected characters show up that make things more intriguing, some of the characters have been painted into an impossible situation, literally with their backs to a corner, and we have a cliffhanger ending that left you wanting more. So overall, the story did pull me in and make me want to keep reading more. I will definitely pick up the sequel to see where things go from here. A good read.