In the game of love, she never loses.
Paper Fools by Staci Hart is available now!!
Title: Paper Fools
Author: Staci Hart
Cover Designer: Quirkybird Designs
Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry
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.*
She reached into her bag, digging around in the black hole for her book, but looked up, sensing someone in front of her.
When her eyes locked on his, she froze.
They were the greenest eyes she’d ever seen, shocking and bright, rimmed by thick, dark lashes. His long face was graced with an elegant nose and wide lips bent in a crooked smile. And he was tall, really tall, with ebony hair that fell forward as he looked down at her. He pushed it back without seeming to think about it, but it still looked perfectly tossed, like he’d just rolled out of bed.
She realized she still hadn’t taken a breath and flushed as she fumbled and almost dropped her book.
“Uh, hi. I’m Lex.” She tossed her hand in a wave, hoping she looked casual.
He paused for a second, watching her with an expression she couldn’t quite place. The moment seemed to stretch on forever, and as she studied him, it dawned on her that he was amused. This unnerved her, even more so when it dawned upon her that it was exactly what he wanted.
“Hey,” he said, the timbre of his voice deep and full. “I’m Dean.”
Lex realized her mouth was open. And that he was smirking. And that he was dead sexy while he was doing it.
She closed her mouth and cocked an eyebrow, putting on her snark to hide the fact that he’d gotten to her.
“Dean, huh? I heard they call you Professor Panty Dropper.”
His smile stretched wider. “Oh, is that what they say?”
A tall blond, who she guessed was Roe, stood at the microphone, glaring at them. “Mic check, Dean.”
They stared at each other like idiots for a split second longer before Dean turned to pick up his guitar, and he took his place with the rest of the band. She watched him walk away and blinked a few times before turning to her bag again, not looking for anything in particular — she only wanted to keep her hands busy and her eyes off of Dean while she scraped her dignity off the floor.
Paper Fools is a unique, fun, and magical love story. It’s so different than any romance I’ve ever read. It’s almost like two stories in one. You get the earthly story of Dean and Lex, and you get the magical Greek Mythology story of the Gods above that are putting things into motion…
Aphrodite is the Goddess of love and when it comes to challenges, she is basically undefeated. Apollo has lost someone who is very dear to him and he’s got nothing to lose, and everything to gain when it comes to challenging Aphrodite- aka Dita. The rules are simple. Apollo picks a human, Dita picks a human. If they fall in love in the allotted amount of time, Dita wins. If Apollo can somehow keep this from happening, he wins.
Dean is in a band and is your typical damaged hero. He sleeps with women frequently, but he doesn’t do relationships. In fact, he has never been in a relationship. Lex is kind of the opposite. She is ALWAYS in a relationship. She’s not always in love, but the fear of being alone keeps her committed.
“Lex has abandonment issues, and Dean can’t commit. Damaged, party of two.”
Dean and Lex have that magical spark when they first meet. Who knows if it’s Dita, or if it’s just meant to be. I adored these two characters. Broken people are my jam. I love watching them find the one person that can heal them. I rooted for the two of them, but strangely enough, I also rooted for Apollo. Even though I wanted Dean and Lex together so much, I also wanted Apollo to get his happy. I loved the way it all turned out.
I loved how the story went back and forth from the couple on earth, to the Gods. It was interesting to me to see all the back story and interaction of the Gods. I really loved Dean and Lex and their friends as well. Kara and Roe especially. This book is a standalone for sure, but I can’t wait to read the next book. To get more of the Gods story and see what direction the next challenge will go.
Staci Hart blows me away with her fantastic writing and creative mind. Paper Fools was different than anything I’ve read before. I love that! As a romance reader, it’s easy to feel like you’re reading the same type of book over and over again. If you’re looking to mix it up, check out this fun, sexy, and swoony read!
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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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