Title: Paper Fools
Series: Hearts and Arrows #1
Author: Staci Hart
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 17 April 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Paper Fools is a complex, multi-level story where mythology and contemporary romance converge. On one level you have the gods of Olympus competing for favors from each other, a ‘game’ that has been going on for centuries with different gods competing at any given time. Now the turn of Aphrodite and Apollo, with their intertwined history, the stakes are high. An unfortunate side effect of their competition is the human lives they meddle with bringing us to the contemporary romance aspect of the plot.
On one level you have the gods of Olympus competing for favors from each other, a ‘game’ that has been going on for centuries with different gods competing at any given time. Now the turn of Aphrodite (Dita) and Apollo, with their intertwined history, the stakes are high. An unfortunate side effect of their competition is the human lives they meddle with bringing us to the contemporary romance aspect of the plot.
In this instance, Lex and Dean are the damaged souls to be used as pawns in the challenge set between Apollo and Dita. Both are artistically gifted and emotionally stunted by their respective upbringings and influence of their mothers. Both have the tendency to keep themselves emotionally distant, while Lex is a serial monogamist, Dean is the embodiment of a good time. Yet it is obvious that they are perfect for each other on an elemental level; although you can’t help but question how much is due to the influence of the gods in their lives.
The narrative is told in the third person with multiple perspectives not just those of the main characters; providing insight into their relationship as well as providing details of the background to all of the characters. I adored the friendships within Paper Fools, showing the importance of platonic relationships, not just romantic ones.
Staci Hart makes ingenious use of Greek Mythology within the plot explaining the significance of the ‘game’, and the need for past regrets to be appeased. The interwoven nature of the gods and the seriously messed up history between all of them creates so many levels of unhappiness. Dita has the most character growth within the story and ultimately speculates on what constitutes true love ♥
Paper Fools provides a lot of material for introspection when you look at relationships through the eyes of the characters. Very, very clever ♥