Wednesday, August 30, 2017

REVIEW: Shift by Staci Hart


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

 OUR REVIEW:

You know what, I liked Paper Fools because it was something different but I super liked Shift because of the way Staci Hart blended the stories of the gods and their mortals. It was interesting to see how Aphrodite and Ares and their struggles of trust were mirrored in Dillon and Kat; the gods concerns were similar to the concerns of the humans they were 'playing'--which when you think about it, how messed up is that? Us as pawns in game of god vs. god...pretty messed up, which is why I liked it; I like that Staci Hart gave me a new look at a familiar romantic trope. 

Anyway. Enough of my rambling.

I think whether you're into mythology or not, you can find this read enjoyable. The two main characters lead exciting lives --participating in illegal/underground activities--and their family histories added an element of depth and interest (I honestly don't think I've ever come across a man like Kat and Kiki's dad). The way that they snarled and snapped at each other made for some fun conflict and the way they were protective and loving when it came to their siblings was sweet. 

In a genre that seems to return to the same stories, having a novel like Shift was a nice diversion from the usual. If you're looking for something that feels a little familiar and a little different all at the same time, this is a great choice.

Synopsis:

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.
Excerpt:

ARES
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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