Friday, July 31, 2015

REVIEW: Greek Gods Bearing Gifts

Title: Greek Gods Bearing Gifts
Author: Cheryl Harper
Series: N/A
Pages: 204
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Createspace
Format: Kindle
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

Synopsis:
Liberty Smith is certain putting two thieves in charge of a pawn shop is a terrible idea, even in Olympic View, tourist attraction and home to some people with unusual skills. Fresh out of prison, Liberty’s ready to go straight, all the way to Omaha if necessary, and take her baby brother Frank with her. Organizing the junk passing for inventory at Titan Pawn and the employees who aren’t all what they seem was never part of the plan.

Justin Barrett is a fine cop, just like his father before him. His only weak spot? The girl he put in prison who now has blood on her hands. Literally. To save pain-in-the-neck Frank and free Liberty to leave Olympic View, Justin joins a very strange mission. To 1983. With an odd watch and Liberty in the shortest red dress it’s been his pleasure to see.

~My Thoughts~
Woo...Gimme some Greek mythology retellings blended with romance any day! If there's any Romance trope that could be my favorite, it would definitely be the opposites attract thing, and you can't get more opposite than a cop and a criminal. 

Liberty Smith is an interesting and captivating MC. She spends years in jail for her brother and father's sake and then when she gets out, longing for a bit of quiet time, she's off again on another adventure. She was a bit of sass (you have to be I imagine...to be a thief or whatever) but also had lots of sweetness so you could enjoy her romance with Justin. What gives her that much more "oomph" so to speak, is that she's related to a god. Hermes to be exact. This could explain how the banter between she and Justin is so lightning-fast!

Liberty and Justin together are really fun to watch. The electricity is palpable as are the quips and the one-liners. I was also glad that while the romance was a central feature, there was a lot of depth and plot complexity too. I wasn't really a fan of the POV changes, sometimes I got confused as to who I was getting the story from...but I did enjoy getting to know what each person was thinking. 

I really loved the world-building and the way that Cheryl explained the blend of Greek Gods into today's world was fun and original. This was a definitely fabulous story and I enjoyed myself the entire read. 
~Try an Excerpt!~
“WHY ARE WE HERE, FINK?” Uneasy with the open space and too tired to argue with her little brother, Liberty stared at the decrepit neon sign that was doing its best to shine. TITAN was completely burned out and only part of the W was lit so the message was PAIN. The sign could be one of the truest cases of truth in advertising that she’d ever seen.

Forget about omens and faulty neon. Get the plan on track, Liberty.

This was her “Farewell, California” tour, where Frank took her somewhere to cash her prison gate-money check and dropped her at the closest bus station with a cheerful wave goodbye. She’d go as far as she could, while he drove off into the sunset in his landlady’s antique station wagon.

Since he’d sacrificed her, let her do the time for his failed bank robbery alone, it was the least he could do.

Frank would never say so, never confess their father had been the one to set her up, but she was certain he’d strong-armed Frank to keep him from stepping up. She’d promised her mother she’d always take care of Frank. Untangling him from Art Smith’s control would make that a simpler job.

After nearly three years, she was ready to give her dream of “normal” a try.


She couldn’t let him derail her again.
~Meet Cheryl!~ 

Whether she’s writing, reading, or checking the items off of her daily to-do list, small-town girl Cheryl Harper loves her romance mixed with a little laughter. When she’s not working, you will find her ignoring housework, cursing yard work, and spending way too much time with a television remote in her hand.
 Cheryl will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

3 comments:

  1. Andra, thanks so much for taking the time to read and review. I appreciate it! I love opposites attract tropes, too! Does anyone else have favorite tropes?

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  2. Love the sound of the book.

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