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Posted August 4, 2012
A brave new woman – that’s an apt description of the heroine in Jennifer Lynne’s new erotic novella, Aprodite Calling. Before I read the book, I was not sure if I’d like this transsexual woman, but as soon as I met Gina, I couldn’t help but like her. She’s strong and brave, and fragile and vulnerable, all at the same time. She’s one-of-a-kind, and yet she’s just like every one of us.
And then there’s her hunky hero. If you thought his brother was hot in Platinum Passion, look out for Himeros, he’s even hotter! This series is about the Greek gods of love, and each of them is a sexy blend of human appetites and god-like powers. Sort of super-heroes of sexuality. And of course each one has the body of, well, a Greek god!
Now how do these two fit together? Amazingly well actually–their bodies fit together as perfectly as their needs. She fills a need in him that no one else has even seen before. And he touches her in a new way, bringing her to heights she’d never dreamed of.
This story is sexy and erotic, romantic, and surprisingly sweet. In the end, it is the author who is the brave woman, giving us a new story that will stay with us long after the heat of the moment dissipates, because these two characters will reach in and touch your heart.
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Posted April 17, 2013
I like what I like most about these stories so far is how completely accepting they are of people or ideas that are outside the norm. These stories are short, not allowing a lot of time for character development or much plot.
I really loved the female lead, Gina, in the second novella. There was a lot of depth into her neuroses, fears and insecurities and I think the author did a fairly good job of portraying a transgender individual, even if I've never met one (that I know of). The story got me curious about a subject I'd never really taken much interest in before. Sure, I've known homosexuals, and transgenders have always been a curiosity to me, but I never really tried to understand it. Out of sight, out of mind. This story was about emotional renewal. Loneliness and isolation that is so often the case when you're a little bit different, not quite the norm. Everyone tries to shove you in a box, expecting you to fit, frequently not realizing how much they hurt you in the process.
I think this one was my favorite in the series. I really liked Gina and it was so easy to see her as all female. There was a depth of character development in this story not seen in the other two.
Posted August 2, 2012
Jennifer Lynne has created an unforgettable character with Gina Deveraux. Up until recently Gina was genetically male, but knew that her body wasn't right. It made for a difficult time growing up, especially during high school. She's now returned for her high school reunion with the body she always knew she was supposed to have and prove something to those who were cruel to her. She gets unexpected help, and a night to remember, courtesy of a plea to the Gods and meets someone just as lonely as she is. Together, they make a uniquely unforgettable couple.
Gina is still uncertain of herself at the start of the story. Basically, she's unsure of her body's capabilities and ability to please. She wants to live up to the idea of what a woman is. I felt compassion towards her and her uncertainties and so wanted her to have her revenge. I admired her and found much to like about her. Himeros is the God sent to help Gina fully embrace her new self, help her gain confidence and fully accept her new body. The fact that he's super sexy and can read her thoughts and those of others is a definite bonus. There are numerous steamy sexual interludes between them, including a bit of a show for a particularly cruel former classmate. He treats her as the woman she's always known she was and it's very empowering. He has issues of his own though that only she can heal. He's been lonely for a long time and lost his compassion for others. By making a connection with Gina he realizes he doesn't need to be alone anymore. Seeing such a powerful creature needing the help of a lowly human made him endearing and brought him to a level that was more relatable.
There was much to like about this story, but there were also some issues. The purpose of the Gods was touched on but still wasn't as clear as I'd hoped. We discovered lots about Gina but Himeros' background wasn't as defined and his outspokenness was a bit over the top. The sexual interludes, while extremely satisfying, overtook the story a bit sacrificing richer character development. Overall though this was an enjoyable read that can be read on its own. I look forward to which of the sexy Gods of Love Ms. Lynne will introduce us to next and recommend you discover these sexy Gods for yourself.