Deer in Headlights

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Overview

Aphrodite never loses, not when it comes to love.

Immortality has its perks and its downsides. Boredom, for one, is unavoidable, but instead of playing Backgammon, the Greek gods devised a game using humans as pawns. Remember Shakespeare? That was Apollo. Bonnie and Clyde? Aphrodite versus Ares.

Aphrodite is on deck, and she'll defend her domain of love by using her magic to get the two human players together. Time is not on her side, and ...

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Overview

Aphrodite never loses, not when it comes to love.

Immortality has its perks and its downsides. Boredom, for one, is unavoidable, but instead of playing Backgammon, the Greek gods devised a game using humans as pawns. Remember Shakespeare? That was Apollo. Bonnie and Clyde? Aphrodite versus Ares.

Aphrodite is on deck, and she'll defend her domain of love by using her magic to get the two human players together. Time is not on her side, and she'll have her work cut out for her as her opponent does everything in his power to keep the players apart.

Game one is against Apollo, who chooses the loner Dean, a rock star who takes dark and brooding to the next level. His band has finally gotten a break, and he can't screw it up, not for another one night stand, and especially not with his new drummer's girlfriend. He swore to the band that he'd keep it together, but from the minute he first sees Lex, it takes every bit of willpower he has to stay away. But Dean's will is nothing for the Goddess of Love, who's certain she has a fighting chance to win with Lex as her player. The artist and poet is perfect for Dean, if only she can open her heart and find a way to love for the first time.

There's always more at stake than winning the game when you've lived for thousands of years. The Olympians are the original dysfunctional family, surviving eons of love and lust, betrayal and lies, as friends and enemies, through feuds and wars. From the douchebag Ares, who's forever trying get Aphrodite into bed, to her best friend Persephone, who she can always count on for a hearty helping of bacon on a bad day, the gods will take you on a lighthearted trip as they toy with humans, laugh and fight, lose love and gain power.

"Easily a five-star read. Can't wait to dive into Snake in the Grass!" -Candace Knoebel, author of the Born in Flames Trilogy

"Once I came to the end of the book, I swooned. Literally. I swooned." - Andrea Johnson Beck, Author of the Deadly Series

"I can guarantee that once you start reading this story, you won't want to put it down." -Sonya Loveday, Author of the Casted Series

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Editorial Reviews

Goodreads - Mike Stevenson
Let me keep this short. I'm a manly man, I'm 6'5, a beard and chest hair that would rival most animals. I can speak to grizzly bears. I brew beer in Germany for gods sake, and this booked ripped me of all that integrity. It's a beautifully composed piece of literature.

I wept, I cried, I laughed and sang.

Do yourself a favor and get a grande coffee instead of a venti and use that extra dollar to buy this book.
Amazon - Summer Hartshorn
After being burned by 50 Shades I was hesitant to pick up another "romance". But I couldn't resist the allure of Greek Mythology. And I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed the more human side of the gods and the games they play with us mere mortals. This book definitely had enough "romance" for me to enjoy but not feel dirty after reading it.
Amazon - Jenn Loyola
I have been waiting for a great book like this. I usually read on-trend novels/series and most of the time I am let down. Deer in Headlights has surprised me! This book was exactly what I have been looking for! It is a quick, fun read. I was transported into the story within the first few pages and I didn't want to leave! I love the fresh take on Greek Gods and I will be watching for the second book to be released.
Goodreads - Lori Riggs
I loved this book, not only do we have a modern day romance to keep us enthralled but the author takes full advantage of it's roots and flashes back to ancient times. We see Aphrodite in all her relationships with the gods. Her best friend Persephone is my absolute favorite of the book. We also see the myths used in creative new ways to set the backstory. This book is the first in a series of Dita going up again ALL the gods so we are sure to get a huge, awesome dose of romance and mythology.
Goodreads - Sarah Venegas
Greek gods in modern times...amusing themselves by playing games in which unsuspecting humans are the pawns. This book manages to be fun without sacrificing the mythology it comes from. I am no mythology buff, but this novel really sparked my interest in the topic! I also have to comment on the characterizations in the book. Very relatable and well-developed. Even the gods are "people" you would want to hang out with.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781495372018
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet 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; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife; even 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. Her favorite word starts with f, ends with k, and there a uc in there. Just saying. 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 sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    I started reading this book with no clue what it was going to be

    I started reading this book with no clue what it was going to be about, something I don't often do, and I have to admit, when I started, I was a little worried. After reading the first chapter, I was pretty sure it wasn't going to be my kind of book but then I kept reading, and I am so glad I did. The concept of this book is that the Greek Mythology Gods are hanging out looking for stuff to do so they play games with the humans. One of these games leads us to Lex and Dean and whether or not they will get together. Hart does an amazing job of keeping the reader not only entertained, but laughing out loud and the Gods and Goddesses humor. I would definitely recommend Deer in Headlights to anyone looking for a unique story that gives you something you won't find anywhere else.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2014

    I was given a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalle

    I was given a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley, in return for an honest review.




    "Deer in Headlights" by Staci Hart has been on my to-read shelf for a while, so I was very excited to be accepted by NetGalley. The book is pretty short, but still manages to tell the love stories of both mortals Dean and Lex, as well as immortal Aphrodite and her multiple loves. None of the tales were rushed, they all played out well, and in a very believable and satisfactory way. I enjoyed reading about the New York story line just as much as those on Olympus.




    Overall, a cute little story that I'd recommend to fans of a good love story and/or tale of the Greek Gods. I can't wait to read more of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Not my type

    I couldn't get into this book.

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  • Posted November 17, 2013

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    2.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I¿m conflicted about this book

    2.5 stars

    Did I enjoy this book: I’m conflicted about this book.

    On one hand, I enjoyed the story. It was a good love story with an interesting twist – that the Greek gods are competing with each to pass the time. A great premise.

    I liked Lexi and Dean. Their connection is apparent and seems so right yet it just should not work out between them. Especially with some gods working against them.

    On the other hand, the language of the Greek gods really turned me off. I know they are growing with the times, assimilating. But I have a hard time believing that Aphrodite would be calling another god a d*****bag and using other modern offensive language. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have sensitive ears or anything like that. My problem is that it just didn’t fit the image in my head at all. In fact, that turned me off and almost made me stop reading the book in the very beginning.

    I know this is a fantasy book. But the unbelievable should still be believable. The love story was believable. The competition was believable. The language and over-modernization of the gods was unbelievable for me. If it weren’t for this, I would have rated this book 3 or 3.5 stars. However, because of this turn off right at the outset, I have to rate this book 2.5 stars.

    Would I recommend it: I might recommend this book if you want a quick read with a cute romance but don’t mind steamy sex scenes and some vulgar language. This is not a YA book at all. The sex scenes are a bit too graphic. At the youngest, I would call this a NA book. Definitely 18+.

    Will I read it again: I will not.

    (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

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    Okay

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    389 pages

    Ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Good.

    I really liked this book. Its cute and quirky. Plus, I love a book with a happy ending :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Loved it!

    Great story. Very different, but wonderful as well!

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

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    First of all I just have to gush for a minute with regards to h

    First of all I just have to gush for a minute with regards to how pretty the cover of this book is! I love it! The cover caught my eye and immediately had me intrigued and wanting to read this book. The story is as interesting and beautiful as the cover. I couldn't put this book down!

    This is one of the most original stories I've read in a long time. I always loved Greek mythology when I was in school, and it makes perfect sense that the Gods would get bored and use us measly humans as pawns in their games. This book has such a unique take on the Gods and Greek Mythology, and I don't think you can help but love it.

    The author puts a modern spin on each of the Gods and their lives. From their nicknames to the amenities in their lives, everything about this story is told for the modern age. The characters are fun and extremely well written, and this is the first time in reading about the Gods that I truly feel like they are real people with real lives.

    Dita and Perry are my favorite characters in the story. They are best friends even though they have a some rocky spots in their friendship they are always there for each other. The banter between the Gods is very refreshing, quite comical, and had me laughing out loud on several occasions.

    The story flashes back and forth between the reality of the Gods and the game they are playing with Lex and Dean as their pawns. The author writes each of these scenes in a way that the reader doesn't get confused and the transitions between realities is flawless. This book gives me renewed faith in the power of love, and its ability to conquer all. Love truly can withstand the test of time and this book is proof of that.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good game, a good love story, and who has any interest whatsoever in the Greek Gods. This book is an absolute must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Complete Unexpected Surprise I would like to first say that thi

    Complete Unexpected Surprise

    I would like to first say that this genre of book is not my typical read. However, with that being said I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this paranormal romance story. It’s a multi-layered book; taking Greek Mythology and giving it a twist that I personally had not seen before in the way it mixes trials, tribulations and romance. It was a refreshing surprise that has me wanting more from this author. The Greek gods have contests against each other using the humans, but it goes much deeper and gives each one of the gods a story. It helped to humanize them to me, even though they are immortal. Staci Hart did a great job of taking a paranormal romance and giving it just the right touch of paranormal mixed with real life happenings.

    It’s honestly hard to classify the genre of this book and I think non-paranormal readers would enjoy it also. The human story completely sucked me and I fell in love with Dean. Can we say swoon? Rocker guy who can’t commit and then he see the one; like I said swoon! At the end I found myself wanting more. I am glad to say that I have since found out that this author is writing a series that will continue the story of the Greek gods having contests.

    The only thing I found difficult was the amount of characters to keep track of. There is a guide at the beginning of the book, but reading it from my kindle was hard. Again, I’m not very familiar with Greek mythology so it made it a little harder for me. However, at about 30% through the book all the characters started clicking and I didn’t have to refer to the front hardly at all. The author did a great job of introducing all the characters, but has a large cast for the reader to adapt too.

    Overall, I think this is a well written book. This book is only $.99 and in my opinion is well worth it. It was a quick read that I enjoyed and am looking forward to the next novel. I have recommended this book to other friends to read.

    Disclaimer: I was given this book to read in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Fast, fun read with an new take on Greek Gods and how they enter

    Fast, fun read with an new take on Greek Gods and how they entertain themselves. This is the first book, and you won't be disappointed. I know I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

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    3.5 Stars 'Deer in Headlights' is the first installment in an a

    3.5 Stars

    'Deer in Headlights' is the first installment in an adult fantasy romance series where the gods of Greek mythology keep up with modern times and their love of humans by taking part in competitions with one another to pass the time. It's time for another competition, this one involving Aphrodite - the goddess of love. In her competition, two gods select human champions and Aphrodite must make them fall in love while her opponent tries to keep them apart. They have four weeks to complete the challenge. This is how Lex and Dean come to be drawn together by the will of the gods, and Aphrodite has her work cut out for her this time around. Will she be able to make them fall in love within the time frame? Or will she finally be beaten at her own game?

    This was a fun and interesting twist on Greek mythology, where the author brings the gods and goddesses into modern times and makes them very accessible to the reader. They all have unique personalities and quirks, which makes them likable and easy to connect with. The background history of the gods was really fascinating to read about and I loved getting to know their fresh new embodiments throughout the novel. The plot was an intriguing one that breathes fresh breath into a somewhat overdone idea of mixing mythology with modern literature. The writing was well done and had a seamless flow and fast pace. It was a light and fun read, which also made it a quick one to devour in a short amount of time. I found parts of the book to be cliched and some parts were a bit stereotypical - with the gods and their messing with the humans, along with the way the characters acted in some situations - but it didn't really bother me and didn't detract from the story at all. Overall, this was a fun and intriguing fantasy romance that fans of Greek mythology and modern romance will definitely want to read.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Romance is not really my thing, but I definitely found myself lo

    Romance is not really my thing, but I definitely found myself lost in the story and intrigued with the characters. Book was very well written.

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

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    This book is a must read for fans of romance with some humor mix

    This book is a must read for fans of romance with some humor mixed in.  It gets off to a perfect start - before it even starts.  You must read the star chart at the beginning - it was fantastic (you'll know what I mean once you do it).  




    The Greek gods and goddesses have passed the thousands of years by holding competitions where the loser owes the winner a favor.  It's Aphrodite's turn, and she has never been defeated - and she's not about to let go of her winning streak yet.  However, she will have her work cut out for her with Dean and Lex.  The couple that's perfectly imperfect for each other.  The tricks that Aphrodite and Apollo utilize to try and win the competition make Lex and Dean's life quite interesting for the duration.




    The book is fast paced and covers the not only the stories of Lex/Dean and Apollo/Aphrodite, but also gives a lot of backstory that only make everything even more juicy and full of drama.  It's like a frat house meets a sorority and they're all bored with super powers!  How much more fun could it get!

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

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    I love Greek Mythology. I was sort of wary about the gods in mod

    I love Greek Mythology. I was sort of wary about the gods in modern times, but it was awesome!

    In short, the gods are bored so they have come up with competitions to keep themselves entertained. Aphrodite, Dita they call her, goes up against Apollo. The each have to chose a human player and Dita will try to help them fall in love, while Apollo will try to separate them. 

    I loved this book, not only do we have a modern day romance to keep us enthralled but the author takes full advantage of it's roots and flashes back to ancient times. We see Aphrodite in all her relationships with the gods. Her best friend Persephone is my absolute favorite of the book. Love her! We also see the myths used in creative new ways to set the backstory. This book is the first in a series of Dita going up again ALL the gods so we are sure to get a huge, awesome dose of not only modern romance but mythology. I just can't wait for Hades, what will Dita do then?

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

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    I absolutely adore the cover for this book. It's so fun and eye

    I absolutely adore the cover for this book. It's so fun and eye catching which fits the story perfectly!

    So what happens when the Gods get bored? They eff with the humans, which most days of my life seem to be a giant joke anyway so right away I can get behind this story idea lol! Aphrodite the Goddess of Love has a "Contest" going on with Apollo. She believes she can get a couple to fall in love and he thinks he can stop that from happening. Aphrodite or "Dita" for short, holds a grudge against Apollo because she thinks he killed her lover Adonis, while Apollo holds a grudge against Dita for locking away his beloved in a penis tree. (Seriously you have to read this book, it's hilarious!) You heard me right, Apollo is in love with Daphne whose father is Peneus {Insert laughter here} There is a whole bunch of drama that goes down with these Gods and it makes me wonder who the heck is REALLY in charge lol!

    SO getting back to this contest we have Alexis and Dean who both have serious commitment issues. Dean's mother was a Nympho ho-bag who couldn't stop riding the white ninja and Lexi's father ran off like a punk b**** leaving her mother to grieve his loss for all time. See why they have issues? Anyway Dean is the lead singer of a band and is the token man whore. When he bangs the drummer's girl that brings him right into the path of Lexi. See Lexi is dating Travis who becomes the band's new drummer. Lexi and Travis don't really love each other but their relationship is comfortable so they stick with it. When Lexi and Dean meet for the first time it's lightening in a bottle and Dean's best friend Roe (who is already pissed they lost a drummer over Dean's BS) is nervous because he sees the spark.

    The chapters seesaw between what the Gods are doing in between the bet and what is happening with the human players in the game. Dita spends most of her time pinning for Adonis' dead a** and Apollo (who gets visions or prophecies) is trying his best to win so he can get his darling Daphne back from her D*ckhead father. There is a whole back story on that whole Dram Fest that will have you in stitches with a naked man with wings, some effective arrows and cursing. Trust me it's gold! Anyway so Apollo gets a vision of Lexi and Travis' relationship but he tries to use it against Lexi about Dean hoping it will keep them apart. Little does he know that there is a reason nobody wins against Aphrodite. I mean come on, she IS the goddess of Love right? When Apollo finds a loophole in the form of a freaky chick with Tarot cards his plan seems to be taking root and both Lexi and Dean are miserable. When Dita figures out his tricks she sends a hot brunette into the picture to handle some business. Or should I say Someones business *WINK*

    I always loved Greek mythology but I feel asleep in class 90% of the time because it was never told to me like this! This book was fun, upbeat and hilarious with a larger than life cast of characters. There were some moments where the tension was amped up but overall it was a really light hearted book that will leave you feeling happy and most of all giggly. I really enjoyed the relationship between Lexi and Dean and it became a beautiful little love story in between the craziness of the Gods. It was fun watching these rulers of the universe act like regular people with drama and B.S. like humans go through. During one scene both Dita and her bestie Persephone or "Perry" are watching a couple try to get busy with each other and their clumsiness causes these two gods to crackup while they eat popcorn no less. That freaks me out to think there is a big freak sitting on a red velvet couch eating popcorn while I take a crap. Can you imagine the life of a God?

    I loved the the way the author wrote out these characters. Even though they are Gods they still walked, talked and acted like regular people. The comedic timing in the delivery of the one liners was brilliant. Several of the characters have funny lines that had me cracking up at the absurdity. You wouldn't think a God has a sense of humor but in this book they absolutely do.

    There is a little bit of hotness going on this book which surprised me honestly. I wasn't expecting things to get intense between the couples but that little tidbit was like getting two toys in your happy meal *Suck it McDonald's* One particular scene had a character getting inventive with a condom and her mouth which sounds gross but was actually kinda hot IMO. I guess I'm just deprived but it worked for me. I loved that despite their differences, the Gods worked out their issues and seemed to get along for now. By the end of the book you will be wondering what happens next. I can't even imagine what hilarity is in store for us in the next installment but like in poker I'm "all In"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Staci Hart is awesome!!!

    Loved the book and I so cannot wait for more from this writer!!!

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