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Posted May 14, 2013
I received a copy of Tall, Dark, and Divine for review from the lovelies at Entangled. Thus far I have been a huge fan of everything I have read from them. They publish quality work and I love that I am able to give honestly glowing reviews about the books I get to read. So let’s get going!
I’m a huge fan of mythology of just about any flavor, but the Greeks are my first great love. (Third grade school library for the win!) Bringing the Greek gods into the modern era is usually a big hit with me. Jenna did a terrific job with this! I thought she really captured what made each of them tick and showcased the personalities in a fun way.
TDD made me giggle at several points, which is always a huge plus! I liked Eros (Ross) and Annie. They were a cute couple and I was happy for them to get together. There were times I wanted to shake Ross for having his head up his ass. You’d think that after thousands of years and being the god of love, he’d have gotten a clue. But in keeping with mythology, while a god and exceptional, he really is just a glorified mortal with all the faults and foibles of a man, somewhat exaggerated.
The best part of TDD, for me anyway, was Dionysus. The god of wine and debauchery and all that other good stuff that comes from getting a snootful now owns a bar. Totally makes sense. He totally steals the show. Dion is snarky, brutally honest, has this awesome habit of telling Eros exactly what he doesn’t want to hear. He’s hysterical and made me laugh throughout the book.
While I really liked Annie, I sort of wanted to shake her for not putting her foot down a little more firmly about Ross being a moron about whatshisbutt guy that he was trying to set her up with. Not that I don’t understand why she didn’t. I totally do and it really would have been out of character for her to pitch a fit about it. I mean honestly, who WOULDN’T doubt that a FREAKING GOD would want them. She’s totally believable and relatable. Which is why I wanted to shake her
This is a great read. I love how Jenna nails the characters of the gods and makes the whole thing light and fun, while at the same time telling a sweet love story. It was totally worth putting off that pile of paperwork that’s breeding on the corner of my desk!
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Posted September 22, 2012
Love, love, love it! The only thing I don't like about it is . . . it's over! What a great read! Can't wait for the next installment -- and there WILL be a next installment, I feel confident! This author writes under other names, as well -- including Jenna Bennett, Jenie Bentley and Bente Gallagher. If you haven't read her -- make all haste to get started! She has a"DIY" series (Jennie Bentley) that becomes incredibly interactive causing you to google the different types of houses the protagonists are working on, a series called "Cutthroat Business" under Jenna Bennett. Tall, Dark and Divine was much more sexually explicit (though not at ALL pornographic - so don't sweat that) and had more "language" than her other series -- but it just added to the charm of this particular book. READ IT! You will be glad you did!
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Posted August 29, 2012
In a nut shell:
Laugh-Out-Loud Funny | Romantic | Good Fun
I really enjoyed this book! I was laughing out loud the entire time. Annie is just hysterical – her witty dialogue had me from the very first word. Eros – Ross – is exactly as I would have hoped. He is fun, brooding, and sexy. I love that this is set in modern NYC! I love love love the Sex in the City 2 reference Annie pulls in the Office. It was PERFECT!
This book is a Rom-Com that will totally play out in your head! I loved it! You definitely need to check it out.
Until Next Time,
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Posted July 1, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. I don't normally read this kind of thing, but the summary intrigued me. I loved the idea of the god of love falling in love with a normal mortal. I would also love to find out what happened to Dion and Ari.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2013
Posted May 18, 2013
Tall, Dark & Divine was a nice light read. It had likeable characters, a sweet romance, slightly steamy scenes, and a few laugh out loud moments. Although I did quite enjoy Tall, Dark & Divine I did expect more from it. The idea of Eros the greek god of love running a match making business on earth I found very interesting and thought would make it into a super steamy, hilarious read. While there was a few slightly steamy scenes, and a few moments where I found my self chuckling, overall I just expected a little more from it.
My favorite aspect of Tall, Dark & Divine was (obviously) the romance! I loved how Ross fell for Annie so hard even though she was a mortal and not fit like a model (she's short and curvy). I always love when books have a main male character that likes girls who are different than what society tries to tell us is 'beautiful'. I loved the tension between Annie and Ross, and just really enjoyed watching their romance grow.
Besides the romance between Ross and Annie being great I also really enjoyed them as individual characters. Annie was so easy to like, I liked that she had insecurities, I felt it made her seem more like a 'real' character, considering everyone has insecurities. Also loved that she had a big love for animals, I LOVE animals so her having that characteristic just made me love her even more. I can't forget Ross either, he was soo insanely swoon-worthy! Besides Annie and Ross who are the main characters I also had a third favorite that was Dion, he was hilarious, and I am really hoping that one of the books in the future will be focused on him. (fingers crossed)
If you are looking for a book with a sweet romance, and something that is a light fun read, then Tall, Dark & Divine is for sure something you should pick up. I enjoyed it enough that I think I will re-read it sometime in the future even (:
Pros- Light fun read, with cute romance and likeable characters.
Cons- Expected more, ending felt rushed.
Posted May 15, 2013
Let's be honest Greek Gods wreak havoc wherever they go. If you don't believe me, you haven't been keeping up with your Greek mythology. Yes, they do have good intentions and some not so good. Well, poor Eros is still hung up with his ex-wife leaving. Yep, he's still hung up on Psyche. Which isn't a good thing, because he's the God of Love. Eek! He's not doing his job. Now Annie is tired of trying to find the one, that she's willing to have one nightstand with Eros.
Oh goodness, at times the story is a little silly. Hey what are you going to do when you have Gods on the loose. Not like you can really stop them. However, the story is a cute one. Nothing like having Greek Gods wreaking habit on New York. Anyways, we have Eros a broken-hearted Eros trying to his job, but once he start to gets to know Annie it's becomes a little difficult trying to fix her up with Harry.
I like Annie, because just seems like the typical girl. You the girl always looking for love, but always coming up short cause she's just average. Then you have Eros, who happens to be a God and finally coming to terms to his relationship with Psyche. I actually like how it almost became a near miss. Now I wonder which God is next to find love.
Overall, I did enjoyed this book. It was fun, especially with Eros trying to avoid his feelings for Annie and trying to do what he "thinks" is best. So, if you are looking for a story with Greek Gods wreaking habit on human lies, but not intentionally, you might want to read Tall, Dark and Divine. Who knows you might be looking for a God too.
Posted May 13, 2013
A fun, quick read...
Bagging a Greek God!
What a series title! and where can I get one? (Greek God, not title)
What a cute story. It seemed a little short, or thin. More like a Novella than a novel. But then I have also been reviewing a knitting book in between reading and all the stopping and starting is not ideal at all. So I am blaming the sock I'm knitting!
Eros A.K.A Ross is the Greek God of love (bow & arrow and all) and he falls for Annie.
Annie is a baker at a dog bakery. She views herself as a bit too short and a bit too fluffy.
Ross loves her soft curves and beautiful breasts.
Ross has sworn off mortals because his ex-wife was a mortal and screwed him over.
Annie doesn't think Ross is Interested and wants Harry - He's more her elague.
Harry wants Brita.
Brita wants Dion.
Dion wants Ari.
Are you still with me?
Ross is hot, the story is cute, and I really want to know what the deal is with Ari and Dion.
So, when does the next one come out?
Definitely not a nail biter or one to RAVE about, but I enjoyed this book.
Posted May 8, 2013
I will give this book 3 stars.
It started out really good and if not for the last chapters I would have given it a 4 star rating.
To be honest, first of all I have to reduce on star because of the sex scenes. There was just something missing for me. Ross, for being the god of love, kind of didn’t deliver ;) Don’t get me wrong, the sex was probably really good for the hero and the heroine. Just not for the reader. So I couldn’t really relate when the author kept telling me the sex between the two was so so great.
Other than that I really liked the story. The idea to put ancient gods into the modern world might not be new but I liked how …… did it. Her way of writing was really fresh and fast paced. The witty inner monologues Annie had were funny, too.
And most important I could really relate to the couple. The author did a really good job at getting the reader involved with the characters. I felt with them from the start and had all those butterflies in my stomach when the two of them interacted.
That’s also why I was quite disappointed with the last chapters.
(Sorry, there might be spoilers from here on. I really try not to say too much)
Once Ross realized he loved Annie everything went south from there on. Not for them, mind you ;) but for me. He kept telling himself throughout the whole book that he can’t start a relationship with her because she is mortal and it once failed miserably with his ex-wife who used to be mortal as well. Well this was plausible so far. But when he realized he loved Annie this didn’t seem to matter anymore somehow. All of a sudden.
So far so good. But when he suddenly wants to marry her after only knowing her for three days it got kind of out of hand for me. Someone could think this might be a bit too fast. [Spoiler alert!] I get why Harry wanted to propose. He was under the influence of the golden arrow.
The way Ross fought for Annie in the end was so unromantic and stupid I lost all my feelings for the couple at once. I just couldn’t relate to Annie anymore why she wants to be with Ross. She kept telling herself that Ross was nuts and still goes along with the marriage. Which was a joke btw. The development of the characters and their relationship was so good they deserved a better ending.
Also how Ross got Zeus to make Annie immortal was just too simple was all the drama he had about it before. All it took was some very very little help form Dion and everything was just fine.
So all in all it must sound like I didn’t like the book which is not the case!
I loved it. I loved Annie and Ross but unfortunately the last chapters were too rushed and kind of ridiculous. It felt like the author had to wrap the story up quickly because she had a limited number of pages.
So the book gets 3 stars form me. I’m reducing one because of the not so great sex when you are supposed to be the good of love and another one because of the ending. I’ll have to say I will probably read the next story in the series because the concept was really good and I liked the characters so m
Posted May 7, 2013
Okay, I have minor reservations about Tall, Dark, and Divine by Jenna Bennett, but overall, this book is Funny and Hot, Hot, Hot!!!
Eros had the right balance of good and bad characteristics, which created a fun, sexy, and entertaining storyline. He is the sexy Greek god of love who’s romantic, compassionate, and slightly clumsy. Only he has a few problems—Eros had a failed relationship, has been out of touch with the matchmaking business, and has a substance abuse problem. Oh no, that’s not good—right??? There is mention of the world being in shambles with people holding summits to save the environment from further destruction. When all that was needed in the world was love or the god of love that is. Eros was on a mission to create a love connection between Annie and Harry, but his match making skills seemed subpar; maybe it was affected by his excessive drinking.
Well as for Harry, he seemed to be the wrong man to set Annie up with because of his egocentric nature. Although Harry insulted Annie she still desired him, which made her character appear weak; yet, sometimes starting a story with shallow characters, works well for the plot. Such is the case with Harry who was transformed from an insensitive man to a babbling fool after being hit by Eros’ arrow. I found this change in attitude intriguing and I was eager to watch the remainder of the story unfold.
I had a couple of issues with this book, but it didn’t take away from the overall storyline. Several of the characters had superficial viewpoints. And there was a lot of emphasis put on falling in love with someone because of a physical rather than an emotional connection. It wasn’t until later in the book that it was mentioned that “Looks aren’t everything” (227). Also the events that unfolded happened over a matter of days. Consequently, I was shocked by the relationship status of Annie after this short period of time. Perhaps I would have liked this book better if the plot was strictly centered on Annie and Eros.
Rating 3/5 I received a copy of Tall, Dark, and Divine by Jenna Bennett for an honest review. Thank you.
Posted May 6, 2013
I loved Tall, Dark and Divine. This new look at Greek mythology is very funny and very sexy. Who would not be swept away by Eros, the God of Love. Not Annie Landon, a mortal who want to find Mister Right. Eros, AKA Ross, is recovering from the infidelity of Psyche and his divorce from her. He has become withdrawn and has neglected his matchmaking business but Annie has caught his interest. When they meet at Dion's Bar sparks fly and they make love, but Eros doesn't want to be involved with a human again. Psyche was mortal but Anne touches him with her gentle kindness and natural beauty. Will they be together for eternity? Be sure to read Tall, Dark and Divine to find out. You won't be sorry. I'm anxiously waiting for the next story.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher for an honest review.
Posted May 2, 2013
Tall, Dark, and Divine by Jenna Bennett is the story of Eros, the Greek God of Love who is still moping over his ex-wife, Psyche. Fed up, his friends Dionysus, Ariadne and a whole host of other minor Gods try everything they can to help him get over it, but nothing sticks until he meets Annie Landon.
I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for Greek mythology so Tall, Dark and Divine was right up my alley. The characters were spot on with the their Greek counterparts. I thoroughly enjoyed the romance and will definitely look forward to the other books in this series.
Note: I received my e-book copy from Entangled with the promise for an honest review.
Posted April 25, 2013
Greek Gods?! Yes, Please!
I give Jenna Bennett’s Tall, Dark, and Divine 4 stars! I have never been much for books involving mythology, however, I adored the Greek Gods of this tale. Eros, the Greek God of Love, is the ultimate hunky matchmaker who failed in finding his true love, until now. Annie, the owner of a dog bakery on the same block as Eros’ business, is your average, sweet, compassionate, hard-working woman who is looking for love, but really just wants someone to give her (and her well deserving body) some hot attention for one night. Crossing paths in Dion’s bar, Annie seeks the company with Eros while he pushes her toward a mortal, just like herself; Eros is not about to get himself mixed up with another mortal again. All good intentions, all disastrous results!
I found myself on the rollercoaster ride of Annie and Eros’ relationship as well as the mood swings of Harry (the said mortal), and the tension among the other Gods who become main players in the love triangle.
Jenna Bennett’s writing is also marvelous! Giving the characters personalities in which you could find yourself relating to (mortal or immortal), a real-world setting, and fast paced love that draws you in right from the get go.
*I received an ARC for my honest review and this is my honest to goodness, straight from the heart review!*
Posted January 12, 2013
The story was great and creative. Fun to read and sympathies with the characters, especially the heartbroken Eros who can't get over his ex-wife. I with have given it 5 stars but the where a lot of incomplete story-lines with the secondary characters. I hope the author continues to write about this characters and "Tall, Dark and Divine"is just the first book of a series dedicated to tell the stories of the Greek's Gods in modern times.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 4, 2012
Tall, Dark, and Divine has every bit of passion as one could expect. Adding to the sultry plot is a cast of unbelievably gorgeous Greek gods and goddesses. Jenna Bennett will certainly capture the attention of every romantic.
Bennett's characterization is right on point. Annie's the insecure woman who wants what she thinks she can't have. Eros is the confident man who knows he can give others a chance at true love. They're the quintessence of love that comes unexpectedly and Bennett crafts their story with finesse. Even though Eros and the majority of characters in this story were supernatural, Bennett still manages to capture human qualities, and vulnerabilities, within their thought patterns or actions. It's possible for any type of reader to relate to the main and secondary characters.
The witty banter and sizzling romance is all that's needed for the story to be highly recommended. Bennett's flowing writing style and ability to engage readers right from the start just adds to the reasons why Tall, Dark, and Divine will become a reader's favorite mythological romance!
*ebook provided in exchange for an honest review*
Posted August 31, 2012
The story of Eros has been one of my favorites since I first discovered Greek mythology. Bennett's retelling incorporates parts of the original myth--Eros as Greek god of love and his marriage to Psyche--and then adds a modern twist.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story. Bennett kept me turning the pages to see what happened to Ross and if he ever learned to go after what he wanted. Cannot wait to see if the secondary characters get stories of their own.
My only hesitation in giving this story five stars is the length. I would have preferred to see the relationship between Ross and Annie play out a little more. However, the current length didn't seem out of place or choppy.
Posted August 25, 2012
Posted September 15, 2012
Loved the plot and fun characters. Was a fun twist with the Greek gods. The story will have you laughing and cheering for the herione. The story did not disappoint. Look forward to reading more from this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.