Ares' Temptation

Ares' Temptation

by Aubrie Dionne

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Overview

A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint...

The God of War is about to discover love...

At the wedding of two Greek gods, Kaye Underhill is the only mortal in a sea of scantily clad nymphs and fickle satyrs. And worse - she's dateless. The only bright side is the hot, muscled hunkiness of the God of War, who's seated next to her. But there's no way Kaye could ever grab a god's attention... Is there?

Ares is in big trouble. A vengeful witch curses him, and the first person he touches will steal his strengths, while he receives their weaknesses. When Kaye trips, Ares catches her and poof! His powers disappear, and Kaye suddenly has the strength and coordination of a Greek god. To break the curse and regain his powers, Ares must get Kaye to fall in love with him.

But for the god who makes war, making love presents a whole new set of problems...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633752498
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 1,005,921
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could reenact every scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek The Next Generation-favorite character is Data-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all-time favorite movie is The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.

Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "A Concert Flutist" when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.

Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.

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Ares' Temptation


By Aubrie Dionne, Anya Kagan

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Aubrie Dionne
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-249-8


CHAPTER 1

Curse

Kaye glanced around the rows of gods and goddess as Pan and Syrinx recited their vows in the garden of Pan's vast estate. Was she the only one without a wedding date?

The pair of water nymphs sitting beside her wore only floral blossoms and river reeds. What a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. The nymphs giggled like two schoolgirls in the back row of class.

In front of her sat a curly haired poet in a glowing white robe with his goddess, dressed in a transparent gown showing, among other things, her butt crack.

This was going to be some after party.

On the groom's side, an older man with a beard trailing on the floor sat with a woman who looked like some sort of medieval witch clothed in a hooded cloak made from crow feathers. Kaye's formal, halter-neck Versace dress was a total anachronism. Had she taken a look at the guest list, she might have worn a toga instead. She would even have fit in better if she'd gone naked. It figured. As a clumsy, ugly duckling, she was used to being the odd one out. Never mind the only mortal in the crowd. It wasn't like Syrinx had a lot of earthy friends.

Stop feeling sorry for yourself, and pay attention! She should have been listening to her best friend's sweet vows or watching Pan's charming face, full of devotion. If only I could find a man who looked at me like that.

Kaye leaned forward, trying to see beyond Medusa's writhing snakehead. Wait a second. Who's that?

A bronze-skinned, Roman gladiator with muscles galore sat in the front row, wearing gleaming silver armor and a red cape. Glorious golden locks fell around a proud jaw. He turned slightly as if he sensed her watching him, and his eyes shone oceanic blue. A calm confidence emanated from him, as if he had the whole wedding at his command.

Even better, he was alone.

"You don't want anything to do with him," one of the river nymphs said, actually acknowledging Kaye's presence.

Kaye turned her head, pretending to watch the ceremony. "With who?"

"That god you're drooling over." The river nymph played with a pink flower covering her right nipple. One more jerk and it would fall off.

"I'm not interested in any god here," Kaye whispered.

"Sure you aren't." The river nymph straightened in her seat and ran her fingers through her turquoise hair, or at least, the part not tangled in seaweed. "I'm going to warn you anyway. That's Ares, the God of War. He's more interested in cutting off someone's head than acquiring a maiden's hand."

"Oh?" He didn't sound like a man you'd take home to meet mom, which only piqued Kaye's curiosity. She always chased the wrong type of guy. It was her very own tragic flaw. That and her clumsiness. She smoothed the front of her halter top. "Bad reputation, eh?"

"He has a horrible temper, and he'll wage war against anyone who crosses him. Just last year, he beheaded some demigod who insulted his brother."

"Sounds like he needs to have more fun. You know, loosen up."

"And you think you're the one to do that?" The river nymph's eyes bugged out. "Good luck."

Applause interrupted their conversation. Pan and Syrinx kissed, and trumpets blared the recessional music. Kaye watched her best friend stroll down the aisle with her new husband on her arm. Syrinx glanced in her direction and winked. Her white-blond hair glimmered in the sun, but nothing was more radiant than her smile. Kaye hadn't seen her that content in all the years they worked at the florist shop together.

The guests began to file out after the pair, walking through the grounds to the reception in the main dining hall. The river nymphs beside her didn't budge, forcing Kaye to wait until most of the assembly passed. She wasn't about to step over the giant in furs sitting on her right side, or ask the glowing god in front of her to move.

By the time she entered the dining hall, mostly everyone had found their seats. She scanned the room, looking for her name on a table. At least she could bet on Syrinx seating her next to someone who wouldn't make her feel uncomfortable in this room of egos and magical splendor. Not that she wasn't familiar with feeling inadequate. She'd had lots of practice growing up.

Kaye picked up the hem of her long gown, focusing on not tripping as she wandered from table to table. Gods and goddesses laughed and drank like they had the world at their fingertips. Even the minor deities talked as if they hadn't a care in the world.

All of the river nymphs sat together, chatting furiously. The furry giant sat next to Medusa, Old Beardy, and the witch. Thank goodness Kaye wasn't at that table.

She moved towards the front of the hall, where three glowing goddesses sat next to their bronze mates. Ares sat alone, his face set in stoic determination as if he frowned upon the entire event. The seat next to him lay open.

No. Syrinx wouldn't ...

Kaye walked closer, reading the name on the card.

She had.

Kaye's heart skipped. Dreaming about Muscly was one thing, but actually making small talk with him? Especially after what that river nymph had said? Kaye's hand flew up to her neck. She'd like to keep her head.

Syrinx and Pan entered the room, and applause rose up, forcing Kaye to sit before she looked like some lost grad student on the way to her first class. She pulled out the chair and settled in, smoothing down her dress. Muscly radiated heat from the seat next to her, drawing her in closer. He smelled like every brand of Old Spice shower gel combined in some hot creation of man.

Ares turned toward her. Interest sparked in his eyes, making her cheeks burn. "I do not recognize you."

She extended her hand. "Kaye Underhill, nice to meet you."

He stared at her hand as if he didn't know what to do with it. "What manner of goddess are you?"

"Goddess?" She laughed. Should she take that as a compliment? "I'm a mortal."

His gorgeous eyes widened. "What are you doing here?"

Kaye's smile disappeared as she crossed her arms. Sure she was a mortal, but it wasn't like they were on Mount Olympus. This party was in Maine, where she and Syrinx had kept up their florist shop ... on planet Earth. She had just as much right to be there as the gods did, more so if she counted all of the hours she'd spent with Syrinx in their shop. The gods were the ones out of their element. Not her. "I happen to be Syrinx's best friend. What are you doing here?"

"My business is a private matter." He studied his glass of water with disappointment. Then he waved down a waitress and asked for the strongest ale they had.

She should have let the conversation die right there, but being around the gods and goddesses had heightened her sense of insecurity, and she'd had enough of being overlooked. She wasn't about to let this arrogant prick brush her off so easily. "Are you a friend of the bride or groom?"

His eyebrow rose as if he'd underestimated her persistence. "Neither."

Oh. She picked up her own glass and sipped the ice water to cool her growing impatience. A friend of neither? "Then, why are you here?" Kaye bit her tongue.

Ares blinked in shock. "I told you, my business is a private matter."

"Oh, right. Private matters." Kaye tapped her fork on the table. This is going to be a long night.

As waitresses passed out salad plates, the best man took the microphone. His turned-up ears and long, curly hair told Kaye he was a satyr, one of Pan's forest companions.

The satyr tapped the mic to get everyone's attention. "I've known Pan for eons, ever since the cool springs of Mount Olympus started flowing from the summit to satiate the wild forests." Mischievousness crossed the satyr's face. "But never did I suspect him capable of settling down."

A collective laugh echoed over the crowd. Everyone except Ares was smiling. Muscly's eyes had turned hard and cold as ice.

Kate wanted to kick him in the shin. She followed his gaze across the room to the table where Beardy sat with his witch companion. Beardy clutched his stomach with laughter, but the witch scowled back at Ares with such loathing, it chilled Kaye's heart.

What had Ares done to piss her off? Kaye shifted in her seat, trying to tear her gaze away from the other table. Every sensible fiber in her being told her to stay out of it. She didn't even like the guy—ahem—god. But, she'd finally found an imperfection in the group—a sign that the gods weren't as high and mighty as they'd like her to believe.

Ares had a flaw, and she wanted to find out what it was.

* * *

Finally, the server brought him some honey-colored ale. Ares held the mug up to his lips and chugged. He'd have to drink ten of these goblets to quench his rising anger. For now, one would have to do. Not only was Hekate waiting for a moment of weakness to glean her revenge, but a pesky mortal woman had also taken too much of an interest in his business. Didn't she know not to stare down a witch? Curiosity sparked in her dark eyes as she followed the witch's scowl back to him and raised an elegantly arched eyebrow. He'd have to find a way to get rid of her before she got herself wrapped up in in a god's war way over her pretty little mortal head.

He had to admit, for a mortal, she rivaled the goddesses around them. She had Syrinx's earthiness complemented by Aphrodite's sensuality. He hadn't seen such an attractive mix of qualities in all his years. Her brazen honesty had caught his attention. Which was precisely why he should stay away from her for the rest of the night. With his wars waging, he had no time for the frivolities of women.

"Someone's pissed," the mortal whispered as she speared a tomato with her fork. "What did you do?"

If Ares hadn't been so agile, he would have fallen off his chair. He turned toward the mortal to ensure he'd heard her correctly. "Are you addressing me?"

"Yeah." She spoke with a snarky emphasis that bordered on disrespect. "It's not like I stole one of her crow feathers."

If she were anyone else, he would have pounded his fist and broken the table. But, something about her took control of him and even calmed him as if he was under a spell. "I beheaded her brother."

"Oh my." The mortal popped the tomato in her mouth. "Why?"

"He spoke ill of my brother, challenging our family honor."

The mortal swallowed hard, as if the tomato had trouble going down her slender neck. "So you beheaded him?"

Pride surged up, and Ares straightened his shoulders. "In a glorious battle of our armies on the peak of Mount Olympus."

"Oh." She looked down and pushed her fork around her plate, unimpressed. If anything, she appeared disappointed, even disgusted.

His stomach sank to his knees. Never had a mortal made him feel so small. "You do not approve?"

She wiped her tiny, pouty lips with her napkin. "It's just that ... war for the sake of revenge is unjustifiable. We handle things differently around here."

Frustration built inside him. "I wage war not for the sake of revenge, but for justice."

The mortal shrugged. "Whatever your motives, lives are lost."

Ares bristled. "It is an honor to die in battle. Those lives lost are sacrificed for a noble cause. You do not approve of war, yet your people have waged wars throughout all the time they've lived on this earth." Why did he feel the need to justify his actions? It wasn't as though this mortal's opinion of him mattered.

"True. But, I'd like to think we are heading toward world peace."

Peace? Ares paused, shocked at this woman's gall. Did she know who he was? "Mortal, I am the God of War, one of the Twelve Olympians, and the son of Zeus and Hera."

She glared, her dark eyes on fire. "My name is Kaye. And I'm a bookkeeper for Sylvia's Creations, the daughter of Kim and John Underhill, thank you very much."

Applause precluded any chance of a quick comeback. The ale had had no effect, and Ares' frustration had only worsened since the mortal sat down. Worse yet, across the room Hekate had disappeared.

Beside him, a fork clanged onto a plate, bounced off a napkin, then fell into his lap. He turned back to the mortal who demanded to be called Kaye.

"I'm sorry." She reached over and plucked the fork from his lap. Her cheeks burned as her fingers brushed against his thighs. "I'm a little clumsy sometimes."

Despite his rigid self-control, the feeling of her light fingertips aroused desire deep within him. Ares stood. "Excuse me. There is a matter I must attend to."

He strode from the room to the hallway. Not only did he have to cool down, but he also needed to find Hekate before she stirred up trouble. Give him a healthy sword fight any day, but a magical battle with a witch confounded him.

In the center of the main foyer, white lilies poured from a giant porcelain vase painted with nude women. A picture of fruit hung above a stone fireplace, and a pillowed bench sat against the wall. Hekate could be anywhere: a pillow, a flower, or even an apple on the wall.

"Show yourself, witch." He drew his sword. "And we'll handle this honorably."

Cackling laughter echoed around him. "Poor Ares. Too obtuse to see beyond the physical. Foolish enough to attack a man with such a powerful sister."

Ares whirled around, trying to discern the direction of the voice. Had it come from the painting? The bench? He backed against the vase, the white lilies brushing his neck.

Sharp pain pricked his back. Dizziness came over him. His sword fell, and he dropped to the Persian rug on the floor. The foyer blurred into streaks.

One of the naked women had sprung from the vase. In her hand shone a needle with his blood on the tip. She laughed, growing larger with each second. Black feathers sprouted from her back as she transformed from a maiden into a wrinkled hag.

Fury rose inside him. This was not an honorable way to kill a foe! Nor was it an honorable way to die. "What have you done to me?"

"Don't worry, dear warrior." The witch bent over and caressed his cheek with the cracked, yellow nail of her index finger. "You are not going to die. I simply cursed you."

"Cursed?" The pain moved from his back to his limbs. He gritted his teeth, pulling himself up into a kneeling position. His arm reached for the hilt of his sword.

She backed away. "Yes. The first person you touch, whether it be god, goddess, nymph, satyr, or mortal will take your strengths, and in turn you will take their weaknesses."

"Take my strengths? What twisted witchery is this?"

"The kind meant to teach you a lesson." She circled around him. "You choose your target. But, heed this." She raised a gnarled finger to the air. "The only way you can break the curse is for them to fall in love with you. Only then will you regain your powers. The target cannot know of this curse, or you will lose your powers for all eternity. They must give you back what is yours freely, unconditionally, and without regret." She smiled as if it were the most brilliant curse ever concocted.

"You vile woman!" Ares stood despite the pain spreading through him. This witch would ruin him! How dare she put him in such a vulnerable position?

She plucked a lily from the bouquet, stuck it in her mouth, and chewed. "You are fortunate. I could have taken a head for a head."

Rage boiled in his veins, waking the great beast inside him. Ares growled and lunged at Hekate. His hands grasped for her neck. She disappeared in a puff of black smoke, and he ran right through her, knocking the vase from the table. The porcelain shattered in a hundred pieces on the floor.

The pain receded, and Ares breathed deeply, trying to calm himself and make sense of her words. The first person he touched? Then he wouldn't touch anyone, not until he could find some manner of ridding himself of this evil. All he needed to do was travel back to Mount Olympus and find someone who could break the curse. Then he could avoid the whole part about falling in love. He had no time for such foolery.

Ares turned to leave when a sweet voice behind him said, "There you are. They're serving the main course. Pan and Syrinx came looking for you at our table."

He turned back toward the foyer. The mortal known as Kaye strode from the hallway toward the remnants of the vase. "What the hell happened here?"


(Continues...)

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Ares' Temptation (Entangled Covet) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
surroundedbybooks More than 1 year ago
A curse will turn Kaye's and Ares' worlds around in Aubrie Dionne's Ares' Temptation. When Hekate curses the God of War, only love can give him his powers back. I'm a sucker for Greek myths, and I loved seeing the softer side to Ares. Kaye is a sweet yet clumsy mortal who really needed Ares' boost of powers. The two balance each other. Grammy is a hoot, and I enjoyed the parts with her, Kaye, and Ares. The romance is light and sweet, and the action and danger in the last third of the novel was so exciting. If you enjoy sweet romances and Greek gods, then look no further than Ares' Temptation by Aubrie Dionne.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
This was an amusing story from the Covet line. I loved seeing Ares, always graceful and coordinated, reduced to being klutzy. The gradual increase in those traits in Kaye was awesome, especially with her growing love of swordplay and war movies. The bigger story though was seeing Ares grow up (which is an accomplishment for a god), and Kaye learn to deal with her problems (aka her competitive older brother). There were definitely some bumps and bruises along the way, but she worked through them. The finale was lovely and I loved seeing these two kids get together. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
mignon-mykel More than 1 year ago
Received arc through NetGalley/publisher in exchange for an honest review. This was an interesting little read. In ARES' TEMPTATION, the world of the Gods meets everyday mortal world; not only that, but everyday mortals have met and coexist beside these gods and goddesses.  We begin the book at a wedding; Kaye, a mortal but good friend of the bride's, comes to the wedding dateless. It would be just like her friend to seat her next to the gorgeous Ares, God of War. Ares, being a god, isn't all that great at small talk -- much to Kaye's chagrin. When they do finally land on a conversation, they are on opposing sides: she's against war (pro-peace) and he's obviously for it.  I had to chuckle at the witch's spell she cast on Ares; when Kaye tripped into Ares, you could read the disbelief on the pages. The last person Ares wants to convince to love him is the feisty mortal who doesn't see eye to eye with him. These two are very much opposites: their viewpoints on war, their lifestyles, their thoughts and actions... But watching these two come together shows how things can mesh and make beautiful things. I enjoyed this book for the brief moment I was reading it. It was a quick and easy read, and slightly different in terms of the paranormal sector of romance books. 
Yearwood More than 1 year ago
The God of War has met his match and then some. Aubrie Dionne has brought to life the Greek mythology of Ares. Ares was attending a wedding which was being held in the honor of his friend Pan the God of Fertility, when everything goes wrong. A witch out for revenge has cursed him. The curse was the loss of his God powers, and if he doesn’t get them back he will stay a mortal. Kaye was the only mortal at this God like affair and the reason was in honor of her only friend Syrinx the Goddess of Chasity. Kaye and Ares clash heads regarding war and peace; however, everything comes ahead when Kaye unknowingly gains Ares powers. Ares and Kaye story was a tale of two worlds coming together and how two people can find their footing by navigating the unknown together.
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
*I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review* This book had the interesting premise of Greek Gods co-existing in today’s modern world. While not “descending” to Earth periodically, there are some mythological figures that are prone to living and working along humans. Others, as is the case of Ares the God of War, try to keep their interaction with mortals to the bare minimum. Cursed by a witch, his godly powers are given to a mortal woman, Kaye, and the only way to regain them is to make her fall in love with him and profess her love. So you would think a tall, super fit, hot blonde warrior wouldn’t have a problem there. Well think again, this guy is ONLY a warrior, and a complete pompous ass. But to make it more interesting (to the witch at least who might still be laughing her ass off at Ares bouts of stupidity) not only is he powerless, but Kaye’s personal traits were passed on to him when she got his powers. So, he is hot and all, but is now also a klutz. Poor Kaye doesn’t understand why all of a sudden she is all sporty and coordinated, has such appetite or is feeling so bloodthirsty. You can imagine that several comical scenarios are played while they both try to acclimate to their new situations. While fun and kind of sweet to read, to me it fell a little flat. I would have liked a little more development of the characters in general. The story while interesting when it came to plot was a little too predictable. Still, I enjoyed reading this book and wouldn’t mind other works from Ms. Dionne. I must warn you though, that Ares’ Temptation is a super clean romance, while there are feelings that soar, heartbeats that stutter and passions that overflow, more than a hot kiss, nothing really happens. Oh, and there’s no epilogue. Why people insist on doing this to me, I don’t know. Doesn’t everyone know my stand on epilogues by now?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly loved this book. Great character development, a wonderful love story. I could totally see how Ares fell for Kaye. A very believable romance and I found myself talking to my ereader. It was a wonderful read and would reccommend it to anyone who loves a love story...
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Ares' Temptation by Aubrie Dionne Ares, god of War, is cursed by a witch at a wedding.  In order for him to break the curse, he needs to have mortal, Kaye Underhill, fall in love with him. Ares' Temptation is a charming novel.  I enjoy contemporary mythology stories, and this one was well-done. Kaye is a worthy heroine.  She is genuine and likeable. It was fun watching her develop through the story.   Ares was great.  I enjoyed how he stood by Kaye at her family reunion.  I also like, that despite being so old he grew in the story.  I like how the curse made Ares and Kaye appreciate the attributes of the other more.  Especially, Kaye and her sword fights.  She had me giggling. I will admit that I was a bit disappointed that Poseidon was a bad guy in this book.  He is one of my favorite Greek mythology gods, and I don’t like to see him portrayed as evil.  Okay, yes, it is probably strange that I have a preferred mythological god, but I am a Pisces it is only logical that I like the guy. That being said, he was a worthy bad guy. I wouldn’t want to mess with him.  Plus, his description kind of grossed me out.  So as far as bad guys go, well done. Aubrie Dionne did a great job with this story.  The plot was creative and entertaining.  The mythology aspect felt right; she did a wonderful job depicting the characters. I really enjoyed the humor throughout the story.   Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Ares’ Temptation is a lot of fun – I really enjoyed the idea of gods in our world, especially one who is without his powers. My only complaint is that it didn’t seem like enough time was spent having Ares learn from his time being powerless. He does and we see it to a certain degree but I think maybe there was a chance to delve a little deeper into that. Buuuut, what I got I enjoyed. I liked seeing his interactions with Kaye. She’s funny and spunky and a good foil for him. He’s sexy and hunky and a little lost which is also fun. It isn’t a huge fish out of water story, just some touches, mostly because Ares is too proud to show it too much. And the time he spent with Kaye’s family does teach him a thing or two about patience and forgiveness. There is also a bit of a battle at the end, adding just that touch of danger and suspense to the story and showing off Ares’ new attitude. I love these reimaging stories – taking well known (and sometimes even lesser known) fictional characters and giving them something new. Dionne does a good job here and I’m thinking that it might be fun to see what she can do with Ares’ brothers and sisters. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous Greek god + Modern Mortal = Great Romantic Read! Greek gods – wow!! This is definitely different in a very good way! The son of Zeus, Ares, is also the totally alpha god of War. He really doesn’t want to be at his friend’s wedding but he’s there along with many other gods, goddesses, witches, nymphs, satyrs and other what humans call mythical creatures and, sat next to him, is the klutzy Kaye – the only mortal there. They aren’t together (yet) but have been put in these seats on the wedding plan of Pan and Syrinx – the happy couple who are also friends of Kaye. Kaye is dateless – and so is Ares, but there’s no way she could attract the attention of the handsome god, is there? When Hecate curses Ares, the fun is about to begin!  really think Hecate is Cupid reincarnated in this superb HEA romance! I really enjoyed the humour, changing outlooks on life and how, in the end, love changes everything (cue for a song?) I was also impressed with how the author paced the story and made the characters ‘believable’ especially in their responses to the effects of the curse, events and to each other. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.
LWolf More than 1 year ago
2.5 I’m a complete and total sucker for Greek God romances. Maybe it’s because I have a degree in History? Either way, when I see a romance with a Greek god (Particularly when it comes to Ares) I’m all over it. So I was extremely excited to get this from Netgalley.  I dived into this at the first available opportunity. Unfortunately I felt like I was dropped right into the middle of the story and that I’d missed something. So I went back to the author’s book list online to see if this was part of a series and if there was a first book. Now, I rely on GR for series info. I love that aspect of the site, but there was nothing. I went to the author’s site, and after clicking on everything, I saw a book with characters that are mentioned in the beginning of this book. Jackpot. Book 1. Typically I don’t mind reading books out of order, I’ve found some great series/books/authors that way, but I really hate being dropped into the center of a story and not knowing that it’s basically a continuation of a previous book but with different characters.  So, with that said, there was some confusion to start with. I also had issues with the overly formal speech from Ares. I love Ares. He’s definitely my favorite Greek God. (Hmmm, maybe that’s why I focused on military history in school? Anyway…) So I was definitely on his side. I initially found the heroine annoying. Based on the set up of the blurb, I couldn’t imagine how Ares would be able to tolerate spending time around her to make her fall in love with him. And of course, because it’s a romance, it stood to reason that he would also fall in love with her. I just didn’t like them together as a couple. I didn’t feel any real connection between them. But going back to the speech…I was surprised by his formal speech, and as much as I love Ares, it made it hard to connect to the character. The flip side of this is that while his overly formal speech bugged me, I hated it when she tried to change him and the way she went about it.  This book wasn’t awful. And maybe if I’d read book 1, I would have been more connected and invested in Kaye’s HEA. But this just didn’t work for me and that sucks because I was looking forward to a good Ares romance. 
angelblue-240 More than 1 year ago
- 3 1/2 Stars - I am a sucker for Greek mythology and I couldn't wait to dive into this one. Kaye is the only mortal at her best friends wedding. She is clumsy, accident prone and dateless but things are starting to look up at the reception when she realizes that she is seated next to the yummy God of War, Ares. Ares is too preoccupied with finding the witch that cursed him. He is a bit of an arrogant jerk to Kaye when they first meet. A mishap at the reception ends up activating his curse and all of his powers go into Kaye while all of her weaknesses go into him. The only way for Ares to reverse the curse is to make Kaye fall in love with him. Annnnnd this is where the hilarity starts. Watching Ares deal with being an uncoordinated clutz had me in laughing so hard I was in tears. Serious reality and ego check for him and I loved it! While he is floundering trying to adjust his arrogant attitude, Kaye is growing in strength and confidence. This story was a quick, fun read but unfortunately the ending fell a bit flat for me. There wasn't enough romance in it for my taste, I don't need my PNR books to have sex in them but I just felt like it was missing something. It had the potential buildup but after the big battle at the end it just seemed to end, kind of like the finale of The Soprano's where it just fades to black. That being said, I still loved the rest of it, I just wished the ending was maybe a little longer. *I received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
At the wedding of two Greek gods, Kaye Underhill is the only mortal in a sea of scantily clad nymphs and fickle satyrs. And worse — she’s dateless. The only bright side is the hot, muscled hunkiness of the God of War, who’s seated next to her. But there’s no way Kaye could ever grab a god’s attention... Is there? Ares is in big trouble. A vengeful witch curses him, and the first person he touches will steal his strengths, while he receives their weaknesses. When Kaye trips, Ares catches her and poof! His powers disappear, and Kaye suddenly has the strength and coordination of a Greek god. To break the curse and regain his powers, Ares must get Kaye to fall in love with him. But for the god who makes war, making love presents a whole new set of problems...  Review: Though this does not say it is part of a series, we did meet Kaye in Pan's Conquest.  Kaye is Syrinx's best friend and business partner.  Now we are at Syrinx's wedding to Pan.  Feeling like a fish out of water surrounded by all these deity's and it does not help that she is not the most graceful thing.  She becomes an unwitting victim of a curse on Ares.  Because of the curse Kaye gets Ares strengths and Ares gets Kaye weaknesses. It is was fun to read about these two and their Freaky Friday like switch-a-roo.  They both saw what a little confidence and a little compassion can do to a person or God, as the case may be.  I enjoyed both characters and thought that their transformations/understanding of not just themselves but their families and friends really added to making them more realistic.  I particularity liked the antagonism between Kaye and her brother and the revelation as to why he acted the way he did to Kaye.  Now, I kept expecting something to happen with Kaye's grandma and maybe I missed an explanation why she knew some things and had an infinity with the sea? Enjoyable, quick, light, romance. 3.5Stars
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and it had to do with the heroine Kaye. She's a lovable relatable character. Ares comes off as a gruff no time for mortals kind of guy, but thanks to a curse he now has to make time for a certain mortal. Ares needs to learn from his ways because he's going down a destructive path being the God of war. The more time he's forced to be with Kaye the more he wants to be with Kaye. Kaye brings out a side of Ares he never knew he had.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
ARIES temps us mere mortals into FUN and BLISS ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*** This was a great riff on a Greek tale. This is a standalone tale about Aries, the God of War and mortal, Kaye Underhill.  Kaye is at a wedding of two Greek gods when she crosses paths with Aries. Aries has been cursed by Hekate to lose his powers and when he crosses path with Kaye and has interaction with her, he loses his powers to her and she gains his powers. And this is where the story picks up steam.  Seeing Aries stumble around, after being cursed because he made a godess mad , and because she got angry and in her anger, she took away his powers to teach him a lesson- so here is a GOD of War, trying to do things himself without powers was awesome. He was so *human*, so tentative, so unlike himself. While Kaye was trying to harness *HIS* powers within her body, to understand what was going on and keep everything “Safe”. Throughout the book was the search to figure out how to get Aries his powers back. The buildup was great and the chemistry between Aries and Kaye was wonderful. The twist at the end was wonderful. The cast of secondary characters also made this an enjoyable read.  Kaye made Aries realize he could be a better man, a better GOD and I loved how they complemented each other’s strengths. And their weaknesses were smoothed away by their chemistry. I really loved this story and hope to read more by this Author. This was a fantastic read! My rating: 4.5 stars ****