Medusa, A Love Story

Medusa, A Love Story

by Sasha Summers

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It's said love can change a person. Medusa wasn't always a monster...
Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She's no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves... and curses her as the creature with serpent locks.

Ariston goes to war with a full heart... and dreadful foreboding. He learns too late of the danger Medusa faces, alone, and a Persian blade sends him into the Underworld. But death, curses, nor the wrath of the Gods will keep him from returning to her.

Poseidon will use Greece's war to get what he wants: Medusa. He does not care that she belongs to another. He does not care that she will be damned. He is a God, an Olympian, and she will be his.

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BN ID: 2940152024173
Publisher: Sasha Summers
Publication date: 08/02/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 457,787
File size: 380 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, romance, and travel. She writes both lyrical romantic fantasy AND steamy contemporary romance. Her first play was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She's been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she's doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

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Medusa, A Love Story 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Lusee More than 1 year ago
First off, Sasha Summers did her homework. The tale stays true to the myth, but the love story is new. How is that possible? You'll have to read the book to find out. The human daughter of Phorcys, Medusa lives a life of servitude to Athena and longs to be free. Strikingly beautiful, Poseidon wants her for his own. (I never knew there was a myth that said Medusa was beautiful so I learned something, too.) Instead, Medusa falls in love with Artison, her guard. Once she gains her freedom it is to him that she runs. Artison is as good a hunk as it gets and you immediately see how Medusa is drawn to him. The Gods play with the couple, creating conflict after conflict. You will ache for Medusa's innocence and cheer when the protagonists get what they deserve. The romance between Artison and Medusa is epic in nature, beautifully portrayed, filled with passion, and oh so touching. I recommend this book to anyone who loves an epic love story. Medusa will pull at your heart strings. You won't put the book down until it is finished. Even if you're not into myths, Medusa echos some of the greatest love stories ever told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
10/10 obsessed with Artison and Medusa’s romance now.
Utena More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up via Barnes and Noble the moment I saw it was free. I can never resist a book that is either based on Greek Mythology or a simple re-telling of Mythology. This book can be lumped into a simple and magnificent retelling of Medusa's story. The story opens with a young hero hunting down Medusa in a style much like from the movie, Clash of the Titans. Unlike the movie itself, Medusa is more sympathetic and much more willing to be free of the curse laid upon her as it keeps her from her beloved. She tells Perseus of how she comes to be the creature before him. This story was a massive page-turner for me and I honestly no matter how much I tried to do house work or errands, I had a hard time either putting the book down or getting the book out of my head. I felt sorry for Medusa. She seemed so much more real as her story was woven with a love for a young guard and her ultimate change into the Gorgon that stood before Perseus ready for the strike of his sword. If you have not tried this book, do so. You won't be disappointed. You will be drawn into its pages and be a witness to Medusa's life and even after the end, you will crave more of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. 230 pgs on nook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Story... When I started reading this book images of Uma Thurman was playing havoc in my inner mind. How the hell should I read a novel where the main protagonist has snakes dancing on her head, who is evil personified? Then Sasha Summers presents Medusa- A love story where she comes out as a beautiful priestess of Athena, whose beauty not only captures the eye of  mortals but also the Gods of Olympus. She was not born a Goddess and due to circumstances is turned into a monster. Till now, even when I had read that it was a curse which had turned her such, I always thought she enjoyed turning people into stones. Medusa the evil woman was replaced by Medusa the wronged one.[If I had to go through what she went through, I would happily be turning every man to stone and then chipping them off- and the Gods would be part of my sculpture collection too!!] Medusa was given to Athena to serve as her priests because her father had flooded the olive orchard of Athena. [What a way of life for the young child, not being given a choice of how to lead her own life!!] But she fulfilled all her duties with devotion and love. And then she met Ariston- a soldier of Athena, a guard for the priestess. Medusa’s beauty was captivating and Ariston fell in love with her. But both of them knew their limitations and never crossed the line. Medusa had to remain chaste, not even a touch of a man was tolerated by Athena and after serving like that for many years, she was given the freedom for two days to lead her life as she wanted to. She chose to follow her heart. What happens after that forms the core of the tragic tale of Medusa's lifestory. How Poseidon becomes the part of the love story and how Athena rewards her followers makes you wonder are we mortals so bad after all? Do the Gods have no responsibility at all?  What I liked... The relationships. They formed the core of this novel. Whether between the sisters of Medusa or between the two lovers – each had a place in the novel. Nothing was forced. The flow of the story kept me going[ Did I tell you I finished his book without taking a break and my DH did all the cooking :)] Well, to put it delicately-the power of the Gods was awesome and I found a writer whose books would always be a part of my collection. It was so damn interesting. [Need to freeze up some casseroles for the next book] I loved the way Poseidon feels true love washing over him when he washed over the two lovers on the beach. It was the lover's feeling which is depicted through Poseidon’s emotional turmoil. Beautifully depicted, Sasha! I also loved the way how the two lovers, Medusa and Ariston, worked towards keeping each other safe even without meeting each other. Such a tragedy to be a slave to another being's [even if he or she is a God] wrath or desire. But mostly what I loved is the mythbuster that Medusa is all evil. The way she felt after she turned her first victims to stone was so unlike the image of Medusa, I had in mind. What I didn’t like... Nothing that I would want to change. Yes I am a Greek mythology nerd and I did watch Percy Jackson at least 12 times. So when I got to read a different version of Medusa, I lapped it up. Medusa is projected so beautifully not only physically but also in thoughts. Of course I did not like P……..[Sorry could not help it but I am sure after you read this book you all would agree with me. He is evil or what?] 
CC_Graziano More than 1 year ago
A review copy was provided for an honest review. Upon starting Medusa, A Love Story I had high expectations for whether or not this would be a great mythological story as I've read many before that failed to impress. It only took a few pages in to realize it would not be the latter but one of the very best stories that I have ever read. Compelled from the start I flew through it with a reading speed I didn't think I was capable of. Sasha Summers encompasses mythology and presents it anew through the eyes of Medusa, a woman cursed with serpents locks and looks that could turn a man to stone. You get to learn and understand Medusa's story and see how she became known for her unpleasant appearance as well as her infamous curse. Showing that she wasn't always a monster but a lovely and beautiful woman who'd fallen for a man the gods did not approve of. This book takes you on a roller coaster chalk full of emotion that will make you both happy and at times teary-eyed. The writing is exceptional and really pulls you into the story as only gifted words can do. While keeping to the original tale of Medusa this also expands on it and turns it into something completely unique and different. The story is enchanting as the complexly layered plot can attest to. Even though many gods and characters are introduced you will find it easy to absorb all the information. I can promise that readers will be gripped by this tragically beautiful love story! Medusa is priestess to the Goddess Athena serving her loyally for most of her life until she begins to question her duty for love. Being with any man during her service of the deity would be immediately punishable but she falls for a man regardless. Ariston is a warrior at heart but when Medusa enters the equation he's willing to do anything for her to make her his. But a god is determined on keeping them apart and having Medusa all for himself therefore creating chaos to obtain her. As Medusa falls prey to love she is also cursed by it. Can the great Ariston save her and himself from damnation by the gods hands or will their love prevail and give hope to those who would champion it? All fans of mythology should have no problem finding this tale irresistible and fantastic. The quality of this story rivals that of many of the most finest and talented authors. Sasha Summers delivers mythology like you've never seen it before. She breathes life into this Greek tale and makes you feel every one of the character's emotions. Summers paints Medusa in a whole new light one that will forever change your opinion of her irrevocably. I can easily find myself reading this book many more times and not tiring of it for it's that good! Medusa, A Love Story is a rarity amongst mythological reads - one that should be shared for its astounding beguilement. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a mind-blowing love story with extraordinary writing. Even non mythology fans should have no trouble enjoying this exquisitely penned mythological retelling!
TiDubb More than 1 year ago
I will never view Medusa just as a monster with serpents in her head that turn men to stone ever again. Be prepared to be transported to a different time-a different realm...where god and goddesses rule and play with mere mortals as chess pieces and where love binds a soul from Athens to Hades...or does it? Sasha Summers wrote a beautiful-tragic love story. She humanized Medusa. I must admit that I am not a Greek mythology expert nor do I know the true story behind Medusa. However, I have always been drawn to romance stories that involve Greek mythology and that is why I was curious to read this spin on Medusa. I wanted to know how this author was going to make this story work- would it be close to the story we know based on "Clash of The Titans" or will it be totally different? I won't spoil it will have to read it for yourself to find out the answer. The author evoked such varied but intense emotions from me. In one moment I was in awe or infuriated, and in the next was enraged by the gods and goddesses’ cavalier attitudes, then I felt sad and hopeless. I was frustrated on behalf of the young Medusa and Ariston. Oh how I wanted to rush their love. But the author knew best to give her readers a slow and intense love affair. I truly felt both of their emotions. I often found myself walking away from the book, not because it was boring or bad oh no definitely not that, but because the emotions between the two young lovers and the actions occurring were so intense. Yet, just as quickly as I walked away, I was called back by that sweet young love. When I finished the book I was sitting in the wee hours of the night in tears trying to process it all. *Sigh* After all of those emotions you would think I would want to move on to something light. Nope! Bring me Hades, stat! If you find yourself in the mood for a sweet slow burning beautiful love story between a most loyal servant and a brave warrior set in Greek mythology time, do yourself a favor and pick up this exquisite story- you won't regret it.
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Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
Add this book to your to be read pile immediately. Mythology fascinates so many people. Many movies and books have been inspired by mythology. There is something about crazy, power hungry deities that appeal to so many people. Although I'm familiar with Medusa, this is the first book I've read that has taken a closer look at the history of Medusa, who wasn't always a monster. Medusa was once a beautiful woman. She served as priestess at Athena's temple. Medusa is loyal, kind, and devout. She is a favorite of Athena, and has attracted the attention of Poseidon. The attention is unwanted, because Medusa's heart belongs to a guard named Ariston. The gods will not be denied, and as you know they can be a vengeful lot. Poseidon gives her a choice that could destroy her either way as well as incur the wrath of Athena. If you're familiar with her story, even a little bit, you can guess what happened. Summers does a fantastic job with this story. Even though I was familiar with the legend of Medusa, this book kept my attention from beginning to end. The love that Medusa and Ariston share is an all-consuming love that even the gods cannot deny. Ariston is not only a brave warrior in battle, he also fights for those he loves, and not even Hades can stand in his way. I absolutely love the story line, the characters, and everything in-between. Summers gives a new understanding to Medusa the woman, and Medusa the monster. This is definitely one of my favorite books this year. If you're a fan of mythology you should check this book out. If you're not, this book could change your mind. Medusa is the first book in the Loves of Olympus. The next book, For the Love of Hades, comes out in January 2013. I can't wait!
Halarie More than 1 year ago
Medusa , one of the best books I have ever read ,beautiful, heart wrenching, amazing. You will never be able to watch Clash of the Titans the same again. Medusa is she really the monster we all thought she was? Sasha Summers is an amazing writer ,I will be reading every thing she writes cant, wait for the next book in the series. I would easily give this book more then 5 stars.
wicked-romance More than 1 year ago
We all know from our mythological studies about the female monster with the crown of snakes that could turn man into stone, but we rarely hear of her beginning. Ms. Summers has taken the risk to displease the gods and share her own twist of Medusa's life before the wrath of the gods destroyed her. Wow-- what a fabulous and emotional read. It could be the knowledge of the inevitable end, but I was completely entranced by this story. I wanted Medusa to find happiness, somehow under the merciless hands of the gods. The hero will not give up on her, even if it means losing his life to her curse. It is an amazing love story, that will sure to please ALL readers. Tuck your tissues into your pocket and get ready for an wonderful and powerful love story.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Greek Mythology has always held my curiosity. There are so many tales and legends surrounding them. The way the gods seem to play with people's lives like they are playing a harmless game is almost like they are human themselves. They are no different in Medusa, A Love Story. This story tells the life of Medusa before she became the monster. It doesn't follow the mythology exactly, but that is all part of the fun of a book like this. It can be whatever the author wants it to be. Unlike the vane Medusa of the myths, Sasha Summers created a Medusa that was loving and devoted to the gods. While reading, you can't help but like her and that makes her story that much more tragic. The author's writing is vivid and passionate. The story is fast faced and unique. Medusa, A Love Story is the first book in a series named, Loves of Olympus. I'm anxious to see what other tales this talented author spins for us. I received Medusa, A Love Story by Sasha Summers from the Bewitching Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
Courtesy of the movie Clash of the Titans, I always thought I knew all there was to know about Medusa. Sasha Summers completely changed my original impressions with this intriguing story that is the start to a very promising new series putting a clever spin on classic mythological stories. These stories take characters that appear to be heartless and above us mere mortals and humanizes them through stories full of love and tears. Medusa starts out as a beautiful and loyal priestess to Athena, untouched by any man. She never regretted not knowing a man's touch until she gets a new guard, Ariston who's just as loyal a warrior with his talents being war. She longs for his touch and once she's set free by Athena, they act on their love. Medusa was a carefree young girl never expecting anything bad to happen. She was naive and her views were definitely through rose colored glasses. When her and Ariston finally consummate their wedding vows it's a wondrous and enlightening event that is sweetly sexy. Ariston is a noble man who never acted on his feelings until vows were spoken. He's strong in battle and would do anything to keep Medusa safe. He'd give his very life to be with her and bask in her love. Their loyalty makes them a perfect couple and the strength of their love is like no other. That's why it's particularly gutwrenching when the Gods step in and ruin their very lives by treating them like pieces on a chessboard. Once the Gods take notice of their marriage, and because of battles between their own egos, they do everything they can to pull these steadfast lovers apart. Their actions are truly callous and it actually gives them the title of villains in my opinion. Thankfully some of the Gods value mortals and do what they can to right the wrongs done and lead us to a very satisfying conclusion. With its unique spin on classic myths this story immediately captures your attention and through its seamless and highly emotional writing draws you in even further. It's a clever and thought provoking premise that completely enthralled me and has me excited for future books. Readers looking for something unique and unexpected should definitely give this book a try.
NiinaCs_Blog More than 1 year ago
This really is a book for fans of historical romance and lovers of ancient Greece - it's told in a epic, dramatic style and it's not a happy romance, it's very emotional and dark, like I said very dramatic. Even the text has that almost ancient tragedy feel to it. I loved the plot, it was still romance but it had a Troy ( the movie ) feel to it. If you've been reading my reviews you know I absolutely love forbidden love, there is something very epic about it, Romeo and Juliet started it but luckily romance has those storylines as well and they tend to make me quite happy. I've always been in love with the stories about the Olympian gods and goddesses so this story was right up my alley, though maybe a little bit too dramatic for my taste - I like my romance with the trials and troubles but also with the lightness of love and the joy it brings to it's holders even before it slips their finger, to be returned later. I think Medusa: A Love Story wasn't light enough for my escape from reality. The romance was lovely, I loved the fact that in the beginning Ariston couldn't even touch her and that just adds so much to the first touch, the first forbidden kiss, not to mention how hot their first time would be. But even though this was a love story, the love was shadowed by the darkness of the plot, the scheming, war and everything between. It was wonderful reading Medusa's story as a love story, everyone sees her as this horrible witch in the stories so it's great to have a more innocent Medusa, one with compassion and love - for that alone this story is a great read for fans of ancient Greece and romance.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Medusa: A Love Story' is a fast paced adventure through Greek mythology. It takes a unique story line involving well known mythological figures and intertwines it with well known stories from Greek mythology. There aren't too many books focusing on mythological fiction that have fresh ideas and concepts, but this book blew me away in that aspect. It is very well written and the setting and characters fit perfectly in the world Sasha creates. Even though these characters were larger-than-life and well known, they were written in a way that made them easy to relate to and really accessible to the reader. I think this is one of those books that would could be made into a spectacular movie. I really enjoyed everything about this novel and am eagerly looking forward to reading more in the series. I highly recommend it for lovers of mythology and generally great love stories. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Pandora422 More than 1 year ago
A tragic romance like no other! As priestess to the Goddess Athena, Medusa's sole purpose is to serve. When she meets the handsome warrior guard Ariston, Medusa begins to question her duty to the Goddess. As time passes, Medusa finds herself falling for Ariston and when she is set free from her duties to Olympus she wastes no time in marrying her true love. Their time together is short lived with Ariston called off to war and when the truth of their union is revealed, jealousy consumes the Gods who threaten to come between the two young lovers. Sasha Summers takes your breath away with a riveting story of love, loss and sacrifice in Medusa, A Love Story. Many of us have heard of Medusa in Greek mythology, but most of us automatically characterize her as a monster. This story shows a young and innocent woman in love who's cursed by the Gods in their selfishness and endures pain and heartbreak but is never broken. Medusa's character is loyal and pure of heart, it's easy to love this heroine and never see her as a monster. The love between Ariston and Medusa is the reason romances are written...their story is captivating and heart wrenching, I couldn't put it down (you'll have to read it to find out why). Medusa, A Love Story is a beautifully written "forbidden romance" that pulls at your heartstrings and keeps you on edge. With a stellar romance, Gods as villains and wonderful imagery, it has all the elements to satisfy a voracious reader (like myself). It's the kind of story that leaves you breathless and impatiently waiting to devour next book. Whether you're a fan of Greek mythology or just love to read a true romance that whisks you away to another world, you'll be captured by Ms. Summer's allure.
MarissaA More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful written story! I loved reading it, I did! Summers has a wonderful talent; as she writes a story, a love story, that did take my breath away, yes I say it. It has been quite a while since I have read any mythology stories, and this novel made me want to read more about the Gods including, well Poseidon; I thought he was definitely an interesting and ok well I thought he was an intriguing character in this story (but rooting for Ariston). Aside from Poseidon, there was Ariston, who was just a perfect male lead. He is a great, honorable man, who will fight for his country, his Gods, and for his Lady, Medusa. I have heard of Medusa, but not much on why or how she was cursed. Reading this, I am definitely more interested in reading about her, and the other Gods, including Hades (which the second book in this series will feature!). Anyways, the characters, all were wonderfully written, and they were just so believable. They can literally come out of the book, they were so good. The dialogue, the language, in general was phenomenal, as it felt like older language used a long time ago. This is a story filled with a rich descriptive culture, a curse, surprises (good and bad), betrayal, anger, loss, love (important component) and passion (the love scenes were beautifully and tenderly written). I do hope you read this story, which is the first book, meaning there will be probably some more. As I finished this story, I was just awe-strucked, on how I really loved this mythological, love story, and how I did want more (didn't want it to end!) but I look forward to Book 2! With this said, I do Highly Recommend this novel, and hope you buy, read it and love it as well! :)
Proserpine_Craving_Books More than 1 year ago
I never was a big fan of Medusa. I always saw her as another monster (already too many of supernatural creatures) from the Greek mythology. I never really put my attention on her real story, her past, and the legend that surrounded her downfall. The only thing I knew about Medusa, was that she had snakes for hair and that she was able to petrified people with her sight. When I started to read the blurb of this book, I understood two things: I was wrong about Medusa's story and I wanted to read this one ASAP! Sasha Summers, the author, gave me this chance (thanks to her, BTW) I really enjoyed this story about Medusa! I discovered a wonderful, moving, sad but passionate story on Medusa and I wouldn't have any more apprehension about this charismatic character. Medusa is a loving, touching and loyal character from the first page until the end. She is devoted to her Goddess Athena and serves her as a priestess in her temple for many years. She hides her growing love for her protector Ariston. The priestess must be pure and stay that way to serve the Goddess, no man are allowed to touch her. Medusa is aware of her crazy situation: she's the sister of the two Gorgons and the only human daughter of one of the fallen Titan. Ariston, who will soon leave for battle, also hides his love for Medusa. Knowing he would never have more than slight exchange between them, he keeps his secret from the woman he desire the most. Ariston is a handsome, strong and courageous soldier. Even if he can't have Medusa, he stays as the loyal protector and wishes the best for her. When Medusa is freed from Athena, she'll have only one thing in mind: be reunited with the man she loves before he went to battle. But higher beings has other things in mind and won't back down until they have want they want. Medusa and Ariston are at the Gods mercy, whatever they choose to do, it will anger those Gods and they fate will burn in different kind of hell. Ms. Summers have a beautiful writing style. We can clearly imagine/see what the author wants to show to the readers. All the emotion, action, mixed up with the plot and Poseidon's betrayal really bring up tears, confusion and weird feelings. I was caught up into tornado of emotion, tight throat, trying to figure out how Medusa will get out of this mess! Jeez, I never read about something so sad, but so beautiful in the same time. So I give one of my biggest Mermaid Tears for this book! The first few chapters were a bit slower, so I didn't really jump in the book. But then, we meet Poseidon and everything seems to really start from there. The romance between Medusa and Ariston was sweet and enchanting: even if they know they don't have a lot of time together, they spend every second as if tomorrow would never come. I give my sweet candy love for these bewitching love birds! I was amaze by the way Sasha Summers described every scenes (she put a lot of passion and time into her story and it shows) and I love every part of this book. I like the interactions between the Gods and Goddess; they are so superficial and imbued with themselves! I think Sasha Summers is an author you should keep an open/wide/interested eye on! I recommend this book to every Greek mythology lovers, paranormal romance lovers and this book should be on your TBR pile right now! Buy or Borow, but you have to read it!
joakess More than 1 year ago
Greek mythology, forbidden love, honor and duty... I thoroughly enjoyed every page. The author paints a beautiful ancient scene that capitivates the imagination and kept me turning pages. Medusa and Ariston's heart wrenching tale sucked me in and left me wanting more. The Greek gods meddling in the mortal's affairs is entertaining, and I have to mention that Medusa's owl, Thea, is one of my favorite characters in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm really not into Greek mythology then I read this book and was left wanting more. I have to know if there's a sequel planned. It totally rocked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always thought of Medusa as a monster. I never knew the love story behind the beast the gods created. This book was AWESOME.
DeidraAlexander More than 1 year ago
Medusa is an epic read. The characters are bold and exciting. Ms. Summer's prose reads easily, like poetry for the heart. I absolutely loved it.
trindiebooks More than 1 year ago
Sasha Summers tells the familiar Medusa tale but creates a new and imaginative back story. We finally get to see Medusa's point of view and learn her motivations. She becomes a sympathetic character that we root for, care for and want the best for. A creative and inspiring retelling of the myth. Loved it and highly recommend.
LynnRush More than 1 year ago
I'm not into mythology--at all really--but I am now!!! I'd always thought of Medusa as a nasty old thing...but Sasha Summers paints a very unique and surprising picture of this mythological creature. And she did it WELL! Such great writing had me yanked into each and every page. I felt like I was right there in that era. Feeling what they were feeling. I just love that in a story. The love between the hero and heroine is enviable. It's what love stories are made for, really. It just tugged at me and kept me thinking about it long after I read the book. It was captivating! Nicely done, Sasha Summers!
ABCollins More than 1 year ago
Long before she became the monster who turned people to stone, Medusa was a young woman with a strong sense of duty to her family and the Goddess Athena. In a tragic twist of fate, Medusa is ripped from the life and love she knows by an evil, jealous God. Sasha Summers has brought Medusa and her hero to life with this beautiful and tragic story.