Pan's Conquest by Aubrie Dionne "A delightful tale of love lost and found again— and of Gods who must learn to grow beyond their fates. Highly recommended!"—Tiffany Allee Syrinx pulled a fast one on Pan to escape his raging lust. The God of Chastity wasn't about to break her vows and succumb to his temptations. Transported to the twenty-first century, she runs a florist shop - fulfilling her fake, mortal life. Until the breathtaking Parker Thomas hires her to decorate his grand estate for a gala. Five hundred roses? Easy enough. Except Parker makes her feel things she can't ignore...
As the God of Fertility, Pan is used to maidens flocking in droves to his pastures. So when Syrinx denies him, he's determined to win the one that got away. He poses as a mortal to get close to her, but he doesn't count on falling hard for his conquest - hard enough to make a life and stay.
But Syrinx is falling in love with a man that doesn't exist. Can Pan hide his identity forever, or will the truth tear them apart?
About the Author
Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. 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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By Aubrie Dionne, Theresa Marie Cole
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A Florist Called Ms. Rain
No more glades full of maidens, dances with nymphs, or eternal spring. Pan ran his fingers along the dry reeds of his flute. The power of his magic vibrated the air columns with an almost imperceptible resonant hum. He was tempted to place his lips on the reeds one last time, but he'd have company before long, and he wasn't about to seduce his butler.
Pan tilted his head, expecting his long hair to brush his shoulders, then remembering he'd cut it in the urban fashion of the twenty-first century, slicking it back with mousse so only a few strands curled around his forehead. Accustomed to listening to changes in the wind, the distant bleat of sheep, and the whispering of maidens in love, he could hear his butler's distinctly measured gait from three floors away.
But Rutherford's patient approach was not the reason he had hired him. The old man didn't ask questions, and to a god posing as a mortal, lack of curiosity was a virtue.
Pan opened the top drawer in his mahogany desk and placed the flute under a stack of papers. If he was going to maintain his pretense as a convincing mortal, then he couldn't use it. Besides, he didn't need it. He was the god of fertility. Charisma oozed from his every pore. He'd won every female he'd ever wanted — whether maiden, nymph, or god.
Except for Syrinx. Beautiful, sensuous Syrinx.
A gentle knock came from the door.
Stifling a rare current of doubt, he pushed the drawer back into the desk with a squeak. Gods weren't supposed to feel inferior, and it irritated him. "Come in."
The door cracked open, and Rutherford's bulbous nose poked in. "I assume you are presentable, sir?"
Pan rolled his eyes. Maybe he shouldn't have put in that "ultimate protection of the client's privacy" clause. "Yes, yes, come in."
Rutherford opened the door. He wore the same kind of black-and-gray suit he'd worn the past year. Mortals lacked so much imagination. "Have you spoken with the florist?"
Rutherford nodded, peering at him from round, thick-rimmed glasses used by grandfathers and librarians. "She called back this morning."
"And you insisted she come see the grounds?" Now Pan would see whether the old man deserved that big paycheck he'd conjured from thin air.
The butler bowed his head. "She's on her way."
Eager expectation filled Pan's body, charging him with a wild swell of desire. "Excellent." He smoothed the front of his cleanly pressed white button-down shirt and glanced at his reflection in the large balcony window. Would she recognize him?
He didn't even recognize himself.
With his powers, he'd changed his eye color, giving up his sharp pasture-green gaze for a toned-down copper brown. He'd shaved his bramble of a beard, twisting mustache, and overgrown sideburns. Now his angular jaw and high cheekbones came out with sharp definition. Hair that cascaded around his shoulders in russet curls was tamed into short waves of a lighter, amber color. His skin, once smudged with dirt and tan as leather, was cleaned until a light dusting of freckles he didn't even know he had spread across his nose. And of course, his oh-so-sexy horns and hooves were gone. Shouldn't walk around with those downtown.
But he couldn't wipe that mischievous spark from his eyes or the way his gaze simmered like a fire waiting to be stoked.
He'd just have to hope thousands of years were long enough for her to forget.
"Can I get you anything else, Mr. Thomas?" It took Pan a second to return to reality. "Yes. Bring out a tray of hors d'oeuvres and the best bottle of wine from our cellar."
The butler raised a bushy gray eyebrow. "Sir? Normally one wouldn't offer food and wine to hired help."
Pan had to be careful. He couldn't look too eager. "You're right. But, I value their services, so make it the second best."
"As you wish." With a stoic face, Rutherford bowed politely and left.
It had been a little over a year since he'd moved to the mortal world and hired Rutherford. Over that time, he'd come to appreciate his advice and his company, even if he didn't want to admit it to Rutherford or even himself.
Pan walked to the balcony and scanned the vast gardens of his estate. He'd chosen sculptured rose bushes, beds of radiant butterfly weed, groves of wild lupine, and the lightest, prettiest blue hydrangea shrubs in the mortal world. It was enough to make any florist swoon.
Now I'll know if it was all worth it.
It had to be. Syrinx had cursed him with her scorn. She injured his reputation, and he wasn't accustomed to losing. When Coral, out of desperation, spilled the beans on Syrinx's whereabouts, he'd given everything up to win her over. He wasn't leaving the mortal world until he succeeded. Syrinx would be his.
* * *
"So tell me again why we're trekking all the way up to this client's house if the event isn't for another two weeks." Kaye mumbled with her barrette in her mouth as she pinned back her curly, black hair with both hands.
Syrinx turned their VW Bug around the corner, and a lawn so beautiful it reminded her of the ancient gardens of Babylon sprang up before them. That particular color of hydrangea blossom was beautiful and rare. She shook her head, trying to forget her memories for the thousandth time in the last five years. If she pretended hard enough, she could almost imagine herself born as a normal woman, struggling alongside everyone else to make ends meet pursuing her dream.
Kaye smacked her arm. "Earth to Sylvia."
Syrinx narrowed her eyes, focusing on the road. "Because he insists we see the size of the estate to plan how many roses we'll need."
"Honestly, all he has to do is send us the dimensions. We're not idiots."
"Yes, but he's the customer, Kaye. And a very rich one at that." Even though she could conjure money from thin air, she enjoyed playing the game, earning her food and shelter the way mortals did. When she first entered the human world, she used her powers to survive, which only drew attention to her and risked her identity being known. After learning how to exist without magic, she couldn't imagine living any other way.
"Oh, all right. But there are a thousand other things we could be doing: filling May Phillip's order for her mother's birthday, watering the gardens, replanting the marigolds in larger pots ..."
"We'll be back at work soon enough." Syrinx turned into a circular driveway and parked the car next to a fountain with water spewing from a mermaid's mouth. Nice. Centuries later, her friends were reduced to simple caricatures. It was too bad most of the gods had left the mortals to fend for themselves over the years. They'd lost their reverence for nature, among other things.
She glanced up at an eighteenth-century colonial summer house complete with gray brick turrets on either side and a wrought iron gate. Someone had taken a lot of care to restore the painted glass windows and the wooden beams in the facade.
"Good, because old mansions like this give me the heebie-jeebies." Kaye shivered and stepped out of the car. "They remind me of Mr. Rochester's crazy wife locked up in the attic or the movie where Nicole Kidman's a ghost but she doesn't know it."
Syrinx had studied modern-day behavior by watching movies, although in the last five years, she'd learned to hold her own without the pop culture tutoring. She liked fantasy movies much more than horror, but she'd still seen enough to know her ghosties. "The Others?"
"Yeah, that's the one!" Kaye wrapped her arms around herself as they climbed the stone steps to large oak doors twice their height. "Hopefully, this one doesn't have any ghosts."
Syrinx laughed. "I doubt it." Ghosts were confined to the underworld. Gods could roam the earth freely, but you'd find no chain-dragging skeletons here. Thank goodness, because Hades would have a field day. She wished she could reassure her friend that her spectral worries were for naught, but giving her any more information would only blow Syrinx's cover. And she enjoyed playing along with the mortals way too much.
"Where's the doorbell?" Kaye bounced on her heels. Usually, they wore sneakers and jeans while kneeling in the dirt, but Syrinx had insisted they dress up for this meeting because this was an important client. Kaye looked adorable in her beige pencil skirt and floral blouse. It reminded Syrinx she needed to take her on a girls' night out soon. As the goddess of chastity, Syrinx didn't need love, but Kaye might want to go looking. Setting up her friend would be more than fun.
"Looks like we'll have to do it the old-fashioned way." Syrinx picked up a large bronze ring and knocked three times.
They waited while a hot summer breeze played with strands of their hair.
"Looks like no one's home." Kaye moved to leave, but Syrinx grabbed her arm. Mortals were so impatient.
"Wait a sec."
"Hey, do you think Mr. Thomas is a brooding, handsome older man like Mr. Rochester with a deep, dark secret?" Kaye glanced around the grounds.
"Honestly, you have a way overactive imagination." Syrinx shook her head. "I'm sure he's just as boring as any other man."
Kaye's eyes came to rest on Syrinx. Intrigue sparked in her gaze.
Reaching out to touch a strand of Syrinx's hair, she said, "Your hair glows lighter each time you're out in the sun. It looks magical, like ... iridescent moonlight."
Syrinx pretended to be annoyed. Kaye was brighter than she led on. Her wit coupled with her imagination brought her closer to Syrinx's secret every day. Someday, she'd catch on to the fact that Syrinx never aged, got sick, or slept. "It's called bleach."
Just then, the door opened, and an elderly man with an elephantine nose peered down at them. "Ladies, I assume you're from Sylvia's Creations?"
"Excellent assumption." Syrinx smiled and offered her hand. "Sylvia Rain. This is my assistant, Kaye Underhill."
He shook both their hands. "Rutherford Hayes. I spoke to you on the phone." With a wave of his hand, he led them in.
A crystal chandelier hung in the center of the foyer. Two grand staircases spiraled on either side to a balcony carved in wood. A vase of hyacinths sat on a large oriental rug, the flowers splayed out in the perfect arrangement only a true florist would notice.
"It's beautiful." Syrinx was impressed, and it was hard to impress a god who'd seen primordial spring envelop the land of the nymphs in all its glory.
"In a spooky, Mr. Rochester sort of way." Kaye frowned.
Syrinx elbowed her in the arm. She should have left her pruning the roses.
Rutherford raised an eyebrow at her comment. "Master Thomas will be with you shortly."
As Rutherford paced slowly back up the stairs, Syrinx pulled her friend aside. "Let me do the talking, okay?"
"Sure, silence the brains behind the organization." Kaye winked at Syrinx, then gazed past her shoulder. Her eyes widened. She whispered under her breath. "Holy Mary, mother of hotness. Who is that?"
Maybe Syrinx didn't have to take Kaye out on a girls' night after all. She turned around.
A clean-cut young man in his late twenties claimed the balcony like the throne of a king. He wore a pressed suit that hugged the curves of his rugged shoulders and broad chest. The strong angles of his face and his smoldering copper-brown eyes drew her attention.
But the way he looked at her made her feel as though they'd known each other for centuries. She studied his face, looking for anything to bring up memories, but she could recall no man with such perfect cheekbones or a clean-shaven, strong-lined jaw. If she wasn't in the modern-day mortal world, she would have sworn he was a god. But she'd known all of them, and they'd left the mortal world eons ago.
And none of them had ever turned her head the way he did.
He started down the stairs, his movements swift and definitive. "Ladies, may I introduce myself? I'm Parker Thomas, owner of the estate and grounds."
He reached the bottom step and offered his hand.
Kaye took it immediately. "Kaye Underhill. Nice to meet you, Mr. Thomas."
His eyes glanced over her, shining like molten caramel as they rested on Syrinx. He took his hand away from Kaye and offered it to her.
Syrinx took his hand, feeling rough calluses on his skin — uncommon for rich businessmen. "Sylvia Rain."
"Sylvia?" He smiled in amusement.
A current of irritation bristled the hairs on the back of her neck. What was his problem? She'd chosen a perfectly normal mortal name. "Yes. You can call me Ms. Rain."
"Ms. Rain, of course. What a fitting last name for a florist." He said it as if he knew she'd made it up.
Syrinx straightened her shoulders. "We've come to take a look at the dimensions of the rooms you'd like decorated, as per your request."
"Certainly. Thank you for coming." He swept his arm over the room. "This is the main foyer and the room I'd like decorated from the balcony to the floor."
Syrinx brought out her phone and started taking pictures. "All in roses?"
He followed her around the vase at the center of the room. "Yes. They are my favorite. The red ones, of course. They signify love and passion."
She glanced at him and raised an eyebrow. "That will be costly."
He waved his hand. "No matter. Whatever it takes."
"I'll provide a quote shortly." Syrinx snapped another picture. Passion? That was like poison to a goddess of chastity. Who was this guy?
Kaye picked up a bronze statue of a man riding a horse and examined it. As she put it back on the shelf, she knocked over a porcelain vase and caught it before it tumbled off.
Syrinx gave Kaye a death look. Her assistant shouldn't be manhandling the scenery, especially when she had a propensity to drop things. Kaye ignored her, following Mr. Thomas as he followed Syrinx. "What, exactly, is this party for? Just to help us plan, of course."
"Of course." He ran his fingers over a hyacinth. "This is a party for business associates."
The thought of him running the same fingers over Syrinx's bare skin made her blush, and she looked away. Normally, her thoughts didn't go there. They hadn't since ... since back on Mount Olympus. "They must be very important to you."
He maneuvered in front of her and found her gaze once again. "Indeed, they are." The intensity stirring within the copper-brown depths of his eyes unnerved her. It was almost as if he was saying she was important to him. But that was crazy. They hardly knew each other.
Syrinx clung to business. "And the other rooms?"
He offered his arm. "If you'll follow me ..."
One thing was for sure: to a goddess of chastity, he was trouble. Syrinx wished Kaye would come and take his arm instead, but he offered it to her and her alone.
Kaye stared at her with a mix of envy and amusement.
"Very well." Syrinx barely touched the pressed sleeve of his expensive suit. Electricity ran through her, distracting her from her work. With the barest touch, she could feel the strength in his arm and smell his woodsy, fresh pine scent. The practiced grace with which his body moved reminded her of a stag hunter, while the wildness in his eyes resembled the prey itself. Nothing about him matched the crisp suit, yet it made the whole package irresistible.
"What kind of business are you in, Mr. Thomas?" Kaye followed them into the room.
His arm tensed under Syrinx's touch. Kaye's question seemed to catch him off guard, which made Syrinx even more intrigued. Didn't he expect them to ask about his work to better decorate the party?
"Fertility." He led them into a parlor even more gorgeous than the foyer, with leather couches and a grand stone fireplace with statues of golden deer running across the mantle.
Syrinx released his arm, busying herself with more pictures. His occupation made perfect sense, given the opulence of the grounds. Those fertility doctors could make a fortune. Was he following his dream, or was he in it for the money? Syrinx admired people who followed their dreams like her.
"You mean you help women conceive? That's very honorable." Kaye shot Syrinx a glance and wiggled her eyebrows.
Syrinx reached in her purse and gave her a small piece of paper. "Record the dimensions."
Mr. Thomas grinned, his gaze falling over Syrinx and drinking her in. "I give them their heart's desire."
Syrinx looked away, snapping another picture. She bet he did. Gosh, the last thing she needed was a fling with a playboy bachelor. She had dual reputations to uphold: her goddess identity and her business practices. "This is all we need. We have to get back to the shop."
She moved toward the door. Rutherford appeared with a silver tray of cheeses and a bottle of what looked like very old and expensive wine, blocking her exit.
Mr. Thomas joined her at the door, picking a piece of cheese from the tray. "Can't you stay for a bite to eat?"
"I'm afraid not." She looked back at Kaye, who glared as if she had ruined the party. "We have work to do if you want this place covered in roses in two weeks."
Disappointment made hard angles in his gorgeous face. Wild unrest stirred underneath the business facade. "Very well."
Syrinx slipped her phone into her purse. "It was nice to meet you, Mr. Thomas."
If he was upset, he recovered quickly with a curl of his lips. "Likewise."
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Table of Contents
Chapter One: A Florist Called Ms. Rain,
Chapter Two: Intruder,
Chapter Three: One and Only,
Chapter Four: Games,
Chapter Five: With Open Eyes,
Chapter Six: Holding Back,
Chapter Seven: Even Beat,
Chapter Eight: Company for the Road,
Chapter Nine: Castle in the Clouds,
Chapter Ten: Desired,
Chapter Eleven: A Mortal's Love,
Chapter Twelve: Sabotage,
Chapter Thirteen: Truth,
Chapter Fourteen: Fingerprints,
Chapter Fifteen: Champagne,
Chapter Sixteen: Endless Forest,
Chapter Seventeen: Assistance from the Assistant,
Chapter Eighteen: Greenland,
About the Author,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pan’s Conquest is a fun, easy read. The author, Aubrie Dionne, lulls you into the mythological tale of Pan (God of Fertility) and Syrinx (Goddess of Chastity). And then, she takes you on a journey of modern day love with a Godly twist. Tired of running from Pan’s pursuits, Syrinx escapes her life and becomes Sylvia Rains, a florist. She creates a life for herself among the human race. But, what she doesn’t count on is Pan’s determination. When Parker Thomas, a rich businessman, shows up in her life requesting her floral services and some personal time, she doesn’t know what hit her. And she sure doesn’t know it’s her long lost stalker. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, romantic read. You’ll enjoy the story, the characters, and most of all the love.
You can’t be more opposite than the Goddess of Chastity and the God of Fertility. Just about everyone knows that mythology rarely has a happily ever after; myths are fraught with sadness, death, and mostly unhappy endings. Ms. Dionne takes a chance by taking on a myth (well known or not) and changing it into a love story gone right. There was more to this story than just a sweet love story though. Throughout the book the characters morph into more than they started out as. Just because you carry a label, doesn’t mean that has to define you. People can change, sometimes it just takes finding the right person to make them want to change. Yes, a lot of it is cliché, the playboy meets the one woman in the world who doesn’t chase after and desire him… it starts as a game… a game for one night…but it ends with so much more. I know, I know… it’s not what we normally review here…but it’s Mother’s Day! So just humor me for a few minutes :) This is a really quick read; I read it in a few hours while my kids were at a birthday party (and it was one of those rare moments when my house was quiet and I didn’t have a million things that needed to get done immediately). It’s short, it’s sweet, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
My overall impression of this book is ok. I didn't too much like the beginning. When the characters started living in the present day it made the story more enjoyable for me. It also helped me to start to like the characters. Syrinx was very determined to remain true to her vow of chastity. Pan loved the chase of getting any goddess and maiden he wanted. However, Syrinx would not be such an easy conquest. During his stint living as a human he began looking at women in a different way. I ended up liking this book. I think that there may be a book 2 based on the way it ended. I didn't mind the happily ever after as it made sense to have one with this book. I think that once you get past the very beginning of the book any romance fan will enjoy this novel. For me, it was a medium paced book meaning that it took me a few days to finish. *received as an arc Bunnita @ Worth Reading It?
First off, I have to say that I enjoyed this book. This book is definitely a page turner. I was sucked into the story from the beginning. I found myself hoping for a happy ending. I was rooting for Pan very early on. I love that the characters were able to grow and become better. So this book appealed to me on so many levels. With that being said I did have some issue with this story. I wanted so much to like this book more than I did because the synopsis was so interesting. I think there should have been more mythology in it to round out the story better. I also felt that the storyline with the butler should have been expanded on. This story has all the elements to be a truly amazing read but the author didn’t achieve the depth that I like to see in a book. Overall this book I feel will appeal to a lot of readers. If you are looking for something short and to the point than this is the book for you. I personally liked the book but I didn’t love it. I just felt the book need more but I do suggest that you check it out for your self!
Hot yet clean fantasy romance. 4.5 *Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Syliva Rain owns the flower shop Sylvia’s Creations and she’s not doing too badly considering she’s Syrinx, a goddess imitating a human and living without using her powers. When she gets an order for 500 roses for an important client and he invites her to the house to take measurements, she and her assistant Kaye go to meet this rich mysterious man. However, when Syrinx meets Parker Thomas she’s attracted to him and that’s not good for the goddess of chastity. After all, hadn’t she fled to the 21st century to escape the attentions of Pan, the god of fertility, to protect what she held most dear? If she could resist giving in to Pan then she could certainly resist a mere human. She doesn’t realize though that Parker Thomas is actually Pan, come to the human realm in pursuit of the one who got away. And Pan doesn’t know that in his pursuit, he will face some hard truths about himself. What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Looks like we’re about to find out. This is a great read. The writing is wonderful and the characters seem to just step right off the page. It made my office seem a bit crowded, but it was worth it. I loved Syrinx, but Pan is the one who stole my heart. At first, he was a bit of a jerk. He is just interested in getting laid. I know he’s the god of fertility and all that, but it just made him seem kinda sleazy. When he goes human and interacts with his butler Rutherford and then later when Syrinx talks about her ‘stalker’ (Pan) that’s when he starts seeing himself in a different light and he doesn’t particularly like what he sees. He grows as a character and that makes him wonderful. My only complaint is that I really didn’t get who Rutherford was and why he felt Pan, er, Parker Thomas needed him or how he even knew. I even thought he might have been a god in disguise, but that didn’t pan out. Hehe I said pan. Anyway, this is an excellent boy-chases-girl story with wonderful characters and mythology added for extra spice.
This was a very sweet and fast read. I really liked Syrinx. She's a strong female character who fought for what she believed in. But she also has flaws. She could be so determined that she has to be the Goddess of chastity that she wouldn't let herself love. Pan was also great. Seeing the growth from him just being in lust with everything to actually falling for one person. It was a lot of fun to read! They are definitely great together. I'd definitely recommend it for those looking for a light, easy, clean romance to read. It's quite amusing reading about the Gods trying to pass as humans
To begin with, I fell for Pan and HARD the first time I saw this cover and read the book's description. I know that writing them is not always easy for an author so I give major kudos to Aubrie for a job well done. Then she had to follow through and live up to my already very high expectations. Could she do it? Was Pan's Conquest that good after all? The basic gist of the story is that Syrinx, the Goddess of Chastity, is on the run. She needs to escape Pan, the God of Fertility. He seriously desires her and he is not about to stop until he has her. To put a fun spin on things, Aubrie brings them down to the mortal realm to try to solve their problems but being human both helps and hinders them. Loving Mythology as I do, I've always been a fan of the story of Pan and Syrinx. Ms. Dionne has a fun modern romantic take on it that really gives it a fantastic paranormal twist. It's a quick, light read packed with ...le sigh... lots of emotion. It certainly keeps you engaged, page after page. Pan is one very hot Fertility God and I am very happy to report that Ms. Dionne delivered the book as described above. I do hope to see more from her and soon. ;) Rating: 5 STARS***** I received this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.
Syrinx is the goddess of chastity and she is being pursued by Pan the god of fertility. She is determined to stay away from him, and her plan was to join the modern world to escape him. Living without her magic, and being part of the human world. Syrinx finds her joy in a owning a Florist shop in the modern world. She has a dear friend and co-worker Kaye who she has hidden her identity from this whole time. She is torn between telling her who she really is and staying in hiding so that Pan will be unable to find her. In the mean time she meets wealthy Parker Thomas who wants her to decorate for his gala. I like the fact that the gods are hiding in the modern world. How many times have I wished I could just think something up and have it appear. I like the relationship between Sylvia and Parker. Syrinx doesn't realize what an influence she has on Pan, and neither did he. I like how the relationship grows, and that Pan finds out there is more to a person than just getting them into bed. The story seemed to move a little fast for me at times, but it was an enjoyable read. I like how Syrinx and Pan found out more about themselves, and what they truly wanted out of life. I didn't like how Syrinx was the goddess of chastity and that her sister told her that wasn't "who" she was. She could choose different. I love the love story, but I think the goddess should have been of something else. I don't like the fact that she just gave it up for a night of pleasure. I guess that is something all couples have to struggle with, so it was a little realistic, but my thought was that they were Gods she should have been able to resist. Who knows. Just a thought. Having said that, I really did enjoy reading it. It was a quick and fun read. It's a sweet love story. Source: I recived this book as part of a blog tour in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review, and these are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
This story definitely presents a very unique take on the Greek myths. It is well written and an enjoyable read. By the end of this novel I was definitely completely wrapped up in the story. I needed to know how it all ended. It was so sweetly romantic. It definitely made me smile. I really appreciated how Dionne brought her story to life, allowing you to feel with and for her characters while seeing the action take place. Dionne presents her audience with characters that remain somewhat superficial throughout. They are written with the assumption that the reader knows Greek mythology well and therefore are able to determine their histories. Unfortunately I found that since I really didn’t get to know the characters in an in depth manner the story was a bit hard to get into at times. That said, I found Syrinx to be the ideal character type for a god playing the mortal. It shines through in her slips to formal language in dialogue and in her actions. This really was a uniquely entertaining read. Being a reader who is deeply dependent on characters to bring the story to light I would have liked to see a bit more development but overall did enjoy reading it. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
A sweet and lovely romance, Pan's Conquest was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was light, sweet, and an enjoyable read. Syrinx was a lovely heroine. She was strong and determined to stay true to herself despite the urging of others. My one problem with her was that she was rather judgmental. It was even directly stated several times that it was part of her nature. It annoyed me how she was so self-righteous and determined to stay on her high horse. Other than that, though, I thought she was great. Pan was wonderful. He started off as the playboy god that he is in mythology. But, over the course of the book, I knew version of him was created, one that slowly learned the importance of deeper relationships and eventually fell in love. I thought his character was very sweet and totally adorable. The romance was lovely. Syrinx and Pan were great together, when they both got over their issues. This is a fairly clean romance, so it was mostly sweet. I thought they were a wonderful couple. The plot was well paced. I wasn't totally hooked, but I was kept interested the entire way through. I enjoyed the story and the ending was very sweet. Pan's Conquest was a wonderful light paranormal romance. I really enjoyed reading this lovely book. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out. *I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review
I was given an ARC for my honest review This book was really good. it left me saying "wow". Ok I still don't have the words for this book. I loved the mythological aspect dealing with the main characters. They can live in any century they choose and they end up in our time. One is running from the other, and one chasing to win another conquest in bed. But they never would have known that they would fall in love. This is a must read.
Syrinx has escaped the God of Fertility, Pan, untouched by his lusty ambitions. Transporting herself to the twenty-first century, she has a fulfilling life as a florist. She wants for nothing more until the gorgeous Parker Thomas orders hundreds of roses for a gala. While Syrinx loves her work, Parker is distracting, making her desire something she never thought she'd want. Except Parker doesn't really exist. He's Pan in disguise, and he's finding he wants more than just one night with Syrinx. Can the past be forgiven or will it break both their hearts? A fantastic paranormal romance with a mythological twist. I've always been a fan of the story of Pan and Syrinx, and I love Aubrie Dionne's modern take on it. It's a light read packed with a lot of emotion, a very hot Fertility God, and a bit of mystery. It doesn't lean heavily on the paranormal aspect, but focuses on the characters themselves and that's what brings the magic to the tale. Syrinx is the Goddess of Chastity and holds on to which is dear to her. I admire her strength and her compassion. Pan plays true to his randy role until his life as Parker begins to change him. I can see why all the maidens find him enchanting! I highly recommend this to readers who like contemporary and paranormal romance.
I don't know how many out there know a lot about Greek Mythology. Honestly, I only know a few of the really big names like Zeus, Hera, and Hades. However, most of the stories are interesting, but we just don't focus a lot of time on them. So, when I got an opportunity to checkout Pan's Conquest by Aubrie Dionne, I just jumped at the opportunity for a couple of reasons. One, the story intrigued me. Second, I have enjoyed Aubrie's writing before. For those who don't know who Pan is, he's a lusty god of fertility. Basically, Pan is always looking for his next conquest, after all he's a lusty fellow. However, there's one who didn't want to take any part of his activities and that was Syrinx. Now Syrinx is know as the goddess of chastity. It wouldn't be a good idea for Syrinx to cavort with Pan. I mean that would put a damper on the whole chastity thing. Anyway, Syrinx needed to get away from Pan, so she asked a nymph for help. This lead Syrinx to the modern day and she become Sylvia Rain. Of course, Pan can let Syrinx go, so he follows her. Pan becomes Parker Thomas in the modern day. Now he's trying to conquer Syrinx, because he has always wanted her and maybe he'll be able to move on. I enjoyed Pan's Conquest. Yes, Pan is a bit of a stalker in the story, but when he started out he wanted to make Syrinx his next conquest no matter what. Plus, he didn't consider her feelings when he set out on this quest. However, after living in the mortal world and having a good friend he learned that he needed to take others into consideration. I love how he starts to get to know Syrinx as a person rather than object. I think what really helped Pan realize this was the wise words he received from Mr Rutherford: "You can be whomever you want to be, Mr. Thomas. It's your actions that define who you are. Not others' preconceived notions. The people who matter the most should know who you really are--the true you." Overall, Pan's Conquest is an excellent story about a lusting god who tries to go after a conquest, but realizes there might more to life. So, if you have a hankering for a greek god and what to see if he's willing to change for love, you might want to read Pan's Conquest. Favorite Quote: "You have to take chances to love, or else you'll never love at all." Copy provided by publisher
Pan's Conquest actually is a sweet re-telling of a tragedy tale from Greek Myth, about Pan and Syrinx, a river nymph that also goddess of chastity. Pan himself is a god of fertility, so yeah, they are not match made in Mt Olympus. Pan disguised himself as Parker Thomas in order to meet Syrinx that now is a florist named Sylvia Rain. The basic of this story mostly about how Pan finally learn about love from his loyal buttler Rutherford and how Syrinx can overcome her vow of chastity to accept love from a god that once chased her but also make her heart beating. I like this re-telling. The story is so simple and also quick to read. The secondary characters like Rutherford and Kaye, Syrinx's friend add depth to the story. But, ehm I have my little complaint. Usually when reading Covet books, I will guaranted one or two hot sex scenes from both MCs. And because hero of this book is god of fertility, so, yeah, steamy sex, here I come! Turn that, I really, really disappointed. We just have some kiss scenes from Pan and Syrinx, and when it come when they finally have sex, it's like.. nothing happen! Fade to black scene! Maybe you will think that I'm exaggerated, but I need my smut! Especially from Covet title. It feel silly to reduce the stars because lack of sex scene, but I do have one more reason. The ending is too simple, the villain also, well, two dimensional. So, if you want to read a sweet story, with touch of Greek myth and need a quick read too, you can consider to read Pan's Conquest.
Lust to Love...Pan in the God of Fertility who has followed Syrinx the goddess of Chasity to Modern times ...Even though she desires him too, she doesn't want to be just another "notch on his belt' , and at first, it is just about conquest for him. Both gods are pretending to be mortal to fit in. There is really a sweet story about them getting to really know each other and themselves, and about how people can and do change...and about love. Both Pan and Syrinx are very likeable and vulnerable characters....and Pan is both super sexy and sweet the same time. Good story
Syrinx is the God of Chasity and she won't break her vows. Pan makes her want things she can't have so she runs from him and hides in the twenty-first century. Running a floral shop she lives a normal mortal life. She takes a job for a great looking man named Parker to decorate his estate for a gala. She worries because she starts to fall for Parker. Pan won't give up wanting Syrinx. He is the God of Fertility and while most maidens run to him, Syrinx is constantly running away. He will do anything to get what he wants including posing as a mortal to trick Syrinx. What he doesn't expect is to fall for Syrinx. She makes him want more than just a fling. However a person from the past is out to make sure they don't come together. This is a wonderful story that I wanted more of. I love the author's take on Pan and Syrinx. They say opposites attract and in this case they sure do. Syrinx is a great character who only wants to keep her vows. She runs and hides from Pan thinking he will finally give up. She really is just scared of her own feelings and what will happen if she listens to her heart. She has an amazing mortal friend who you really want to have her own story. Pan at first lives up to his image but as he lives as a mortal trying to trick Syrinx he learns what it really means to care for someone else. His butler tells him about his own love and it makes Pan think about what is really important. I enjoyed getting to see both characters open up about what they want and how they feel. If you enjoy mythology or just want a quick good read this may be the one for you.
This book is a good read. Pan has been wanting Syrinx since he has seen her. Syrinx wants nothing to do with Pan. Will they get there happy ending, read to find out.
Syrinx, the Goddess of Chastity, is on the run. She needs to escape Pan, the God of Fertility. He desires her and he won't stop until he has her. To find peace, she goes to the mortal world and assumes a human identity. Is she safe? She is happy on earth and enjoys working with her flowers. However, everything changes when she meets the charismatic Parker Thomas. He tempts her, but what does she know about him? Will she break her vow of chastity? Will she find love? Aubrie Dionne writes a romantic story of love among the Gods. I felt the magic and the sexual chemistry that surrounds Syrinx and Pan. The story is well written, the dialogue is lively and the romance is passionate. It was touching to see Pan learn from a mere human that love is precious when it's shared with that one special person. I love Pan's Conquest. This book is a keeper.
Title: Pan's Conquest Author: Aubie Dionne Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC Published: 2-24-2014 ISBN: 978-1-62266-346-0 E-Book ASIN: B00I6ZXOZY Pages: 119 Genre: Romance Tags: Paranormal, Fantasy, Mythology Sensual Level: Mild Overall Rating: Great 4.5 Who could be more polar opposites than the goddess of chastity and the god of fertility. Sometimes fates look at the world and have themselves a huge laugh. Aubrie Dionne shows her sense of humor by having Syrinx, who has pledge to remain chaste all her days, is having that pledge tempted by her feelings for Pan, the god of fertility. Unfortunately Pan desires any female, mortal or goddess. Syrinx, being chased once again by Pan, is nearly to the safety of the waterfall when she goes to save a young mortal girl from Coral, a water nymph. Coral takes great joy in playing with mortals lives, never caring if they live or die, just so long as she is entertained. nearly makes her submit to her desires. Knowing she can't go on she finds a way to hide from Pan in plain sight, with help from Coral who wants Pan for herself. For over a millennium Pan has looked for Syrinx, his heart heavy. Finally Coral confesses where to find her and he goes into action. It is years coming to fruition, but this time he will not let Syrinx escape from the pleasure he knows they will have in his bed. This short novella packs just a big of punch as any novel. Filled with humor and snappy dialog you will laugh as your heart melt under the heat generated by Pan and Syrinx. The integrity of Syrinx is to be admired, but one can not help question her sanity for resisting so long. Pick up your copy today if you enjoy reading about the romps between the gods and a story of love vs intellect. Come join myself and others who have come to call Ms. Dionne a new favorite author. You can be assured you will have a great time.
Syrinx pulled a fast one on Pan to escape his raging lust. The God of Chastity wasn't about to break her vows and succumb to his temptations. Transported to the twenty-first century, she runs a florist shop—fulfilling her fake, mortal life. Until the breathtaking Parker Thomas hires her to decorate his grand estate for a gala. Five hundred roses? Easy enough. Except Parker makes her feel things she can't ignore... As the God of Fertility, Pan is used to maidens flocking in droves to his pastures. So when Syrinx denies him, he's determined to win the one that got away. He poses as a mortal to get close to her, but he doesn't count on falling hard for his conquest—hard enough to make a life and stay. But Syrinx is falling in love with a man that doesn't exist. Can Pan hide his identity forever, or will the truth tear them apart? Review: I love stories that mix mythology with romance, including this one. This is the story of Pan, the God of Fertility and Syrinx, the Goddess of Chastity. They have both been long ruled by what they perceive/expect themselves to be instead of living how they really want to be or live. Pan has chased Syrinx forever and to escape him Syrinx gets Coral's help and comes to the present. Sylvia (Syrinx) has lived in the present for 5 years and has become a strong, smart business woman who runs her own florist shop. In comes Parker (Pan) who finally learns where Syrinx has gone to. Parker spends a year in the present and comes to depend/befriend his butler, Rutherford for help. Parker hires Sylvia to decorate his house for a big party and in the mean time tries to insinuate himself in her life. What starts out as a mere conquest quickly turns into much more. I really enjoyed this story, it had much depth and the characters really grew. Seeing them fall in love and the obstacles they had to overcome was a pleasure to read. I thought Coral was a great baddie, who truly gave me the picture of the girl from the Ring...lol but even she had depth and that what made it so believable. The scenes with Parker and Rutherford were great emotionally and wish there were more between them. Though I do want to know, why Rutherford's son Daniel looks so much like Parker/Pan. I loved the ending and thought the resolution was perfect for the story. 4 stars
If you love mythology and cute romances as I do, don't miss this new book by Aubrie Dionne! Syrinx, the goddess of chastity, escaped Pan, the god of fertility eons ago. His lust for Syrinx has not abated but she's disappeared. While Syrinx was attracted to Pan, she was not giving up her vow of chastity for him. Fast forward to a the 21st century. The gods and goddesses of old have scattered as they've lost their influence on everyone's daily lives. Syrinx renamed Sylvia now owns and manages a flower shop. All is well in her new mortal life until "Mother of Hotness" Parker Thomas hires Sylvia's shop to decorate his estate for a party and she has to fight feelings she hasn't felt for centuries. LOL! The war between Chastity and Fertility has never been told this way! Their cat and mouse game had more twists and turns than I thought possible! I laughed and couldn't put the book down until I was done! Very Good! 4 Stars!