Reluctant Gods

Reluctant Gods

by A. J. Aaron


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Become a supernatural immortal?...Reluctantly.

Book one of this fantasy series about reincarnated lovers.

Review by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite

Author A.J. Aaron is a genius. I loved this book! Although it had fantastical images, the real story was about Sevilen accepting his power. I understood that everything is as it should be but the author's depiction of this concept is exceptional. The laid-back dialogue and cool characters helped mix fantasy with what is usually considered a serious, esoteric subject. Leyna's mindset and sexual exploits are tastefully done. Quotes from Einstein, Toffler and Drucker reinforced the message.

"Reluctant Gods" asks you to imagine waking up one Saturday morning and learning that you are literally a god with the power to save the world. Your grandmother, Aysel, is an ancient mystic who showed you the secrets behind the trap door. Well, this scenario happened to Sevilen, an engineer with a back problem. Within 24 hours of Aysel's death, his health is restored. Then, he inherits $77 billion and learns he can telepathically transport to another dimension. He meets Alexander, a trusted servant and four new archangels - Raphael, Michael, Gabriel and Auriel. Together, these super humans will help him reunite with his one great love, Leyna, a gorgeous narcissist who misused her power and died in her past lives. But there is one catch: Sevilen must accomplish this before Leyna's next birthday and the proverbial clock is ticking.

Author's Description

Past lives and past mistakes echo themselves for over five hundred years until an ancient agreement with four archangels manifests itself to remind a witch and a wizard of their destiny. This is Leyna and Sevilen's last chance to reunite and achieve the godlike powers meant for them.

Sevilen, a former engineer, reluctantly takes on his role to try to save his love Leyna from his past life, since in this life, as in her past lives, she will be dead in months if he doesn't. In today's life, he doesn't even like her, and doesn't care to save her.

Leyna, a powerful, cruel, and callus executive, runs from Sevilen and the thoughts of becoming a goddess, or falling in love with a man.

The two are dumped into a world of magic where they gain abilities to create and destroy universes, throw a bolt of lightning, change into another body, or use their ESP to read minds.

What are the other characters like?

Laugh with the sexy great grandmother goddess, who keeps making passes at her great grandson. Marvel at the ancient, loving, manservant Alexander that makes Jeeve's look like a houseboy. Love the archangels, Michael (Mike), Gabriel (Gabby), Raphael (Rapper), and Auriel (Aurie), who look and act like no archangels you ever heard of.

What kind of a read will it be?

You will be engulfed in this tale of romance, denial, and disbelief, among an outrageous cast of characters. The comedic antics of the diverse and colorful characters will make you laugh while they become as familiar to you as your best friends, in this blend of fantasy, humor, mystery, and romance. Science, beliefs, and real life references will make you wonder, could this happen?

How is it written?

Detailed pictures are created in the reader's mind as they flow through this tale, vividly told. Journey through Prague in the Czech republic and walk the streets of Mala Strana and Stare Mesto. Visit the fully restored mansion in Chardon, Ohio where they all live.

This witch and wizard series, fantasy romance is like no other you will ever read. Is it really fiction that they attained their psychic powers? Or any of their powers?

BEWARE! Not for those with closed minds, or narrow viewpoints of life.

Click the "LOOK INSIDE" above and start reading this supernatural metaphysical fiction now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466231382
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/29/2011
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

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welchdesign More than 1 year ago
Truly Marvelous! Undoubtedly this marvelous book is intriguing from beginning to end. The story line is crafted with a great amount of fantastic twists and turns to leave you completely mesmerized. The characters were perfectly constructed and captivating. Surely this fabulous book sets inescapable traps to engage you to read to the very end. Now that’s really amazing for a fantasy book. The plot on the other hand is just breathtaking. It’s flawless. Thanks to the eloquence of the author, Sevilen’s world became very real. The unique imageries used were top notch. Truly Marvelous! Absolutely recommend
GemSeer More than 1 year ago
Reluctant Gods by A.J. Aaron is a solid example of the romance/paranormal/fantasy genre. To be clear a god for the purposes of this story is an immortal – although he or she can choose to incarnate and reincarnate into human existence. A god is distinct from an archangel. A god is a creator and destroyer of universes: yes, plural. There are also many gods, as numerous as the stars in a constellation. Only a few, however, have the wherewithal to claim their metaphysical legacy. A god can move between space, time and dimensions faster than you can bend down and tie your shoelaces. In short, a god can do whatever he or she pleases. The only limitation a god must contend with is the metaphysical balance between forces of good and evil. Additionally, a god cannot contravene free will – at least not without some serious consequences. Another limitation seems to be destiny and its link to Akashic Records. Reluctant Gods is a story about a quest of one god who must contend with different challenges, including destiny and unresolved past lives, in order to help another struggling god reach the final step in attaining godhood. The way the plot is structured, the 1999 movie Dogma by Kevin Smith comes to mind. There is a picaresque adventure and a lot of comedy—or at least numerous attempts. Like the film, archangels are constantly popping in and out, urging the reluctant god(s) toward their inexorable destiny to claim/reclaim their godhood. You would think if someone told you that you had omnipotent powers, you would say, “Hey, I’m down with that. Sign me up!” Apparently, having awesome powers is intimidating for a newly awakened human being. Fair enough. At 221 pages the book is not very long. But the plot drags on. That’s the part where Sevilen(Sevi) Decarain must find his true love and co-god Leyna DiAmore with the help of his Yoda-like mentor Aysel who can switch her appearance from dear old granny to Amanda Seyfried in a bikini. I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying Leyna has serious issues that are linked to her Akashic records. Figuring out how to resolve past issues is the main focus of the plot. Notions around twin flames, divine complements and spiritual contracts provide the key tension. The dialogue is the weakest element in what is otherwise a good story. Personally, I was no closer to understanding the characters than I did in the beginning. If anything, the whole book reads like a very long teaser to book two. The comedic interventions by the super beings fall flat on the page. The dialogue has a wooden and jumpy quality to it, like what you find in made –for- television teen-age drama – but not nearly as good. Maybe it would work on the screen as it did in the film Dogma. What enabled me to get through the book was the power of the author’s ideas. Why do I say this? Because every chapter begins with a quotation about the human experience from a variety of great thinkers from all ethnic, racial and cultural thinkers throughout history , including Maya Angelou, Albert Einstein, Confucius, the 19th century French poet Victor Hugo, Rumi, President Harry Truman and the early modern Spanish-American philosopher and novelist George Santayana who is known for the famous quote: “ Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Additionally, the author includes a reference list of the books that were relied upon in order to construct the story. Describing quantum physics to a lay audience would be challenging to any astrophysicist. Writing an entertaining story while trying to convey mystical and metaphysical concepts is a good deal harder. The author deserves 4 stars just for trying. Perhaps more guidance from a strong editor might have teased out the meaningless descriptions about Leyna’s high heels and used the words to make the characters come to life. The chapter where the main characters find themselves in Prague display the author’s best writing. There’s tension. There’s action. There are issues that engage the reader. Again, it is a shame that this kind of writing is not consistent throughout the book. Notwithstanding my criticism, the author succeeded, however, in getting me curious enough that I might be tempted to buy the next to book to see what happens. For those who are wary of anything that smacks of the occult, please note that the concept of Akashic Records is not unique to the occult. In the mystical teachings of the Sufi Muslims, Jewish Kabbalah, Christianity and Buddhism there is a concept of a “Book of Life” and the resurrection of souls. If you are interested in mysticism, this might be a good book. If you are someone who likes to collect quotes from great thinkers, this is an excellent book. The collection of quotes in the book alone would make a fantastic pamphlet. If you are a would-be writer in the fantasy genre, I would suggest reading this book for inspiration and to study how one writer was able to convey very difficult concepts. Four stars.
kmoody83 More than 1 year ago
A.J. Aaron’s Reluctant Gods is a wonderful example of a fantasy novel. When his Ninee, Aysel dies at 106 years old, Sevilen inherits everything, her house, her powers, and her $75 billion dollars spending money. There’s just one catch, he has inherited her position as the Designated One. His soulmate will die on her birthday within the year if he can’t find her and save her. In order to save her, he’ll have to help her learn to use her powers, put aside her man-using, dangerous ways, and get her to fall in love with him. All while learning to use and believe in his own powers. With the help of 4 archangels, Raphael, Auriel, Gabriel, and Michael, as well as some unexpected helpers, will he succeed? Although the cover of this book does not do it justice, the book itself is a treasure trove of a novel. The plot is well-developed and engaging. The descriptions and historical facts used to help create the story were well-integrated, flawless, and made you feel like you were right there with them. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter are thought-provoking and intriguing. The message of love in this book rings loud and clear, but is done in a tasteful way and does not overwhelm the story. The mixing of chakras, mythology, and god-like characters is unique and makes it feel more realistic than other fantasies. The characters are well-developed and entertaining, especially Gabriel. I didn’t care for the female lead, her growth seemed superficial at times, but the other characters made up for it. The unique personalities and reactions of all the characters are fun to read about and effortlessly draw the reader into Sevilen’s world. I love how the addition of the time-traveling abilities and the ability to change things with a mere thought integrate so readily into the character’s personalities as well as how they’re portrayed in a way that hasn’t been seen before in other books. Overall, I give it 5 stars. Worth the read for any fantasy reader or person who is interested in a slightly more new age-feel to their fiction reading.
mochalove More than 1 year ago
  Author A.J. Aaron entices readers with a great escapist read in his novel Reluctant Gods; this is the first novel of his fantasy romance series, which does not disappoint. This inventive fantasy romance incorporates components of the occult, magic, romance, and mild sexuality to create an interesting read featuring a curious mix of fascinating characters.Sevilen Decarain and Leyna Di Amore are old souls whose ultimate fate was determined many lifetimes before their own. Sevilen is the hero of this creative tale, he is wealthy, handsome, and albeit, a somewhat reluctant, newly realized god. Guided by his great grandmother, Aysel (also a god) he finds himself on a mission, to find an unfamiliar woman from his dreams, convince her that she will be a God  and that they are destined to be together to help mankind.  Initially hesitant to accept his fate and faced with a challenging task, Sevilen finds time is running out and for him obstacles abound. As polar opposites, it is hard for Sevilen to rein Leyna in.  While he is somewhat grounded and willing to cooperate, Leyna is hardheaded, selfish, angry, and oversexed.  If Sevilen does not succeed in convincing Leyna of her destiny, she will die by her birthday and miss the last chance for both of them to fulfill their eventual destinies of becoming Gods. This was an entertaining fantasy read; it was amusing at times especially the scenes including the archangels who were just too cool.    Another interesting aspect of the story is the way the author incorporated spiritual principals it was an intriguing twist that really lent to the story.  Overall, I enjoyed reading Reluctant Gods, it was a good read to help escape the ordinary, and I look forward to reading the next installment in the series.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AJ Aaron’s Reluctant Gods is a captivating novel that could fit into a number of genre’s including romance, mystical,  fantasy, mythology, Metaphysical, and what I like to call factional as there is a plethora of facts that are disguised and interwoven throughout the novel. The story follows the main characters Sevilen Decarain and Leyna DiArmore, as Sevilen’s great grandmother dies and leaves him an estate that includes more than Sevilen’s engineer mind is prepared to believe.  Part of his inheritance states he must find and save a lover from previous life time. Which he does, at first reluctantly, hence one aspect of the title. If you’re into the magical  and the mystical you could be in for a treat.  One thing that I found a bit unnerving at first was the way that AJ has the way female lead be the dominant in this novel. She is a bit over the top for me but after finishing the novel, she not only tones down but the fact that she was not a typical female was quite refreshing in the end. I also enjoyed Sevilen's supportive role as a male.  In the end they both balanced each other's personalities out. As a writer I think AJ has a pretty good handle on the masculine and feminine aspects of his characters and find it refreshing to read a book from his perspective. The story line takes us to several continents and timelines, which were refreshing, but it would have been a little more exciting to have more historical information about the places the story took us.But I think AJ's emphasis was on how and why the characters could go and do the things they did instead of the places, still I think it would have add an additional layer of excitement that would serve the story well.  Over all Reluctant Gods,  in my opinion is a very good read and I would love to continue reading about the characters and their story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked that this book was unique in that it effortlessly wove together different time periods and supernatural characters. Even with its special concept though, it was able to make these characters funny and keep me interested in the story. It is definitely a fast read and great for an escape.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author A. J. Aaron has created a novel that appeals to many different types of readers. This love story has many magical components. It is always enjoyable to look into an imaginary world where nearly anything can happen. This wild ride is worth the money and time spent. I hope to read more by this author in the near future!
TayTayLarson More than 1 year ago
I loved Reluctant Gods by A.J. Aaron. I thought that the story line was so interesting and that the author did a great job of character development. I thought that the book had such a great mixture of magic, fantasy and romance. I noticed that this book was part of a series and I was really looking to get into a new fantasy series! Fantasy is one of my favorite genres along with romance and I found that the author did an amazing job of intertwining both of them together. The book focuses around 2 main characters, Leyna and Sevilen. These two have known each other in the past and understand each other well. Sevilen is trying to save Leyna from a past life. If he doesn't save her in the past life, she will be dead. But in his current life, he really despises her. He is a former engineer and even though he hates Leyna, he is still willing to risk his life to save her, which really shows a testament to his character. Leyna is very powerful and stubborn, so she runs from Sevilen. She is more focused on finding love and a man. I also liked the other characters in this book as well. The Great Grandmother Goddess was hilarious! If I had to pick a favorite character, I would probably pick her because she was so funny. Really every character plays a special role in this book and it makes the book come together. Just the story and the characters really made the book for me. I don't really read books with this much creativity, so I felt really blessed to come across this one! I am so excited to read the second book in this series, I can't wait to see where all of the characters end up!! Highly recommend this book!
Yvette_M More than 1 year ago
"Reluctant Gods," was simply amazing! I enjoyed the journey of Sevi and his introduction to become an all powerful deity. The novel was vividly written and shows the truly remarkable story of Sevi and the conflicts that he must face. It's not only covers the theme of power and paranormal activity, the author also focuses on themes such as love and even added many suspenseful thriller scenes. Overall, this was a well-rounded novel that I highly recommend! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A.J Aaron’s dream of Reluctant Gods tells a tale of mortals that are destined for greatness.  We meet Sevilen Decarain and Leyna DiAmore, a pair of perfect strangers who are forced together and then must accept that they are destined for immortality.  Science Fiction fans will love this one as it leads us on a grand epic of unbelievable moments.  From travelling through dimensions of time and space, to meeting Archangels and everything in between.  It is filled with excitement and laughter through the entire story.   We all dream of being Gods and what we might do with such powers, but are we ready for what that may mean?  We all dream of winning the lottery or curing cancer and wish we had the power to make it happen.  Few of us consider the consequences and the ramifications of taking those actions.  Good versus evil is a constant battle that must exist for us to evolve on an equal plain.  There are many rules of balance, but the premise is don’t mess with it.   Follow Sevilen and Leyna through their history as they learn their powers and hopefully retain a complete balance of morality.  I love that the author offers famous historical quotes that relate to the chapter ahead.  This book has a great plot and often leaves you wondering when you might encounter the conflict.  It is a great read and the anticlimactic ending will leave you begging for more.  You will have no choice but to rush right into the next novel in the Reluctant Gods series. Robert J Horner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reluctant Gods by A.J. Aaron Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Sevilen is an engineer, his life is mapped out predictable, it makes sense; until the death of his Great grandmother, when he is forced to reluctantly accept and learn the gifts that are his birth right, and save the woman he has been meant to love and protect. The power of the universe is his to create and destroy if he could just figure out for sure if it’s all a silly dream or reality. Leyna is a powerful and cruel top notch executive, she targets men exploiting their weakness and then seeks out to destroy them and ruin their lives, they are play things for her amusement nothing more, she seeks power and has no use for relationships. When the two are thrown together they must come together and fulfill their destiny's as gods and learn what they must of the seven gates or they will be doomed to seek each other out again in the next life and until they right their mistakes from the past. This was a very different read for me and I am having a hard time comparing it with anything I have ever read before, I really liked the premise of the story, the easy way the characters interact with one another they are very laid back Sevilen's Great Grandmother is constantly making passes at him, which is both uncomfortable and funny at the same time. The passage of time in the book is done beautifully and flows very well transitioning from POV without being distracting. I found myself confused for the better half of this book which I found frustrating, and a little distracting. I wasn't sure what was going on or what to make of it; I wasn't sure if the author did it on purpose so you could empathize with Sevilen's confusions and reluctance to accept his new reality or if I was just being daft and not getting it. Once I figured out what was going on and understood the concept of the knowledge of the seven gates and the Chakras and how this was going to impact their lives as they know it I enjoyed the story much more, although I will be honest it is still slightly confusing. Its core is a love story about two people that have to find their way back to each other after centuries apart. This is a good book for those who love the fantasy genre or the paranormal genre's it will grab your attention, will make you laugh as you root for this unlikely couple trying to figure out their abilities, and where they belong in this world and the beyond with the help of their mentors. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 star rating.
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LarrieFunk More than 1 year ago
Thoughts On Reluctant Gods   In summarizing this book, I would say that it definitely fits into the Fantasy Fiction genre. I had not read anything exactly along these lines previously but found it to be an interesting read. The premise is that there is more than one God. The story revolves around three main characters – Aysel, Leyna, and Sevilen (two ladies and a man, respectively). Aysel has already achieved god status and has been on earth for a long time. She is ready to relinquish her leadership roll on the earthly plain to Leyna and Sevilen. But first, Sevilen must find Leyna in this time line. Leyna and Sevilen are old souls that were supposed to be united and schooled in the necessary knowledge needed to become gods a long long time ago. However, Leyna lost her earthly life, separating them and putting their schooling on hold so to speak. They were not to be reunited, through reincarnation, until this century. The remainder of the book covers their trials and tribulations as they find one another and undertake the accomplishment of their schooling to become full-fledged gods in their own right. The ending of the book also leaves an opening for a sequel.   The author writes well from both the female and male perspective. I found this to be a bit confusing at the beginning of the book because, as you were reading, there was no indication of the switch between genders in the first couple of chapters. After I got used to it, I was able to figure things out more easily. I can’t say that I had a particularly favorite part of the book per se. I found the entire work to be very interesting. It held my attention. I kept wanting to see what was going to happen next. If you like this genre, I think you will find this a very interesting read. And, if you haven’t read anything like this but think you would like to give it a try, I think it will hold your attention as it did mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
reminded me of the movie Legend. was hard to get into in the beginning.
Lady_Amethyst More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. There were places that were 'rough' to read through, which made certain areas feel like a long read. Aside from that I truly enjoyed the story. For me, this was definitely a unique story. I enjoyed the take the author took on Gods and Demons. The author dipped his ink in all sorts of myths, legends and religions. This is something I enjoyed very much. I loved how he took from all sorts of backgrounds. I would recommend this for anyone who is open to a fun fiction book on a great take on Gods/Demons and Religion.
nlnugen More than 1 year ago
Take a love that is 500 years old, add a little fantasy and time traveling and you have The Reluctant Gods. This is not quite a romance, and not quite a fantasy but lays in between both genres. It also is fairly sexual in toning. There is an overlying moral "code" of think through your actions or suffer the consequences of them. It is a fun read overall. I would recommend this author to my friends to read. I cannot wait to see the next book in the series.
mebookreader More than 1 year ago
A nice story, not great. Grandmother passes away & the main character has things handed through the family over the years. Has a dream. Talks about gods.
Jihanef More than 1 year ago
A very good book. Entertaining and well written love story taking place 500 years ago. Great find this author and can't wait to read the rest of the series.
lydaalexander More than 1 year ago
"Reluctant Gods" by A. J. Aaron is a romantic fantasy novel that starts 500 years ago with two lovers who have the powers of gods, Sevilen and Leyna. Through the consequences of come poor choices, Leyna is killed, and Sevilen determines to be reunited with her somehow. The story picks up in modern day, where Sevilen and Leyna have no memories of their past lives as lovers or what transpired. They must find each other, and work to correct the mistakes they made and do things right this time - so that they can become gods, as they were intended. The book is a fun read, and explores some interesting aspects of Pagan and Christian beliefs. Overall, it's just a great story with a good moral - beware the consequences of your actions!
Eko0724 More than 1 year ago
¿Reluctant Gods¿ by A. J. Aaron is a different type of tale that starts in the early 1400¿s and then picks up again in our modern time. It¿s a story about finding yourself but also learning from your past mistakes. Sevilen and Leyna were lovers and held great power within themselves, so much that they could be considered Gods, but when Leyna suffers a tragic death at the cause of her own selfishness Sevilen asks the aid of the four Archangels (N, S, E, and W) to find her again in the future to correct the mistakes of the past so that they can finally be together and take their rightful place as Gods. 500 years go by and Sevilen, who has no memories of his past lives, must be made to remember his past and reconnect with his lost love. With the help of his grandmother, who is more like a frisky teenager, and original Archangels Sevilen starts down the path to remembering who he is and what he is destined to be. Leyna is always doomed to be the child of a worthless father, and so her outlook on men is to use them and then spit them out. True to her original self, this will be her downfall in every life and eventually it will be what kills her. Only Sevilen can save her before it is too late, but does Leyna want to be saved? Will she accept all the Sevilen has to say to her? Can she let go of the past and move on with her future? I found the writing style to be easy to follow but the overall story lacked the mystery and fantasy that I was yearning for to make this a 4 star or more book. Even though it was filled with funny antidotes and modern day language I felt that the characters lacked substance and at times I was wondering where the story would take me. If I had to classify this into a category it would be a slight romance with a dash of fantasy inside but with a huge moral code thrown through out. ¿Your actions shape who you are and will always have consequences for the way you treat others.¿ While reading I felt this code was introduced to the characters well and supported by their own actions but I also felt that it lacked the depth to take it a step further into the story. A. J. Aaron could have dived deeper into their histories and past lives to give the reader a deeper look into the characters and histories.
martins4unc More than 1 year ago
Reluctant Gods by A.J. Aaron is an intriguing book about magic and mystery. Sevilen and Leyna are lovers in early times and Leyna suffers a tragic death . Sevilen vows to find her in the future and correct the wrongs that caused her death so that history doesn't repeat itself. The book then picks up 500 years later in modern times and finds Sevilen and Leyna living separate lives unaware of each other. With the aid of his grandmother Sevilen discovers his powers and sets out to save Lenya. The book takes them on a mysterious journey. Will Sevilen change Lenya's ways and save her life? Will they both become the gods that they are destined to be?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago