Review & Giveaway! Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart

Deer in Headlights

Deer in Headlights
by Staci Hart
Series: Good Gods #1
Publication date: February 13th 2013
Category: Adult 18+
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Source: Kindle Freebie

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How do the Greek gods kill time? Because they’re always bored. It’s an unavoidable downside of being alive for thousands of years. So, they play games. Games with human players. Remember Shakespeare? Yeah, that was Apollo. Bonnie and Clyde? Aphrodite vs Ares.

It’s Aphrodite’s turn once again in the rounds of competitions, and she’ll defend her domain: Love. She hasn’t lost a competition on her turf in over three millennia, and she’s not about to start now. Apollo is her first competitor, and he’s on a mission to win. If he wins, he’ll get a token; a favor that Aphrodite must fulfill. And with that favor, he’ll finally get the one woman he’s never been able to have.

Aphrodite and Apollo will choose their human players, and if Aphrodite can’t get them together before the clock runs out, Apollo will get his way. And she couldn’t have that.

Lex and Dean are perfect for each other. They just don’t know it yet.

Dean is a perpetual bachelor, and a man-whore. A brooding, gorgeous, rock star man-whore. Lex always has a boyfriend, but she’s never let anyone in enough to let herself go. Not really. Not ever. Aphrodite has her work cut out for her, but if she can’t make it work, no one can.

But she has more at stake than just Lex and Dean. Apollo killed her mortal love, and that beef has been dragging on for thousands of years. Ares, the douchebag, is forever trying to start a fight, and get Aphrodite into bed. And Persephone, her best friend, is the one person she can confide in, laugh with, and always count on for a healthy helping of bacon when she’s having a bad day.

Follow the gods as they fight, laugh, cry, lose love, and gain power. Making a mess with humans has never been so fun.

~My Thoughts~

Can you imagine being immortal? I mean, sure everyone and their mother wants to be a sparkly vampire these days, but can you honestly wrap your mind around the meaning of forever? There are plenty of times I’ve gotten bored in my tiny existence, I can’t even fathom what I would do with myself for thousands of years. Although I may actually get through my TBR pile if I was immortal! Well, the Greek gods have figured out a way to fend off everlasting boredom. They get laid. A lot. Hehe. But seriously.. they have devised a friendly little competition, one that allows them to win coins that will award them special favors from each other. Two gods are chosen to slug it out, each choosing a human player to be their pawn. Aphrodite and Apollo are on deck. Aphrodite has to make her player fall in love before time run outs and Apollo has to keep that from happening by using his own player. It’s a really awesome concept and I want the game on my PS3! 😉

Let me start by saying that I love the covers of these books! Staci is quite the talented designer as well as being a remarkable author. I am blown away by how much detail went into this book. It’s a short novel at only 160+ pages, but it feels like a 350 page book. What I’m trying to say is that it’s a quick read, but the plot and characters have incredible depth that I never imagined possible considering the length of the book.

I’ll be honest, I’ve never read anything this comprehensive involving mythology before and I was a bit intimidated when I first started reading. There are so many characters, and during the first chapter or two I was a bit overwhelmed by the lot of them. I was certain I wouldn’t be able to keep them all straight, but as the story continued to unfold I became more and more comfortable. The blend of Greek gods with modern day folks really won me over. The contrast between the larger than life gods and the realistic lifestyles of Lex and Dean gives the story a unique characteristic.

I definitely recommend Deer in Headlights to fans of paranormal romance, fantasy and mythology. It’s always free on Amazon so there’s no reason not to grab a copy and become enthralled by a world unlike anything you’ve read before!

~About the Author~

Staci Hart

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife; even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f, ends with k, and there a uc in there. Just saying. From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics. But let’s be honest, she’s mostly writing.

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Michelle

    I really enjoyed this one as well! I’m a mythology geek and I loved how easy and fun she made everything, and I really liked how modern she made them as well. I can’t wait to read the second one.

    • Me too! I have a copy of the second book that I won in a giveaway. I’m trying to move things around so I can read it sooner than later! 🙂

    • staci hart

      I’m so glad you liked Deer in Headlights! If you post a review on Amazon and message me a link (through my site, facebook, twitter, etc), I’ll send you book 2 for free! <3 It's a long standing promo I have going on. Book 2 is even better 🙂

      • You rock, Staci!! <3

      • Michelle

        Oh thank you! The review will be up this week and I’ll let you know. 🙂

  • Megan@The Book Babe

    Ooh, this sounds like a really fun read! I love any kind of mythology, and well, it sounds like it was an awesome read. 😉 Fantabulous review, Toni! I love your blog, it’s so cute!!

    • staci hart

      It was super fun to write! Lots of laughs in the book 🙂 Hope you decide to check it out! <3

    • Thanks, Megan! You’ll have to let me know what you think. I’m sure you’ll love it!

  • Book Worn

    Hi, Toni! I just ran into your blog and I have to say I like it a lot, I’m trying to have a literature blog of my own, but with a little spin off towards fashion.

    I’m a huge mythology fan but unfortunately, I’m from Croatia and here books are published with a delay. 🙁 I’ll keep in track of your blog, if you are interested in what I’m doing, please come and visit

    • staci hart

      Hi Booklover! Check out Smashwords – it should be free for download there, and there are no location restrictions 🙂

      Hope you get a chance to read!

      • Book Worn

        thank you so much for the info. I’ll check it right away, hopefully this piece will find its place on my blog as well. 🙂

    • Thank you, Booklover! I’m so glad Staci could help you out, and I hope you get the chance to read it soon! Heading over to your blog now…

      • Book Worn

        Thank you, Toni 🙂 I’d really like to hear your review, maybe an advice how to improve it, I’d really like to develop literary-fashion corner interesting enough and I really like what you are doing here when it comes to book reviews 🙂

  • Nicole Hewitt

    Thanks for the review and for letting us know the book is free on Amazon – I just downloaded it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • staci hart

      Awesome, Nicole – Hope you enjoy!


    • Yay! I’m so glad I could share this with you. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Meagan

    Well, this is such a cute and interesting concept! I think I must give it a go. Thanks for sharing!