Friday, March 14, 2014

Review: What the Heart Wants by Staci Hart

Title: What the Heart Wants (Good Gods #2.5)
Author: Staci Hart
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: September 15 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 2

Love wasn't an option, until he met her.

It's 1984, and Tanaka Katsu is paving his way in the Yakuza. His marriage to Yuki was a business deal, and one that he has paid for with his happiness.

Aphrodite can't stand that he's so miserable, and Hera, the goddess of marriage and monogamy, has a strong hold on Yuki, who will do whatever it takes to get what she believes is hers. Aphrodite won't sit by and watch Katsu's life slip away with no chance at love, so when he takes a trip to Vegas, she'll introduce him to his match.

Kim never thought she'd be in the situation like the one that's coming her way, but what the heart wants is a powerful thing, and one that's impossible to walk away from.
I fell in love with the sisters in Snake in the Grass and it seems many others did as well.  So Staci decided to write a little of the history - where Aphrodite and Hera go head to head in a battle for love.  This gives us a look not only into the mortal past, but gives us a glimpse of the rivalry that has existed for a millenium between the two goddesses.

The story isn't as eventful as the others in the series, but it is written a lot shorter as well.  That doesn't stop th characters from really shining though.  Katsu seems to be such a hard-ass tough guy, but when he's around Kim he just melts into a gooey ball of lovingness.  It's incredibly sweet how much he cares about her, and how caring about her completely changes his life.  We don't seem to get a lot about Kim though.  If there had been just a little more about getting into her head I think I would have given this another full 5 stars.

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