This story is so much stronger than the original novella story that preceded it. It is a delicious blend of the events taking place amongst the Greek gods and the love story that Aphrodite encourages on earth. In the first story I found the two separate story lines a distraction, but not in the sequel here. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough at times to see what would happen next. The novel length helped this story achieve some depth that was missing before too (not that the first story was bad because it wasn’t).
The story begins with Aphrodite discovering the missing soul mate for a woman she had met years before and she now has a new project involving Adrian Colter and Addison Connelly. With the help of her friend, Dionysius, Aphrodite sets things in motion for these two lonely souls to finally meet and fall in love.
Addison and Adrian don’t make things easy though. Addison was deeply hurt by a boyfriend a few years before and she has serious trust issues plus she has made a life for herself in Montana and doesn’t see anything more than a fling possible with someone who lives in Tennessee. Adrian has been rejected in the past because he is a cop and he just doesn’t want to bother anymore. Sparks fly when the two opposites meet. It seems to be a recipe for disaster, but is it?
Aphrodite has to step up her game with her two stubborn souls so she calls in favors from the goddesses of Hope and Winter to help a wedding party at a rustic inn stretch into an opportunity for Addison and Adrian to really connect and they do. Meanwhile, someone is sneaking around Aphrodite’s garden trying to access her pool of souls. Then she gets a chilling visit from Hera who hates the power that the pool of souls gives Aphrodite and threatens her to stay away from Aries. Aries betrayed her once before with the souls so she finds herself once again suspicious of Aries when one of the failed attempts to steal a soul leads to two of his retainers. Aphrodite locks them all out. Aries is devastated to lose this second chance with Aphrodite due to his mother’s machinations, but before he can work to get Ditee to listen to him a soul diamond is stolen from the pool sending things off kilter on earth and on Olympus.
The pace and plot of this one moved along well. It was a blend of action and passion. Both couples were a treat to read about. I enjoyed watching Adrian and Addison slowly work through their prickles and it was sweet seeing Aries and Aphrodite’s relationship moving into something substantial. Both couples got a bit of surprising news there in the end. So cute! And I’m eager to see what happens next with that battle for the power of the pool of souls that’s heating up with the Greek gods in Olympus.
Great installment in the series and I recommend it to those who enjoy steamy contemporary romance stories and paranormal romances.