Review: ‘Doe Eyes’ by Staci Hart

July 25, 2014 Elyse's Reviews, Review 0

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: ‘Doe Eyes’ by Staci HartDoe Eyes by Staci Hart
Series: Good Gods #3
Published by Promise Socks Publishing on July 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 291
Source: Purchased
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Aphrodite knows better than anyone how the heart works. Just don’t ask her to figure out her own. 

She’s been away from Olympus for weeks, which wasn’t near long enough for her move on from everything that happened, to get past the betrayal and loss. She has no idea what she’s walking into when she gets back other than a new competition, this time against Artemis. The goddesses have never been friends, but now they have more in common than ever, though they’d rather face eat ambrosia straight than admit it. 

Artemis can’t help but be smug. Her player, Josie, is a private investigator who’s lost more than she’s won. Every waking moment is consumed by her fire to catch the man who killed her partner, and when Jon comes back into town after leaving her without a word, it’s more than she can handle. She’ll never let him in. Not again. 

But Jon only did what he thought was right, and he’ll do anything he can, give her everything he has to give to prove that he can be trusted with her heart again. 

With Adonis gone and the threat of Ares around every corner, Aphrodite’s past presses on her, leaving her more alone than she’s ever been. She can’t help wondering if she’ll ever escape, and how much pain she’ll endure before the whole ordeal is behind her.

I can’t even put this book into words. When I read the first book in the Good Gods series I thought ‘Wow, how do you top this?” And then I read the second and it was even better than the first. Now we’re on the third book in the series, you know when most series start to fizzle and lose steam? HAH. Not a chance. Staci’s writing is like a fine wine (it supposedly gets better with time? I don’t know I’ve never kept wine for very long.) and ‘Doe Eyes’ tops them all.

This is game three and the game is between Dita and Artemis! We’re introduced to Artemis’ human player, Josie a private investigator with a chip on her shoulder to match the goddess’ own when it comes to love and the desire that burns within her to catch the man who murdered her partner. And then Dita picks the only human that has the remarkable ability to put Josie into a free fall – the handsome Jon Landreaux. The man from New Orleans with the stupid jerk face and southern drawl. Josie’s ex. But Josie’s not the only one who is in a downward spiral, Dita is dealing with the backlash of the attack from Ares. She isn’t sleeping thanks to the nightmares and is almost petrified to leave her apartment, is this going to affect the game? Everyone is an absolute mess.

The storyline this time around has a much deeper, darker, and serious tone than the previous books – but as always Dita and Perry are still good for a laugh to lighten the mood. Staci has touched on the rather vile subject of murder and rape in this book and it would make most people cringe and put a book down, but I think she has handled such a raw topic with absolute finesse. I usually find myself walking the line with her characters when they have such depth to them there’s no easy hate or love for an individual. They have been developed with such care to minor details that they certainly come to life from the pages they are written.

This book has to be my favorite in the series thus far. It always amazes me how Staci is able to mold mythology to her advantage. Being able to take something ancient and breathe new life to it, taking the sad myth of Artemis and Orion and turning it into something absolutely tragic is an art. When you read the old myths you accept them, but when I read them in her books I have the inherent need and desire for those stories to be changed. For the good guy to win, or in this case for the Titan to be spared. 

This series has given me such a range of emotions from the very beginning, but nothing compared to this one. Do not pass this book up! It is a must read!

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