Review: What the Heart Wants by Staci Hart

October 15, 2013 Elyse's Reviews 0

I received this book for free from provided by author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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: What the Heart Wants by Staci HartWhat the Heart Wants Published by Self Published on September 15, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Mythology, Romance
Pages: 75
Source: provided by author
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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.

This is a novella in Staci Hart’s Good Gods series, that follows the second book Snake in the Grass.

Once again the amazing Staci Hart has managed a gorgeous cover, and an extraordinary story packed into less than 100 pages.  If you’ve read the Good Gods series then you know all about Kim and Katsu (Kat and Kiki’s parents,) and if you’ve read them you know you have to know their story. Not to mention who can pass up more of Dita and Perry?

It’s 1984 and Dita is going to put her foot down, Katsu is miserable in his arranged marriage to Yuki and she is no longer going to stand for it. Why be the Goddess of Love if you’re not going to make people happy? When Katsu takes a business trip to Vegas Yuki will finally lose her iron grip on his heart. Unfortunately Yuki belongs to Hera and neither of them are going to let this go down without a fight.

Kim and Katsu’s story is beautiful and tragic all at the same time, with Katsu’s obligations to the Yukuza (Yes! Can you believe he works for the Japanese crime syndicate?!) and to his loveless arranged marriage he and Kim live in stolen moments of love and passion. How can someone who is married to the mafia figuratively and literally share a life with a Vegas showgirl, and are they both willing to put their lives at risk for this love?

I love the way that Hart is able to build anticipation in her readers and also her characters with little quirks like a bounce of the knee or a tick of the jaw to show an otherwise very stoic man holding back nerves or rage. This story has a huge build up, causing you to become a bundle of nerves waiting to see how things are going to turn out in the end but if you’ve read Deer in Headlights and Snake in the Grass you’ve learned that Hart is a stickler for a happily ever after. So try not to worry too much! And if you’re debating whether or not you should read this series, it is an enormous yes. It’s got hot Greek Gods, sexy mortals, lots of action, and a wealth of romance!


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