Review + Excerpt: PAPER FOOLS by Staci Hart @imaquirkybird

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Review + Excerpt: PAPER FOOLS by Staci Hart @imaquirkybirdPaper Fools by Staci Hart
Series: Hearts and Arrows #1
Published by: Self Published
on April 17, 2017
Genres: Fantasy
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Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess.

Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.

Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.

It doesn’t matter that her eyes speak to a long forgotten part of him, or that her art and poetry touch his shredded heart. She’s off limits — crossing that line would implode his band and everything he’s ever cared about. There’s only one option: stay away from her, no matter the cost. Even if the price is his heart.

Dean is everything Lex wants, but she can’t take the risk.

The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice.

If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in the game of love, Aphrodite never loses.

Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and re-edited just for you.

Ok, so I’ve quickly come to the conclusion that Staci Hart can pretty much DO NO WRONG. After completely devouring PAPER FOOLS, I was reminded of that very fact. I mean, who else could keep me interested and enamored with Greek Mythology? Ms. Hart sure as hell can, and she did with this fantastical, captivating, and unique love story. I went into this story completely blind and it captured my heart from the very start. You won’t believe how much you will enjoy this until you are completely immersed in these character’s lives.

Our main characters are Dean and Lex and the main love story focuses on them, but you guys…there is SO MUCH MORE to their story. There is definitely a higher power at work here and they like to play games, and they play to win. There is more at stake than two unsuspecting hearts. Dean and Lex’s connection has the power to destroy or enrich lives, gods and goddesses alike. PAPER FOOLS has so much beauty and heart flying off of the pages, it’s hard to stop once you start. 

I have to say placing Greek Gods in a modern-day setting was a pretty fantastic idea, one that made this book what it was, an entertaining, beautiful, refreshing, and unique read. If you are a Greek Mythology nut and are wary of what modernizing will do to it, don’t be, seriously this author does it justice, for sure. Don’t take yourself so seriously and just let go and enjoy this new, different, and completely satisfying read. You can tell with each turn of the page that this author puts her heart and soul into her writing. It’s so evident and it shines through each and every time. I enjoyed PAPER FOOLS immensely and I can’t wait to see what’s up next!


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She reached into her bag, digging around in the black hole for her book, but looked up, sensing someone in front of her. 

When her eyes locked on his, she froze.

They were the greenest eyes she’d ever seen, shocking and bright, rimmed by thick, dark lashes. His long face was graced with an elegant nose and wide lips bent in a crooked smile. And he was tall, really tall, with ebony hair that fell forward as he looked down at her. He pushed it back without seeming to think about it, but it still looked perfectly tossed, like he’d just rolled out of bed.

She realized she still hadn’t taken a breath and flushed as she fumbled and almost dropped her book. 

“Uh, hi. I’m Lex.” She tossed her hand in a wave, hoping she looked casual.

He paused for a second, watching her with an expression she couldn’t quite place. The moment seemed to stretch on forever, and as she studied him, it dawned on her that he was amused. This unnerved her, even more so when it dawned upon her that it was exactly what he wanted.

“Hey,” he said, the timbre of his voice deep and full. “I’m Dean.”

Lex realized her mouth was open. And that he was smirking. And that he was dead sexy while he was doing it. 

She closed her mouth and cocked an eyebrow, putting on her snark to hide the fact that he’d gotten to her. 

“Dean, huh? I heard they call you Professor Panty Dropper.”

His smile stretched wider. “Oh, is that what they say?”

“They do.”

A tall blond, who she guessed was Roe, stood at the microphone, glaring at them. “Mic check, Dean.”

They stared at each other like idiots for a split second longer before Dean turned to pick up his guitar, and he took his place with the rest of the band. She watched him walk away and blinked a few times before turning to her bag again, not looking for anything in particular — she only wanted to keep her hands busy and her eyes off of Dean while she scraped her dignity off the floor.

About 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 and ends with k. 

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, gaming, or designing graphics.

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