Monday, July 1, 2013

Book Review - Open House by Krystal Shannan

Open House (Pool of Souls, #1)
by Krystal Shannan
Published 2012
75 Pages

Open House is a novella that introduces us to Robert and Rebecca, two high school sweethearts who parted ways over ten years ago when Robert first left for college. After building up his company and securing a contract with the Navy, Robert returns to his hometown in search of the woman he left behind. But now that the great god of war, Ares, senses that Robert is drifting off course, Robert’s plan to reunite with Rebecca may be derailed. It wouldn’t be the first time. 

But the gods are fickle, and the future is in flux. And while Ares has been working behind the scenes the goddess of love, Aphrodite, is battling to gain control over the fate of these two human souls. Although her mission appears noble, she has her own reasons for her desperate quest. 

Can the love between Robert and Rebecca withstand the immortal powers of the gods? It has been three lifetimes, and Ares isn’t about to surrender so easily.

I am a little apprehensive when I start a book that attempts to meld the ancient Greek gods of Olympus with the modern world, but Krystal Shannan has accomplished just that! Not only has she seamlessly melded these two worlds, she has brought such incredible sexual chemistry to the characters that they sizzle off the pages! 

I know the history of Ares—a brutal god who is feared amongst the gods themselves. But how can you resist this leather-clad, hunky and gorgeous god of war that exudes pure, raw sexual energy? This is how I imagine Ares should and would be, if he were to enter our realm. 

A truly fantastic, fresh take on mythology in the modern world, I fell in love with this novella and all its mythological charm! I am eager to see what transpires in book #2!

Reviewed by Stephanie

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