Monday, May 4, 2015

A Scent of Greek by Tina Folsom
(Out of Olympus Book 2)

Publisher & Release Date: Self-published, December 20, 2013

Time and setting: Present day, Charleston, South Carolina/Mount Olympus  

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance/ Romantic Comedy

Length: 223 pages

Heat Level: 3 Scorching Hot Flames

Rating: 5 Gold Crowns

NEW YORK TIMES & USA Today Bestselling Author Tina Folsom presents: A Scent of Greek (Out of Olympus #2) 

When the god of wine and ecstasy, Dionysus, callously dumps his latest conquest, the mortal Ariadne, the goddess Hera has had enough. She robs Dionysus of his memory to teach him a lesson in humility. 

Ariadne is deeply hurt after Dionysus dismisses their night of passion as "just sex" and doesn't want to see her anymore. When she finds him bloodied and beaten and suffering from amnesia, she quickly forms a plan to get back at him. As she pretends to be his fiancĂ©e, Ariadne makes Dionysus believe he loves her. But the longer the charade continues, the more difficult it becomes to really see who teaches whom a lesson. 

And what if Dionysus gains his memory back? Will there be hell to pay for her deception, or can a mortal woman truly win a god's love? 

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Vikki’s Musings

I actually purchased the Kindle version of A Scent of Greek in 2013, but for some reason I never read it. That surprised me since I normally devour Ms. Folsom’s books. Recently I added the audio version and decided to listen/read it, and I am so glad I did. What a fantastic book. This story had me giggling and at times laughing out loud. Now I can’t wait to read the next book in this delightful series. In fact, I just downloaded the Kindle version and purchased the audio book as well.

Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy has a rule. He only has one-night stands. When he meets Ariadne, a wine merchant, he soon finds out she is not going to be an easy conquest, but he is so attracted by her, he invests two weeks into getting her in his bed by wining and dining her every night. When she finally gives in to him and lets him make love to her, he does his love ‘em and leave ‘em act, slipping out of her apartment after she falls asleep.

There is one problem, Ariadne has fallen in love with Dio and when she awakens the next morning and finds him gone, she assumes he may have had to get to work. When she does not hear from him at that day, she goes to several bars where she has contracts with looking for him. When she finds him, he callously gives her the cold shoulder. With several of her customers watching, she does not want to embarrass herself and turns to leave, but she is so shaken the bar owner suggests she go to her office.

Unaware that his evil stepmother, the goddess Hera, has had enough of his womanizing ways and has stepped in to teach him a lesson, he heads to the men’s room, only to be dragged out of the bar and accosted by two men. Hera wipes his memory and puts thoughts of revenge in Ariadne’s mind when she discovers Dio bruised and bleeding in the alley.

As the old saying goes: Hell has no fury like a woman scorned! Will Ariadne get Dio to fall in love with her only to leave him, or will the magic between them weave its spell?

When Dio’s character is first introduced, I did not expect to like him, especially when he treats Ariadne so cruelly, but Tina Folsom soon had me falling in love with the rascal. I loved seeing him get a taste of his own medicine for a change, when Hera puts idea in Ariadne’s head to have him help her friend out by waiting tables. How lowering for a god! That had me laughing out loud.  

I liked Ariadne’s character from the start, and in the beginning I wanted her to teach Dio a lesson he would never forget, but her character was just too nice and her true nature wins out over the mind games Hera tries to play. I was soon rooting for this enchanting couple’s ‘happily ever after’.

Eric G. Dove is a fantastic narrator, and his smooth mellow voice drew me in, enhancing my reading experience tremendously. He handles the southern accents of some of the characters with finesse, and he does an outstanding job with the female characters, from Natalie and her deep southern drawl to Ariadne with her slightly husky, yet very feminine voice. I immediately knew what character was speaking just by the tone he used. I have enjoyed his narration of other books by Tina Folsom and look forward to listening to A Taste of Greek. I hope he will be narrating Luther’s Return, the next book in the Scanguards Series coming out this week. I can’t wait!

If you are in the mood for light, romantic comedy with plenty of erotic sexual love scenes, then you will love A Scent of Greek as much as I have. Even though it is part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone. Happy reading!

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