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4.0 out of 5 starsTrudy
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2010
I loved the story and the characters but was very distracted by all of the typos! After about halfway through the book I started highlighting them and ended up with 24! For example, television was spelled "tedeaision" and the most popular one (five or six times) was STERN spelled "STEM". There was one word I couldn't figure out what it was supposed to be and the dictionary didn't have a definition for it either. It is not unusual to find spelling errors in books but I have NEVER read a book with so many! I'm sure the author would not be pleased.
Welcome to a world where there are real superheroes. The distant descendants of the old Greek Gods, and they all have different superpowers. They make sure there are no bad guys out for world domination, and that powerful artifacts don’t fall in the wrong hands. So when Aphrodite’s Girdle shows up, after it has been missing for centuries, Hale is tasked with the retrieval of it. It is just the perfect job for him, seduce the wearer, and romance the girdle into his possession.
Little is known about its powers, only that it can’t be taken by force, it must be given of its owners free will, or else the thief will lose his or her superpowers. The human wearer of the girdle, or belt, will get what he or she desires most. Be it adoration, a new job, everything. So now the belt belongs to Tracy Tannin, granddaughter of one of America’s most famous early moviestars. She does not have her grandmothers good looks though, or her ease with people. But she loves to work with animals, and at the moment she is working on a film set, as an animal trainer for her boss and good friend Mel. While sorting through her grandmothers clothes, figuring out what to keep and what to donate to the museum that asked for some of her things, she finds the belt. It looks real gold, but also kind of garish, but she has seen the movie her grandmother was wearing it in, at the start of her career. And perhaps, if she wears it, some good luck will rub of on her as well.
And so her life starts to change. A policeman who doesn’t give her a ticket for speeding, but asks for her phone number instead, the famous actor Leon who flirts with her, and now another gorgeous man who seems truly interested in her. And what about the director of the movie, why is he suddenly taking notice of her?
To pay her bills, Tracy needs to find a boarder for a part of the mansion she inherited from her grandmother. For Hale that is a perfect opportunity to be close to her. Especially when he discovers his evil uncle has send his minions after her already. And even more perfect is, when she needs a ferret for the movie, as their own trained pet has become pregnant and can’t perform anymore. Hale just happens to have some kind of familiar, and besides his other superpowers he can talk with animals. And Elmer sees it as the perfect opportunity to become a star ...
Tracy is a bit overwhelmed with all the male attention she suddenly receives, and when Leo is hot and cold towards her, depending on whether she wears the belt or not, she starts figuring things out on her own ...
What Hale does not count on, is that he is truly falling for Tracy. Surely is must be the belts’ magic? He does not even like humans! Well, his half sister Zoë is married to one, and he gets along with their friends, but that is it! And Tracy has been dreaming about him for ever, as his day job, is that of cover model for romance books ... But the belt does not work on superheroes that way, so can he deal with his feelings, or will he deny himself and Tracy a chance at true love?
This was a really fun story, and I really enjoyed reading it. I haven’t read much superheroes books yet, and it was a nice change for me. The scene where Tracy is in bed, fantasizing about Hale, and Hale is in her room being invisible, was very hot. The bad guy is the usual megalomaniac, “we are better than humans so we should rule them, not Protect them” and Hale’s uncle. His son Mordi is on the fence though, can they trust him, or does he have his own agenda? Perhaps I should have read the first book first, to get more of a grip on Zoë and her friends, and Mordi, and what happened before, but I couldn’t fit it on my shelves so I just started with this one.
If you are in the mood for something easy and fun to read, give this series a try. If you don’t like the whimsical cover, don’t worry, there are new covers made. I will certainly read the next book soon.
Aphrodite's Passion by Julie Kenner is the second story in the Superhero Series. Taking place about a year after the previous book, this novel stars Protector Hale and a new female character, Tracy Tannin. Hale's been in a funk. One his labido seems to be taking a vacation. And two he can't seem to actually get to take a vacation without being called in for a new assignment. Called into the Protector Headquarters both Hale and Zoe are assigned to locate Aphrodite's Girdle. Their only clue is that it was last in the possession of one Silent Movie Era actress Tallulah Tannin. Does Tallulah's granddaughter have have the belt? Can Hale protect her from his evil uncle's minions? Read to find out! Overall, it was a pretty cute romance novel. The Superhero series is fun and addictive. It combines elements of mythology with a present day world.
A romance book about superheros could have been really predictable and lame but after reading the first book in this series I couldn't wait to get my hands on Aphrodite's Passion! Hale is basically a guy with super powers who is descended from Aphrodite and has "issues" with mortals ... he's happy to take them into his bed but he doesn't consider them suitable for a long term commitment. When he has no choice but to get close and personal with animal trainer Tracy Tannin he tries his best not to fall for her. Although Tracy is the grand daughter of a famous Hollywood legend she's basically a normal young woman who finds herself suddenly irresistible to men when she wears her grandmothers gold belt. The belt is far more than it seems and is a long lost artifact which the superheros need to stop the end of the mortal world.