I absolutely loved Tina's Folsom's Scanguards series, with the exception of the last one which seemed a bit trite to me. Knowing her work, I decided to give this book in the Out of Olympus series a read. I'll admit that I did not read the first book in the series because the reviews were a mixed bag and I didn't feel particularly compelled to read about Triton and Sophia. However, the description of this book and the stellar reviews piqued my interest so I decided to give it a read.
I enjoyed the depth of the characters in this story. Ari and Dio were real people, even though Dio was a god, with real problems. Both struggled with insecurity issues but for entirely different reasons. Ari was afraid of being hurt by a man again after being jilted at the altar. Dio was insecure because he didn't think he was capable of loving a woman because he felt as if he was the philandering spit image of his father, Zeus.
The back and forth interplay between the characters kept the story moving at a nice pace. It was almost like reading a tennis match. Dio hurt Ari; Ari attempted to get back at Dio; Dio found out and wanted to make Ari pay; Ari felt guilty; Dio felt guilty then love prevailed and they lived happily ever after.
I have always enjoyed Greek mythology and I appreciate how Ms. Folsom wove mythology throughout the book with the secondary characters being gods/goddesses; with scenes occurring on Olympus; and with the gods/goddesses using their diverse powers to enhance the storyline. The book was not a recapitulation of a Greek mythology but an interesting merger of mythology and modern to make an interesting and engaging read.