Maia Douglas works as a museum conservator specializing in Grecian art. She’d never admit it to her co-workers, but she’s always had a “thing” for the Greek god of love, Eryx. Her days are filled with the loving care of her crush’s marble likeness; her nights lovemaking with her passionate dream man. When the museum’s new director arrives, the peace the staff enjoyed is gone in an instant. The director bears a disturbing resemblance to the statue of Eryx that Maia holds so dear. He instills equal parts horror, unease and unwanted passion in the shy conservator as she’s helpless to do anything but watch the storm roll in.
Maia is unaware that Eric, her new boss is actually the god Eryx, who’s assumed a mortal form in order to oversee his beloved Grecian antiquities. The god of love fights his growing attraction to her and has in fact abandoned his true nature out of guilt over a curse that destroys any woman he’s come to care for. Maia has done what no other has in over a millennia - aroused emotions he thought were long dead. Will he successfully convince her of his godlike nature while seeking to love and protect her from a goddess bent on revenge?
Rosanna Leo takes her readers on a journey fraught with guilt, passion, and self-discovery with For the Love of a God. Her spin on the plight of the gods allows the reader to reacquaint themselves with the rich history of Ancient Greece while bridging the millennial gap to a more modern stage. Her characters all are realistically flawed which lent them a realism that left me commiserating with their troubles.
Maia Douglas was the quintessential shy girl who related better to “things” (in particular, Green antiquities) than the people around her – seeming to be a product of a time long gone. Eryx/Eric might have been the physical embodiment of the God of Love, but his past romantic troubles, coupled with his often outdated approach to “anti” romance sometimes left him out of touch with not only what Maia wanted, but what he obviously needed in order to heal.
Throw in a few of the better known ancients in the Greek Pantheon, add a generous helping of passion, angst and suspense, and you have yourself a party they’ll be talking about long after the porch light is out.Ms. Leo does a brilliant job of making us care about Eryx and Maia, not in just the sense that we want to see them actually get into bed, but even more for them to work through the personal issues that plagued them. You can’t help yourself from cheering the couple on as they navigate the swamp of doubt and self-worth.
I highly recommend For the Love of a God to anyone who enjoys a mythological slant to their romance and I look forward to future tales from this author.