27 May 2012

Any Love But Mine (The Erosians) by Debbie Davies (3.5/5 Stars)

Title: Any Love But Mine (The Erosians)
Author: Debbie Davies
Publisher: Night Publishing
Pub. Date: March 3, 2012
Acquired: From author, for an honest review.
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Blurb from Goodreads:
The gods forbade her to love, but love is a powerful force. Acacia has been created purely for Eros' pleasure but discovers within moments of being summoned into his presence that he has no interest in her whatsoever. Rejected, she is banished to Earth to serve as Eros' minion with the task of promoting the blissful state of love among all those around her, a state she must never indulge in with a human being herself on pain of immediate destruction. And then comes Josh, someone whose power of attraction over Acacia is so intense she will find it utterly impossible to resist him. But is he human? Is he a god? Or is he a trick of the gods? And what would happen should they kiss?

My Review:

A story involving Greek mythology? Yes, please! There have been quite a few fictional books recently that have been all about the Greek gods and goddesses. I can't say that I'm too upset about that, either. And what I like about all those other stories is something that Debbie Davies embodies in this book. What is that, exactly?


If you are familiar with the story of Eros (also know as, Cupid) and his love, Psyche, then you know they run into all SORTS of problems (Psyche's family, Aphrodite, The River of the Dead, etc...). But, eventually, they go on to live happily-ever-after, and have a child.


"Any Love But Mine" doesn't exactly follow this formula. That's not to say all is lost for Eros, but where we are, in this story, Eros is an angry and bitter god. He does NOT have his love, Psyche (she's currently married to some ugly guy that her parents pawned her off on) and Zeus has tried three times over to placate Eros' wrath--all in the form of the Erosians.

The Erosians are three beautiful--but all INCREDIBLY unique--goddesses that have been created to heal Eros' pain from losing Psyche. Only, it doesn't work. Even though he doesn't care one bit about the Erosians, he has forbade them from ever loving anyone else. All their lives consist of is bringing mortals together, in love, just as Eros has been doing since his beginning.

Well, this is all well and good until Acacia--the youngest and newest of the Erosian--meets Josh. From the moment she sees him, she knows there's something special about him. She's drawn to him. Annnnd, there goes Eros' big rule!

I have to admit that although I didn't DISLIKE Josh, I wasn't exactly smitten with him, either. It may just be that I had a hard time getting into Acacia's head and understanding the INSTANT connection she felt to him. It just felt a little forced, to me. But, the more time they spent together, the more I started liking them as an item. It became less "love-at-first-sight" and more realistic.

So, here I am, ambling along on the "Josh+Acacia=Love" bandwagon when all of a sudden....BOOM. Here comes Luca. To save spoiling the story, I won't get into Luca much. But, let me just say that Luca was in, probably LESS than half of the last part of the book, and I'm DEFINITELY more into him, as a love interest. Which is weird given the fact that THAT relationship was WAY more rushed.

However, until Luca entered the story I was thinking this book deserved three stars. It was Luca, on his own, that made me love the book a little bit more.

If you're in to Greek mythology then I suggest that you read this. I had no idea until I got to the end that it would be a series, but once I did, I was kind of impatient for the next installment. Read it and let me know what you think!

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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