Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hide & Seek (Games of Zeus #1) by Aimee Laine

Lie, cheat or steal, no one can catch Tripp Fox. Except one woman. 

Lexi Shepherd’s knack for finding whatever is asked of her isn’t sheer luck. It’s a gift from the Greek god Zeus. 

That Lexi doesn’t use her ability to search for “Mr. Right” comes from one of many personal rules she has set for herself. Number one is not to let fate dictate her future. 

Falling in love with Tripp breaks all the others. 

Despite her principles, Lexi’s unable to stay away from the bad boy, and she finds herself toeing the grey line of the law for him. 

Zeus, though, didn’t give Lexi and Tripp their talents to make their relationship a simple, easy alliance. He designed it to be exactly the opposite. Impossible. Always. 

With their separation, Lexi expects Tripp to forfeit love in favor of destiny. He, on the other hand, intends to beat Zeus at his own game. With a plan in place, Tripp challenges Lexi to take the one action no one else can. 

Find him. 

Type: Paranormal Romance, gods
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

I won an ARC of Hide & Seek from author Aimee Laine earlier this week and dug right in. It was my first time reading Laine and I honestly loved it! The writing hooked me from page one. She includes just enough mystery and intrigue to keep you eagerly turning the page and wondering what in the world is happening but doesn't push it over the edge to frustrating and confusing. I had to keep making myself put down my NOOK and actually get some work done around the house. Excellent problem, right?

Laelaps and the Teumessian fox. A magical dog who always catches it's prey and a fox destined to never be caught. Definitely a first in reading for me and a great twist to the idea of star-crossed lovers.The main characters, Lexi and Tripp, were both charming and entertaining. Each used their gifts/curse from Zeus in different ways. Lexi can find anything she's looking for just by thinking about the item and uses her talents in a completely honest, safe, and boring way finding people their dream homes. Tripp, on the other hand, can never be caught and  tends to walk in the grey area doing item retrieval. The two are complete opposites and should never meet but one night the stars align, so to speak, and they're thrown into each other's lives, running into each other twice in 24 hours. There's an immediate attraction but they recognize who the other is, mythologically speaking, from nearly the start and know things will not be easy for them.

Tripp is determined to figure a way around their curse. He knows they should be together despite Lexi's doubts that things would never work for them as a couple because of their abilities. With his gift Tripp would be able to hide anything from Lexi and never be caught. Lexi just couldn't get over the idea of him potentially using his gifts against her and being unfaithful or crossing the line morally/legally in his work. This led to my big complaint. She's falling in love with him and it's obvious he adores her but she just can't get over her fears. After a while I wanted her to start trusting him and on more than one occasion wanted to yell "oh come on already Lexi!!". A minor complaint really but still got under my skin a bit. The two finally do decide to give things a try both on a business and professional level. Was definitely loving Tripp's gift of never getting caught and the way he used it with Lexi on a personal level. Things were very steamy between the two and he was far from shy with his choice of locations for said steamy moments. Whoa! He's good. Really, really, good.

I really enjoyed the additions to the story outside of the main couple. Tripp's best friend Ian especially. He's terrible in a fantastic way. He reminds me of that guy most groups have that's just a little pervy and always on the make but somehow manages to be endearing and cute. Plus he says things like "Praise-alujah" which may just be my favorite saying now. I so want more of him. And then there's Dulces. If a place like this exists I want to know. And I want to know now! It sounds heavenly and I wanted to jump into the book and try all of the foods right then and there.

If I hadn't already been won over the last 30 pages or so would have sealed the deal. I absolutely adored the ending. Guess it's the romantic in me but damn was it good! Overwhelmingly sweet and perfectly played out. Had me in tears and wishing like hell I had a Tripp of my own to catch. If I haven't mentioned it before he is just. so. good! I'm looking forward to reading more of this series and can't wait to see what happens next!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the amazing review, Anna. :) ::blush::


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