Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pick Up! It's Aphrodite Calling.

Aphrodite Calling
Gods of Love, Book 2
Jennifer Lynne

My first book with a transgender heroine but what defined Aphrodite Calling was not Gina’s gender but her character and strength. Ms. Lynne created a truly unforgettable character in Gina Deveraux who had until just recently been genetically male. She was never comfortable in her own body, making for a difficult adolescence, especially during high school. Aphrodite Calling opens with Gina at her high school reunion. She is wrapped in her new body, finally comfortable in her own skin, and ready to prove something to those once cruel to her.

Gina gets unexpected help from Himeros thanks to a plea to the Gods. Himeros is as lonely as Gina and the two make the perfect pair – something I wondered how the author would work in this story. He comes to her rescue and wows her old high school tormentor before sweeping Gina away for a memorable evening. Gina was endearing and realistic in her insecurities about her body and pleasing a man. Himeros, able to read her thoughts, gives Gina everything she needs to feel whole. Through a series of sexual encounters that borders on slightly too much, Himeros treats her as the woman she's always longed to be.

Himeros has his own issues that Gina is able to heal for him – a beautiful healing symbiotic relationship. When Himeros accepts Gina help, it allows readers to feel compassion for him rather than seeing him as an untouchable God. I wish more of Himeros’ story was revealed – he still seems very much a mystery.

While each of these books can be read as stand-alone stories, Ms. Lynne wrote this a part of her Gods of Love series. Aphrodite Calling is a good addition to this series.

RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.
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