Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Bad Blood by Lucienne Diver

Bad Blood:
Tori Karacis's family line may trace back to a drunken liaison between the god Pan and one of the immortal gorgons. Or...maybe it's just coincidence that her glance can, literally, stop men in their tracks. While her fear of heights kept her out of the family aerobatic troupe, her extreme nosiness fits right in with her uncle's P.I. business.

Except he's disappeared on an Odyssean journey to find himself. Muddling through on her own, she's reduced to hunting (not stalking, because that would just be weird) brass-bra'd Hollywood agent Circe Holland to deliver a message...only to witness her murder by what looks like the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Suddenly, all of her family's tall tales seem believable, especially when Apollo-the Apollo, who's now hiding out among humans as an adult film star-appears in her office, looking to hire her. She knows the drill: canoodling with gods never works out well for humans, but she's irresistibly drawn to him. Maybe it's her genes. Maybe not.
Given her conflicted feelings for one hot and hardened cop, it's a toss-up which will kill her quickest. The danger at her door...or her love life.

I loved this book. In fact I read it in one sitting (stayed up until the wee hours of the morning is being more honest), Lucienne Diver wove an incredible tale of ancient gods hiding in plain sight in a modern world. This was a fast paced, action packed book with tons of humor and steamy tension on every page. The backdrop of the story was vividly imagined, but what really moved the story forward was the characters. I really enjoyed Tori’s character, she was smart and witty and never looked for someone to take over and “save the day” for her. Two incredibly sexy men are vying for Tori’s attention, but their triangle does not overshadow the real storyline: a canny mix of Greek history and present-day family drama. My only qualm was that I wish I there was more information about Tori’s fallout from her family, so I’m hoping there will be more in book two.

Tori left the circus and her family for a more normal life, only once she takes over her uncle’s PI business she realizes that “normal” just isn’t in the cards for her. After barely escaping from the strangest murder scene of which she is also a witness, her life is turned completely upside down. The murderer is a guy more suited to a movie set than real life, but that is just the beginning. Tori quickly learns that all those “stories” her grandmother told her as a young girl are true. The Greek gods do exist and Tori herself is a descendent of Gorgon blood. Suddenly Tori is caught in the middle of a turf war; a faction of the gods want to live like they used to: worshipped and feared by humanity, while other gods are fighting to save humanity from destruction. Toss in the sexy god Apollo and a handsome police detective (completely unaware of the situation) and Tori’s life becomes even more complicated.

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