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At the wedding of two Greek gods, Kaye Underhill is the only mortal in a sea of scantily clad nymphs and fickle satyrs. And worse — she’s dateless. The only bright side is the hot, muscled hunkiness of the God of War, who’s seated next to her. But there’s no way Kaye could ever grab a god’s attention... Is there?Ares is in big trouble. A vengeful witch curses him, and theAt the wedding of two Greek gods, Kaye Underhill is the only mortal in a sea of scantily clad nymphs and fickle satyrs. And worse — she’s dateless. The only bright side is the hot, muscled hunkiness of the God of War, who’s seated next to her. But there’s no way Kaye could ever grab a god’s attention... Is there?Ares is in big trouble. A vengeful witch curses him, and the first person he touches will steal his strengths, while he receives their weaknesses. When Kaye trips, Ares catches her and poof! His powers disappear, and Kaye suddenly has the strength and coordination of a Greek god. To break the curse and regain his powers, Ares must get Kaye to fall in love with him.But for the god who makes war, making love presents a whole new set of problems......

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ares temptation Reviews

  • Stephanie (Bookfever. ♥)
    2019-06-13 16:10

    This is a standalone book but characters in it are connected to Pan's Conquest, which I read last year. I remember not being the biggest fan of Pan's Conquest but since this book is about Kaye and Ares, I decided to give it a shot. And I'm glad to say that I did like Ares' Temptation more in the end.So I thought a book featuring Ares was pretty unqiue. I mean, I've never read about the god Ares without him being a bad guy so this was a nice change. I really liked how Hekate was involved, cursing Ares and making him lose his powers to Kaye, making him basically a clumsy mortal. And Ares was pretty funny, trying to figure out how the mortal world works, even how people today talk. That was probably my favorite thing in this book. I also adored Kaye, she was a pretty fun character.I kind of wished there was more romance in this book. I mean, when you see the cover, you'd expect some hot scenes but there weren't any except for some kissing. And the writing was a little too mediocre for me to really like it more than a three star read. But the originality, Ares and Kaye's relationship and lightness of the book made up for whatever was lacking in the writing for me. I would recommend this book for people who like (greek) mythology and want a light, fun and quick read.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-22 22:02

    ARC received for reviewThis book should be rated G. It's a sweet little story with a little romance and half a dozen kisses. No dirty talk, no sex just a nice story.

  • Marta Cox
    2019-06-26 13:54

    This was quite an unexpected story about Ares the god of War losing his powers and was much lighter in tone than I anticipated . I went into this expecting the usual romance with a Greek God as the hero but found myself a little unsettled by the obvious fact that all the events here are preceded by a story that Im guessing was probably started in Pans Conquest which unfortunately I have not read . That aside I did find this interesting and easy to follow. Ares meets the heroine Kaye at a wedding where unfortunately for him he loses his powers to her and can only regain them by getting her to fall in love with him! Now there just happens to be the nasty side effect of Ares not only losing his strength but also gaining all of Kayes weaknesses and boy is that girl clumsy oh and she also happens to be mortal so what is a God to do? Plan a major charm offensive , meet her family , oh and get his powers back without letting her know exactly what's happened. All in a days work for a God!I am used to Ares being portrayed as a big bad marauding type but under the curse of the witch Hekate he is thrust into a very mortal world with amusing consequences and making such a battle hardened male clumsy just added to the sense of fun. Kaye is obviously bowled over by the handsome God but she and indeed her family are very likeable and I loved that they constantly baffled Ares. I just missed the romance aspect if honest and really wanted to believe in it more. If you are expecting lots of steam then you will be disappointed and I feel the cover promises more than this story delivers. It is a light fun read with laugh out loud moments and suitable for those seeking a different take on Greek Mythology. Three and a half from me

  • Lindsay
    2019-06-10 21:07

    I’m a complete and total sucker for Greek God romances. Maybe it’s because I have a degree in History? Either way, when I see a romance with a Greek god (Particularly when it comes to Ares) I’m all over it. So I was extremely excited to get this from Netgalley. I dived into this at the first available opportunity. Unfortunately I felt like I was dropped right into the middle of the story and that I’d missed something. So I went back to the author’s book list online to see if this was part of a series and if there was a first book. Now, I rely on GR for series info. I love that aspect of the site, but there was nothing. I went to the author’s site, and after clicking on everything, I saw a book with characters that are mentioned in the beginning of this book. Jackpot. Book 1. Typically I don’t mind reading books out of order, I’ve found some great series/books/authors that way, but I really hate being dropped into the center of a story and not knowing that it’s basically a continuation of a previous book but with different characters. So, with that said, there was some confusion to start with. I also had issues with the overly formal speech from Ares. I love Ares. He’s definitely my favorite Greek God. (Hmmm, maybe that’s why I focused on military history in school? Anyway…) So I was definitely on his side. I initially found the heroine annoying. Based on the set up of the blurb, I couldn’t imagine how Ares would be able to tolerate spending time around her to make her fall in love with him. And of course, because it’s a romance, it stood to reason that he would also fall in love with her. I just didn’t like them together as a couple. I didn’t feel any real connection between them. But going back to the speech…I was surprised by his formal speech, and as much as I love Ares, it made it hard to connect to the character. The flip side of this is that while his overly formal speech bugged me, I hated it when she tried to change him and the way she went about it. This book wasn’t awful. And maybe if I’d read book 1, I would have been more connected and invested in Kaye’s HEA. But this just didn’t work for me and that sucks because I was looking forward to a good Ares romance.

  • Denise Van plew
    2019-06-02 19:51

    This is first time in reading anything this author had to write. the title and the blurb caught my eye and picked my curiosity. Found it to be a delightful mix of fantasy and humor with characters that were easy to like. I so loved that a mere mortal would be such a challenge to one such as Ares when he himself stepped into the trouble so to speak that he finds himself saddled with. He will have more than he can handle though with Kaye and also enjoyed seeing how it bites him in the seat of his pants when the mighty does fall thanks to love. Even though he will learn a few lessons I do believe Kaye will get the better end of it all from the inside out. Funny also how when you think you are forced to do something actually turns out quite the opposite until reality comes and rears its ugly head because of deeds from that past that started all this to begin with. It is also fortunate for him that Kaye has the heart she has or doomed would of been more in his future. Received a copy for a honest review.

  • Kiltsandswords
    2019-05-31 16:09

    This was a great story! I have read a couple of romance books featuring the Gods, but this one was really fun! Ares and Kaye meet at the wedding of her best friend who is a God. The wedding was definitely different than your usual banquet hall and rubber chicken dish. Ares is the victim of retribution for the killing of another God. He is cursed by a witch and inadvertently transfers his powers to Kaye. Now the fun begins!Kaye is a typical human. Clumsy, uncoordinated and self-conscious. Once she has Ares powers, she is quite the athlete and strutting her stuff comes naturally. She has no idea that Ares has to win her love for his own redemption and that of the Gods he protects. When he comes to her seeking forgiveness for his curt behaviour at the wedding, she ropes him into being his date at her Grammy’s birthday celebration.What was so fun about this book was reading about Ares trying to fit into the mortal world. From the Banana Republic clothes to learning to play volleyball, it was just enchanting to see him with human frailty and doubt. He was a great character and I could totally understand Kaye’s attraction.The attraction between the two is palpable throughout the book. My ONLY complaint is that it was light on the bedroom action. I understand why it was this way due to the plot, but the kisses they shared held such promise! I wanted to see this God conquer Kaye like he conquers enemies!The supernatural world was supposed to stay at bay for the week he devotes to wooing Kaye, but there is constant interference from the Gods – good and bad. Kaye eventually gets drawn into the drama and there is a dramatic showdown that was a great end to this book.This was a really fun story to read. Full of interesting characters, a fun love story, family drama and love. Reviewed for

  • Tory Michaels
    2019-06-15 18:18

    This was an amusing story from the Covet line. I loved seeing Ares, always graceful and coordinated, reduced to being klutzy. The gradual increase in those traits in Kaye was awesome, especially with her growing love of swordplay and war movies.The bigger story though was seeing Ares grow up (which is an accomplishment for a god), and Kaye learn to deal with her problems (aka her competitive older brother). There were definitely some bumps and bruises along the way, but she worked through them.The finale was lovely and I loved seeing these two kids get together.Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Cherie
    2019-06-14 15:05

    A curse will turn Kaye's and Ares' worlds around in Aubrie Dionne's Ares' Temptation. When Hekate curses the God of War, only love can give him his powers back. I'm a sucker for Greek myths, and I loved seeing the softer side to Ares. Kaye is a sweet yet clumsy mortal who really needed Ares' boost of powers. The two balance each other. Grammy is a hoot, and I enjoyed the parts with her, Kaye, and Ares. The romance is light and sweet, and the action and danger in the last third of the novel was so exciting. If you enjoy sweet romances and Greek gods, then look no further than Ares' Temptation by Aubrie Dionne.

  • Liz F
    2019-06-22 16:59

    Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.I tried, I really tried to like this book. But it just wasn't happening. In the end, I had to quit the book at around 53%.The big thing was that I just couldn't connect with the characters. There wasn't anything particularly interesting about the heroine. She didn't even seem like she'd be a secondary character in a book. Her clumsiness was really off-putting when I think it was supposed to be cute or endearing. There didn't seem to be any reason for it. In other books I've read, the heroines are clumsy because they're shy, etc. But here, I think she was just clumsy from birth, which makes no sense to me. Ares, the hero, was interesting until he lost his powers and then, he was so unlikable that he was almost the bad guy. I mean, he's tricking this woman into falling in love with him for an ulterior motive. It doesn't matter if he also falls in love with her along the way, its still dishonest. The funny thing is that I'm SURE I've read books with a similar premise and they didn't bother me as much as this one did so I feel like a hypocrite for not liking THIS book!One detail that's sticking out in my mind is that the heroine gives the hero a romance novel so that he can learn modern vernacular and slang. Wha...? A romance novel? For the God of War? How about a couple hours of television? I just thought that reading a book to learn modern speech patterns was a little strange and the fact that it was a romance novel was just silly. I mean, why? And what could he learn from a romance novel in particular? The impracticality of that choice blew my mind and not in a good way.The heroine's brother was another sticking point for me. I mean, he's so nasty and had so much thinly veiled animosity toward the heroine that it was distracting. There was almost no affection between them and the explanation that the heroine gave was just not enough. He was an only child for three years before she was born...? Aaaaaaand? I'm sorry but that explanation doesn't even BEGIN to scratch the surface of what the heck is going on in this family.Lastly, the premise felt reminiscent of a Freaky Friday idea to me. I don't love those kinds of stories to begin with. But when the heroine, a self-described life long klutz suddenly gains the desire and ability to run 10 miles one morning without much difficulty and blows it off like its surprising but not that big of a deal, I knew this wasn't going to work for me. No one is that stupid in real life.It's entirely possible that all of my problems with this book would have been satisfactorily resolved if I had finished the book. But that brings me back to my original point - with boring and uninspiring characters that I didn't care about, I just couldn't force myself to finish it. When I start finding other things to do with extra time when I'm in the middle of a book, I know it's time to move on.

  • Book Gannet
    2019-06-13 20:14

    This was a quick, cute read that’s plenty of fun as it mixes one clumsy mortal with the God of War, adds in a curse and messes with both their heads and hearts. Kaye is the only mortal at a divine wedding, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to make the best of things. When that includes being seated beside the incredibly sexy Ares, God of War, she’s not afraid to talk to him. It’s just a shame he’s not so good at talking back. Until he gets cursed and his powers transfer to her – then he’s all too eager to keep in touch.I enjoyed this story. Kaye is sweet and funny. She might be clumsy and insecure, but she’s friendly too and more than capable of seeing the funny side of the embarrassing situations she sometimes finds herself in. I loved the scenes where Ares’ powers are subtly starting to affect her and she has no clue as to what’s going on. The jogging and movie marathons were particularly fun.Poor Ares. Well, sort of. He does rather bring the curse down on his head, but it was sweet the way he tried not to take advantage of Kaye in order to break the curse. There’s plenty of fun to be found in his awkward adjustment to modern American life and the moments where the curse strikes him provided plenty of amusement. It’s also cute the way he changes through the course of the book as he learns to appreciate everything from a slightly different angle. I have to say that even at the start he never quite strikes me as a man whose entire existence is war, but that might have made him a tougher sell for a romance.Okay, so on the whole most of the story is ridiculous, but in a thoroughly fun way. Yes, the scene with the turtle was… umm… interesting, the end is pretty quick and very convenient, and the romance was a whole lot cleaner than I anticipated (if you’re looking for a sexy read, this isn’t it), but on the whole I liked it. A fun, easy read with a heap of Greek mythology, a sweet romance and a hero who changes subtly for the better. It left me curious about the first book and wondering if there will be more to this series.(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Penny
    2019-06-24 15:16

    This book had the interesting premise of Greek Gods co-existing in today’s modern world. While not “descending” to Earth periodically, there are some mythological figures that are prone to living and working along humans. Others, as is the case of Ares the God of War, try to keep their interaction with mortals to the bare minimum.Cursed by a witch, his godly powers are given to a mortal woman, Kaye, and the only way to regain them is to make her fall in love with him and profess her love. So you would think a tall, super fit, hot blonde warrior wouldn’t have a problem there. Well think again, this guy is ONLY a warrior, and a complete pompous ass. But to make it more interesting (to the witch at least who might still be laughing her ass off at Ares bouts of stupidity) not only is he powerless, but Kaye’s personal traits were passed on to him when she got his powers. So, he is hot and all, but is now also a klutz.Poor Kaye doesn’t understand why all of a sudden she is all sporty and coordinated, has such appetite or is feeling so bloodthirsty.You can imagine that several comical scenarios are played while they both try to acclimate to their new situations.While fun and kind of sweet to read, to me it fell a little flat. I would have liked a little more development of the characters in general. The story while interesting when it came to plot was a little too predictable. Still, I enjoyed reading this book and wouldn’t mind other works from Ms. Dionne.I must warn you though, that Ares’ Temptation is a super clean romance, while there are feelings that soar, heartbeats that stutter and passions that overflow, more than a hot kiss, nothing really happens.Oh, and there’s no epilogue. Why people insist on doing this to me, I don’t know. Doesn’t everyone know my stand on epilogues by now?*I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

  • Eva Millien
    2019-06-05 16:51

    Ares has been cursed by a powerful witch and mortal Kaye Underhill has been caught in the middle. To break the curse Ares must get Kaye to fall in love with him but making love instead of war presents a whole new set of problems in this delightful paranormal romance.Kaye is the only mortal at the wedding among scantily dressed nymphs and fickle satyrs and even worse – dateless and then she finds herself seated next to the God of War, Ares and the reader can’t help but get drawn into the fireworks that follow as Ares actions have caught the attention of a powerful witch set on revenge and Kaye is the mortal who will pay the price. The strong compelling characters leap from the pages with vibrant intensity and the fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps anticipation building throughout with suspense and romance. Kaye’s and Are’s worlds may have been turned around by the curse but the attraction between grows steadily stronger the longer they are together.Expectation of just what will happen between Kaye and Ares keeps readers on the edge as they wait to discover the result of the curse and just where the relationship is headed. The well written scenes and details capture the imagination while the well orchestrated events ensure that they continue to turn the pages to the very end and the reader’s hearts are captured by the emotional impact of the curse which clutches Ares and Kaye in its grasp.I was completely fascinated from the very beginning with these bewitching characters and the intriguing plot full of interesting elements and surprising twists. The story is connected to Pan’s Conquest (it is Pan & Syrinx’s wedding) but you do not have to read it to enjoy this one and I am hoping there will more books in this world – hint: I would love to read Apollo’s story.4 ½ STARS

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2019-06-25 15:14

    All Things Urban FantasyThe premise of a human becoming embroiled in the mythological world of the Greek gods is a pretty interesting one. I haven't really read too many Greek god stories so I jumped at the opportunity to read ARES' TEMPTATION and the plot sounded fun. I liked how Ares' was tricked into associating with humans for the first time in well, ever apparently. This led to many hilarious moments with Ares trying to adjust to being human. Watching him try to speak like a modern man was also really funny especially considering the fact that Kaye gave him a romance novel to learn how to talk.Ares came off like jerk much of the time but he is the god of war and a god so arrogance I guess is par for the course. Kaye was sweet though I am very tired of the 'clumsy heroine falling all over herself' trope. Kaye's sweetness and goodness is all I can pretty much say about her. I couldn't really connect with her and didn't really buy into the whole romance with Ares. They just seemed so different even with the curse that took Ares' powers away for a bit that was supposed to make Ares' less of a jerk.I think why ARES' TEMPTATION fell flat for me was that it didn't have really have enough romance in it. It had the getting to know you and meeting the family with some intense kissing but they didn't feel like a couple at the end of the story. The story is a quick read and has some funny moments with an interesting concept that fell a little flat for me.

  • Maghon Thomas
    2019-06-19 20:05

    So I haven't read this author yet, but I'm told some of the characters come from Pan's Conquest. I haven't read it, so I don't know much about it. But this is a stand alone and I liked this one a lot, so I may have to try Pan's Conquest :) And the mythology is so much fun!I don't know that much about Ares, other than God of War. And I thought he was usually a bad guy or major destructive- you know, war... LOL So this was so intriguing to me, as he's a cool kid. Hekate cursed curse him, and he lost his powers to Kaye, so he basically turned into one of us- a human. He's funny, as I laughed with him trying to figure out things. Yeah he has some struggles, but it made me love him. Kaye is a great character too. You see, when Ares lost his powers to Kaye, he could only get them back if Kaye fell in love with him. Oh, and a bad side effect, Ares also got all of Kaye's weaknesses. HEHEHEHE! Kaye is mortal and goofy and clumsy as all get out. This book is some big crazy thing. It's a light read, with a good bit of humor, and a sweet romance, so it made for good pacing and ending with enjoyment. I loved how Ares thought it would be easy for him, but he learned some valuable lessons along the way. And I liked that he wasn't the bad guy here. It's nice to see a change in those Greek Gods sometimes. And I loved the way Ares has no idea what went on with Kaye and her family. So with that said, I love this one for the humor and the fresh outlook on mythology. It's quick and fun! I say try it! 4 PAWS!!

  • April Symes
    2019-05-28 18:51

    ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review***This was a great riff on a Greek tale. This is a standalone tale about Aries, the God of War and mortal, Kaye Underhill. Kaye is at a wedding of two Greek gods when she crosses paths with Aries. Aries has been cursed by Hekate to lose his powers and when he crosses path with Kaye and has interaction with her, he loses his powers to her and she gains his powers. And this is where the story picks up steam. Seeing Aries stumble around, after being cursed because he made a godess mad , and because she got angry and in her anger, she took away his powers to teach him a lesson- so here is a GOD of War, trying to do things himself without powers was awesome. He was so *human*, so tentative, so unlike himself. While Kaye was trying to harness *HIS* powers within her body, to understand what was going on and keep everything “Safe”. Throughout the book was the search to figure out how to get Aries his powers back. The buildup was great and the chemistry between Aries and Kaye was wonderful. The twist at the end was wonderful. The cast of secondary characters also made this an enjoyable read. Kaye made Aries realize he could be a better man, a better GOD and I loved how they complemented each other’s strengths. And their weaknesses were smoothed away by their chemistry. I really loved this story and hope to read more by this Author. This was a fantastic read!My rating: 4.5 stars ****

  • Diane Lynch
    2019-06-23 18:59

    Ares, god of War, is cursed by a witch at a wedding. In order for him to break the curse, he needs to have mortal, Kaye Underhill, fall in love with him.Ares' Temptation is a charming novel. I enjoy contemporary mythology stories, and this one was well-done.Kaye is a worthy heroine. She is genuine and likeable. It was fun watching her develop through the story. Ares was great. I enjoyed how he stood by Kaye at her family reunion. I also like, that despite being so old he grew in the story. I like how the curse made Ares and Kaye appreciate the attributes of the other more. Especially, Kaye and her sword fights. She had me giggling.I will admit that I was a bit disappointed that Poseidon was a bad guy in this book. He is one of my favorite Greek mythology gods, and I don’t like to see him portrayed as evil. Okay, yes, it is probably strange that I have a preferred mythological god, but I am a Pisces it is only logical that I like the guy. That being said, he was a worthy bad guy. I wouldn’t want to mess with him. Plus, his description kind of grossed me out. So as far as bad guys go, well done.Aubrie Dionne did a great job with this story. The plot was creative and entertaining. The mythology aspect felt right; she did a wonderful job depicting the characters. I really enjoyed the humor throughout the story. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Elle Markov
    2019-06-08 20:17

    The worst thing that can happen to you if you are a god is lose your powers when you piss off a witch. Well that's exactly what happens to Ares, the God of War.When Ares kills Hecate's brother, she vows revenge, so like any good witch, she curses him. The next person Ares touches will gain all his powers and he will obtain all their weaknesses. The only way to break the curse is by getting the other person to fall in love with him.Enter, Kaye Underhill somewhat clumsy and no where near physically fit, she's skinny and all, but she's not the type to go running. Ares is at Pan's wedding when he meets Kaye a mortal, with a little help, I mean interference from Hecate, Kaye accidentally acquires Ares's powers. From there the story really begins and so does the love of these two quirky characters.Ares, who adopts the name Armin Warhammer as his human name sets off to win Kaye's heart. The story was great, Ares is so funny, his lack of human knowledge is hilarious and Kaye, if I had a brother like her's, I would have put him in a box and returned to sender forever ago.It was also great to see the characters gradually come together and see big macho man Ares/Armin fall in love.Rating 5 out of [email protected]

  • Kae Thomas Hawk
    2019-06-18 17:03

    How could I not love the main character Kaye? I might be a little impartial since my name is Kae. Anyway she is just downright loveable, clumsy and hilarious. She is at a wedding. Not just any wedding mind you but, a wedding of two Greek gods, one who just happens to be her best friend. Unfortunately she is alone, dateless, and seated right next to Ares the god of war. Luckily he is hot, hot, hot, but when she tries to engage him in conversation she finds him a bit of a jerk. While she is away from him, Ares is cursed by the witch Hekate for killing her brother. The next person he touches will receive all his power and the only way he can get it back is to make that person fall in love with him.Yep you know what is going to happen. But, you will be blown away by the story just the same. I really liked the way Kaye became more confident and Ares realized there was more than just having power. It was sad when Kaye found out about the curse but her learning to forgive Ares and believe him gave me the happy ending I wanted. The other characters help make this story. You will be delighted by Grammy, want to smack her brother, and think her mother is clueless about Kaye. I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Heather andrews
    2019-06-21 15:18

    Ares that boy humored me, "seeing as though you do not have, let us continue our disclosure on warfare and peace." Kaye you upset her that girl holds a vengeance well not really but she gets heartbroken which means I was heartbroken, "go!" If his people really were under an attack, then why stay here with a lowly mortal if he had what he'd come for?" Ares sometimes needs to show his woman things and not just say them, "I've been wanting to do this for a long time." He pulled her close and kissed her so passionately." There was no naughtiness so it's safe for young readers to read and I actually quite enjoyed the book.

  • Julie
    2019-06-01 20:07

    This was a fun book. Ares the God of War finds him self struck with a curse and looses all his powers, and the only way to get them back is to make the young woman who now has them, a mortal, fall in love with him. The added bonus is he now has her clumsy two left feet and hands. I loved the story, and really enjoyed the fun. Ares didn't know what was going on, and neither did Kaye. A great quick read.

  • Nicole Smith
    2019-06-09 16:54

    I loved this book and it had to do with the heroine Kaye. She's a lovable relatable character. Ares comes off as a gruff no time for mortals kind of guy, but thanks to a curse he now has to make time for a certain mortal. Ares needs to learn from his ways because he's going down a destructive path being the God of war. The more time he's forced to be with Kaye the more he wants to be with Kaye. Kaye brings out a side of Ares he never knew he had.

  • Talking Books
    2019-05-28 15:16

    A delightful read that grabs readers from the start. Ares' and Kaye are central to the story from their first introduction that was hilariously entertaining :D . A strong story and an enchanting, feel good read that even features characters from Aubrie Dionne's other title, Pan's Conquest.4 Stars*E-book ARC received from the Publisher

  • Geri
    2019-06-07 14:01

    3.5 starsI liked it.

  • Sheena
    2019-05-30 15:50

    Fun. Kept my rapt attention and world building right up my alley!Ares’ Temptation had me at hello. Or if we are being completely transparent, it had me at the veiny muscley hot cover and then had me again with the cheeky blurb. By the time I read the first few pages, I had a feeling I would be in for a ride and I was not disappointed!Pardon while I gather my wits (that I have strewn around the room as my mind was blown by this fun little novel) and tell you without squealing (much) why I enjoyed this book so much. The mix of relevant urban slang with mythological creatures and paranormal characters of old has been done to death, however, it is so refreshing when it is done well, not Ad nauseam and is not distracting; rather enhances the light-hearted and comedic nuances of a tale. Aubrie Dionne is a new author whom I am impressed with and look forward to reading more of her works. It all began at a wedding held on Earth, heroine Kaye is a dateless, spunky, hilariously self deprecating mortal woman who falls in absolute rapture with Ares. You know him, he happens to be the God of a little something called war. Ares is exactly what I expected. He is alpha because, duh, could he be any other way and just all together grumpy- but not douche grumpy- charmingly grumpy which tickled me. Right away we find out that he has been cursed right before his own eyes at the wedding reception! An angry witch is out for revenge for Ares’ killing her brother in battle. A killing that he describes with such fanfare that I was totally on board for the front row seat I had at his comeuppance!“Someone’s pissed. What did you do?”“Are you addressing me?”“Yeah” she spoke with a snarky emphasis that boarded on disrespect. If she were anyone else he would have pounded his fist and broken the table.“I beheaded her brother.”“Oh my.” The mortal popped a tomato in her mouth. “Why?”“He spoke ill of my brother, challenging our family honor.”“So you beheaded him?”Pride surged up, and Ares straightened his shoulders. “In a glorious battle of our armies on the peak of Mount Olympus.”Well that glorious victory, has now cost Ares his entire sense of self and immortal powers. Can’t say that I didn’t do a little ‘tut’ at his misfortune! The plot races forward and the dysfunction of the curse is felt immediate and impacts him hard! Poor little war monger did not know what hit him, feeling things such as compassion and rationale. He is hell-bent on triumphing over a powerful witch and Kaye is the young mortal woman, ensnared in the curse simply for receiving his touch. She has a heart of gold and the requisite adorable Grammy, who Ares bonds with immediately when he travels with Kaye on earth. Ares sticks to Kaye like glue, partly in an effort to win her affections to lift his hated curse. He was also without his Godly powers of teleportation and quite literally stuck with Kaye! The curse is a clever twist of Freaky Friday where his most awesome powers were transferred to Kaye and he inherits all of her less desirable qualities. Her awkwardness, her self doubt and her people pleasing all completely wash over Ares as he struggles to push past his inherited defenses and make her fall in love, which confounds him as she is now armed with his swagger and confidence and strategic mind. Watching as they circled one another, giving concessions, stealing ground when available. All the more complicated by the caveat that Kaye be ignorant to the curse until it is lifted at which time she could decide if her feelings of love are enough to overcome being deceived. It was like a game of chess and I took in every moment of it.“A crushing weight fell on her foot. She cried out, breaking the kiss.“My apologies.” Ares’ face filled with shock and embarrassment. Kaye glanced down . The front of her expensive high heel had caved in, putting excruciating pressure on her toes.The whole thing was so ironic, she would have laughed had she not been in so much pain. Klutzy Kaye had never danced so smoothly in her life…Somehow it must have been her own fault. The God of War couldn’t possibly by clumsy?Kaye has an awakening of sorts, learning how to use all her newly acquired grace and athleticism and quick temper, while poor Ares struggles with his estrogen trip, determined to make a fool of the sneaky witch, This really is a sweet tale….emphasis on the sweet. I would be remiss not to mention that this is a very tame romance. Making out, amateur petting and it has a young adult feel. Which kind of bugged me out initially because I was already imagining a hawt God of War totally ravishing me- I mean-Kaye-but primarily-me. But if you like a funny, sweet, solid romance, you can fill in the naughty bits for yourself. I did. And it was awesome.Intertwined with the romance, was also a lesson of love and acceptance and humility. Learning to see things through someone else’s eyes and the importance of humanity even when being humane has no shiny allure or tangible pay off. The changes they made for one another as they grew to realize their affections were bone deep and beyond the witch’s curse. It was quite beautiful to see. I was particularly touched when Ares in full control of his power decided to send a criminal to trial before Zeus, when before Kaye’s influence, he would have casually lobbed off the criminals head and burned him to ashes. He also saves Kaye from herself, when she nearly kills her beloved brother in a rage. Residual effects of being cursed and embodying a God’s powers, Kaye becomes a little more than mortal and does not forget the strength that coursed through her during her curse, appearing more mature and confident in her spirit.Ares’ Temptation definitely stands alone, however, I’m game to check out more from this author, especially when she does this:“Peace?” Ares paused, shocked at this woman’s gall. Did she know who he was?“Mortal, I am the God of War, one of the Twelve Olympians, and the son of Zeus and Hera.”She glared, her dark eyes on fire.“My name is Kaye. And I am a bookkeeper for Sylvia’s Creations, the daughter of Kim and John Underhill, thank you very much.”If I had my druthers, I would have injected a little more passion (I mean c’mon, the cover is selling sex on a stick for sure) and the climactic danger would have been a little darker, however, I was quite pleased with the direction and pace of this book.

  • Gigi staub
    2019-06-07 19:52

    At the wedding of two Greek gods, Kaye Underhill is the only mortal in a sea of scantily clad nymphs and fickle satyrs. And worse — she’s dateless. The only bright side is the hot, muscled hunkiness of the God of War, who’s seated next to her. But there’s no way Kaye could ever grab a god’s attention... Is there?Ares is in big trouble. A vengeful witch curses him, and the first person he touches will steal his strengths, while he receives their weaknesses. When Kaye trips, Ares catches her and poof! His powers disappear, and Kaye suddenly has the strength and coordination of a Greek god. To break the curse and regain his powers, Ares must get Kaye to fall in love with him.But for the god who makes war, making love presents a whole new set of problems... Review:Though this does not say it is part of a series, we did meet Kaye in Pan's Conquest. Kaye is Syrinx's best friend and business partner. Now we are at Syrinx's wedding to Pan. Feeling like a fish out of water surrounded by all these deity's and it does not help that she is not the most graceful thing. She becomes an unwitting victim of a curse on Ares. Because of the curse Kaye gets Ares strengths and Ares gets Kaye weaknesses.It is was fun to read about these two and their Freaky Friday like switch-a-roo. They both saw what a little confidence and a little compassion can do to a person or God, as the case may be. I enjoyed both characters and thought that their transformations/understanding of not just themselves but their families and friends really added to making them more realistic. I particularity liked the antagonism between Kaye and her brother and the revelation as to why he acted the way he did to Kaye. Now, I kept expecting something to happen with Kaye's grandma and maybe I missed an explanation why she knew some things and had an infinity with the sea?Enjoyable, quick, light, romance.3.5Stars

  • Nerdy Chic
    2019-06-15 16:01

    I tend to gravitate towards books having to do with Mythology, so when I saw that this was about the God of War, I had to read.Kaye Underhill is at the wedding of two Greek God's, her friend String and Pan from another book Pan's Conquest, and is also the only mortal in the room. This would be daunting enough except she is also without a date and is sitting next to the very hunky Ares.Ares is intrigued by the mortal woman next to him but has other things to worry about. Hekate, a witch with a vendetta was up to something. He learns quickly what, when she curses him to absorb the weakness of whoever he touches next and they, in turn, would absorb his strength. The only way to break the curse is to make the other person fall in love with him. Before he can leave the wedding and try to find a way out of the curse, Kaye trips and he catches her.Curse Activated!! This is where the story gets pretty funny. Kaye starts gaining his strength and has a desire to swing a sword and watch violent war movies. He in turn is trying to find a way to learn how to act and speak like a mortal while trying to win her heart but without Kaye ever knowing why, as per Hekate's curse.My only problem with the book is that it is actually turns into a very sweet read. The romance is super light and for a book published by Entangled, I was expecting heat. The other thing is, he's the God of War!! I was expecting major passion, even some level of Dom in him. And while I'm glad he turns into a sweet guy and ends up with genuine feelings for Kaye, I expected more romance. I can understand how he didn't want her to feel that he was using her just to get his powers back but a passionate scene once it was resolved would have been nice. And honestly, I expected Ares to be more of a badass at least. It's great when it gets to the action in the end but it's fairly brief. 4 stars for a sweet read, 3.5 for the romance.

  • pauliree
    2019-05-27 17:51

    There were several things I liked about this book, and several I didn't. I liked the hero, Ares, who as you can imagine as the God of War, is a hunka gorgeous flesh, just as i like my heroes. The heroine? Meh. I have literally just finished this book and i can't remember her name. The only impression she left on me was, why does she think she's an ugly duckling if Ares is immediately attracted to her? I could understand if she wasn't traditionally beautiful and it took him a while to warm to her and see her inner beauty and all that, but no, he compared her to the goddesses at the wedding they met at, immediately after seeing her, before he'd even spoken to her. And she looks good in a skimpy bikini. So what's her deal. None of her family treated her like she was ugly, so I just didn't get the references.Aside from my problem with the heroine, this tale was also a bit too tame for my liking. I would recommend this to parents who want a tame book for their tweens who want to read a romance novel, but for me there just wasn't enough of the hot and heavy. Don't get me wrong, I'm perfectly happy with fade to black sex scenes, I don't need the gory details, but throughout this whole novel the protagonists barely kissed, and she's in love with him after just a week? I'm giving this three stars because while I had my problems with it, there were some entertaining moments and I enjoyed Ares' interactions with the heroine's family (what is her name again?). I wonder if I might have enjoyed this more if I'd read the previous book in the series?*ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review*

  • Vanessa theJeepDiva
    2019-06-08 17:15

    There is such a cute premise happening here. The God of War Ares has pissed off a certain witch. What better way to bring him to his knees than to take away his powers? Hekate has cursed Ares in retaliation for beheading her brother. The witch feels that eye for an eye is too much, overdone, and it simply doesn’t fit her end goals. She’s even kind enough to tell him exactly how to rid himself of the curse. Dateless (as always) at her best friend’s wedding and the only mortal in the building Kaye is determind to have a good time even though she is sitting next to the most arrogant (and hottest) man (God) in the building. Mr. tall handsome perfect on two legs can’t even be bothered to converse with the clumsy ugly duckling. Kaye lets it roll of her shoulders. This is something she is used to. It has been the norm her whole life starting with her family. There is so much going on here that should have been a huge win for me. Sadly it never worked into a total win. There were many aspects that I enjoyed. I loved the twist of mythology. Mythological characters have always fascinated me. The fact that after being the only mortal at a wedding Kaye unknowingly had Ares attend her family reunion as the only immortal gave me a giggle. The witch turned out to be more match maker than angry sister hell bent on revenge. Kaye’s family was a little too much and grated on every nerve I had. Kaye and Ares have the sweet beginnings of a romance that moved a little fast to the forever with the short time they had together.

  • Caro
    2019-06-13 16:01

    2.5-3 stars.Not sure about this one, guys.It really wasn’t bad, I just couldn’t connect with the main characters and I couldn’t really understand why they liked each other.Kaye wasn’t a bad girl at all, but I felt her character was rather blah. I felt she was constantly blaming bad things that happened to her to her clumsiness or bad luck all around, but I felt like she sometimes set herself for failure. Constantly having a bad attitude and constantly feeling like things were not gonna work out for her. I wasn’t a fan of that. Then there was her family and her issues with them. I gotta say, aside from her grandma, everyone else was awful, just awful. And her issues with the brother were resolved too simply. Just like that, after years of bullying? I didn’t buy it.Then there was Ares. He was kind of entertaining to watch. He had no clue as to how the human world worked, so he made some mistakes, but was still able to right some wrongs. I did like that with the curse he was able to see that there was more in life than fighting. He certainly needed to learn that lesson (and on the other side, Kaye learned that sometimes war is the only way out). Like Kaye, he wasn’t a bad guy, but I couldn’t see him with her at all.I don’t know, this simply didn’t work for me completely, but there were some nice parts about it that I really enjoyed (Ares could be really sweet sometimes), so it wasn’t so awful to me.*Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing an ARC in exchange of my honest opinion*

  • angelblue
    2019-06-15 22:04

    3 1/2 STARSI am a sucker for Greek mythology and I couldn't wait to dive into this one. Kaye is the only mortal at her best friends wedding. She is clumsy, accident prone and dateless but things are starting to look up at the reception when she realizes that she is seated next to the yummy God of War, Ares.Ares is too preoccupied with finding the witch that cursed him. He is a bit of an arrogant jerk to Kaye when they first meet. A mishap at the reception ends up activating his curse and all of his powers go into Kaye while all of her weaknesses go into him. The only way for Ares to reverse the curse is to make Kaye fall in love with him. Annnnnd this is where the hilarity starts. Watching Ares deal with being an uncoordinated clutz had me in laughing so hard I was in tears. Serious reality and ego check for him and I loved it! While he is floundering trying to adjust his arrogant attitude, Kaye is growing in strength and confidence.This story was a quick, fun read but unfortunately the ending fell a bit flat for me. There wasn't enough romance in it for my taste, I don't need my PNR books to have sex in them but I just felt like it was missing something. It had the potential buildup but after the big battle at the end it just seemed to end, kind of like the finale of The Soprano's where it just fades to black. That being said, I still loved the rest of it, I just wished the ending was maybe a little longer.*I received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.