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The Tenth Muse (The Aphrodite Project Book 1) - Belinda McBride

An ARC of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

When Eros does a fashion show where he presents his real wing, his mother, Aphrodite knows she'll have to do damage control by getting Eros to come back to Olympus before the other pantheons take matter into their own hands. But she knows Eros won't come back on his own. So she enlists the help of Rees, her best friend's son. Rees has been feeling listless and is more than willing to act as one of Aphrodite's hunters.

The moment Eros and Rees meet, the two take an immediate liking to each other. Rees is nothing like anyone Eros has encountered and before he knows it Rees is in his every thought. Rees is a bit cautious with his friendship with Eros since he believes Eros is stuck on Rosa, the reincarnation of his beloved wife, Psyche. But Rosa is nothing like Eros beloved Pschye and he finds himself unable to keep away from Rees.

Rees is enjoying his time with Eros and doing set work but fears the day he must confess to Eros. When the truth comes out things look dire. Rees finds himself left alone and in that time he's kidnapped by an unhinged artist. It's up to Eros and the other to figure out who captured Rees and get him back before he succumbs.

I'm really off (not up to date) on my Greek/Roman mythology so I had to do a bit of researching on my own to get the back story for some of the characters in the book since they weren't the focus of the story.

That being said, I really really enjoyed this book. I liked reading Eros and Rees meeting and getting to know each other somewhat. Then being mature enough to state what they expect from their relationship. I liked how all the characters (gods, demi-gods) had a part in their lives and the revelations concerning Herma, Rees and Eros. It was unexpected but a very nice surprise especially in Rees' case. It was very easy to get sucked into this book.

I did have some issues with it though. I thought Eros name in the human word was a bit uninventive. He named himself Eros Stephanopoulos...he introduced his own brother as Herma...I think it would have been easy for any nut to make a comparison to who they were. Ugh, the irony! It was just one of those scenarios to hide in plain sight (made me think of batman and superman >.<)

It was a great story and the ending was sweet. I would recommend it to anyone who love/likes anything to do with Greek/Roman mythology and a story with a good twist.