Book Review

Of Love and Forge

*The god of the forge…*

Life was good in the Neosphere District. I’d made a name for myself as a renowned supernatural bounty hunter, holding the record for most harpies slayed. But the best part about living in the future? Avoiding the other Olympian gods. Banishing a guy from Olympus because he was “imperfect” tends to make one hold a grudge. Go figure. And no other god possessed the means to time travel. But I did. Thanks to the portal hopping device I forged.

Yup. Life. Was. Grand.

Until a bounty popped up on a certain love goddess. Aphrodite and I had been friends since we were wee gods. I’d be lying to myself if I never thought our “innocent” flirting banter were real on occasion—kidding myself if I said I never wanted things to go beyond platonic. Hence, why I recently kept my distance. For my own sanity. So, of course, I made the grave mistake of taking the godsdamned bounty.

*The goddess of love…*

Since reconciling with my son Eros, after centuries of bad mojo, I’d decided it was time to clean up my act. Ride the straight and narrow. My companion service, Sans Solo, became just the ticket I needed. And it allowed me to use my powers in disguise in modern California under the name Vena Milo.

With the aid of my best friends, and fellow goddesses, the Graces, we ran a legitimate business. All was right in the world.

Until the volcano god showed up. Hephaistos. Heph—a lifelong friend who never failed to confuse me mind, body, and soul. Especially when he showed up with a magical pair of handcuffs. His audacity pissed me off, but the mere sight of him, the smell of him, made my stomach flutter. That…I couldn’t deny. And when Heph’s plan goes to Tartarus things got even dicier and we became…the hunted.

(Goodreads Summary) 

My Thoughts 

I really enjoyed this book!

I loved the characters so much and I loved the way this retelling was done. I’ve been dying for a retelling of this couple because they honestly are my favorite. The goddess of love and the goddess of the forge are such a wonderfully mythical opposite attract moment and this author made their love story so freaking cute. I love the fact they were friends to lovers and Aphrodite was a closet nerd. Such a unique and cute idea.

Also Heph was a freaking HUNK… but in a subtle and adorable way…

Also… the steam. It was unexpectedly awesome.

However, the only thing I didn’t really enjoy the length and I felt like there were some unnecessary lulls in the plot. Also… too many villains! It was just way too many people that these characters had to avoid… they also had very similar names so I had a hard time keeping track of who was who.

Overall, I really liked this series and Aphrodite and Hephaestus are so freaking cute!!

My Book Rating

4.5/5 Book World 

4/5 Romance 

3/5 Plot 

5/5 Characters

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Details

Of Love and Forge by Carly Spade

Genre: Romance Retelling

Published on February 28, 2023

Copy Read: ebook 

Pages: 397

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