by Joanne Wylde and Lanette Curington

October 2002
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Immortal Heat is a very nice story. Iíve long been interested in Greek mythology, so, Iím always especially pleased when a romance is created using the Greek gods and demigods. I get especially excited when the story is done right.

Immortal Heat is a perfectly executed story. The main characters are worth getting to know, particularly that hunky Hephaestus. Both Hephaestus and Aglaia have insecurities they need to overcome and with the love and acceptance each show the other, they manage to do just that.

The villain is suitably unsympathetic and if this had been a longer story, Iíd have enjoyed getting into the whole good versus evil vibe, but for a novella, as this is, the author did an admirable job of using the villain as a catalyst without letting her role overwhelm the important aspects of the story, which are the love that develops between Aglaia and Hephaestus and the incredible sex. And I must say, before closing, that that trick with the sand will make me look at the beach in a whole other way!

Dancing With Dionysus is also an interesting story. Sabiano, our hero of sorts, is the most compelling aspect of Dancing With Dionysus. Although he started out as something of a bad guy, he definitely made some changes for the better. His character was exceptionally well developed; the other characters were less so. Kalliara, while okay as heroines go, wasnít nearly as interesting as Sabiano, or even his father Dionysus, who strangely was also a villain in this tale. It seems this author has a predilection for imbuing the bad guys with redeeming qualities.

There were a few things that I didnít enjoy about Dancing With Dionysus. As the story progresses the reader gets a sense that Sabiano and, to a greater extent, Kalliara didnít have control over their lives. As if, regardless of what they did, ultimately their existences were controlled by the gods and even they had a tendency to screw up. Death itself wasnít a guarantee of safety from the machinations of power mad gods.

As a whole, Aphroditeís Touch is a book Iíd recommend. Both stories are interesting. Immortal Heat is truly entertaining, and seems to focus more on the emotions of the main characters, while Dancing With Dionysus will do amazing things for the libido. Think satyrs and nymphs.

Reviewed in December 2002 by JaToya.