Look but don't touch has never been more true...
The gods forbade her to love, but love is a powerful force. Acacia has been created purely for Eros' pleasure but discovers within moments of being summoned into his presence that he has no interest in her whatsoever. Rejected, she is banished to Earth to serve as Eros' minion with the task of promoting the blissful state of love among all those around her, a state she must never indulge in with a human being herself on pain of immediate destruction. And then comes Josh, someone whose power of attraction over Acacia is so intense she will find it utterly impossible to resist him. But is he human? Is he a god? Or is he a trick of the gods? And what would happen should they kiss?
As a massive fan of books based on mythology, I was so excited when I was offered Any Love But Mine for review, the last book about Eros that I read was Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors, which was a happy and cheery book, rather than being dark, like Any Love But Mine was.
At first, I was sure that this I was not going to get along with this book. The first chapter was quite confusing and I really did not have a clue what was going on, it was all cleared up pretty quickly but I was extremely bewildered by the prologue. It got much better very quickly though, from the second chapter I absolutely loved Acacia and as soon as we met Josh I loved him too, having likable main characters is something that a lot of books fail on but this one really got it and I really connected with the characters.
The storyline may seem like it's very centered around love and whilst this is a love story there are also a lot of things in there that take away from that and give the book more substance. There is a lot of betrayals and anger, as is common in Greek mythology and I love that Eros is portrayed as selfish and Hades is the big bad guy and none of the characters were really massively changed from the Gods that are written in Greek mythology.
There was only one thing about this book that wound me up, aside from the confusing start. There is a love triangle in there, nearish the end. I'm not counting that as a spoiler, I didn't think that there would be a love triangle but there is, and whilst I am so excited to read the sequel I think I know which way the romance is going to go... and I really hope that I'm wrong. Seriously, love triangles where they aren't needed really wind me up... Arrrgh!
Overall, an honest and enjoyable take on Greek mythology with a good storyline and fantastic characters. The confusing start and the love triangle detract from the book as a whole, however.
Overall rating: B
Book released March 3rd 2012 by Night Publishing
Book received from the author in exchange for an honest review