on Feb. 1, 2016 :
This book is a quick read, about an hour. It's Romance, with a bit of mythology thrown in. I thought it was pretty good. No under 18's should read it because it does contain sex scenes.
(review of free book)
on April 24, 2013 :
I won a free copy of this book from the author; here is my honest review.
Open House is a short novella in which two young soul mates, Rebecca and Robert, are match-made by the Goddess Aphrodite after years of being apart and not realizing they had highschool crushes on each other; however, Aphrodite's lover, Ares, has other plans that might tear them apart forever.
I'll be straight up - this book gets 2.5 stars from me, but not quite high enough to round up to Goodreads' 3 stars. I wanted to love this book--I really did. It seemed to have a great premise. I'm a huge fan of mythology, and I was intrigued by Aphrodite being a matchmaker for soul mates. Her conflict with Ares, God of War, seemed like it might pose disastrous for the lovers.
However, I felt that the bonding of Rebecca and Robert demanded a larger plot arc than was developed here. I just didn't feel enough conflict. Sure, there are a few small obstacles, but they were resolved without much difficulty. Even with these minute speedbumps, the conflict was all external -- there was not a single moment of doubt in my mind that Robert and Rebecca were going to be okay in the end despite Aphrodite mentioning that souls that are almost bonded but then separated are forever incapable of finding each other. I wanted to see their relationship develop (ex. maybe Robert says something stupid because of Ares that pushes Rebecca away and Aphrodite has to find a way to make to prevent them from messing up, or something). Instead, they meet and then all they can think about is making love 24/7. I wanted to see more of their personal and professional lives clashing, of what their friends think of the relationship, of what their family thinks, maybe. Ares' interference could have done so much more.
The struggle between Aphrodite and Ares was much more interesting; it seemed that they were the main players, not Robert and Rebecca. If this was the intent, however, I didn't feel that Aphrodite and Ares got enough of a stage. I liked the descriptions of Aphrodite's realm but still felt there could have been more development.
Open House was a quick read overall (it's 60 pages), although it took me a while to finish because I wasn't super hooked by it, unfortunately.(less)
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
on April 1, 2013 :
Rebecca and Robert's story was just the right length for a long lunch-break read. Theirs was woven with Aphrodite and Ares struggle over their destiny and souls. It jumped right into the thick. Robert and Rebecca held their crushes on each other in high school a secret. Now they are all grown up and the pull to be together is undeniable. That is because their souls belong together and if they can join, nothing for all eternity can pull them apart. Ares, who has claimed Robert as his own, has other plans and knows he must act fast before the bonding is complete and they fall under the control of Aphrodite completely. I am anxious to see what these two gods do in the next book. They seem to enjoy fighting each other as much as they do sleeping together.
I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
(review of free book)
on March 18, 2013 :
When I first opened the book "Open House" by Krystal Shannon and saw the name "Aphrodite" I knew it was going to be amazing! Aphrodite is the goddess of love and in this book we see as she watches over two humans and their love story. Rebecca and Robert were two humans who met at an open house only to realize that they have known each other since high school.
Now, I totally can't say anything else about it because I don't want to spoil it but when Aphrodite's plan for love becomes a game with Ares, the god of war, things become heated. You totally need to read this book on your own to see just how amazing and awesome it is. Having Aphrodite and Ares together, fighting over the souls and both working their magic over these humans lives makes the book so much more interesting. The human characters as so well developed that you can easily fall in love with them and then become angry when Ares interferes. Oh I just adore this book!
It isn't just your standard love story. It's a love story with an incredible twist since everything can be changed when dealing with the gods. I highly recommend this story for anyone who loves romance. There are two wonderful romance stories happening at once and it is just amazing how it is laid out. It is extremely addicting and well done that I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I've never seen anything like it before and I've already got the next one to read! I give this story five wonderfully deserved stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 18, 2013 :
* This book was received in exchange for an honest review.
I was a little leery to read this book as it contains explicit sex scenes, which I was not aware of when I agreed to review this book. That being said I never go back on my word to an author so I just took a deep breath and started reading. Not considering the sex scenes this story was actually a very sweet love story. Overall I did like the storyline. Gods and goddesses twisting and turning the human experience to meet their wants and desires is tale as old as time itself. Aphrodite is one of my favorite characters from Greek mythology. How could you not love the goddess of love? In this story Aphrodite is find herself pitted against Ares, the god of war, in her struggle to bring two souls, Robert and Rebecca, together as they are destined. Robert just happens to be the owner of a company that is developing a new weapon for the government and Ares does not want love getting in the way of its development. It is quite entertaining to see Aphrodite and Ares try to outmaneuver each other.
The story goes back and forth between Aphrodite and Ares and the human world where Rachel and Robert are blissfully unaware of the meddling of the gods. Needless to say the road to happiness is not smooth for Rachel and Robert. He is dealing with business problems caused by moving his company all the way across the country. Rachel also has her share of problems, like her crazy ex that likes to stalk her whenever a new guy comes in to her life. The closer she and Robert become the crazier her ex becomes.
Overall this is a good book when you exclude the sex scenes. I do wish the author would have added a little more explanation as far as the Greek mythology is concerned. I do not remember much more than the basics from school so it would have been nice to have a little more understanding of their story. It is a short read but still has enough going on that you don’t feel deprived and you can't help but be drawn in to Robert and Rebecca’s story, all the while hoping that true love will conquer all. I read an excerpt for the second book and it sounds just amazing as the first, but unfortunately I will be skipping it as it also contains explicit sex. If you don’t mind that sort of thing in the books that you read then I would highly recommend it.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on March 5, 2013 :
Good, short story about soul mating. The connection was quick, which was the point of the plot. Loved Rebecca and Robert! Hmmm, loved Aphrodite and Ares even more. Can't wait to read Book 2.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Jan. 23, 2013 :
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
At only 60 pages, Open House was a very quick read. In fact, I managed to read 25% whilst having my breakfast and because I arrived to work 45 minutes early (why is there always congestion on my way home but not on my way to work?!) I completed the remaining three quarters.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the beginning; how Rebecca and Robert knew each other beforehand at school because so many books I read are about love at first sight, which quite frankly is beyond my comprehension.
However, their `love' moved a little too quickly for my liking. I understand the whole first romance thing, and how Rebecca would like to please Rob, but having a guy that controlling, who even orders your dinner for you is not what I find attractive. I found him a leeetle bit arrogant.
I could not relate to the characters particularly or the storyline because a billionaire arriving unexpectedly, buying a mansion to move in with a girl he once tutored but was not romantically involved with is something I could not get my head around. Then just over a week later the guy proposes to her, seriously? In an ideal world it would be incredibly sweet but unfortunately it was beyond the realms of my reality but perhaps I am just too cynical.
On the other hand, I loved the inclusion of Greek Mythology in Open House. I have always wanted to learn more about the Greek Gods and Goddesses and was happily surprised to see them in this read. I especially found the banter between Ares and Aphrodite amusing, and how they were constantly trying to interfere with the outcome of RR's relationship.
Ironically, the fact that Greek Mythology was involved in this, especially the Goddess of Love herself, helped me to believe the story and their love. This also pushed my rating of Open House from a 3.5 to a 4!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Jan. 21, 2013 :
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
A fantastic hot and steamy romance with a bit of Godly influence! What happens when you play with Aphrodite? You fall in love.. what happens when you make her angry? She will destroy you! So don't mess with her souls! In this adventurous novella we hop from mortal world to Aphrodite's palace as we discover what the Goddess of love has in store for two soul mates kept apart. The two souls have no idea they are in the hands of two angry Gods battling each other to gain control of them. Great story line, well developed characters and steamy hot love scenes this book has it all and you will not be left wanting! I can't wait to read Book 2!
(reviewed the day of purchase)