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. A
nd 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?
I’ve got to admit folks; I needed to read this book. Like a fish needs water and a bird needs to fly, I needed to sink my teeth into a book that I could just tear to shreds. See, I was in this funk. I ended up reading books, and not quite knowing what to say about them. Then I opened Any Love But Mine and about I got a big grinchy grin.
Yeah, that one.
Right away you can tell that this book needed an editor. Badly. At the very least someone should’ve pointed out the more obvious errors. Like when Acacia slips on her flat pumps. Now, I don’t know a damn thing about shoes, and I still know pumps and flats are two different things. There was also a place where Acacia and Josh were kissing and kept tugging each other closer. Two solid objects can only get so close before they have to bend the laws of physics, and I am pretty sure those two just bent those laws so far they snapped.
Barring an editor, it could’ve used someone being brutally honest with the author. Saying something like, oh I dunno, “listen, if you pontificate once more about if Josh is a good guy or a secret trap, I’m going to kill you and then myself.” Like seriously, you could’ve cut the first part of the book in half and not taken anything from the story.
Moving beyond the editing and superfluous pondering (I like big words, so sue me) we get to the fact that Acacia is like 9ish months old. Ok, I know she’s a god and I shouldn’t expect the same learning curve as I do for humans, but still… 9 months old. Just try reading this book with the knowledge that this girl is 9 months old in your head. “I’m making out with a hot boy… at 9 months old.” “I’m ready to spend the rest of my life with this man I just met… at 9 months old.” “I want this new guy to tear all my clothing off me and humpdy my hump right here on the floor of this tower… at 9 months old.”
Oh, and another thing… don’t try and force love triangles. I mean there already was a weird relationship dynamic with Josh and Eros before throwing in Luca. Luca just confuses me. Read alone, the part where she throws herself at him seems to make more sense than the rest of the story. Taken in context though, it makes me fake a cough to cover up calling her a dumb slut.
The ending was what took the absurdity cake though. It made me snicker and bite my lip. At first. Then I thought about it and I laughed so hard I thought I was going to piss myself. Thankfully this was before my dinner with Jena and Amber so I could share with them. Not sure if they got the full effect though since I was, again, laughing and slapping my hand on the table.
I’m actually going to give it 2.5 stars though. Why? Because despite this books varied and numerous flaws, I couldn’t put it down. It’s like “My Blood Approves.” I know I should put it down, but I can’t look away.