The Maenad of Manhattan
by Liz Meldon
The Maenad of Manhattan (Lovers and Liars #1)
The glory days of Ancient Greece are long gone, and the gods of the Old World are scattered across the globe. As their popularity dwindles, as their worshipers forget, their power fades. Luckily for Aphrodite, she’s a household name. After all, how could anyone ever forget the Greek goddess of Love?
Unfortunately, no one seems to know or care about her divinity. In a world of skeptics and technology-crazed mortals, loneliness and boredom have taken hold. Her life consists of romance advice columns, martini bars, and flings with empty-headed men—until she meets Loki.
She’s intrigued: it’s been decades—centuries even—since she laid eyes on another god, particularly one outside her pantheon. In their short—albeit incredibly sexy—time together, she realizes just how much she needs the companionship of one of her own. Loki, however, seems more interested in catching a murderous maenad than swapping stories about the old days.
Can she convince Loki to stay and make her life a little less lonely, or will he persuade her to join him on his quest for more worshippers? His questionable tactics make her uneasy, but how can she turn down the opportunity to live as she once did: freely, powerfully, and lustfully as Aphrodite of Olympus.
In the present day Gods and Goddess are slowly dying due to not being worshiped anymore, few remain and Aphrodite is one such Goddess. She is currently living in Manhattan as a columnist giving out love advice, and to be honest I thought she was a very shallow and boring character, not what I imagined Aphrodite to be like in the modern world that’s for sure.
That aside, when she meets Loki in a bar on night they instantly connect and spend the night together. To be honest I would have much preferred the books to focus mainly on Loki than Aphrodite, but as they book went on I loved the idea of them being on a quest together to hunt down supernatural beings for the humans.
This is a short quick read and I am looking forward to their next adventure. I hope Aphrodite develops as a character… fingers crossed, as I much prefer Loki and the ultra main character.
Liz is a Canadian author who grew up in the Middle East. She has a degree in Bioarchaeology from Western University, and when she isn’t writing about her own snarky characters, she is ghostwriting romance novellas, loitering on social media, or taking care of animals.
As a freelance ghostwriter, she has written eleven romance novellas, eight of which have been published and are doing well. She loves writing realistic characters in fantastical settings.