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For the Love of a God

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Conservator Maia Douglas is an expert on ancient Greece and its mythology. She would never tell anyone at the museum where she works, but she's always had a secret crush on the mythical Eryx, Greek god of love. There is nothing she loves more than to tend to her favorite statue of him, and her nighttime dreams are filled with luscious images of Eryx making love to her.

One day, the peace at Maia's beloved museum is shattered when a new director arrives. A man who looks exactly like her image of Eryx. As Maia watches, he manages to upset her ordered museum world, at the same time he inflames her with unwanted desire.

Maia does not know that her new boss is actually the god Eryx, disguised as a mortal so he may work in antiquities. Although he is the god of love, he has forsaken his sexual nature because of a curse that has killed any woman he's dared to love. Though he fights it, Eryx is drawn to Maia with a force he's never experienced in a thousand years. But can he convince her of his true identity? And can he protect her from a vengeful goddess who seeks her destruction?

161 pages, ebook

First published April 23, 2012

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Rosanna Leo

35 books828 followers
Rosanna Leo writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Her novel A Reluctant Attraction, Handymen 3, is one of Oprah Daily's 50 of 2021's Most Anticipated Romance Novels. Follow her on Bookbub here: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/rosan...
From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her husband and their two sons, and spends most of her time being tolerated by their cat Sweetie. When not writing, Rosanna works for her local library, where she is busy laying the groundwork to become a library ghost one day.
Connect with her at www.rosannaleoauthor.wordpress.com.

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November 19, 2012

This review can also be found on my blog.

This book was perfect for me! It had the right amount of well-placed humor in the witty one-liners, as well as some self-deprecating humor on Maia’s part. I have always loved books that tackle Greek mythology in one form or another. Typically the Gods are a selfish, over-indulgent bunch who often resemble children throwing tantrums and fighting over their favorite toys – mortals. They play with humans and their fates and care nothing for the consequences.

Enter Eric Lord aka Eryx, God of Love. His guilt and torment over the fate of his last love made him the perfect tortured hero. Meeting Maia changes him. Aside from her ability to make him laugh, she shared his most cherished passion – Greek mythology. Falling for her proves to him that love will not be denied, and that perhaps it was time he took his life back instead of letting Nemesis control him through his worst fears.

I loved Maia. She’s your average, geeky young woman. She was neither fat nor thin, though she’d probably disagree with me. She was educated, passionate and a little eccentric. She was quirky, had a great sense of humor and, she had some of the best one-liners or random thoughts in this story.

If the elastic on her Hanes underwear hadn’t been so strong, her panties would have dropped too.

His brows were so knit together, he might have been creating an afghan up there.

“Right.” she sniffed. “I’m more likely to get a reaction from Chicken of the Sea than the god of the sea.

She was knocked out cold. Somewhere in the black hole of her unconsciousness, she wondered if she could die in such a way.

Death by chicken wing seemed like such a strange way to go. – (After getting knocked out by a Fury)

The story unfolded at a nice pace. Not too fast and not too slow. They didn’t rush into the sex, even if they were both on the verge of combusting from all the sexual tension and the promise that hung in the air after a few stolen kisses. I was waiting and wanting right along with Maia. When it finally happens, the pages go up in smoke and flames. Yes, they were that hot! Knowing there are some readers out there who are very particular about protection, I’m warning you now, there is no mention of it in this story. A story doesn’t have to point out every detail or possibility of birth control. Every reader has a brain and common sense and should use it. It didn’t bother me in the least. I’d like to think that a God is able to switch his fertility on and off as he chooses. I doubt Gods can contract or pass on diseases anyway. It’s fantasy and imagination. But I liked that the seduction moved to sex without the pause to “roll on” something.

When the drama reaches its climax, the author didn’t hold back either. She made the most despicable and heart wrenching scenario come to pass. I think I even squeezed out a tear. But fear not, there is a HEA and it was worth everything to get there.

This was my first book by Rosanna Leo, but it won’t be my last. If she writes all her females characters with that likeability factor, a blend of geekiness and comedienne, and sexy hot alpha males who need that sort of woman to bring out the best in both of them, then I am a fan for life. I highly recommend this read, and I already have two other books lined up and waiting. Enjoy!

Other favorite lines:

“I hope, going forward, you’ll call me Eric,” he said in his deep voice. “Not asshole or moron.”

“If he hadn’t still been cupping her cheeks, she would have run to the bathroom to splash water on her face, and her crotch for good measure.

“Wow. These things were really dead this morning.”

“Really dead,” he teased, “rather than just dead?”

Eric’s cock shot up like one of Poseidon’s dolphins, shooting toward the surface of the water.

When Artemis makes short work of a Mummy (and priceless artifact) trying to kill Maia.

“Are you okay?”

“Better than the Egyptian curator is going to be tomorrow morning.”

Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author A review in exchange was not promised.

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Author 2 books402 followers
April 16, 2013

I’m surprised how much I enjoyed this book since it isn’t my usual pick. If my only exposure to this novel was a blurb on Amazon, I probably wouldn’t have chosen it. I’m not a huge fan of the Greek Gods in Paranormal Romance. I’m not sure why, but I’ve stayed away from those storylines. Well, Goodreads is broadening my horizons once again. After a few good friends read and loved this book, I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did, because I loved it. It wasn’t at all what I expected. For some unknown reason, I had it in my head that a story about Greek Gods would be stuffy and feel like I was reading for history class. Instead, I got a fun and sexy book with a contemporary setting. Trust me—there was nothing stuffy or historic about this story.

I’ve still got a giddy swoon happening for Eryx. A gorgeous Greek God of love who has superpowers when it comes to pleasuring a woman. Sign me up. He was awesome. I didn’t expect him to have such a great sense of humor or to be so sensitive. It was a nice refreshing change to have a different hero. I’ve been a little tired lately of continuously reading books with the same hero, just different names. Eryx was definitely different, and he nearly broke my heart in the end with his sacrifice. He really was perfect. Maia was a great character too, and the chemistry between them…steamy.

There was one thing in this book that bothered me. It wasn’t anything I would deduct stars for and it didn’t hinder my enjoyment, but it bothered me. Still, like I said, it didn’t make me like the book any less.

Overall, this was a fantastic read and I’d recommended it for anyone who likes a sweet and sexy love story with a magical touch.
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100 reviews10 followers
April 28, 2013
I have no idea why it took me so long to read this book. It's been on my list since last year. I'm glad I finally got around to it. :)

I'm sorry, but I just need to get this out of the way first. I usually have a very hard time reading books based on Greek mythology. It's a subject very dear to me and I've been studying it since I was a child. So many stories that use Greek mythology either deliberately change things or outright get them wrong (don't even get me started on the travesty of Disney's that was Hercules), and that usually makes it impossible for me to enjoy a story. In one way, this book was no exception. From the very first pages, I had a hard time with the Greek god of love being named Eryx instead of Eros. Eryx was a king and a demigod, not a god himself. He was killed in a boxing match after stealing one of Herakles' bulls and challenging Herakles during Herakles' labors. Eros is the son of Aphrodite and Ares and is the god of love, who fell in love with Psyche and lost her because she was convinced to not trust him. There were other errors in the mythology as well, but they were so common that they were a little easier for me to accept, such as Apollo and Artemis being the god and goddess of the sun and moon, instead of music/medicine/prophesy and the hunt. But they are so often confused with their Roman counterparts that I've come to expect it.

Honestly, this caused me to almost put the book down after only three pages. But I kept going because I like Rosanna Leo's writing and wanted to give it a chance. So I did my best to suspend my reflexive judgement and chose to think of these gods as separate, fictional entities loosely based on the ones I've known and loved for so many years.

This is the first time I have ever given a book that took such license with Greek mythology such a high rating. And it is completely due to how much I liked the characters and how fun I thought the story was.

This was a very sweet love story and I loved Maia. Her geekiness and awkwardness was so much fun to me. I really thought Eric was going to be nasty and arrogant toward her for much of the book, while he fought his feelings for her, but that wasn't the case. Instead, he was very sweet and I couldn't help but love him too. I also adored Dionysos. While he didn't go around inspiring madness in people, he was quite into debauchery. He was a bit twisted, but funny, and I couldn't help but be fond of him. I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of woman brings him to his knees.

The story moved at a nice, quick pace, and I found the sex scenes steamy and well done. I was holding my breath there at the end, and was so stressed and sad! But Rosanna Leo made everything right and I still have a happy little glow for them.

All in all, this was a fun, lighthearted book and I'm glad I finally read it. I will be jumping right into the next two in the series.
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Author 33 books1,179 followers
October 3, 2012
Another great read by Rosanna Leo! You can expect great humor, some tears of sadness, thrills of excitement and a perfect sensual touch as you explore the pages of this delightful book. Anyone that enjoys paranormal, romance (the combination of paranormal romance), or is just looking for an all around great read will fully enjoy For the Love of a God.

Maia is a restorer at a museum that she has known and visited for most of her life. Her father once worked there and now she does the restoration of many Greek statues and other items in need of repair. She loves her job! One day the new director strolls in and is making changes to staff as well as items on display. Maia is nervous that she’s on his list of ‘to be fired’ and is a wreck when he approaches her. He then removes her favorite statue from display which is pure torture for her. She’s loved that particular god/statue since she was a young girl. The new director is one drop dead gorgeous specimen of a man and there’s a chemistry that burns between the two of them. But there’s something about him that bothers her. It does not help that he looks like one of her all time favorite gods!

Eryx is one God all of us woman would not mind having as our arm candy, in our beds and to live out our lives with. I mean the God of love?!? Who wouldn’t? Eryx has a past and a history. One major part of his past and a loss he still grieves prevents him from continuing in the major role his God name depicts. He’s not had a woman in his arms or a drink in his hands for too long. But when he meets this delightfully messy dressed yet gorgeous mortal, she does things to him that is unwelcome, yet desired.

I loved watching a relationship grow and prosper with these two. They both have gone through so much in their lives and remain strong. But around one another they brings even more and it becomes such an unbreakable bond that constricts the heart of the readers in a very pleasant way. Rosanna, you have a new fan. I cannot wait to read more of your yummy Greek God creations ;)
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165 reviews67 followers
August 25, 2013
5 sexy Greek God stars!

This was the first book I've read from this author and I loved it! I wasn't sure what to expect as I didn't read any reviews prior. Only the blurb which was very intriguing. What I found was a light hearted read with a wonderful story and lots of romance. It wasn't packed with drama and angst which I found quit refreshing for a change. However, by the end of the book I felt like I was in "The Clash of the Titans" movie!

The story sucked me in right away. The characters were well developed and I connected instantly.
There was plenty of humor as well as seriousness. The writing was smooth and nothing felt rushed or forced. It kept my attention from the first page to the last, hence 5 stars.

Maia is the heroine in this book and I just loved her. I mean come on! She wears a Happy Days T- shirt for gods sake. And crocks instead of 5 inch stilettos! Of course I loved her.
She also has a penchant for Holly hobby.

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Eryx is our sexy God hero and oh lord was he hot.

"I want you, Maia. I want you withering beneath me. I want to lick every last inch of you. I want your juices on my tongue. So help me, I want to fuck you like you've never been fucked before. And I'm tired of pretending I don't want it."

Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin.

I loved his character. Especially in the beginning of the book when he and Maia were constantly bantering. I laughed out loud at many parts.

There are four other secondary characters that I loved just as much. (except for the villain who I wanted to strangle)

Book two I've learned will be the very sexy Dionysus one of the secondary characters of this book. He is so very swoon worthy. I look forward to reading his story.
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Author 10 books158 followers
May 6, 2012
First of all...I snatched this book up before ever really knowing what it was about because of the beautiful cover! The title was enticing and the sneek peek I read made me want to devour this read. There were several things that I really enjoyed about this story. First of all the heroine is full-figured and corky. I love that she is smart and determined, but has a shy, funny side as well. At work she is all business, but at home she can't even keep a plant green! Thanks to a little godly help, the death's-door plant comes around. The romance building was subtle and hot. The hero is certified yummy and to be honest, with the descriptions of his statue...I could have jumped on the stonely god myself. I love mythology stories and this one was made for a modern day woman. No woman is perfect and Maia respresents the fears, insecurites, hopes, and triumphs of all of us. Eryx/Eric is a sexy hero. Not too alpha and just enough self-doubt to make you go "ahh..." I wanted to give him a big hug and well, something else too! :) This was a sweet romance with some spine tingling suspense to make the triangle of characters very interesting. I'm very excited for book 2! I can't wait to read Dionysus's story!! Great book and highly recommended!!
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November 11, 2016
(3.75 stars)

Cute and sexy novella about a fashion-challenged museum conservationist with a bit of a statue fetish. Though you can't really blame Ms. Maia Douglas, as the nude statue in question is of the sexy Greek lovegod, Eryx.

Eryx, of course, is more than just a well endowed hunk of marble. He's the flesh and blood son of Aphrodite and Ares who moonlights as museum curator Eric Lord in order to ensure ancient Greek artifacts are given the respect they deserve.

Eric's next project is the Toronto Museum, where he finds Maia, tending to the marble representation of Poseidon's... Well, let's just say Eric is impressed by this feisty, passionate history lover. Outside forces try to come between Maia and Eric, and some internal struggles on Eric's part threaten their hope for an HEA.

A solid story with a good dose of mythology to tie it together, nicely wrapped up in its short length. I liked and rooted for these two, and appreciated Eric's sweet gestures.

A man that's happy when he can make his lady happy?

Now that's sexy.

Not Eryx, but still nice to look at:
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Author 10 books125 followers
October 11, 2012
For the love of a good book.

For the love of a god by Rosanna Leo was such a fun, FEEL GOOD read. It is the first book I've read by this author but it won't be my last. In fact, I have her other books on my kindle: The Selkie, Up in Flames, and Sweet Hell.

I instantly fell in love with Eryx, the God of Love--and boy does he ever know how to...love, lol. But he's not only sexy, he's also wounded internally. I wanted to be the one who mends his broken heart, lol.

Maia's sense of humor and quirkiness were fantastic. I really enjoyed her character. She was perfect without being perfect. LOL, some of the stuff she said and did, LOL, I won't spoil it, but I still chuckle.

The sexual tension between the hero and heroines was hot, and when they came together, BAM, explosive.

For The Love Of A God is a definite five star read and I highly recommend it to all romance readers.
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370 reviews93 followers
April 15, 2017
First of all, I just want to say thank you to Rosanna Leo for giving me this book to read. No compensation was given, offered, or taken to alter the opinion.

This was my first book by Rosanna Leo, but it definitely will not be my last! This book was perfect for me! It was a light-hearted story featuring a little Greek mythology and lots of sexy, steamy romance. I loved all of the characters in this book and their witty one liners often made me laugh out loud. I'm madly in love with Eryx, the god of love. Rosanna's writing is smooth and the pace of the story was perfect. I highly recommend this book. I can't wait to read the next book in this series on Dionysus!
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May 31, 2013
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I have always been fascinated with the studies of mythology, Greek being the top of my favorites! I get so giddy when I get my hands on reads such as this! It has to be the thrill of living fictionally and vicariously in the eyes of a modern day girl who has the opportunity to experience every geek-girls mythical God dream!

I have to start off by saying, Rosanna Leo certainly is charming, and it shines through her writing radiantly! Her characters are full of SO much life, and the dialogue between characters will have you in giggling fits. And I know I am not the first to say, but I undoubtedly identified with Maia, (our lead character) and that bond/connection is one of the best affairs for a reader to experience. She’s pretty awkward, but she’s deeply passionate about the things and people she keeps close, has her own sense of style of clothing choice and not a care what people think of it, and just so much more, I adore her!

Maia works as a conservator and expert in the Ancient Greek department of a Museum she grew up in as her father had worked there. Ever since she was five years old, she had a strange infatuation for a particular statue, her favorite piece which began her peculiar crush on the mythical Greek God of love, Eryx. She even swore it would wink at her at times and found herself speaking to the statue as if it were an actual person. Maia grows up to be an intelligent and devoted woman, a true expert on everything Greek. The story takes an interesting turn for Maia when the new Museum director, Lord Eric, arrives and has a striking semblance to the man of her dreams. (Literally)

She thinks she must be going crazy, it couldn’t possibly be him. He’s only myth…right? As soon as he arrives, the department is being turned upside down, and layoffs are happening left and right. Maia fears she may be next, but Lord Eric begins to act strange around her. Almost as if this insanely gorgeous man… was attracted to her? Maia feels like she really must be going insane. She’s so clouded by her insecurities she can’t comprehend the fantasy becoming reality, and as we find out Lord Eric can’t even explain why he’s so drawn to her. He proves to her his identity and romance buds right before our eyes, but when we the reader least expect it, the plot really thickens.

A sick and deranged Goddess has it out for Eryx, beholding an ancient grudge. She will do whatever it takes to separate the lovers to leave Eryx’s heart in shambles forever. The thrill is edge-of-your-seat intense, leaving you rooting and praying for everything to turn out alright between the star-crossed lovers.

As a lover of mythology and romantic affairs, Leo did not disappoint. It’s everything I imagined for a modern day woman who lives with her head in the clouds, who ever had a wish for something she so desired to come true. Oh, if only we could all have our own Greek God.

I really rather not spoil the greatness of this book, so the cryptic last paragraph will just have to do for you till you read it! Believe me when I tell you, fellow mythology nerds, if you love romance with spice and lore, this charismatic book is something you do NOT want to miss. What are you waiting for, go get it!


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3,014 reviews17 followers
May 8, 2012
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First off, let me state that I am a very happily married woman. So when I say that I want an Eryx for myself, that is saying something about him. This is a fun romp with gods and mortals, with a female character I liked so much. Maia Douglas is a conservator at the Toronto Museum, specializing in the Greek era. She is intelligent, self deprecating, messy and very nearly obsessed with all things Greek, particularly the statue that stands in the Greek hall, that of Eryx, the Greek God of Love. Maia has worked her entire career at this Museum, which was also the place her father worked, and helped make big. Her mother was an artist who left her and her father when she was five, so it was always just the two of them. Dr. Douglas took Maia on digs, and shared his passion for antiquities with her, a passion she shares. Her father is actually the one who found the Eryx statue, and when Maia was five he took her to see it. She loved it, but when she was leaving the hall she stuck her tongue out (I mean, she’s FIVE) and the statue winked at her. Impossible, right? Right. But it’s made her love Eryx (the statue) and dream of Eryx (the god) since then. Her father is in hospice, most of her coworkers think she is odd, she hasn’t many friends. What she has is her work, and her statute.

Eryx is the Greek God of Love. He is also carrying a world of guilt around, due to a curse courtesy of the vengeful, nasty goddess Nemesis. In an effort to keep women safe, he focuses not on love but on antiquities. He presents as a mortal named Eric Lord and he goes to museums as a director, cleaning house. He is now setting his sights on the Toronto Museum. When he arrives and immediately fires someone, Maia is outraged. Then she sees him.
“Her hands dropped. And then her jaw dropped. If the elastic on her Hanes hadn’t been so strong, her panties would have dropped too.”

Unfortunately, the first thing Eric Lord does is let her know he is putting the Eryx statue on loan to Russia. Maia, too on edge from everything going on, bursts into tears and makes Eric feel awful. Something he hasn’t felt in a long time, caring about someone else. He “loved” a priestess, Chloe, and due to his own behavior it ended badly. He tells himself he is a different man now, but is he?

Imagine trying to deal with a boss who looks just like your secret statue obsession, while he’s dealing with god issues.

The writing of this book is witty, clever and so likeable. The characters are lively and real. I would so love to read a Dino story, Maia’s gay friend who is absolutely fabulous (he tells Maia, “you are a recipe for premature ejaculation if I’ve ever seen one”). Apollo and Artemis are beautiful and bad-ass, and Dionysus (god of wine!) is unapologetically horny yet loyal and a worthy friend.

There are just little things that made me laugh (Eric trying to hide a “massive hard-on behind a floor lamp”, I mean how big IS that thing?) and there were things that were sad (Chloe, Maia’s loneliness) and it’s all put together in a quirky, very fun read. Very recommended.
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129 reviews20 followers
March 16, 2013
I absolutely found this book to be adorable. It was a quick, fun, and delightful read.

In the beginning of the book you have the Greek Gods Dionysus and Eryx bickering to each other that the god of wine “Dionysus” spends too much time gallivanting around with his booze and ladies, while the god of love “Eryx” wastes his time posing as mortals in the human realm pretending to be either a museum curator, professor, writer, or archaeologist. He just wants to ensure that the humans are doing the Greek Gods justice by making sure they have all their facts straight about their “myths” and handle their treasures properly. – Reading the first chapter alone I knew that I loved Ms. Leo's humor and that this was going to be an entertaining read.

This time Eryx decides to take on the role of becoming the new director of The Toronto Museum. He thought that since it's in the middle of renovations and that they have a nice sized inventory of Greek valuables, they could use his help. I fell in love with him very easily from the descriptive words the author uses to describe him (swooooon) and his charming personality/attitude. The things he says to Maia will make your heart flutter a lot!

Maia Douglas is a funny, witty, quirky, dorky, awkward and beautiful girl who is a curator at the Toronto Museum. Her father Dr. Jim Douglas is a famous archaeologist who'd founded most of the Greek collection housed in this museum so this is basically Maia's second home. Word is getting around that the new Director Eric Lord will be arriving soon and that he is pretty ruthless when it comes to “cleaning house”. It's no secret that she's very fond of the Greek statue Eryx The God of Love in the Greek section of the museum, so when the God himself walks in the museum in his mortal guise as Eric Lord, I'd love to have seen the look on her face thinking the man of her dreams has come true!

I loved this character and immediately identified with her for her awkwardness and loved that she was passionate for things others would deem her for being a geek. More people need to be like this instead of thinking they need to hide what they love doing from others!!

There were some great lines/thoughts in this book that had me laughing out loud and rereading them after I'd stopped laughing just to start laughing again..

-“Last I heard he was farming cattle somewhere.” He rolled his eyes. “He's always been curiously fond of cows.” – Talking about the Greek God Zeus

-Death by chicken wing seemed like such a strange way to go. – Maia

-Maia had seen a lot of flamboyant gay bars. This one was flaming hotter than a pink flamingo on fire.

Will definitely recommend this to a friend and continue on with the series, Thanks Rosanna Leo for a great read:)

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636 reviews92 followers
February 8, 2013
Title: For the Love of a God
Author: Rosanna Leoams
Format: eBook about 161 pgs
Genre: Paranormal Greek Mythology Romance
Cover: Well done 4 stars
Series: No, Stand alone
Main Characters: Maia & Eric

I love to read stories that include Greek Mythology and this story was not a disappointment. I read it in one sitting and found an author I will definitely be following and reading more of her books. I loved Maias’ character she is witty, nerdy but not naïve, she is smart and beautiful but still a little shy, you couldn’t help but like her. As for Eric…what is there not to like just look at the cover, but what you don’t see is that he is tender, loving, and a little cave like and very well blessed and gifted in certain areas!!!
The story flowed so well I could not put the book down. Time flew by and I hated the story to end. The story had me laughing, sighting and drooling. I like her writing style and all the crazy hilarious lines that Maias’ character came up with. Especially when she got nervous and her mouth would get verbal diarrhea. Lines like “Eric’s manhood shoot up like one of Poseidon’s dolphins, shooting toward the surface of the water” among others, had me rolling. Love them all, hilarious!!
I recommend For the Love of a God to older Teens and adults. The story has a couple of scenes that might be considered for mature audiences which might have one fanning and saying “oh my”. This is a very light, humorous and charming story with a very happy ending.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.




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3,328 reviews133 followers
June 11, 2013
Conservator Maia Douglas is an expert on Ancient Greece and its mythology working in Toronto Museum. Maia's secret wish is to be loved by God of Love Eryx little does Maia know she's about to get her wish. Eryx posing as Eric Lord, known for shake ups in the museum world, has plans for The Toronto Museum. There is just one little hiccup in his plans~Maia. Eryx never expected to feel what he does for Maia after just one kiss. Eryk knows that he shouldn't care for Maia as he does because Nemesis will strike. Dionysus tells Eryx to move on yet can see that he's haunted by the past and full of guilt to boot. Nemesis bides her time waiting for Eryx to see the error of his ways. Will Maia's life be the same? Will Eryx's life be the same? Will Nemesis strike? Will Eryx fight for what he wants? Your answers await you in For the Love of a God.

I have to say that I love books about mythology because they fascinate me like no other kind of book can. Ms. Leo has created a cleverly rich story full of tragedy, angst, love, and most of all hope. Maia's beauty is more than skin deep as well as rich bright character. Eryx is our tragic hero and alpha male scarred by his past and guilt. Ms. Leo's writing style is bold and crisp also another of my favorite page/chapter turners. I will continue reading this fascinating series along with the rest of Ms. Leo's works.
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Author 7 books130 followers
May 17, 2015
Let me get this straight out: I. love. Eryx.


This was such a fun read. Light and frothy, full of humour and brimming with passion, this is just the kind of book to sink into after a hard day. Chloe was smart and sassy, and exactly my type of geek (I'm one, too and proud of it!) and I loved that that became something Eryx adored about her.

Eryx was gorgeous, inside and out, and I loved the spin on Greek Gods Rosanna brought to the story. He was sexy, funny, heart-stopping. My hero. Mine. =)

That was part of why I enjoyed this book so much - if I can't connect to the characters, I can't connect to the book. And even the supporting characters were fantastically well-rounded. I particularly found Dionysus amusing as anything!

The end also surprised me, and that is hard to do. Another point to the book's favour =) but there is a HEA, which is what we all want.

All in all, I found this well worth the time and money invested. I thoroughly enjoyed the love story and all its twisty, twisty bends! And, yay, I've found a new author to love!!

Seriously. Get. Reading!
1,581 reviews11 followers
June 29, 2019
I adored this book though I felt sad that Eryx had to give up his immortality and couldn't get it back! Surely there should have been some way for him to get it back like maybe give him Nemesis's immortality as fair trade! Still, in some way's he's probably happier as a mortal but only because he was convinced that Maia wouldn't want to be a goddess. I loved Maia's friends Sheila and Dino, espeacially Dino, he had me in stiches with some of the things that came out of his mouth! So did Dionyis! Maybe one day Eryx will get his immortality back and Maia will be granted it also, can't see it being gone from him forever, I'd love if in some future story we see it restored, after all he sacrificed himself for Maia so can't that count to restore it? I have to say I really loved Nemesis' punishment! Still wish they'd further punished her by transferring her immortality to Eryx though. I'm reading his cousin Dionysis' book next! I wonder if Apollo and Artemis will get books too?
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Author 12 books71 followers
August 2, 2012
Sexy, Romantic, Fun Book!

This well-written romance takes the reader into the world of mythology with a wonderful story line and great lead characters.

Who can't resist a great looking hero who is also the god of love, but has a broken heart? Readers will want to jump in the book and be the one that mends his heart. I loved both the hero and heroine in this book. The heroine, Maia, is a loveable, sweet nerd. The conflict is unique, the writing is solid, the dialogue is witty, and the scenes are not only sexy, but tender and poignant.

Sexual chemistry is steaming, which makes this a fun, hot read. I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading the author's next book. Well done.
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Author 26 books438 followers
September 16, 2012
The Gods have never been more fun! Eryx, son of Aphrodite, is smokin’ hot, fierce and everything I look for in a leading male character. Maia is sweet and unassuming until her man is threatened, then look out! She’s a fury fighting badass! I loved everything about this story.

This book as it all. I laughed, my heart ached and rejoiced; I found myself so caught up in the action, I was reading very fast! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Rosanna Leo takes us on a journey from Toronto to Olympus that I can’t wait to repeat…with Dionysus in Sweet Hell. Bring it on!
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683 reviews49 followers
February 8, 2013
I received this book free for an honest review. All in all I liked this book. Wanted to like it more, but there was just something missing, don't know...can't put my finger what exactly it is thou. It just didn't sweep me away. The story moved at a decent pace, I liked the leads, and there was lots of steamy parts. Plenty of action, self sacrifice and good triumphing over evil. If I could have I would have given it 3 1/2 stars. It is a short fun read, perfect for an afternoon escape. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read and review your story.
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7 reviews5 followers
March 16, 2013
What a touching story! It`s very romantic and full of passion. You can tell that the god Eryx is really in love with Maia by his actions. I cried at the end of the story and it`s not because of a sad ending, it`s what Eryx did as a sacrifice for the love of Maia. That was really, really and really touching and the story has a really nice happy ending. Loved it ;-)
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Author 5 books346 followers
May 9, 2012
Face it! We’ve all stood before a fine Greek marble statue (or saw one in a picture) and did a little dreamy fantasizing of what that statue would look like live and standing before us. Some might even take that dream a little further- knock yourself out! But what if-

That was sort of what happened to awkward, geeky museum conservation expert, Maia Douglas. Well actually what really happened was that the Greek god Eryx (whom I’m more familiar with as Eros) and his Olympian family really exist and live in the modern day. But times are hard on the Greek gods because nobody worships or believes in them anymore. This does not alter them in any way, but it does scatter them so that some have not been heard from for some time. Dionysius is still a big man for the drinking and the orgying, but his cousin Eryx has turned over a new leaf since a certain ‘woman scorned’ goddess has vowed and does kill every woman he might love. So to avoid the poor women being killed and to prevent feeling more guilt than he already feels, Eryx finds a new hobby that does not involve women. He sets out to do his part to preserve the Ancient Greek culture one museum at a time. He has set his sights on the Greek collection at the Toronto Museum for his next project.

Maia Douglas loves the Greek collection at the Toronto Museum because it was her father’s baby project before he became ill. The once great archeologist took his daughter on his digs and taught her a love for this ancient culture, but for Maia, this love was channeled into preserving history instead of discovering it. And this all started when her father discovered and brought back the life sized entirely preserved statue of Eryx. Maia was five when the statue found a home in the museum and she is convinced that the statue winked at the young five year old Maia. She has been fixated on the statue ever since. In Maia’s imagination, the statue comes to life making her erotic dreams play out and she knows its crazy, but she is in love with her marble Eryx.

Things change rapidly when the new museum director, Eric Lord, descends upon the place with new plans and new ways. His move to remove her statue in a long term loan almost breaks Maia’s heart, but in the midst of her anger she is not unmoved by the fact that Eric Lord is her statue in the flesh. And Eric is quite unsettled by her.

The story continues with Eric (Eryx) feeling inexplicably attracted to Maia and unable to entirely avoid the temptation to be with her and to touch her. Maia is equally charmed, but does not understand the way the man blows hot and cold with her. She wonders if he’s just playing a game with her since he seems very experienced and gorgeous next to her plainness. Eric is only one of her worries because now Maia is experiencing dreams that take her back to ancient times that involve the god Eryx and his human lover Chloe where she even sees Chloe’s death administered by Nemesis the goddess of retribution. Maia also experiences attempts on her own life- attempts that really worry Eric though he won’t explain why that is at first. Eventually, the truth about Eric/Eryx and his curse come out and then the real ‘fun’ begins (and no, it was not really fun) leading up to an unexpected ending.

The plot in this story was interesting to me not because Rosanna Leo utilized the Greek gods, but because of which ones she chose- Eryx, Dionysius, and Nemesis with cameos by Apollo and Artemis. I also found the controlled, responsible and sensitive version of Eryx quite a change- not sure how I feel about that. The plot had passion (oh baby did it, but we’re talking the god of love here) and excitement trying to foil Nemesis’ plots. It offered funny scenes with Maia and her friends as well as between Maia and Eric. It also offered poignant ‘sacrifice for true love’ stuff near the end.
For some reason I just could not feel it once I got just so far along. Partly, it was Maia herself. I liked her at first and then my opinion changed. For instance, at the beginning, I felt like Maia was portrayed as a free-spirited say-what-I’m thinking dreaming-of-my-god kind of gal, but suddenly when she finds out that her god is real she turns into this I’m a scientist and I don’t believe in anything sort no matter what you do to try to convince me. The Maia who thought her statue winked should have been half way ready to believe when Eric confessed the truth especially when she was faced with inexplicable events like her father’s miracle recover and the rescues he performed twice. I was sympathetic for her near the end after she did finally accept things and fought so hard when trying to keep all her loved ones safe.

Now as to the characters in general, I thought Maia’s friends particularly Dino and Eryx’s cousin Dionysius were good secondary characters. They brightened the scene when they were in it. The dialogue between Eric and Maia was great particularly in the beginning when they were being snarky with each other. I liked that edginess they both had as Eric sought to keep his distance and she tried to put him in his place about ‘her museum’ even while they were feeling the hot attraction.

All in all, it was a nice amusing read.
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261 reviews42 followers
February 7, 2013
A fun, refreshing that manages to embody many different dichotomies within it. It's funny and serious, playful and suspenseful, reverent and irreverent, heartwarming and heartbreaking often at the same time, and the list could probably go on. Just when you think you know what to expect next, Ms. Leo takes it into an unexpected turn, keeping you guessing as to how it's going to play out right up till the end.

At first glance Maia seems to be your stereotypical scholarly nerd woman. She's more at home in the halls of the museum, working on her beloved artifacts, than she is living in the real world. She's oblivious to the dictates of modern fashion, and yet in her disregard for it she manages to sport a quirky, funky style all her own. With her '70s cartoon character t-shirts, her technicolored Crocs, and her vintage Holly Hobby bag, she ends up seeming very avante garde in a very neo-hippie, anything but dowdy kind of way. She'd probably fit right in on many college campuses, and would have sorority girls fawning over her dying to know where she got her vintage duds. Looking below the surface, Maia's personality is also a curious blend of the staid and the quirky. She thinks nothing of fondling Poseidon's testicles while evaluating how to repair the damage to the marble they're carved from, but shies away in rather prim fashion from any attention from a flesh and blood man. Her adventurous side lets her get involved with Eric Lord, yet her intellect hold her back at a few crucial junctures. Watching how all the contradictions resolve themselves, or how they manage to coexist and not seem like contradictions, is fascinating reading indeed.

Eryx, or Eric Lord as he calls himself in the mortal world at the time of the story, is largely everything you would expect a Greek god to be, and many things you wouldn't expect. He's more than a little bit cocky and arrogant, but also frequently self-effacing and humble. He suffers a bit much from the "I'm no good for you, I should leave you alone for your own good because you'll be much safer and better off without me" mindset that so many paranormal heroes seem to espouse, but he thankfully doesn't cling to it quite as tightly or for as long as many do. Maybe because as the God of Love there's a point at which he just can't help letting his lust overrule his better judgement, or maybe because being what he is, he's less able in many ways to deny the call of true love when he finds it. Whatever the case, he ends up being a thoroughly adorable hero, and your heart will break for him and what he has had to go through for most of his existence, and what he'll have to go through to earn his HEA with Maia.

As a nearly lifelong student and lover of Greek mythology, I'm always drawn to stories about the Greek pantheon, and love seeing the original take that various authors have on them. I'll admit to not being as knowledgeable about most of the lesser deities like Eryx, but such knowledge isn't really necessary to the enjoyment of this tale, for all of the crucial bits of the mythology are explained in the text, and reading Ms. Leo's portrayal of Eryx and some of the other gods/goddesses is far more entertaining than learning the classical tales anyway. The relationship between Eryx and Maia and the forces that they're up against will take you on an emotional roller coaster. You'll laugh, you'll want to cry, you'll want to scream with anger, and you'll want to fan yourself 'cause it gets mighty hot in here sometimes. In short, it'll do most everything you want a good book to do (except tell you where to find your own studly god to try on for size). My one complaint is how it all turns out, because I'd have preferred to things turn out a little bit differently, though I understand why Ms. Leo went the route she did. Just, yeah, a few details done a bit different would have made me happier, but that's just me really.

Definitely a book I'd recommend to anyone interested in paranormal romance, Greek mythology and/or reading modernized twists on such, or just anyone who likes a quirky, funny, heartwarming yet slightly bittersweet love story. Four and a half stars easily to this one.
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1,453 reviews430 followers
November 22, 2012
My Rating: ★★★★★

Book Description:
Conservator Maia Douglas is an expert on ancient Greece and its mythology. She would never tell anyone at the museum where she works, but she's always had a secret crush on the mythical Eryx, Greek god of love. There is nothing she loves more than to tend to her favorite statue of him, and her nighttime dreams are filled with luscious images of Eryx making love to her.

One day, the peace at Maia's beloved museum is shattered when a new director arrives. A man who looks exactly like her image of Eryx. As Maia watches, he manages to upset her ordered museum world, at the same time he inflames her with unwanted desire.

Maia does not know that her new boss is actually the god Eryx, disguised as a mortal so he may work in antiquities. Although he is the god of love, he has forsaken his sexual nature because of a curse that has killed any woman he's dared to love. Though he fights it, Eryx is drawn to Maia with a force he's never experienced in a thousand years. But can he convince her of his true identity? And can he protect her from a vengeful goddess who seeks her destruction?

Page Count: 161 Pages

My Thoughts:
I don't even think I could do For the Love of a God justice by doing a recap on it. It was just so well done that I will leave it up to the readers of this review to take it upon themselves to read the book.
*Go on! What are you waiting for?!? Go get it now*.
Greek mythology lovers will appreciate story as it incorporates very common Greek lore and well known gods.

But, I will say that I needed an emergency cigarette when my Kindle was at 93% and I don't even smoke! Maia was despondent and Eryx was still missing. I waited with bated breath! I was so close to the ending and it looked like that was going to be where the characters remained. But thankful *takes a cleansing breath* Rosanna Leo did not let me down with the ending. Eryx returned...different...but no less fervently in love with Maia.

In a nutshell: Vivid characters. Amazing characters. Edge of your seat ending. Brilliant author!

Reading Time: 3.5 Hours

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57 reviews63 followers
September 11, 2012
This review is by Musing Maddie on behalf of Ravishing Romances. Read the full version here.

How are the sex scenes?

They are HOT.
Details are not spared, so you feel as though you are experiencing the same ecstasy as the lovers.

How are the story lines?

Fun. In some ways it’s a sordid love triangle, but in many ways it’s just a well written love story with witty one-liners, suspense and, of course, drop dead gorgeous Greek gods!! (literally!) The story is not meant to be believable, so read it if you enjoy a frolic in fantasy.


If you need a break from ‘same old’ contemporary romance, try "For the Love of a God." Author Rosanna Leo has managed to create a story with interesting yet intriguing combinations of surreal, steamy and suspense. With unpredictable twists and turns, the plot piqued my curiosity all the way through.

I did not expect to read a heroine’s description of herself like this…

“Well ... when I was eight, I went through a really determined nose-picking stage. And I wet the bed until I was ten.”

But that is our eccentric Maia.

We have to wait until chapter nine for the first steamy sex scene. However, the innuendos in the preceding chapters make the wait both believable and acceptable. Here’s just a tiny taste of what to expect (and enjoy!!)

“Finally, after what seemed like hours of delectable torment, his mouth found her. His hungry lips kissed her swollen skin, his tongue slid into her warmth, and he captured the pebbled pearl.”

This book is for the lover of fun. It’s well paced, deliciously saucy in parts, and the unexpected, up-tempo humour is brilliantly timed and placed.

Disclaimer: No compensation was received for this review.
ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review.

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55 reviews37 followers
June 6, 2015
It's not only the Gods who like a great love story...we mortals like them too!! This was definitely one. I like the idea of a Greek God (quiet literally) fall for a sweet and nerdy girl. I liked how all the Gods and their strengths and weaknesses were depicted in the book. I loved EVERYTHING. It was a very sweet love story, very dreamy and steamy too....! I liked the characters, her friends and her father..however small their role might be.

Everything in the story had a sweet touch to it. It was a light and entertaining read. I absolutely loved the steamy scenes, Eryx's character was very nicely developed, he is the God of love, I am sure there must have been some pressure on him to put up a convincing performance for the readers that he is not just any mortal hero from just any romance novel...he didn't disappoint at all in that department. I would like to praise the author for that. That touch of arrogance, that came with the knowledge of being God and compassion for mortal beings, everything about him was believable, that is as believable as it can be.

Maia is a very sweet , compassionate and a strong girl. I liked her attitude and how she handled herself in presence of a very hot boss, mostly. It was very natural, no over the top drama and idiotic behavior. She really did seem like a normal girl. I could actually relate to her quiet well.

Overall a very sweet and romantic read. DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED.
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865 reviews28 followers
December 5, 2012
I won a copy of this book in a competition from the author a while ago. I'm just sorry that I haven't managed to read it sooner, as I absolutely loved it!

Maia is a fantastic character. She is a feisty, head-strong woman, who happens to have a crush on a statue of Eryx, the Grecian god of love. When the new director of the museum, Eric Lord, arrives, Maia is completely thrown by his more than passing resemblance to her beloved statue.

Eric Lord is Eryx, the god of love. He is also a fantastic character. He is handsome, sexy and scarred by a past event. He has sworn off falling in love ever again, but he didn't figure on meeting a woman like Maia.

This is a fantastic romance novel. I love romances, plus I'm intrigued with the myths of the Greek gods, so to have the two combined was a real bonus. I have read a lot of romances over the years, but I must admit that I was completely engrossed in this book! I struggled to put it down long enough to cook dinner! This book is one HOT read, and kept getting hotter!
There is also humour in the form of Maia's friends, especially Dino and Eryx's cousin, Dionysus. Some of the comments had me laughing out loud!

Rosanna Leo has written a fantastic erotic romance that is full of wit. I am now looking forward to reading more books by this author. I highly recommend this book if you love HOT, steamy romances. - Lynn Worton
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Author 7 books136 followers
February 24, 2013
4.5 Stars Hades hath no fury like a bunny-boiler scorned.

Highly enjoyable and entertaining romantic comedy.
For me this was the book equivalent of a feel-good chic-flick you'd watch with your girlfriends. Yes, it's a bit silly and cheesy and predictable and the distressed damsel swoons regularly (yes literally) into the hero's waiting arms, but the characters are so engaging and the witty banter so entertaining that you really just don't care.
Leo's writing style is a joy to read.
I'll admit I normally gravitate towards darker stories, but I've also had a thing for the Greek Gods since my teenage years when I took Classical Studies in school, and Leo's Eryx is delicious. I readily identified with Maia, the female MC, who is intelligent, geeky, self-possessed and highly likeable.
I especially enjoyed the first half of the book, and the rapport between the main characters. Later on, the action rather eclipsed those charming interludes, and whilst the action was very well written, I found myself lacking that gut-wrenching feeling I love when the characters are in peril. Maybe because the light-hearted style left me in no doubt whatsoever that the HEA was on its way.
All in all a sweet, romantic guilty pleasure.
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Author 5 books92 followers
February 10, 2013
Maia loves her job at the museum as conservator. She actually loves her job a bit much, well one of the statues. She has an infatuation with Eryx the God of Love. A new museum head is coming in with a bad reputation for cleaning house.
When Eric meets Mai he tries to keep his feelings in check but can't He knows if he even acts like he may fall in love with anyone Nemesis will kill them so he has to live eternity alone.
Does Eryx fall in love with Maia? Can she ever believe who he really is? Will Nemesis intervene? I'm not telling! you will have to buy the book and see but you wont be sorry.
I absolutely loved this book. It was fast paced, funny, sweet and extremely hot. The story was suspenseful leaving you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out if Eryx will tell Mai or who Nemesis really is. The twists and turns were breathtaking as was the sex. This is a must read if you want something to make you laugh smile and sigh.
Recommendations: If you like museums, Nerdy girls get the hunky guys, and Greek Gods, This is definitely one you will not want to miss.
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495 reviews29 followers
March 25, 2014
I love Greek Myths and so when I found this book, I jumped at the chance to read it. I'm very happy to say that it did not disappoint. The book tells the story of Eryx and Maia and their journey to discover what it means to really love and be loved. The lengths that these two go to to try and hide their attraction for each other is just amazing. And completely hilarious! I loved every moment, every page, every word of this book. The extent that Eryx goes to to protect Maia is so sweet!!! I absolutely loved it! It was just what I needed!!
5/5 stars!!!
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404 reviews8 followers
December 4, 2013
Loved it! Blond hunk with golden skin is just my favorite things so this was a yummy treat for me.
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Rosanna Leo also write real good stuff.
This is TLC so recommended for TLC lovers.
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