Forgive and Forget

Title: Forgive and Forget
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Author: A. Steele
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Paranormal M/M Romantic Suspense, BDSM
Length: Novella
Rating: ***** + (out of 5)

Apollo the sun god and Zephyrus the West Wind had been friends three thousand years ago, then Zephyrus disappeared from Apollo’s life the same day Apollo’s lover Hyacinth died. Apollo always blamed Zeph for Hyacinth’s death, now Zeph is back and apparently so is Hyacinth, but is it really Hyacinth? Turns out Zephyrus also held himself partly responsible for Hyacinth’s accident all those years ago and he has brought an almost exact replica of Hy (Hy’s great, great nephew) for Apollo, to atone for his role in Hy’s death.

Apollo is so incensed he grabs Zephyrus and returns with him to Olympus where, after a few misunderstandings between them are resolved, Zephyrus convinces him that he was not responsible for causing the accident. He also tells Apollo (or Pol as he calls him), that Hy was not faithful to him, as he was sleeping with both of them at the same time.

After Pol accepts that Zeph is telling the truth he decides to forgive him, but if he is not to blame for Hyacinth’s death then someone else must have caused the accident deliberately. He is determined to find out who was behind Hy’s accident and punish them. However, he realizes that he has an even bigger problem – Zeph. What’s a god to do?

Apollo keeps getting flashbacks of being in bed with Zeph but he can’t remember any of the details only that it was the best sex he has ever had. He soon recognizes that there is a really deep dark side to Zeph which calls to a part of him that he never acknowledged – a side that makes him want to submit and be mastered. Zeph refreshes his memory and Apollo perceives that the visions of him and Zeph in bed having unbelievable sex could be real. All I will say about the sex in this book is, oh my, what a rush. This story will make you want to go back in time and join the gods on Olympus.

It seems that Apollo and Zeph were bonded millennia ago but Apollo has no memories of being Zeph’s soul mate. Someone has been messing with his mind and that someone is Aphrodite who was mad at Zeus at the time but could not screw around with the god of all gods, so she decided that Apollo, Zeus’s favorite son, was just as good a target for revenge. When Pol and Zeph go before Zeus to file charges against Aphrodite their only witness is Hermes, the messenger god. Hermes is scared out of his mind to testify against Aphrodite because he knows she will hurt him, but he is blackmailed into doing so by our two scheming heroes who promise him a night to remember with Apollo.

The dialogue in Forgive and Forget like everything else in the book is fresh, scintillating and incredibly funny. All of the characters are bigger than life and Apollo is the biggest. To find out what happens to all these magnificent characters you will have to read the book. I can only say that this story will lift your spirits, make you laugh out loud and cheer for Apollo and Zeph and all the gods on Olympus who live to see another day due to the brilliant writing of A. Steele.

Ms Steele has done an incredible job with these familiar characters from Greek mythology and gives them new life with 21st century dialogue in this marvelous book. Forgive and Forget will be a great addition to the bookshelves or e-book Readers of anyone who loves a superb story.

This book was formerly reviewed for Literary Nymphs Reviews


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