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Aphrodite's Kiss (Superhero Central #1)

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On her 25th birthday, Zoe Smith had the chance to become a superhero. With her new powers, how was she going to give herself the birthday gift she'd really set her heart on--P.I. George Taylor? But George was looking for an average Jane--he could never love a superhero-to-be, could he?
Paperback, 392 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Love Spell
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Dixie A.
Oct 30, 2014 Dixie A. rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Not as good as it sounded in the blurb. The story's about a librarian who secretly has superpowers. She has until her birthday to master them and pass a test -- or lose them forever. In the meantime, she has to deal with a suitor, telling her mom and a pesky relative who's out to destroy the world.

I liked the premise, but the story actually has little to do with superpowers. They're more background to the other subplots, which all coincidentally interlock in a way that is just too cutesy for wor
Feb 09, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~* 3.5 Stars *~
Zoe Smith is almost twenty-five years old. Instead of preparing a party for the big day, however, she's struggling with insecurities, worried about telling her mother about her halfling nature (afraid that her Mom will spurn her like she did Zoe's father before she was born), and working on her superhero skills to try to pass whatever tests she needs to pass when she submits her application to the Venerate Council of Protectors. Only problem is, she's iffy at best with telekinesis
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Zoe Smith might look like your average, ordinary elementary school librarian, but she’s about as far from normal as a girl can get. Because Zoe is descended from a line of superheroes … and as her twenty-fifth birthday approaches, she has to decide if she’s going to embrace her heritage (including all the wackiness that comes with X-ray vision and her extraordinary senses) or submit herself for mortalization and be that average, ordinary girl. Considering how lousy she’s done
Lyssa Meyer
Feb 01, 2011 Lyssa Meyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon this book while looking through the ebooks my library system offers. This book had fairly high user ratings and a plotline that I thought I'd be interested in, so I gave it a shot.

I love Zoe. She's a very real character. I'm usually drawn to characters who don't quite see themselves as they really are, or are having a hard time accepting certain aspects of their personalities, and Zoe fits right in to that description. She's having a very hard time coming to terms with her "super
Feb 20, 2015 Christine rated it really liked it
Having read this in 2010 it was quite a way to start my superhero literature addiction. Having researched and listed all superhero novels to read this as a start was pretty good.

It had humour, action, an intense chemistry and attraction to die for! The characters portrayals are realistic that you can feel and think what they would believe they would be thinking in true form.

Overall, a pretty good read for someone who found this. Not to mention the title also calls you in :)
Dec 12, 2008 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I really enjoyed this fast read.
There was humor, action and romance all in one book. The characters were likable, well except for the bad guys.
I liked the banter between characters, not too over the top.
The super powers were nicely placed in the story and humorously at that. I laughed many times. Even the romance was not over the top which is a bid deal for me since I'm not into the overly hot and bothered romance books.
I am eagerly awaiting reading the next book in the series.
Ann Marie
Jan 10, 2010 Ann Marie rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and this new author to me. A book about a seemingly normal librarian, who really is a superhero in training, and a private investigator who is looking for someone normal to love. Kenner threw in a great legend, a whole bunch of references to Greek mythology, a best girl friend who anyone would love to call a friend and a ferret named Elmer. It was super fun to read!
Feb 15, 2010 Tyia rated it really liked it
I read this series years ago. I'm still a fan of comic book heroes and this novel had everything I needed to quinch my thirst. This super powered series is full of laughs Orgasmic chocolate accidental ex-ray peeking and a couple good enough to laugh with.
Melissa ownsbey
Apr 04, 2012 Melissa ownsbey rated it it was amazing
i thought the book was a fun and entertaining read i liked it
i am now a fan i did not win this book from good reads it was given to me
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Mild mannered librarian by day, super hero-in-training by night? Seems like that’s Zoe Smith’s current forecast, or at least until she turns twenty-five and can become a full-time super hero (with the Council’s approval first, of course). In the meantime, she’s on the hunt for a special necklace and will not let anything get in her way – not her crazy cousin, nor her super hunky detective sidekick.

Zoe Smith is a hot mess. Senses so hypersensitive that just the tiniest bite of chocolate sends he
May 22, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing
Aphrodite’s Kiss by Julie Kenner
Protectors/Superhero Series Book 1
Zoe Smith, the quiet librarian at the school is more than she seems to be, much more. She is a half-ling. It’s her twenty-fifth birthday soon and she is hoping to become a Protector, then her special skills will be used to protect the mortals. When a hunky mortal crosses her path, she struggles against the attraction. There hasn’t been one case where the Protector and mortal have had a successful relationship, her own parents incl
I stumbled across this series recently for a penny a piece except for this first one, so I grabbed if up off here so I could start at the beginning. My expectations weren't great because although I adore Ms.Kenner's most recent works (Ghouls series and Demon's series), I found her earlier book 'Cat's Fancy' pretty sub-standard fare. I will say that this one far surpassed that one in both plot and writing style. Still Julie Kenner's writing style has continued to grow and flourish. The start of t ...more
May 19, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
i absolutely loved this book it was exactly what my night nedded! now ill be the first to say this is in no way high literature...but it isnt meant to be so either get off your high horse or read something else. this book was first and foremost hilllllllarious. i laughed the whole way through though there were plenty of awww moments as well. superheroes normally wouldnt be my cup of tea and i almost didnt read this but im so glad i did because this one hooked me. zoe was a little innocent and bu ...more
Spellbound Reviews
Jun 23, 2014 Spellbound Reviews rated it really liked it
Superhero librarian? Yep. Crazy-hot PI with an embedded bullet? Yes, please. A super-hot, overprotective older brother with invisi-sneezes and a talking ferret? Yes! Yes! Yes!

Finally a book where the heroine could kick the hero's ass!

Zoe is fast approaching her 25th birthdy, which means she has to decide whether to go with her mortal half or her superhero half. Unfortunately there are pros and cons of each:

Pros of becoming a full-superhero/protector:
- Zoe can keep her powers.
- She'll be close
Dec 30, 2013 Trea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenges-2014
I've been pretty spoiled with superhero books. I read a bunch of the Marvel novelizations back in the day, and was blessed to find a blending of those and romances in Jennifer Estep's Bigtime series. Now, every superhero romance I come across is measured by the yardstick that is the Bigtime series. Unfortunately, this one fell well short of that mark. Even Liana Brooks' Even Villains Fall In Love was better than this, and that's saying something since I didn't like that one all that well! Aphrod ...more
Apr 29, 2011 Morrigan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
The book is about Zoe Smith, a superhero. Really! She has X-Ray vision, super senses that make her lose her mind at the taste of chocolate and many other powers. She is about to take her tests for becoming a full fledged superhero but, something stands in her way. Telling her mom about her powers, which is really hard since that's the reason she left Zoe's father, and her pesky cousin Mordichai who is really messing with her. She also has to deal with a hunky PI and makes her, literally, go into ...more
Dec 09, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it
Cute book. Looking forward to the next one
This Book one from the 'Superhero Central' series, & have just been re-released with new book cover art. There's a set of four books followed by two novellas in the series.
Zoe Smith on her birthday has a chance to become a superhero, yes she has X-ray vision & flying ability, but with her heightened five senses, she can't eat a square of chocolate without bursting with pleasure.
George Taylor comes into her life, a sexy, strong private investigator, she's attracted to him & contact is
Zoe Smith is turning 25 and is about to come into her super powers. Actually, she's a halfling, so she's registering to take the test to become a full-fledged Protector. Her powers are going a little hay-wire as she comes into adulthood, all of her senses are amping up, super-sharp hearing, x-ray vision, and super taste buds that do a full-fledged flamenco when she eats chocolate.
Into her school library walks George Bailey Taylor who is trying to esrablish his PI business and has been reduced t
Relina Skye
Mar 25, 2015 Relina Skye rated it it was amazing
"Aphrodite's Kiss" is the first novel in the Superhero Series by Julie Kenner. Elementary school librarian Zoe Smith is about to turn twenty five. As a halfling, it is a very important birthday. She has to decide to become a Protector like her father Donis, and half brother Hale or to become mortal like her mother. The catch is that if she wants to be a Protector then she has to master her extraordinary powers and pass a test. And if she wants to become mortal, then she will lose her memories of ...more
Janice (Janicu)
Jun 23, 2008 Janice (Janicu) rated it it was ok
A silly, cute type book. Written in a sort of chick-lit style with a protagonist who is a children's librarian and half-superhero, and about to enter a role full time as a Protector. That is, if she doesn't fail her test or decline the job - both of which means she will become mortal and suffer a memory wipe. Losing her memory will mean forgeting her superhero relatives (her dad and big brother). Her powers are x-ray vision, super strength and super sensitivity (chocolate makes her practically e ...more
Siew Ee
Sep 15, 2011 Siew Ee rated it liked it
This book is about a woman, Zoe Smith (with a superhero dad and mortal mom). As a halfing, she has to pass a test before she can join the Council and help mortals; otherwise, she will be "mortalized", with all her memories wiped clean of all superhero relatives. Simple storyline with the clueless Zoe having to save the world from evil. The love interest is good-looking with a good heart, but totally broke and not the typical strong, silent type in Mills & Boons. He grows on you though, and y ...more
So this book was a little cheesy but very cute. I liked the characters but the romance was too... sudden for me. I mean - it had a insta-love feel to it.
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Also, I think I'd have liked the story a little more if the Protectors had actually been Greek gods. The whole super hero angle just fell flat for me...

All in all, a cute & cheesy romance. 2 Stars, no more, no less.

This book was part of my Rainbow Challenge - February Pink
May 01, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was ok
I picked this book up as something different. I'm not usually into contemporary romance and I guess this book reminded me why. While the story was cute and slightly interesting, the author failed to really drive the importance of the main plot points. I never really "cared" about any of the characters. The "bad guy" wasn't really bad, just annoying and the focus of the story never really developed. Too much of the book was spent with the main character bemoaning her need to "choose" and in the e ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Lorrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do not even know why I bothered to finish this book. It was shallow and not very enthralling. It took me 3 years to finish it, if you can believe it. I would read it waiting for appointments when I was pregnant with my son who is now 2.5. I believe the only reason I even bothered was because I got it free and it gave me something to read in a noisy waiting room. I got to the point where I felt I was invested, I might as well finish it. I'm glad I finally did just to just get it over with. It w ...more
Jennifer (random jendsmit)
This story was good, but the writing styles bounces around from character to character and is pretty confusing at times. I found myself rereading parts in order to understand what was going on. This story moved somewhat slow and took over half the book for me to get into the story and care about what was going on.

Good ol' romance storyline... girls falls for boy and there are complications. There needs to be more background in this book - at least for me - to understand what is going on in the b
Dec 06, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I've read a lot of books about halflings and super-powers and heightened abilities lately, with those books taking themselves very seriously and earnestly.

It was nice to read a book that was meant very tongue in cheek. Though it started off with a lot of humor, that did get overshadowed quickly when the heroine meets the hero, and the humor drains a bit from the pages to be replaced with how much her super-skin tingles, and how she tastes colors whenever Taylor is around.

However, it does featur
Started reading it ages ago but somehow got distracted and forgot about it. Couldn't remember the author and title for the longest time. I rather liked the book at the time, fluff but enjoyable, so perhaps I'll finish it at some point.

ETA: lost interest halfway in. Far too much romance for me. I don't really like how much emphasis and repetition there is about how beautiful the heroine and the hero are. Halfway in I started skimmng, the plot meandered and the dialogue didn't work much for me.
May 10, 2008 Anita rated it liked it
This was a cute paranormal romance (PNR) about a superhero-in-training woman, her family, her mortal boyfriend, and the test she has to pass to become an official superhero. It's a cute story with a happily ever after ending, different from others I've read in the PNR genre, but it didn't make a huge impression on me. I'll read the sequel because I've already ordered it from, but I doubt I'll buy any future books if this becomes a longer series. It's light and cute, but not all th ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
First in the series.

Librarian Zoe is more than she seems. She's a Halfling, one part human, one part secret Super Hero and descended from the Greek gods. Just as she's about to take her test to become a full time Protector (they protect humans also called mortals in a not nice way), she meets a human PI and sparks fly, of course. Zoe and her gang of mortals and Protectors have to save the world from her evil uncle, Hieronymous while Zoe and Taylor figure out if they're meant to be together.

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J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Tim
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