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Venus Envy

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  13 reviews
When Sancus, the Roman God of Loyalty, finally meets a mortal with whom he desires a real relationship, he can’t pursue Aurelio because he’s under a curse...or is he?

Sancus, Roman God of Loyalty and Honesty, snubs an advance from Venus. Furious, the Goddess of Love convinces Cupid to cast a curse on him, causing Sancus to be attracted to every hot guy he meets. In fact, he
ebook, 60 pages
Published September 11th 2009 by Cobblestone Press
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Sancus is the Roman god of loyalty, honesty and, most appropriately given those two, contracts. (Think: sanction, sanctimonious, sanctity.) Even though he's the dispute mediator among the gods, but in Venus Envy, he's caught in a situation even he can't seem to talk his way out of! Venus is trolling around for a good-looking hook-up and Sancus absent-mindedly brushes her off with a "I'm just not that into you". She's furious, of course, and gets her son Cupid to put a spell on Sancus: instead of ...more
A clever twist on a “blessing” from the gods, Sancus has rebuffed the advances of Venus and cursed by Cupid to have “insta-attraction” for every hot man he meets. Not really a problem for Sancus until he encounters a super-hot mortal that he would love to meet again.

Sancus is the mediator between most of the gods disputes: anyone who has read their stories understands that the gods are horribly petty and jealous, and they are perpetually horny. While under normal circumstances Sancus would be a
Don Bradshaw
This story was a fun romp through the world of the Roman Gods. Venus, goddess of love, comes on to Sancus, god of loyalty and honesty, and is rebuffed much to her rage. Venus wants Sancus punished and has her son, Cupid, lay a spell on Sancus to get even. Cupid gets inventive and poor Sancus' ordered world is turned on its ear. This is a funny read about lust and love that shouldn't be skipped over. The language is sometimes stilted but we're talking about Rome and mythical beings here. I'd rec ...more
Pia Veleno
When Sancus snubs Venus for another goddess the god of loyalty learns about love the hard way.

Lynley writes a quick, cute twist on classic Roman gods that fits right in with their history of sleeping around, tormenting each other, and generally being godly creatures.

Yes, there are a couple of close encounters with the female kind, but rest assured M/M purists, this is a fun little story about falling in love with the right man.
I enjoyed this it was fun and light and hot. Sancus is the perfect man, beautiful and loyal and Aurelio is gentle and understanding. It was very sweet.
Becky Condit
They say a woman scorned is a dangerous thing, well that certainly goes for Venus, the Goddess of Love, scorned by Sancus, God of Honesty and Loyalty, she arranges for her son Cupid to lay down a curse.

Sancus turned down Venus to save himself for Terpsichore, his girlfriend, but when that ends disappointingly with Sancus unable to get an aroused Sancus is left bewildered and confused. Unable to figure out why Terpsichore was unable to arouse him in desperation Sancus decides to ask his friend Ba
Thomaidha Papa
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Well, being a Mediterranean girl born and bred I simply love the ancient Gods myths. Of course I’m more used to their Greek names, but their Roman ones don’t annoy me the least. So it was surprising getting my hands on this beautiful mix of Contemporary and Myth. It was even more surprising reading the setting was in Rome and how the author maintained a somewhat ancient feeling in it even if the time this story happens
Elisa Rolle
When I was young there was a cartoon here in Italy that I liked very much. It was about an ipothetical daughter of Apollo, god of Sun, Pollon, and it was Japanese I believe. It arrived in Italy after passing through the censorship and actually very few of the original cartoon survived; I say so since, from what remained, you could understand that the main idea was that all the Olympic gods were highly sexually driven men and women, who practically have sex with everyone (and sometime everything! ...more
An interesting take on Roman gods in a contemporary setting.

Some humour and silliness.

The timeline seemed off. Chapter 6 started with Sancus in his house for 3 weeks and then further into the story he said it had only been a week. Not sure how that was missed in editing.

Overall the story was enjoyable with some light fluffy romance. No real character development, but entertaining anyway.
Josie Goodreads
Em Lynley has produced a gem of a story here. Venus Envy loops along beautifully, its humorous and quirky, and takes what could have been a sordid tale into the realms of satire and sexy. The twist at the end is well thought out and left me quite content.

The story is mainly told from Sancus's POV and he is wonderfully written. Aurelio is cute and shy, and perfect as the human Sancus is drawn to. I felt a bit sorry for Terpsichore, and Venus, well what can you say about Venus, she was just perfec
3.5. It was an interesting twist on a Roman tale, with Venus (always a diet, no wonder she's bitchy) getting Cupid to curse Sancus for spurning her.
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EM Lynley writes gay erotic romance. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. Her Precious Gems series is best described as “Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone”—only gayer. The Delectable series is Gay Romance with Taste.

A Rainbow Award winner and EPPIE finalist, EM has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she'd rather
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