When love and war make a little wager, what could possibly go wrong?
I am Hephaestus. God of inventions, blacksmiths, and volcanoes. Sounds like I'm awesome right? Well, I'm not. In fact, I'm the loser of Olympus and a new bachelor to boot. Living the single life had been great until a decade past and if my divorce from the Goddess of Love wasn't bad enough, I was still being rejected by the other women of my home.
Because of an incessant need to make me a pawn in his game, my brother, Ares convinces Eros to make a little bet. A wager that puts my lack of love life to the test. Sent to Earth, I'm skeptical, when suddenly I lose myself in the sensual scent and beauty of the full bodied Vanessa. She is my everything, my perfection.
Sadly, from a single caress upon her silky flesh, I send our lives into a downward spiral of hell. The Touch of the Gods curse. To save her, I must believe that I am not the nobody I was raised to think. And to save me, she will have to decide if I'm worth giving up everything for.
HOT EROTIC EXCERPT:
Without a word, she took her hands, her delicate fingers opening her folds, displaying the one place I was truly welcomed and digging my fingertips into her fleshy pelvis, I plunged back into her heat. No longer gentle, my hips swiveled, my other hand taking hold of her, stopping her own hips from arching up. I wanted to control how deep, how fast, and how much she would get. Despite not being able to fit all of my length inside her, I became familiar to how much she could take and pushed past that limit, until only half an inch of my skin was left without the cocoon of her sweet tender flesh. It was a small sacrifice, one that was lost as my power pulsed through my veins, the climax I’d held back, roaring to life, as the magma of a volcano before eruption. Both our bodies were coated from our exertions and stretching my abilities, I pushed into every exposed orifice she had, metaphysical fingers, probing and teasing. I heard her deep gasp, seconds before she shrieked out expletives with a “sweet Jesus and Mary”, as her body convulsed, and her head thrashed from side to side on her pillow. A desperate delight filled Vanessa’s pleading screams and helpless moans with an ecstasy that she may have believed brought her to a little bit of erotic orientated death.
An avid reader since I was a child, I never found a book I disliked. Mostly, you could find me lost in Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, or Ernest Hemingway, and my most favorite, Ancient Greek literature. Taking my love of books, I started writing poetry, short stories, and even helped with screen writes for my drama club.
By the time I was in my teens, my older sister introduced me to my first romance novel, The Hawk and the Dove by Virginia Henley. The moment I fell into the world of love, I was hooked, and my addiction for more grew until I found myself delving deeper into the erotic.
After being convinced that I had the skills to try my hand at writing, I went to work on my first story Down the Yellow Brick Road: Finding Home. And since being published, I've not looked back.
Now, as a busy mom of three with one on the way, that homeschools, drives to activities, and manages to find time to just breathe, I have to say, I love being naughty when I get the chance. It's freeing and I wouldn't want it any other way!
God of the volcanoes, Hephaestus, gets a taste of freedom once his divorce to Aphrodite, goddess of love is final, but is unsure how to move forward. He's anti-social, lacks confidence and has been insecure about his bum leg since birth. He's been single for ten long years and bachelorhood has become lonely and lacks luster. In an attempt to lift Hephaestus' spirits, his brother makes a bet that he can find true love in the mortal realm, but Earth poses a danger if the rules aren't obeyed. He meets alluring Vanessa who is shocked once she feels a hankering desire for him, but learns of the wager and feels betrayed. Is Hephaestus ready to accept the fact that he's destined to spend his immortality alone?
Luc has confessed that poetry and ancient Greek literature intrigue her and the idea of adding these interests to an erotic romance is genius! The sub-genres compliment each other magnificently and the author's modern interpretation of the Greek gods is refreshing. Readers obtain an up close and personal invitation to witness the growth of our hero, Hephaestus, which is enjoyable and gratifying. Let's not forget the highly detailed and explosive love scenes that will have fans of romance jumping into a cold shower just to escape the sudden rise of temperature in the room when Hephaestus and the heroine finally get to consummate their love.
The Wager is a humorous, raunchy and thought provoking paranormal which proves to be a fabulous introduction to the series!
I’ve been keen to sample D X Luc’s TOUCH OF THE GODS series and see how another author tackles a similar world to the one I’ve created in my own GODS OF LOVE series about the ancient Greek gods of desire in a modern-day setting.
I decided to read THE WAGER on my recent honeymoon, given its erotic promise :) Boy, am I glad I did! This was a fascinating read for me, not least because the story developed quite differently to the ones I’ve written and I really enjoyed seeing how different authors can create something unique from the same topic.
THE WAGER features Hephaestus, Greek god of inventions, volcanoes and blacksmiths. He becomes a pawn in a bet between Ares (god of war) and Eros (one of my favorites, of course!), and is sent to earth to see if he can find true love with a mortal. Enter Vanessa, the woman next door. When she receives a touch from the gods a curse is activated that may see the woman Heph has fallen in love with end up losing everything. Even her mind.
In THE WAGER, D X Luc delivers a wonderful story that contains complex, emotionally damaged characters (also physically damaged in Heph’s case), as well as steamy sensuality that celebrates the romance as much as the sex. Underlying it all, and what took this story from a 4-star to a 5-star for me, was a real sense of humor that shone through in the writing and made me laugh out loud more than once.
An erotic Greek romance-comedy with lots of sex and a great deal of heart is what you get when you pick up THE WAGER. I thoroughly recommend it, and I look forward to reading the next in this talented author’s TOUCH OF THE GODS series!
Touch of the Gods: Book 1 The Wager (ebook) by D. X. Luc
When love and war makes a little wager, what could possibly go wrong? I am Hephaestus. God of inventions, blacksmiths, and volcanoes. Sounds like I'm awesome right? Well, I'm not. In fact, I'm the loser of Olympus and a new bachelor to boot. Living the single life is great until a decade passed. Honestly if my divorce from the Goddess of Love wasn't bad enough, I am still being rejected by the other women of my home. Because of an incessant need to make me a pawn in his game, my brother, Ares convinces Eros to make a little bet. A wager that puts my lack of love life to the test. Sent to Earth, I'm skeptical, when suddenly I lose myself in the sensual scent and beauty of the full bodied Vanessa. She is my everything, my perfection. Sadly, from a single caress upon her silky flesh, I sent our lives into a downward spiral of hell. To save her, I must get beyond my demons of the past. And to save me, she will have to decide if I'm worth giving up everything for. HOT EROTIC EXCERPT: Without a word, she took her hands, her delicate fingers opening her folds, displaying the one place I was truly welcomed and digging my fingertips into her fleshy pelvis, I plunged back into her heat. No longer gentle, my hips swiveled, my other hand taking hold of her, stopping her own hips from arching up. I wanted to control how deep, how fast, and how much she would get. Despite not being able to fit all of my length inside her, I became familiar to how much she could take and pushed past that limit, until only half an inch of my skin was left without the cocoon of her sweet tender flesh. It was a small sacrifice, one that was lost as my power pulsed through my veins, the climax I'd held back, roaring to life, as the magma of a volcano before eruption. Both our bodies were coated from our exertions and stretching my abilities, I pushed into every exposed orifice she had, metaphysical fingers, probing and teasing. I heard her deep gasp, seconds before she shrieked out expletives with a "sweet Jesus and Mary", as her body convulsed, and her head thrashed from side to side on her pillow. A desperate delight filled Vanessa's pleading screams and helpless moans with an ecstasy that she may have believed brought her to a little bit of erotic orientated death.
My Thoughts and Review
My first read by D.X. Luc and it was an awesome one. A totally enjoyable read.I had so much fun reading this story it had me laughing quite thoroughly through out the whole book.I have never read a book concerning the Gods before thinking it will be quite boring but, I was so wrong.The characters were awesome both good and evil ones playing the game of cat and mouse between them with a mere mortal in the middle of the deceitful web of a game in play.
I start reading the book around 10 o'clock at night and could not put it down its now 3am and I am finally finished and thinking wow what and awesome book glad to have read it!I had been kind of down in the dumps of having surgery tomorrow and this read gave me the pick me up in needed.It was full with an interesting plot intriguing , interesting characters and broken God of sorts thinking will I ever find my one true love.
A bet led him into the mortal world to find his one true love !
Hephaestus: God of inventions, blacksmiths, and volcanoes. Looking for his "one".
Vanessa: Full bodied, regular gal. Doubts finding love when she's a big girl living in a thin person's world.
Ares: God of War and pain in his brother's side.
Eros: God of Love.
Willa: Vanessa's eccentric and loving younger sister.
These were the character above and there role they played.Vanessa will have to prove her worth in order to become a Goddess to be with Hephaestus but, there are continuing stumbling blocks in her way that she must overcome does she have what it takes? If not she will pay with her life and Die.When the story started out with so much heartache and pain for both lovers you thought that there is no hope at all you felt the pain of both parties but love is the best motivator there is to find love in happiness in one Gods immortal world!
My only thought was that Vanessa and her family were different from others of there mortal world did they have a secret of the own perhaps ?leaving we wondering a bit ? lol....
A Recommended read to all 18 + and over. Full of hot sex and with intriguing plot.And a twist that takes you for a surprise at the end but, a most enjoyable one ! Love Love Loved it !Looking forward to the next book in its series....
It’s not easy to live in the world of Greek Gods and Goddesses, especially if your body is less than perfect and your mother hated you so much she cast you out. Hephaestus, God of inventions, blacksmiths and volcanoes can attest to this fact since this is his life. After several millennia of marriage, he is newly divorced from Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, who according to him was “the vainest, most aggravating woman to ever grace Olympus.” He is content to live his life working in his forge with his Cyclops helpers and going back to his bachelor pad every night. His life continues on this track for ten years until his brother, Ares, the God of War, and Ares’ son, Eros, make a bet as to whether Hephaestus can get a mortal woman to love him. Then things take a turn for the worse. Hephaestus agrees to go to earth and live life as a mortal. Thinking there is no way he is actually going to get anyone to love him, even a mortal, he figures what the heck, he needs a vacation anyway.
After falling to earth, none to gently, Hephaestus takes on human form, moves into the home Eros has procured for him and learns that living right next door is the most beautiful woman he’s ever set eyes upon. His neighbor is Vanessa, a full figured woman who works as a cafeteria lady in the local elementary school. The only man’s company she enjoys on a regular basis is her best friend, openly gay Calvin. When these two not so perfect people meet, sparks fly and all hell breaks loose. Hephaestus unknowingly causes Vanessa to fall under a curse, brings her to Ares attention and even manages to cause Aphrodite to get jealous. Yep, it’s not easy being a Greek God, especially one who falls in love with a mortal woman.
Author D.X. Luc’s world of the Greek Gods and Goddesses is much like that of the mortal world, the morning news is broadcast by the muses, they have jobs, and they love and hate and have feelings just like everyone else. The story is told with a whole lot of tongue in cheek taking Greek mythology and adding a modern slightly wacky twist to it. There are a number of well known Gods and Goddesses who make appearances and some slightly less known ones, at least to me, play a role in the story. Being more than a little anal about these kinds of things, I had to grab the ever handy Wikipedia and brush up on Greek mythology more than once; I should have paid more attention in class.
Hephaestus is a contradiction, he’s not possessed with a lot of self-confidence (I suppose your mom dropping you out of the sky when you are an infant will do that to you) yet he is a very strong man/God and feared by most. He has a temper, which he tries to control, since it tends to cause volcanoes to erupt. He is also a very gentle man who really just wants to be loved. His brother Ares, on the other hand is, a jackass and a douche, albeit a handsome one. He is not a likeable character; he is full of himself, mean and selfish. He is also deathly afraid of spiders and a bit of a wuss when it comes to actually standing up for himself against Hephaestus. Of all the other Gods and Goddesses we met, Eros was my favorite. He is a little mischievous and has that twinkle in his eye that lets you know he just loves to cause a little trouble every now and again. We don’t meet many humans, mostly Vanessa’s family and Calvin, but her sister Willa is a hoot. She is a free spirit and believes in aliens and all things supernatural, which comes in handy.
While I enjoyed the story I have to admit I was a little put off by “humanness” of life on Olympus, the fact that a God would punch a time clock just seemed wrong somehow. The mortal world portrayed was a little too cliché for me as well, the town was Niceville, Vanessa’s favorite place to eat was Café Sticky Licks and her favorite dish was chocolate pizza. This book is erotica so as one would expect there is a lot of sex, some graphic, but it does play into the story. Anyone who enjoys lighthearted, fun, slightly cartoonish erotica will enjoy this story.
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Touch of the Gods was an erotic but sweet book about overcoming both yourself and others for the sake of love. It starts out with Hephaestus and the well-known disgust his Olympian family has for him, most especially his wife, Aphrodite. The scene is set in a bar, where Heph is quietly celebrating his divorce from the Goddess of Priss and Vanity- er- I mean Love and Beauty- when the son of the lady in question, Eros (a truly great friend to Heph), reveals that he made a wager in defense of some Heph-trashtalk Ares was spouting.
That Heph could find true love with a mortal woman.
That the mortal woman, of her own volition, says that she loves Heph.
Eros, the kind and wonderful young god that he is, sets Heph up in a house and with a job. Almost immediately, Heph makes the acquaintance of the self-proclaimed Plain-Jane woman named Vanessa, who happens (completely by chance, I’m sure, *wink wink*) to be his next door neighbor.
Heph decides to take things slow until his older brother, Ares, God of War, decides to speed up the action and foul up the situation. Heph is forced to intervene to save the life of the woman he quickly realizes is his destiny.
Unfortunately, that’s only step one in the tale to get these two love-birds in each others’ arms.
The story unfolds in first-person starting with Heph and then sliding to Vanessa at appropriate intervals. While the story focuses on Heph’s journey, Vanessa is certainly not left out. You’re left with no confusion on who the bad guys are and you’ll find yourself rooting loudly when they get their comeuppance!
The story is steamy but not so much that it is targeted to certain interests. The storyline is great and enjoyable and I really liked Heph! Perhaps the best part about it is the idea behind it. The Greek pantheon has always interested many, many people, and this take is modern and exciting. The gods are both ancient and modernized at the same time; you can feel their age through their thoughts, spoken through modern verbiage and action. This Old-Becomes-New approach is very well done and exceptionally interesting. One of the best things about modern Fantasy is that it brings these tales into your world and DX succeeds at this with streamers flyin’! It’s a blast to see how these old fogies have acclimated throughout the ages and to see how their old routines have changed.
It’s a good book and could have actually lasted a bit longer with some additional character development. The ending promises a new book and you’re given a huge hint as to the starring characters! Considering the familial issues on Olympia Lane, I have a feeling it’s going to be equally exciting!
Btw, DX’s characters don’t ever go overboard, but she doesn’t hold back in their personalities. :) And while the book is written by an erotica writer, it straddles line between romantic and erotic. While there is a great deal of erotica written into the book, the overall focus is more on the relationship, which brings it a bit more mainstream Paranormal Romance.
What a fun, sexy little romp of read this one turned out to be. Since erotic novels seem to not be my cup of tea lately I was surprised by how much I enjoyed The Wager by D.X. Luc and I'm really pleased to have been a part of the book tour for it.
I think what I loved most in the book was the fact that the characters in The Wager actually had a fair amount of substance and there was more to the book itself than the sex. I don't know about you but I love when the characters in the erotica I read have personalities and boy do they in this one. I also like how there was humour in the book as well.
For an erotic novel I actually wish that this one was another hundred pages. Not that there was anything wrong with the length it is now but unlike other erotica novels I've read this one has enough substance to support an even longer novel than it is and that's all because of the characters.
Like I said before I really enjoyed the fact that the characters had more going on for them than lots of sex. They had great personalities and I really liked Eros, Haphaestus and Vanessa. I think the fact that the author chose a god that I haven't seen featured in any novel was a great choice. Everyone knows Ares, Apollo, etc. But, not many people may know of Haphaestus and I think that is what gives this book the edge.
I think that if you love erotic romance with a paranormal twist than this book is probably one that should go on your list. Preferably now. Got it? Good. I read it while I was away last weekend at the cottage and it was the perfect book to kick back, relax and enjoy reading. I warn you though, you may just become addicted to the authors writing!
This book was given to me through a contest I believe. Guess what it had me entangled within the first chapter! I was slightly unsure since I never really read much amounts of romance and erotica, but the drama and comedy was a great addition to the modern day tale of Greek mythology. You end up finding yourself in "need" of some of the "love" that the main Character Vanessa seems to bare.Go with Vanessa and her unbelievable journey of her normal life, to having "deep" feelings for Gods. Intrigued? You should be you will immediately be able to fall in love with the characters, it will be love at first read. The romance in this book was extremely HOT! It may need a caution sign :P. There was great humor that had me Laughing out loud and some wonderful twists as well. The characters are amazing and so lovable!
The tangled web of mess the Gods can weave. Wow. D. X. takes on these Gods and makes them feel human. I could relate to them. I know, it's hard to believe. They are Gods. But I did and it's all in the way D. X. weaves her story. Her writing is gripping and engaging and tugs at you when you are not reading. D. X. writes in a way that is rich and velvety smooth. Some of my favorites parts are those in which the Heroine has to work and fight against a God that is up to no good, well war actually. It was beautiful. It's all the fabulous conflict that keeps the story moving and it moves at a fascinating pace. It's hard to put done. You'll need to know how this one ends.
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
One minute I was on Mt Olympus watching Hephaestus cut ties with his philandering wife and the next we were in a bar making bets and then on earth with the heroine, her flaky sister and her best friend and co-worker. The fast changes accompanied by the information overload made my head spin.
Still, Touch of the Gods was filled with humor, my favorite, had characters that weren't just likeable they were relatable and had sex so hot it'll make your panties steam. No, I'm not kidding this was hot with a capital H. And yes, despite the God/Goddess theme there's a human feeling to this book. Luc's take on Olympus is the most humanized I seen. They punch time cards for god's sake :winks: Get it?
18+read.The one God of Olympus who everyone laughed about finds his soul mate on Earth. She ends up with a curse (the touch of a god) then gets tormented by his evil brother (the God of War), soon after finds love with her destined love (but then he has to return to Olympus), poor thing dies to try to be with him (which ends her up in Hell to go through three trials in 100 days). There is much, much more I have not mentioned ;) You must read to find it all out.0.o Talk about bad luck, but in the end it is all worth it :D Wonderful book, so can't wait to see if there is going to be a second one :D
This story was so enjoyable I had a hard time putting it down, and even when I did wrestle it from my own hands so I could get to sleep, I found myself thinking about it afterward wondering what was going to happen next. The hero is so believable in his human form, three dimensional and full of life, and the heroine is a real woman who was so easy to relate to. The extras were also well developed and I really felt like I was actually hanging out with a group of friends while I was reading it. Plenty of humor to go with the unfolding romance and some very tender, heart-felt moments.
"Just finished "Touch of the GODS" . .. .. and I loved it. The characters were well developed and the story line was great. I wanted to know more about Willa and Calvin's story . . mmmm. Thanks for telling such a wonderful story. . . CONGRATS!!!!"
Couldn't put this one down! I loved the new take on the god's espeacially Hephaestas and Eros! I loved the characters of Hephaestas and Vanessa, I also loved Eros and Psyche. I can see this maybe leading into a book on Eros's twin as this book ended with a bet being made involving him. We seen a little of Eros's twin in the book and I quite liked him so I think it would be fun to have a book on him, espeacially if it gives us an update on how Heph and Nessa are doing! I love that the god of war is deathly afraid of scorpians as well! I had a real good chuckle at that. I liked the brief glimpse we got of Athena and the fates as well, they seemed pretty cool and the only ones (aside from Eros, his twin and his wife Psyche) who were on Heph's side. I did want to slap Hera, Aries and Aphrodite though! Really enjoyed this story!
OH my GODS! This was such a good book! I didnt put it down untill i was finished! There were so many twists and bits that really made you laugh! LOVED IT! I got my mum to read it and at first she was reluctant but once she got into it, every few minutes she would say "Oh my god" and we would giggle like little school girls!!! Wonderful wonderful book =D
~Update~ I have re read this amazing book and it was just as good as the first time! I really enjoyed it the second time because i kinda remembered what was going to happen and i could enjoy the scenes even more!!! Still a very happy Hephaestus supporter hehe