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The Gods of Love

(The Gods of Love #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  391 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Meet Frida. Divorce lawyer, cynic and secret descendant of the immortal love god Eros. She's about to have a really bad day . . .

When a handsome but clearly delusional man named Dan bursts into Frida's office and insists that she is fated to save the world, she has him ejected faster than you can say 'prenup'.

But a creepy meeting, a demon or three and one attempted kidnapp
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2018 by Piatkus
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Well this was refreshing.

Frida McKenzie is a single divorce lawyer. After a failed relationship with Billy (I feel I missed something here), she just loves her single life. She also has the opportunity of a lifetime, she has been asked to meet with representatives of the world's biggest tech company, NeoStar (think Apple). Then a strange man called Dan forces his way into her office and tells her that he is an Oracle and that a very bad man is going to do something terrible and only Frida can st
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed for & posted at Vampire Book Club

Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars

Frida is rocking life right now: She runs her own divorce law practice, has a beautiful flat with beautiful things in it, and is about to go for an interview for a career-making contract at the world’s biggest technology company, NeoStar. And so what if she’s single? In her line of work she knows better than most that love is overrated.

When a
Keri (BooksWithKeri)
Mostyn does herself credit with this debut. It’s a quick and easy read that manages to tell multiple – but similar – stories at the same time. The focus is very heavily on women and women in love and what love means in the modern world. I really enjoyed the idea of Anteros, of anti-love and how the purity of love has been tarnished for humanity. It was an interesting idea to start a story from and even more so to have that story be told from the point of view of a divorce lawyer.

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Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Frida is a successful divorce lawyer. Her job and her past experiences might have made her a little cynic, but she's good at what she does and she is happy with her life. But her world is turned upside down when a strange man, Dan, bursts into her office and tells her she is destined to save the world. Frida doesn't believe it at first, but after the powerful NeoStar society goes after her, she is forced to accept who she reall
Jackie Law
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
When I offered to review The Gods of Love I expected from the synopsis that it wouldn’t be the sort of book I normally read. What tempted me was the promise of the gods from Greek mythology coming to life in a contemporary setting. I was curious to see if the author could pull this off without turning them into superheroes as is done in the Marvel universe. Although the story is somewhat frothy in places, she succeeds in presenting the gods as intriguing, beguiling and suitably dispassionate giv ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to confess before we start that Rick Riordan sort of ruined Greek literature for me. Bar the original myths, any take on Greek mythology in the present day will invariably conjure comparisons to Percy Jackson, and get my cogs whirring as I analyse the writing for signs of sarcasm, humour and otherwise-unusual takes on characters from Greek myth.
It’s to Nicola Mostyn’s credit, then, that she puts her own unique spin on the idea of Greek mythology, crafting a neat little story that’s exciti
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I was entertained reading this. I liked Frida more as I got further into the story, I liked that she was independent and there were some witty moments, and I actually quite liked her relationship with Dan. Though there was one moment right at the end (view spoiler) ...more
Johnny (Aurora Sights)
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

‘The Gods of Love’ by Nicola Mostyn was a whirlwind.

Synopsis: Frida is a divorce lawyer and she’s good at her job, but what she doesn’t realise, is that she is a descendant of Eros, the god of love. When a seemingly crazy man barges into her office and warns her against a meeting with a famous and renowned company, it sets off a chain of events that could either damn the world as she knows it, or she could sa
Jayne Catherine pinkett
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2018
I received a copy of this book in return for my independent honest review.
This choice is totally outside my comfort zone as I rarely read SciFi or Fantady books, and I know very little about Greek Mythology. However the premise of this sounded exciting and it is a great book for new starters to the SciFi Fantasy genre as the plot is not overly complicated and the element of humour is refreshing. I'm not sure it would contain enough to satisfy hardened scifi ers though who expect complex world bu
Chris Roberts
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it

Leave this world, my love,
bedlam devotion, slice-to-the-bone-motion,
bleed out...lovely and silken...a prostrate sculpture.


Reap now,
I have twisted art
and sculpted love away from the heart.

Familial Love (The Only True Love)

She seduced me, black dress dangerously,
as we lay after, hearts racing - sated,
mom said I would be young in the electric chair.

They dance grandly,
tight to one another other,
"I love you sister, I love you brother,"
eyes lock, sensuous long kiss.

Em B
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy, arc
A new take on some classic myths; overall a quick and fun read. Frida was a really great character - smart and in control of her life, happy with her single status and overall pretty badass. Too often the female protagonists in modern romances are portrayed as hot messes who aren't satisfied with their lives, so Frida was a refreshing lead in this book. I feel like there's potential for a sequel, and I'd be interested in seeing where Frida and Dan go after this.
Steph Warren
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free review copy of this novel via NetGalley. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

If you are a fan of Tom Holt’s mythological comic works, Douglas Adams’ chaotic Dirk Gently duology (and a bit!), and/or the Good Omens collaboration between Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, then you will love this book as much as I did.

The story is a fast-paced merger between Greek mythology and modern urban fantasy, with our heroine a cynical divorce lawyer with romance issues and a s
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Frida McKenzie has exactly what she wanted in life: a successful divorce lawyer at a very young age, her career is speeding up and the meeting at NeoStar is going to secure her place at the top. Yet, the encounter there does not go as planned and she finds herself locked in a meeting room. A mysterious message in her handbag and a hidden cell phone lead her to Dan whom she already met the days before and identified as mad. However, what he has to tell her now appears in a completely different li ...more
Ella (The Story Collector)
When a strange man bursts into Frida’s office claiming that she is a descendent of Eros, the god of love, and destined to save the world, Frida has him removed by security and laughs the whole thing off. But after a weird meeting and an attempted kidnapping, Frida starts to think that maybe the man calling himself the Oracle was telling the truth.

Usually, I love any book based on mythology, but this one really wasn’t that great. I think it was the comparison to Bridget Jones and Neil Gaiman that
Jessica Hinton
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-review
I really liked the idea of this book - to take the Greek mythology of the Gods and say 'What if this actually happened?'

I'm a shameless fan of the Netflix series Lucifer, where 'The Devil' and other affiliated angels come and live on Earth and I anticipated this would be in that same tongue -in-cheek vein of mixing mythology and reality.

Frida is a great character - and I do love me strong, female lead. (It was interesting to read the author's notes at the end and learn that originally the prota
Sarah Corrigan
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arcs
I received a free arc from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

While I found THE GODS OF LOVE to be a little formulaic in its structure (it plays into a lot of common tropes of “chosen one” fantasy – so if you read a lot of YA, like I do, you’ll recognise these immediately) I didn’t think this was a bad thing. Frida has a fresh, funny voice and handles everything with snark and sarcasm, which made even the most familiar tropes and plot twists feel refreshing. The best co
Katie Greenwood
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked this up on a whim. I saw Greek Gods in the blurb and that was it, I adore Greek and Roman mythology. Those are pretty much my buzzwords when it comes to reading. I'll give anything a go with mythology in it.

But my god I wish I loved this more. It wasn't a bad book at all but some of the writing I found quite cheesy. Now, I love cheese as much as the next person (halloumi to be specific) but within two chapters when the narrator (all first person btw) says 'here goes nothing' twice when
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Described on the back as 'Bridget Jones' diary meets neil gaiman'. I'd say the Bridget Jones part of that was done better than the latter. Gaiman has a way of normalizing mythology and gods, whereas the gods never felt sufficiently believable for me within this book. Even the protagonist acknowledges in her thoughts that the things she's saying sound stupid.

It's written in present tense, which I'm not a fan of.

The protagonist is supposed to be smart and successful and great at reading people -
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Refreshingly good

Honestly I am surprised that not more people are talking about this book. It is remarkable good, witty and a well-done Greek mythology infused modern day story. We follow Frida a divorce attorney who enjoys her job because she understands that relationships are not fairytale endings as the rest like to believe. The story begins when a stranger appears warning her about dangers, a quest and Greek gods. Clearly this person is deranged or a espionage trying to throw her off her gam
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have no idea how to categorise this book, which is most definitely part of its charm. The blurb describes it as Bridget Jones by way of Neil Gaiman, and I can absolutely see why, though I would have chosen a less annoying reference than Bridget Jones perhaps. Anyway, the bizarre combination of ballsy chick-lit and Greek mythology make for a read that is interesting, entertaining, funny, exciting and addictive. It's very British, in all the best ways, filled with a whimsy that is somewhat at od ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
"Endure, I tell myself. Be brace. Be strong. Be a hero."

Frida works as a succesfull divorce lawyer but when day it all goes to hell. She meets a man named Dan, who tells Frida that she is a descendant of the God of love, Eros and that she is the only person who can save world from the God of Antilove, Anteros.

This book is full of good and empowering one-liners and the protagonist Frida is highly relatable for some (business women etc.) because she has her moments where she doubts everything Da
Natasha Chowdory
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Thought this was a lot of fun - in fact I would have liked it had it been longer with more god cameos actually. Frida is a great hero, she's smart but also quite vulnerable - especially the more you hear about her slightly ridiculous mother and her absentee father. Could have done without the romance (but given the title I guess that was never going to happen) :p Reckon that I will read the second in the series though - I love a good gook greek myth done up modern and there was a lot here to res ...more
Steph Burton
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I really enjoyed this book. After reading the blurb at the bookshop, I knew that this book was something enjoyable and it is. Frida is a divorce lawyer, not into the sappy love schmuck but one day a man walks into her practice and warns her of the future and that is how this book starts. Frida has now become one of my favourite characters of all time, she is smart and independent but she is also sarcastic and dramatic I just loved her. I love Greek mythology and this was a really nice take into ...more
Georgiana Derwent
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun read about a cynical divorce lawyer who discovers she’s a descendant of Cupid. It had a great voice and managed to strike a nice balance between fun and dark, while merging lots of characters from Greek mythology with a realistic setting. I’d have preferred it to have been set somewhere specific and well-drawn rather than in an unnamed generic city, and I’d have liked to see more of the villain earlier, but overall while this doesn’t particularly linger in the mind, it was enjoyab ...more
Elijah Farrow
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
this book is 80% exposition, 10% romance and 10% hardly researched Greek mythology. I read it and found the characters enjoyable enough, unfortunately, the book was a challenge. Plot points and context was clumsily shoved in and the mythology was so off base I wasn't sure what to expect next, which I suppose was interesting. I love YA novels but this is not one I would recommend. However, I can understand how people could enjoy the concept, it is really cool and creative. I would like to see wha ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Frida is a lawyer and cynic, and apparently the descendant of the God Eros. She's not impressed whern Dan bursts into her office and insists that she has to help him save the world she isn't impressed and throws him out, but things happen that convince her that he is not crazy but her world will never be the same again. I liked it, there were some places when the world felt a little fragile but otherwise I want more.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Didn't work for me

I started this because I read a review or a blurb that said it was funny and had a plot involving Greek mythology. I suppose the second bit is true-ish. Not so sure about it being funny though, the writing simply did not do it for me. I couldn't get behind the characters, or the story, the pace of it was fine but didn't grip you at all and on the whole, felt a bit... Eh.

Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A modern day romance with a twist. Frida discovers that she is a descendant of the God of Love and it's up to her to save the world.
I really enjoyed this magical adventure, some really fun ideas about mankind and the search for love. The references to classic mythology were nicely done and the whole thing works well.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, chick-lit
I really liked this book and appreciated the mix of Greek mythology, chick-lit and action.
It is really entertaining and engaging, with a fast pace to keep the reader interested.
The characters are likeable and well written, the plot is sound and with no hole or inconsistencies.
Really enjoyable and recommended.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The Gods of Love tells the story of Frida, a divorce lawyer, whose life gets turned upside down when a strange man bursts into her office and warns her not to go near NeoStar (a Google / Apple type company), thing is Frida has an appointment with them the next day. Featuring Greek gods and monsters, this was definitely a fun read.
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