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Paper Fools

(Hearts and Arrows #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,624 ratings  ·  391 reviews
Aphrodite knows love. Just don’t ask her to figure out her own heart.

Instead, she toys with the hearts of humans. It’s a little game the gods play, and this time it’s Aphrodite’s turn to defend the domain of love. The battleground is New York City, and the stakes are high—the winner receives a token, a favor the loser must fulfill.

But every god has secrets. Every god lie
Kindle Edition, 301 pages
Published April 17th 2017 (first published February 10th 2013)
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Kristie Verdurmen In the blurb for Paper Fools it says "*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited for your enjoyment.*" Hope that…moreIn the blurb for Paper Fools it says "*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited for your enjoyment.*" Hope that helps, I haven't read, but thought I would answer as I read that in there :)(less)

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Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-four-stars
4 stars!!!

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Paper Fools is a unique, fun, and magical love story. It’s so different than any romance I’ve ever read. It’s almost like two stories in one. You get the earthly story of Dean and Lex, and you get the magical Greek Mythology story of the Gods above that are putting things into motion…

Aphrodite is the Goddess of love and when it comes to challenges, she is basically undefeated. Apollo has lost someone who is very dear to him and he’s got nothing to lose, and everything to gain when
• Lisa •
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her."


This book was everything that my over eager romance heart begs for. My heart was racing, my interest levels were at a maximum and I fell in love with so many characters in the novel that I didn't know what to do with myself. Who new Greek mythology, combined with new adult brilliance would knock my socks off? Staci Hart has bloody well done it again, and in spectacular fashion. I am so in love with this book it's b
R.S. Grey
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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So I just finished this book in one day. It has been SO long since I’ve read a book in one day, but it felt luxurious and awesome. ALSO, I LOVED IT. I saw the new covers for these books and HAD to read them. (They’re seriously gorgeous.)

Anyway, I’ve never taken a mythology class, but I was reallyyyy interested in the little snippets Staci laid out for us in this story. It was just enough to keep me interested without the boring details (sorry if you are a mythology geek, but c’mon I don’t ne
Kandi Steiner

I didn't read this book when it first came out as Deer in Headlights, even though I'd seen the most amazing teasers and cover for it. Then when Hart announced she was re-editing and re-releasing it, I STILL waited a full 2 months after release to read it.


I'd been in a bit of a reading slump. It didn't matter what I picked up, nothing was holding my interest (save for poetry and non-fiction). But from the very first page of Paper Fools, I was absolute
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Paper Fools is an updated and edited version of Staci Hart’s formerly titled book Deer in Headlights. This book is unlike any romance books that you have read as Hart beautifully intertwines Greek mythology into the mix as a modern love story takes center stage.

Here’s a little tidbit fact about me, I love Greek Mythology. In fact, I took a high school and college course studying about it and named several of my pets after the Greek Gods
Stacey is Sassy
The Gods must be Crazy…

I don’t know how many “Gods” one-liners popped into my head while reading Paper Fools? To be honest, I can’t say I’m a big fan of them (Gods, not one-liners). Sure, by the end, they did some good things, but they’re so self-serving and narcissistic. I know they’re Gods and all, but I hate the idea that someone is sitting somewhere messing with our lives. Paper Fools left me contemplating whether we are just puppets on their strings. Are our love lives, dreams and ambitions
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 3.5 Stars *****

I have some mixed feelings about Paper Fools. There are some elements I absolutely adored, and there are others that I didn't care too much for.

The story takes place in the modern world, and the Greek gods entertain themselves by having competitions involving humans.

Aphrodite is the next goddess to play, and her opponent is Apollo. Aphrodite hasn't lost in years and doesn't plan on losing anytime soon. Especially since Apollo is the reason why her lover was killed.

The hum
Mar 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful, truly awful. My ratings philosophy is that 5 star and 1 star books should be rare, reserved for books that are blow-your-mind good or unbelievably bad. Saying that, this book has earned that uncommon 1 star.

I first saw this book here on Goodreads and was intrigued by its striking cover. Then I read the summary and found it was about the Greek gods in a modern day setting. I love Greek mythology! I've been reading it since I was a kid. And one of my favorite things about The Lightning Thie
Elyse Schramm
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beta
Have you ever thought about what the Gods do when they're bored? Well they're not sitting up on Mount Olympus twiddling their thumbs anymore, and they surely haven't stopped meddling in the human's lives either. They've created a new game, and we're the ones who reap the benefits, or unfortunately pay the price. Aphrodite and Apollo have been at each other's throats since that fateful day when both lost their loves thousands of years ago. So what better way than to have a little friendly competi ...more
The Greek pantheon is one that I've always embraced whole-heartedly (I blame Xena and her shenanigans with the Gods for this) (No, wait. I loved those Gods well before she showed up), so finding a book that weaves together the stories I remember while successfully throwing in a modern twist is a fun, FUN treat! That the Gods of old were sassy and snarky and downright cruel at times was an added plus. Because, let's face it, those guys are the epitome of dysfunction and that's part of what makes ...more
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I really enjoyed this. I love the Greek mythology, being a Greek myself, and this was pure pleasure to read! Gods, humans and love, you have everything in this book! Loved Lex & Dean.
I am a huge fan of this author and this book entertained me the whole way. I loved how she took the Greek Gods and created something compelling, romantic and magical.
Wanna find out what the Gods do in their free time? How they love getting into our way? How they can bring havoc in human lives? This book show
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-2017
Way back when, back in 2014, when I didn't know what blogging was or the importance of reviews and was just a regular reader I picked up a book called Deer In Headlights by Staci Hart. I had no idea who she was at the time but I really loved the cover!

I read that book and the ones after it and fell in love. At that time the concept of what Staci had written was really refreshing to me. Not my “normal” but I loved it.

Three years on and Staci has become a personal  favourite of mine. A best selle
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Dear in Headlights is like reading two books in one. It’s Greek Mythology with a contemporary twist!

Aphrodite is the love goddess and she never loses. If two people are meant to be together, Aphrodite will see to it. Aphrodite and Apollo play the game of love but with humans. Two humans are picked and if Aphrodite can get them to fall in love within a month, then Aphrodite wins, but if she can’t Apollo wins.

The humans a
Ok, so I've quickly come to the conclusion that Staci Hart can pretty much DO NO WRONG. After completely devouring PAPER FOOLS, I was reminded of that very fact. I mean, who else could keep me interested and enamored with Greek Mythology? Ms. Hart sure as hell can, and she did with this fantastical, captivating, and unique love story. I went into this story completely blind and it captured my heart from the very start. You won't believe how much you will enjoy this until you are completely immer ...more
Mike Stevenson
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me keep this short. I'm a manly man, I'm 6'5, a beard and chest hair that would rival most animals. I can speak to grizzly bears. I brew beer in Germany for gods sake, and this booked ripped me of all that integrity. It's a beautifully composed piece of literature.

I wept, I cried, I laughed and sang.

Do yourself a favor and get a grande coffee instead of a venti and use that extra dollar to buy this book.
Beneath The Covers Blog
I am in love with everything Staci Hart!!!

As a huge Greek mythology fanatic, I jumped at the chance to read it. I've always had a special fondness for the Greek Gods because they are so relateable. They have flaws, they make mistakes, they know love, hate and every other human emotion. And Staci gave all that with Paper Fools.

It was really refreshing to see a different take of how the Gods will live in Modern times. Their fueds and their love/hate relationship made this book absolutely amazing.
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
3.5 Stars:)

Well I must say this was definitely an original. I liked the idea of the Greek mythology being intertwined with a romance storyline. The back and forth from earth to Olympus where the Gods live was interesting. I actually really liked reading about Apollos and Aphrodite, Persephone and Zeus. I became more interested in them than the other storyline between the humans. The first half really captivated me, but somewhere after about 60% the “humans” started making my eyes roll🙄. I wanted
Sammie Lynn
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paper Fools was different than most romance books I've read as of late. Now, this is not a bad different-
It was unbelievably refreshing.
Really good. I'm not sure how else to put it.
Staci Hart took Greek mythology to a whole new level. For me, mythology was never my thing. I never was able to grasp it, but this book changed that. She personified the gods, made me feel like they were real people- they go through struggles, hurt, hate, and love too. Yeah- they live forever but they have lives and
DeAnne Cherry
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to DeAnne by: friend
I love Greek Mythology. I was sort of wary about the gods in modern times, but it was awesome!

In short, the gods are bored so they have come up with competitions to keep themselves entertained. Aphrodite, Dita they call her, goes up against Apollo. The each have to chose a human player and Dita will try to help them fall in love, while Apollo will try to separate them. (view spoiler)
Sep 26, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Update 07/06/2013
4.5 Goddess-Stars

I've read Staci Hart's Deer in Headlights twice, and I thought it wasn't possible but the second time I even fell more head over heels in love with the book and Staci!

The first time I've read the book in a day and was pleasantly surprised about it because I stumbled over DIH, thanks to my GR friend, and didn't know what to expect; but what I did know was that the blurb made me very curious.
Heather C
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, april-2017
When I read the blurb to Paper Fools, I knew I wanted to read it. I didn't even notice until I was half way through the book that it had been edited and previously published under a different title. All I knew was that I wanted to read about Greek Gods in the modern world and the games they play on humans. That was enough to suck me right in.

I'm going to start off by saying that it was a bit slow for me in the beginning. I only ever tell people that when I really want to encourage them to keep g
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you ever feel that your life is in the hands of the gods?
Have you ever wondered what they do up there to pass the time?
Is it all just a game? To some degree, yes it is....

This book was quite interesting. It is classified as a contemporary romance and fantasy. The fantasy is based around the mythical Greek gods but the romance is in abundance! Staci Hart has cleverly weaved the gods into a modern day love story.

Aphrodite is the god of love and she is up against Apollo in the latest god games
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

Thank you to Tabby of IMR Blog Tours and to Staci Hart for the review copy! This in no way affected my views and these are my honest opinions. So let's get to that review!

Enjoyable. Satisfying. Engrossing. Those are three words I would use to describe Deer in Headlights. I started reading Deer in Headlights in my new bb Adrien the Kindle late at night (or more like early in the morning as that was 2AM) to lull myself to sleep. However, it didn't help bec
Vanessa (nessreads)
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 Stars

'Paper Fools' is a book with a story within a story. You are introduced to Olympus and its Gods. There's Zeus, Hades, Persephone, etc. But, the two that are front-and-center, are Aphrodite and Apollo. Then, there's the mortal world where there's Lex and Dean.

Every so often there are games that are played between the Gods. The next challenge has Aphrodite and Apollo up against one another. For this task Aphrodite and Apollo will both choose
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
This book was really fun! I adore greek mythology, so it was no brainer when I decided to read Deer in Headlights. Plus it's by the awesome Staci Hart. She gave the story a twist by putting it into the modern day. The greek gods are ALL THERE! But they get bored easily, you know, because they have all lived like thousands of years. By that, the gods have created a game between them and the one who wins must give the other god a token aka a favor they can take from the god whenever they want. Thi ...more
Rachel Krogen
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deer In Headlights By Staci Hart

Aphrodite never loses, not when it comes to love.

Immortality has its perks and its downsides. Boredom, for one, is unavoidable, but instead of playing parcheesi, the gods devised a game that uses humans as pawns. Remember Shakespeare? That was Apollo. Bonnie and Clyde? Aphrodite versus Ares.

Aphrodite is on deck once again, and she'll defend her domain of love as she works to get the humans together before the clock runs out, while her opponent tries to keep them
Ashleigh Margheim
Holy Hades and Zeus!!!! The Gods or Olympians as they are referred to in this book are up to there necks in boredom. Looking over the world is just not as exciting anymore. Two of them are challenged with bring to young lovers together in a battle of wits. Can Aphrodite keep her title or will Apollo use his cunning ways to defeat her? This story follows the Olympians and their story of life in modern day Manhattan, but it follows a young couple who are drawn to each other as if they were soul ma ...more
Andrea Beck
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I know very little about Greek Mythology. I know about a few of the gods and their histories. When Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart, came into view, I was eager to read it. Why, you ask. Well, Greek Mythology based in modern times,modern lingo, and modern problems, I was all over it. I promise to not give any spoilers, I want you to read the book and be filled with fabulousness like I was. It's not all about the gods but humans, as well. Awesomely flawed and damaged humans. I fe ...more
Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇
If you're having wine...this book of cheese will compliment it marvelously.

I wanted to love it for being intertwined with mythology... but meh.
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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom to three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, nor is she the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a par ...more

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