I'm glad I dropped by the event! Chasing Adonis is a charming love story combined with Greek mythology Adara Berros is turning thirty and doesn't know she is the reincarnated Adonis. The twists begin Adara has been thrown into the games of the Gods and Goddesses of Mount Olympus.
The detective ignites a spark and vows to protect Adara and solve the mystery. Just when I thought I had it figured out I was wrong. But that is what made it a great suspense. Definitely looking forward to reading more from this author. Feb 05, Jerri Drennen rated it it was amazing. I loved how Gina Ardito combined modern-day with Greek Mythology. The story starts out when Ares, the God of War, because of his jealousy for the man, sends a wild boar to kill Adonis, a mere mortal.
Aphrodite is heartbroken by his death, and is subsequently promised she will be allowed to see him again. What she doesn't expect is for him to be reborn as a woman by the name of Adara Berros, 5, years later.
Aphrodite is then forced to transform herself into a man, her chosen name, Tedior Pha--a blond hunk who had every female for miles swooning at his feet--except for Adara. She's actually afraid of him since he calls her his beloved from the minute they meet, and insists they belong together.
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While trying to evade the crazy man, Adara is hit by a car, yet able to call for help. In walks Detective Shane Griffin, a man with his own set of problems. The moment he and Adara meet, sparks fly. I loved the chemistry between these two. When Shane learns that Adara was a witness to a murder, and that the shooter has been released from prison on a technicality, he's determined to keep her safe.
When his family is threatened by this same man, they're all forced to go on the lamb. In a short span of time, Adara works her way into becoming important to them, healing a painful loss in all their lives. Chasing Adonis left me with a good feeling inside. I was so glad I read the book.
Dec 15, Jane rated it really liked it Shelves: 4 , kindle , to-review. Chasing Adonis by Gina Ardito 4 stars Love, love, love oh how difficult it can be!
Adara is destined to be with Ted, like it or not, but it is Shane Griffin who catches her eye and makes her heart skip a beat. Who gets the girl in the end? I am a fan of her work and always walk away from her books feeling content. There is plenty for everyone in this great read, and I highly recommend it. Copy supplied for review.
Jul 04, WiLoveBooks rated it it was amazing Shelves: review-copy , read This is such a fun book. It is a contemporary romance with a bit of a twist. Adonis is reincarnated as a woman and Aphrodite disguises herself as a man to win back the love of her life. Except Adara is her own person and has her sights set elsewhere.
And there is suspense as well, with a killer after Adara, and Shane set on protecting her. I love a book that is just a little different.
Fans of romantic suspense will like this one, especially if you are interested in Greek mythology. Dec 31, InD'tale Magazine rated it really liked it Shelves: february , genre-paranormal-urban-fantasy , ratingstar. An extraordinary blend of humor, romance and mythology! Feb 02, Moira rated it really liked it. A very good book. I wasn't expecting to like it, but I did. Not really into romantic comedy but this book was very well written.
Mar 14, Grace Augustine rated it it was amazing.
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If you thought you knew all there is to know about Mythology…think again! Forty-one years ago I sat through my first mythology class and fell in love with the Greek history as it was woven around Zeus and Aphrodite, Ares, Eros, Persephone, and more. Chasing Adonis is a delightful story. Suffice it to say, without giving away the premise or the ending, this wonderful book is one that kept me interested from beginning to end I had read a chapter last night, then finished it this afternoon and evening.
The character twists, the unforeseen plot lines…all brilliantly placed at just the right time. This is definitely a book you must own for your collection. Well done, Ms. You are a new-to-me author, but I promise you, I will be reading a lot more of your novels. Thank you for this story that transcended time and put a smile on my face.
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Feb 28, Fiona Titch Hunt rated it liked it Shelves: a-z-challenge , how-many-can-i-do , titch-sbooks. I liked the story to the extent that it was a lovely love story with mythological characters in. I wasn't sure of the storyline at times, but in the end it came through and was a good story with some twists and turns. Tabatha Ewart rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Leslie Ann Dennis rated it it was amazing Aug 20, Angeliki rated it it was amazing Jan 11, Kim C Blevins rated it really liked it Jan 11, Lisa Lopez rated it liked it Jan 10, Fettig rated it it was amazing Jul 16, Jean Gordon rated it really liked it Jan 01, Jutta Rossington rated it it was amazing Sep 20, Deloress June rated it really liked it Apr 22, Melissa rated it did not like it May 29, Jessica Martin rated it really liked it Aug 29, Melissa rated it really liked it Oct 23, Diane Gerew rated it really liked it Jul 22, Kristen Koster rated it really liked it Feb 12, Regina A Fontaine rated it liked it Oct 01, Literary Chanteuse marked it as to-read Dec 29, Maureen Reil marked it as to-read Dec 31, As Russ McDonald notes in his Bedford Companion to Shakespeare , marriage frequently had little, if anything, to do with the degree of love shared by the partners in question.
Especially among upper class families, who possessed capital and estates that potential brides could give to their suitors as dowries, the agree-ability of the financial arrangement and the effect the union would have on the social status of each were frequently the most important matchmaking factors. While "love" certainly sprang from such arrangements over time, the unions often functioned more as partnerships than as marriages.
Sheidley notes that the story's conclusion—Adonis meeting death after spurning Venus—can, and perhaps should, be read as his punishment for failing to give himself over to the goddess of love. Sheidley frames his discussion in part around the contrast between religious and secular points of view, which he differentiates as "the mystical neoplatonic vision of love as the pathway to God, and the somewhat less exotic and more characteristically Shakespearean understanding of love, through its consummation in marriage and procreation, as the ordering principle and unifying bond of the cosmos.
Taking note of the literary climate, he states, "English poets of the era, like many members of the Christian humanist intellectual community in general, frequently express ambivalence or perplexity about the traditional poetic vision of love. Shakespeare, to the contrary, perhaps recognized that humans, like all earthly mammals, could certainly enjoy physical love outside of the context of a spiritually pure romantic relationship.
Sheidley asserts that in Venus and Adonis , Shakespeare "conveys his realization that sexual love is not composed entirely of soft sweetness and warmth, but involves an untender element, an element even, as with human nature itself, of the bestial. Catherine Belsey frames her discussion on the subject around the Elizabethan connotations of the words love and lust.
Belsey states, "The emergence of a radical distinction between the two—a process inadvertently encouraged, as it turns out, by the voice of Adonis—marks a moment in the cultural history of desire which … has proved formative for our own cultural norms and values. Belsey draws on a wide variety of sources to show that at the time of the publication of Venus and Adonis , lust quite often had perfectly positive connotations, as associated and coupled with virtuous "true love.
While the powerful and manipulative woman was not a common character in literature in Shakespeare's time, one would not have to search very hard to find a prime example of just such a personage: Queen Elizabeth herself. Commentators have noted that Shakespeare would certainly have been conscious of the possibility that comparisons would be drawn between his female lead and the nation's, especially because Elizabeth never married or produced an heir, such that her possible romantic relations were ever on the mind of the public.
Indeed, as Peter Erickson notes in his essay on the topic, "Venus evokes the erotic flirtation in Elizabeth's practice of courtship. As such, both poems can be seen to evidence a "responsiveness to the latent gender tension involved in male reaction to female rule. Erickson goes on to note, "Venus's domination evokes Elizabeth's control, and this undercurrent helps to account for the poem's unstable tonal mixture of defensive jocularity and genuine alarm. He concludes that the pair of narrative poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece —which, as indicated by the title, entails the ultimate subordination and violation of a woman—together amount to a literary fantasy of revolt: "The primary wish fulfilled by the overall progression of the two poems is the elimination of the threat of Elizabeth's power.
In that Adonis, a perfectly healthy young male, remains unstirred by Venus's advances, some scholars have speculated that Shakespeare intentionally depicted him in a way that left his sexuality in question. To begin with, Adonis is repeatedly described not merely as an attractive or powerful male but as a beautiful male. His blushing shyness, in turn, is more typically a feminine trait.