Of Love and Forge

A Neosphere Novel

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Pub Date 27 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 15 Jul 2023
Carly Spade, World Tree Publishing, LLC

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The god of the forge…

Life was good in the Neosphere District. I’d made a name for myself as a renowned supernatural bounty hunter, holding the record for most harpies slayed. But the best part about living in the future? Avoiding the other Olympian gods. Banishing a guy from Olympus because he was “imperfect” tends to make one hold a grudge. Go figure. And no other god possessed the means to time travel. But I did. Thanks to the portal hopping device I forged.

Yup. Life. Was. Grand.

Until a bounty popped up on a certain love goddess. Aphrodite and I had been friends since we were wee gods. I’d be lying to myself if I never thought our “innocent” flirting banter were real on occasion—kidding myself if I said I never wanted things to go beyond platonic. Hence, why I recently kept my distance. For my own sanity. So, of course, I made the grave mistake of taking the godsdamned bounty.

The goddess of love…

Since reconciling with my son Eros, after centuries of bad mojo, I’d decided it was time to clean up my act. Ride the straight and narrow. My companion service, Sans Solo, became just the ticket I needed. And it allowed me to use my powers in disguise in modern California under the name Vena Milo.

With the aid of my best friends, and fellow goddesses, the Graces, we ran a legitimate business. All was right in the world.

Until the volcano god showed up. Hephaistos. Heph—a lifelong friend who never failed to confuse me mind, body, and soul. Especially when he showed up with a magical pair of handcuffs. His audacity pissed me off, but the mere sight of him, the smell of him, made my stomach flutter. That…I couldn’t deny. And when Heph's plan goes to Tartarus things got even dicier and we became...the hunted.

-A cyberpunk fantasy Hephaestus x Aphrodite romance that defies myth but answers true love's call-

The god of the forge…

Life was good in the Neosphere District. I’d made a name for myself as a renowned supernatural bounty hunter, holding the record for most harpies slayed. But the best part about...

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CONTENT Warning: Violence, profanity, and multiple adult situations.

CONTENT Warning: Violence, profanity, and multiple adult situations.

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5/5 stars! This book blew me away. I picked it up because of its cover, but hadn't even realized it was a futuristic mythology re-telling. I adored getting to know Carly Spade's versions of these characters and good ole Heph has been a favorite god of mine for ages. This story was perfection and I can't wait to read more.

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What a fun read!
It's Greek gods meets cyberpunk meets Deadpool level humor.
This was my first time reading this author and I'll definitely be back for more ❤️❤️❤️

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This was a very enjoyable, futuristic reimagining of classical Greek mythology with a cyberpunk twist. Heph and Ro were absolutely delightful characters and came to life off the page with very visual descriptions and humorous and delightful banter. The story was so unique, interesting, and fun--I'm really hoping for some spinoffs with some of the other characters!

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Oh my god, this novel is exceptional from start to finish. If you are obsessed with Greek Mythology, to the extent that I am, you should definitely snatch this up when it comes out on February 27th!
From the plot, to the action, to the romance, it honestly has it all. The description was beautiful, and you become insanely attached to the customers and their storylines. Plus, the spice was amazing!!! To top it off, there was an adorable rabbit included that made me smile every time I read about him.

My ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgallery in exchange for a honest review.
* Tried leaving a review on amazon, but it said I wasn't eligible too.

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Carly Spade does not freaking miss!

The worldbuilding was SO cool, and I really liked the direction she took us in with the mythological aspect Mix that with cyberpunk. I really liked Aphrodite's POV but sometimes I disliked Heph's. I'm not quite sure why but being inside his head wasn't my favorite. As usual, the pacing was great and made this book be unputdownable. The spice was good. This is a book that you do not want to miss!

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{ A cyberpunk fantasy Hephaestus x Aphrodite romance that defies myth but answers true love's call }

If this doesn't sell you then I truly don't know what else to say. This book was everything I wanted, needed, and expected from that description. Spade did a fantastic job on this make these myths into something cyber and amazing.

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“I didn't doubt he'd end up catching me, especially with my powers dwin-dling, but I'd make him work for it.
And in some warped sense, I kinda liked him chasing me.”
"What the Tartarus kind of
Maverick Top Gun move was that,
"I'm all yours now, Aphrodite. Don't break me."
WOW !!!! I don’t know what to say, just … WOW !!!
I’ll start saying that alongside Hades and Persephone, Aphrodite and Hephaestus love story is the one I’ve always been kinda obsessed over !!!!
And this author DELIVERED in the best possible ways !!!
Action, magic, myths, love and lust all happening together in a very original dystopian cyber-like version of a romance between opposites, impossible if not for the fire they both shared.
Believe me, I am not a fan of friends to lovers but the amount of banter and flirting happening between these two made me melt multiple times over !!!
I was flustered and hot all throughout their conversations and the possessiveness they showed towards each other … MY HEART !!!!! It was so so good !!!
Having felt like this since forever but with a To and fro dynamic that feels safer, all of a sudden they’ll find themselves with forced proximity, a bit of a roommate situation and a fake relationship that will have them on the verge of bursting through their clothes and jumping each other’s bones !!!
I loved the nicknames they used to address each other and I believe that Hephaestus came up with the BEST of them !!!!
And don’t let me even start on the spicy scenes … CHEF KISS !!!!!
Add to that a scene with “who did this to you” and a bit of a “good girl” and I’m a loser !!!!
I’m so so so glad I had the chance to read an ARC of this book and I can’t freaking wait for it to be out !!!
“If we ever shattered--it'd be the end of times, and we'd wither away together."
"The Forge is inside you, Ro."
"I'm going to show you the things I've wanted to do for centuries to you every waking moment we were together. The reason I had to keep my distance.
Otherwise, I would've gone fucking mad.”

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I love Carly Spade's books. I was curious what her take on these two would be and she went above and beyond my expectations. Honestly, I hadn't every imagined this dynamic for them, or this sort of world for them. It is well-written, the world was built beautifully, and I am chomping at the bit for more. This book leaves you satisfied, but desperate for more information, more of their story. Carly has managed to take a version of Aphrodite I normally shy away from, and turn it into something I am desperate to see again. Pure witchcraft and I am here for her talents. All I can say is everyone who loves Greek myth retellings should read this.

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