What a wonderful romance!
Author: Brad Vance
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
All Dane Gale ever wanted was to be a successful writer. Then he and his friends Rose and Sherry decide to write romances, and join forces to become “Pamela Clarice,” self-published novelist. When they look for a cover model for their first book, Dane sees the photos that will change his life.
Dane soon finds himself obsessed with Paul Musegetes, a popular but secretive cover model. Then he meets Paul at the Romance Writers’ Ball on the Summer Solstice, and they connect for one night of passion.
After that night, Dane’s a writing machine, and every story he touches turns to gold. But he can’t write anything but romances – one after another after another…
But this Midas touch has a heavy price. After the next Summer Solstice, he’ll never write again. Nothing. Not even a grocery list. That gives him no choice but to find Paul, and break the curse. But to do that, he’ll have to track down Paul’s equally mysterious photographer, Jackson da Vinci…
Apollo’s Curse by Brad Vance was a unique reading experience. This was my first foray into Mr. Vance’s works and it was not what I expected. It was not an erotic experience; it was a true romance with very little sex. If you are looking for HOT, steamy sex, this is not for you. But if you are looking for something meaningful that will appeal to your sense of adventure and warm your heart, then I highly recommend this book.
I loved the concept of a romance writer needing to find romance in his own life. I enjoyed the insight into the mind and processes of being an author. The fact that Dane’s writing journey morphs into a real life journey was artfully developed and creatively executed. Dane’s journey to find his purpose in life takes the reader on a fantastic journey to find the Dane’s mysterious Muse. The suspense grows as Dane’s time runs short. Brad Vance makes writing seem easy (but if you read this, you will see that it is not). Well done Mr. Vance, well done.
I loved the way this was written in Dane’s voice. The narration enhanced my understanding of Dane and his journey and I really connected with him. It was well written and flowed easily. I was pulled in from the very beginning and was help captive throughout most of the tale. However, I did have one complaint. I felt that part 3 was too slow. I LOVED the references to mythology, but I did not understand the purpose of most of part 3.
Overall, Apollo’s Curse by Brad Vance was fantastic. It had humor, emotions, love, and one really blind man who I wanted to smack upside his head and scream “OPEN YOUR EYES!” I loved it. Oh and the chapter titles are great!
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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