May 8, 2014

Review: Pan's Conquest

Pan's Conquest by Aubrie Dionne
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: Februrary 24, 2014
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Book Description:

Syrinx pulled a fast one on Pan to escape his raging lust. The God of Chastity wasn't about to break her vows and succumb to his temptations. 

Transported to the twenty-first century, she runs a florist shop—fulfilling her fake, mortal life. Until the breathtaking Parker Thomas hires her to decorate his grand estate for a gala. 

Five hundred roses? Easy enough. Except Parker makes her feel things she can't ignore

As the God of Fertility, Pan is used to maidens flocking in droves to his pastures. So when Syrinx denies him, he's determined to win the one that got away. He poses as a mortal to get close to her, but he doesn't count on falling hard for his conquest—hard enough to make a life and stay

But Syrinx is falling in love with a man that doesn't exist. Can Pan hide his identity forever, or will the truth tear them apart

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"Pan's Conquest" by Aubrie Dionne is a story that deals with some of the Greek gods and myths that people might not be that familiar with. Instead of going the easy route and writing about the famous gods like Zeus, Athena, or Aphrodite, Dionne writes about Syrinx, the goddess of chastity and Pan, the god of fertility.

Obviously chastity and fertility aren't normally two traits that go well together. However, ever since Pan spotted Syrinx bathing, he's wanted to add her to his long list of conquests. She proves to be the first one he's ever pursued that doesn't giggle and welcome his advances, and the challenge just makes him want her all the more. Instead of continually being on the run, Syrinx decides to take matter in her own hands and leaves for the modern mortal world so she could hide from him and live life among humans.

Syrinx changes her name and starts to run a flower shop.Also, since every story needs a good conflict, Pan soon finds out where she's hidden and disguises himself as he continues his pursuit. The story is told from the point of views from both Syrinx and Pan, so the reader gets to see all of the feelings that are driving the actions. The dual POV lets us watch as Syrinx starts to fall for Pan's alter ego, Parker, as she deals with what that means for her vow of chastity, and we also get to see Pan's inner thoughts as he starts to see Syrinx as something more than someone to bed.

"Pan's Conquest" is very much a story about character growth. Both of the characters start with rigid beliefs or lifestyles, and then through interacting with each other, they slowly begin to grow and realize there's more to life than what they originally thought. Syrinx must learn that she's more than just her pledge for chastity and Pan needs to learn there's more to relationships than sleeping with someone and moving on to the next conquest.

I enjoyed being able to watch these two grow as they interacted with each other. Although Syrinx didn't know Pan's true identity, he knew hers and it was fun to watch him subtly toy with her with small remarks towards whom she really is. All of their interactions were an entertaining read as we were able to watch Pan slowly get under Syrinx's defenses as she in turn also got under his skin. Syrinx is both determined and hardworking, and it makes sense that if anyone could change Pan's frivolous behavior, it would be her.

I would definitely recommend "Pan's Conquest". It's a romantic novel with a bit of a Greek mythos twist, which makes it stand out from the crowd. This story is also refreshing for dealing with less known gods instead of the ones that are normally written about.

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Author Bio:

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf.

Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in October 2012.

When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She's a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.

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