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A god of sexual desire on the edge of burnout meets a mortal with a unique and secret past. In the arms of transsexual woman Gina, has Himeros finally discovered the one with whom even a god of love could find fulfilment?
Gina Deveraux is forced to confront her fears when she attends a high school reunion. Born into a male body, she spent her childhood and teen years living as a boy, and is desperate to begin her new life without the continuing fear of loneliness and rejection.
Himeros is one of the erotes, an aspect of Eros, and as such it is his duty to answer the call of sexual desire whenever a human needs him. But he has been living among mortals too long and his energy has waned.
His decision to accept one last call leads to a woman who is unique. A woman who understands the whole human experience, from every perspective. A woman who sees through his otherworldly exterior to the true soul within.
Has Himeros finally found the one with whom even a god of desire could find love? Forever, after all, is such a long time to be alone.
Want to read this one first in the series? Go ahead! Each of the GODS OF LOVE novellas is stand-alone with a common theme. They can be read in any order.
Reviews for APHRODITE CALLING
“Having a child who is transgender is one of the most amazing experiences one can live with and I do it everyday…Ms. Lynne captured this perfectly. I can’t rave enough about how well the characters were portrayed and will be recommending this to as many people as I can.” 5 Stars at Amazon, luvs2read
“…a beautifully written, almost poetic novella…so wonderfully graphic, descriptive and incredibly titillating that the reader is privileged to be able to ride to this experience, stroke by stroke, right along with Gina.” 5 Stars at Amazon, S Rafael
“With its sweet but sinfully titillating nature, I was begging for more…Jennifer Lynne has a very interesting and fresh take on mythology that’s not only great reading but extremely delicious!” 4 stars at The Romance Reviews
“Absolutely anyone who enjoys a story of self discovery and larger than life personalities would love this story…I know of many people who would enjoy reading this story, and I plan on recommending it to each and every one of them.” 5 stars and BOOK OF THE MONTH Nominee at Long and Short Erotic Reviews
“Who are you, Himeros, and why are you doing this? Helping me escape, I mean. Though,” she paused and looked at the numbers flashing past as they ascended in the elevator, “maybe I’m not escaping out of here, as such. Am I going from the frying pan into the fire?”
He shifted a little, and the confined space suddenly seemed a lot smaller than it had a few seconds ago. She had the impression of vibrating energy, reaching out to encompass her. If she hadn’t known better, she would have said his tanned skin held a strange shimmer that made him look as if he were lit from within. She blinked, but the light intensified.
“I am Himeros, god of sexual desire, and I am here to answer your call to Aphrodite,” he said. “You are most certainly heading into the fire, but this is one fire you won’t want to extinguish, once you’ve savored the heat of these flames.”
“My call to Aphrodite? What exactly do you mean by that?” It’s certainly getting hot in here, she thought. Why am I so aware of him? I’ve been around men before. Sexy men. But it’s never felt like my body is finally waking up…
“Gina.” When had he moved closer? Why was he now standing directly in front of her, his arms raised to press a hand against the elevator wall each side of her head? Had he answered her question? She couldn’t remember. Aphrodite…
“We will wake you up, together.”
Her breath caught. He was now leaning forward, almost touching her, his face so close to hers she could see the flecks of green in the blue of his irises. So close that if she raised her hand, she’d be able to brush the delicate end of his long eyelashes, or trace the angled shadows cast by those gorgeous cheekbones.
“We’re here.” His words whispered in a puff of warmth across her lips and she parted them involuntarily.
“Are we?” How she was managing to keep talking was beyond her. She wanted to close the few centimeters of distance between them and explore that mouth again, to feel the firmness of his body up against hers, to enjoy the heat of a hard cock that wasn’t her own pressing against the soft curve of her stomach.
“You have a choice, now, Gina,” he said. “Join me here, tonight, and I promise you will not regret your decision. But if you don’t want that, tell me now, before we step over the threshold…”
“Himeros,” she whispered, not sure what she was asking, and at the same time knowing what she needed to say. “I want to, so much, but there are things about me you don’t know.”
“I know everything, Gina. I told you, I heard your call and I am here to answer it, if you wish.”
She shook her head. “I’m afraid.” She closed her eyes to avoid seeing the revulsion and started when she felt the touch of his fingertips on her cheek. A touch that sent shockwaves right through her body—unfamiliar shockwaves in places that had been numb for too long. She’d been wrong. She wasn’t strong enough to handle everything. She wasn’t strong enough to handle this.
“Himeros.” She took a deep breath and pressed back as far as she could against the wall. “I’m not, well, I wasn’t…” Just say the damn words. Get it over with. “I wasn’t always like I am now. I used to be—”
“You were born with male genitalia, and you lived as a man for the first twenty-four years of your life. You were Gerry, and now you are Gina. I know, gorgeous woman. I told you, I already know. Open your eyes and see how much I want you right now.”
(copyright Jennifer Lynne)
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About the erotes
APHRODITE CALLING is the second in my series of stand-alone novellas with the erotes as a common theme. Yes, they can be read in any order, so if you want to try this one first, please do!
Who are the erotes?
In Greek mythology there are many versions from which to pick and choose, and researching the erotes was no exception. The most popular belief seems to be that the erotes were a group of winged gods who were the children of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and sexuality who was born from the foam of the sea. The Greek god Eros was either their father or one of their brothers.
Another belief, and the one that resonates best with me, is that the erotes were in fact different aspects of the primal god, Eros. Erotes is the plural of eros (desire), and I am fascinated by the idea that love is so complex it must be personified across several beings.
While the erotic author in me applauds the idea of the greatness of Eros, I also love the idea that his power, and therefore that of the erotes, stems primarily from a woman—the Olympian goddess Aphrodite (sometimes called Venus in Roman mythology).
Thus the concept of the GODS OF LOVE series was born—stand-alone novellas that can be read in any order, but that also share a common theme.
Aphrodite’s subtle influence will be apparent throughout the GODS OF LOVE series, but perhaps more so in this transsexual romance in which gender identity is a key theme.
APHRODITE CALLING is the story of Himeros – god of sexual desire, in his own hour of need, and Gina – a post-surgery, male-to-female transsexual woman struggling for acceptance and understanding in a world that doesn’t allow anything outside the mainstream. This is an unusual pairing, but the power of Aphrodite works in the most mysterious ways.