Balancing Act by Angie Barry

Balancing Act by Angie Barry
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (44 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

In a world where even the Greek gods have to earn a paycheck, former lovers Adonis and Narcissus make a bet on who will be the first to successfully seduce the newest intern at Olympus Air: Ganymede. But seduction isn’t so simple when old feelings are far from faded and new realizations come to light, leaving the two men confused as to who and what they really want.

Are matters of the heart something worth betting on? Would you be willing to pursue someone to prove a point?

The bet between Adonis and Narcissus was what first drew me to this tale. I was completely fascinated by the idea of betting a significant other that you could win the heart of someone else, and I couldn’t wait to see what these characters did with this concept. The plot moved so swiftly that I soon had an answer to my question. It was satisfying to see how this idea was played out between these characters because of how quickly everything moved and how they reacted to everything that was going on around them.

It was confusing to switch between the narrators so often. While I was intrigued by both of them as individuals, I would have preferred to get to know one of them better instead of learning a little bit about each of them. There simply wasn’t enough space to give both of the main characters the attention they deserved in this story.

The dialogue was well done. All three of the characters had distinct voices that I was soon able to identify even before the plot reminded me who was speaking. It was really interesting to see how their personalities mingled together as the characters wandered deeper and deeper into the logical consequences of the contest. Their voices sounded even more unique as I grew to know them better.

Balancing Act should be read by anyone who loves ancient Greek mythology.

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