Beautiful, dangerous socialite Antonia plans to carve out her heart in exchange for Aphrodite's help finding true love. The goddess is pleased with her sacrifice, and Antonia is soon engaged to a prince. But then she falls in love with the wrong person—the prince’s guard—and risks Aphrodite's wrath.
ONCE UPON A BROKEN HEART meets YA CIRCE
A bowl made of mother-of-pearl, filled with moon-blessed seawater and rose petals. Raw rose quartz. Rose incense burning away, a pillar of smoke coming from the tip. All sat upon my small wooden dresser made altar for Aphrodite.
As if in response to the offerings, a gentle breeze kissed my cheeks through the open window. It ruffled the snow-white curtains, perfuming the air with roses and jasmine and the sea. I couldn’t help but smile at the goddess’ possible approval of my gifts. After all, I had trekked down to the ocean last night for the water. A somewhat tedious journey as Cieloro is mostly cliffs and very little beach. And then I had made sure that it was placed in a spot so the moon would fully infuse it with her power.
But it was all worth it. Especially for today.
Especially if Aphrodite approved.
“Oh! I almost forgot!” I rushed to my small satchel that hung on a doorknob and pulled out a small jar of apple-blossom infused honey.
A sense of pride rushed through me as I placed it among the crystals. My intuition had been right. A smug smile fell onto my lips. I had just known that this honey would be a perfect gift for the goddess of love when I saw it in the marketplace. Sighing, I gazed through the window, embracing the warm summer air filling the room.