Gladstone's Two Serpents Rise images a South America where the anicent gods were not quite destroyed by beings who are not Gods. This has lead to some disruption.
Look, it's great, it's creative. The sudden lust/love concept is used but Gladstone is aware of it, and even has his characters Caleb and Teo discuss it. The most wonderful thing in the book is the friendship between Caleb and Teo.