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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Goddess of Love


****½ Goddess of Love by P. C. Cast. Contemporary paranormal romance.








This is one of my must-buy authors, and has been since
Goddess of the Sea.

Pea Chamberlain is tired of being invisible. She's had a crush on Griffin, her hunky fireman neighbor forever, but he never remembers her--even after he helps rescue her dog (that thinks he's a cat) from a tree, he has to be reminded that they've met before. Not only is she forgettable, she has a tendency to make a fool of herself whenever he's around.

Finally, completely humiliated, she summons Venus from a self-help book she'd just bought. Venus herself just happens to be in the bar, and is partially responsible for Pea's latest humiliation (I won't give away the scene, but it's hysterical), and with a little nudge from Hera, Venus finds herself tied to Pea until Pea finds true love.

There are complications, of course. Venus finds herself falling in love with Griffin. And Venus (which I suppose you'd know, if you knew your mythology--my knowledge of mythology didn't go that far) is married to Vulcan.

Vulcan's not happy either, and decides to see what everyone finds so fascinating about Tulsa.

I really wasn't sure how this was going to turn out. I knew who was going to end up together, but not at all how they were going to manage the whole Olympus thing, so I was anxiously turning pages, too late at night, wishing I was an end-reader. (I enjoy the ride so much I can't even make myself check the ending so I can go to sleep, but sometimes it would be nice if I could.)

This was really two stories in one, and I loved how Pea's and Venus's stories paralleled and contrasted. Pea discovered her outer beauty while Venus discovered her inner beauty. And the same happened with Griffin and Vulcan.

Venus being the goddess of love, she's rather in-your-face about sex, which took a little getting used to, but all four main characters were sympathetic and engaging, and I particularly enjoyed the idea that the goddess of love could be love-starved herself, and that the god married to the goddess of love could feel lonely and rejected.

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Comments:
thanks for the review on this one Darla! i've read several of her others and loved them, but the blurb on this one just didn't do it for me. At all. So i haven't bought it. Your review has convinced me. Graci!
 
Ack! The pressure! LOL

I hope you like it--I really did.
 
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