Series: The Goddess Connection #1
Published by Kensington on July 7, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Source: Author, Publisher
Book Trailer: Trailer
Sexual Content: Several sex scenes
Reviewed by: Libbie
A descendant of the goddess Iris, Jocelyn Gibson may have forgotten about the realm of magic, but it hasn’t forgotten her. When Eric Hendricks is targeted by a demon, Joss must step in to battle the evil and save the town’s awkward, but endearing, vet…who also happens to be the man she loves.
Joss’s new inn, a culinary career specializing in cooking with lavender and a new love all make for a fine recipe of disaster. She needs to embrace her inner goddess and harness the powers she never knew she had before it’s too late.
At first glance, GODDESS AWAKENED had everything I could have wanted from a book – goddesses, magic, romance, a heroine that’s in her forties, and a dog that’s part Labrador. I was positive I’d be loving every word of it. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out that way.
On the surface, GODDESS AWAKENED is a good story. A widow’s attempt to put her life back together while she starts a new venture – renovating an old bed and breakfast. The widowed veterinarian across the street is not quite ready to do the same. Toss in some crazy relatives, and a lurking evil trying to get in the way. The problem is that it doesn’t come together in any sort of coherent way. The plot jumps around, sometimes from paragraph to paragraph and the point-of-view shifts happen so rapidly, I had to go back and reread to see if I’d missed something. Joss’ relationship with her son was cold and clinical to the point she only really thought about him for a few minutes at a time, and as for her relationship with Eric didn’t feel much warmer, even when they were having “mind-blowing” sex. Speaking of missing things, for a book with Goddess in its title, it seemed a long time coming for that part of the story to come into play.
All in all, the rough parts aren’t anything catastrophic, but GODDESS AWAKENED would have benefitted from a second pass by an editor to really tighten the flow. I don’t think I’ll be returning to the series for the second book, but someone without my high tolerance for mechanics and plot issues, might find it a fun read.Series Titles:
- Goddess Awakened