Saturday, October 8, 2011

How to Worship a Goddess by Stephanie Julian

Lucy is the Etruscan goddess of the moon, hunted by a powerful demon. One misstep and he will trap and consume her in his bid to escape the underworld. Lucy has stayed one step ahead of him, but she didn't count on falling for minor league hockey player Brandon Stevenson. Brandon's not one of her worshippers, but he is determined to win over the gorgeous woman who watches him at every game and won't give her up without a fight–even if it means releasing the beast he holds inside.

Reviewer: Fashionta

Stephanie Julian's second book about Forgotten Goddesses tells the story of Lucy. Ever since becoming a Forgotten Goddess, Lucy Aster also known as Lucan the Moon Goddess has concentrated on helping her people, lucani shifters. However the book is not about them, but more about finding true love and yourself, although the lucani politics do add a nice element to it.

Sex and secrets keep the plot moving until the very last page, making it hard to put the book down. That said, I would really wish the sex scenes were spread more evenly throughout the novel, their amount in the beginning seem a bit staggering. The sex was hot and satisfying though the hero's ability to always anticipate her every wish did make me roll my eyes from time to time.

Another disappointment was that we don't get to know more about Brendon, the hero's mysterious background. At one point he decides to quit his hockey career and go back to his parents... but stays with Lucy instead. Commendable, but I so hoped the author would introduce another supernatural race on par with the one we met in the previous book. I felt it would have taken the story to a new level, not just that of a good but conventional paranormal romance. She does introduce a new Goddess, though. It was a welcome twist to the story... that makes me wonder where this series would go next.

All in all, I give this story 3.5 stars.

Expected Release Date: Dec. 1,  2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Review Courtesy Of: NetGalley

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