Review: Goddess in the Middle (Forgotten Goddesses #3) by Stephanie Julian

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Review: Goddess in the Middle (Forgotten Goddesses #3) by Stephanie Julian three-half-stars
Goddess in the Middle by Stephanie Julian
Series: Forgotten Goddesses #3
Published by Sourcebooks on July 3, 2012
Genres: Erotic, PNR, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
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"Incredibly erotic, unconventional, romantic love story"

TOGETHER. THEY CREATE THE MOST POWERFUL MAGIC OF ALL ...

Romulus and Remus are sexy werewolf cousins with an unbreakable bond. When they meet beautiful goddess Amity and save her from an encroaching demon, they discover that the three of them together are way more powerful than any of them could ever have imagined. And they're going to need that power to overcome the forces that are determined to steal Amity's magic and destroy the two men. As different as night and day, and each an amazing man in his own right, Rom and Remy make all of Amity's deepest fantasies come true...

Goddess in the Middle is the eighth (8) book I’ve read using the Scribd service and the third (and final?) book in the Forgotten Goddesses series. This book is currently on sale at Kobo for $10.09. Stephanie Julian is a new to me (NTM) author that I discovered using the Scribd recommendation engine.

So. I’ve finally finished the Forgotten Goddesses series. I think. The reason I said “I think” is because the book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger regarding some events not related to the romance or the overarching plot of the series. I *think* the loose ends are related to events that are attached to other series by Julian set in this same world. I think.

Going past my irritation with loose ends (which caused a 1/4 star deduction), I think that Goddess in the Middle stands out as my favorite book in the series…and that surprised me! The biggest issue I had in this book was editing related (causing another 1/4 star drop): the heroes are Romulus (Rom) and Remus (Remy). The text kept getting their names mixed up – especially closer and closer to the end. Some sentences/paragraphs would start with Rom speaking/thinking and end with Remy (or vice versa). Other places had Remy speaking to Remy or Rom speaking to Rom, etc. It was more than a little confusing and made me go back to orientate myself. It didn’t happen so often that I was ready to quit reading but it was just enough to be annoying.

It took some time for me to get started reading Goddess in the Middle – the beginning was rather slow and…just didn’t catch my attention. Somewhere – I want to say chapter 3 – the book really caught my attention and I could barely put it down. One of my favorite part of the book? There’s no questionable meet-cute!! Yaaay! Amity, the heroine, approached the heroes and she made the offer for sex. They did track her down but it was with the intention of protecting her (and possibly some sex). But it passed the basic smell test. So happy!

Other things that really increased my enjoyment of Goddess in the Middle was A) it’s menage and I love a good menage. 😉 B) The book actually had Charn on page in the book and the reader FINALLY got a chance to see what the hell was going on in his head. It felt like winning the plot lottery! I’ve been lusting after this information for 2.5 books and finally I hit paydirt. Of course, once the reader learns what Charn’s issues are (and how easily resolved)…this reader asked, “Why didn’t anyone [Charn] talk somebody before he went off half-cocked and killing people women? Would that have been too much like right?” I admit that while I was happy to finally get that longed for information, I was a little PO’d by how easily such a big (and murderous) problem was resolved.

Getting back to the menage. What can I say? I love a good menage. My basic menage rule is that someone needs to get DP’d. If that happens I’m usually happy. LOL! I loved the intensity of the sex scenes between Amity, Rom and Remy. I loved watching Rom learn to open up – Remy was a much easier character and didn’t seem to have a growth arc.

All in all, I really enjoyed Goddess in the Middle. If I were to buy any (more) books in this series, this would be the keeper. I enjoyed my time spent in Julian’s world – and I’m really sad I can’t continue. The remaining books set in this world are published by Ellora’s Cave and I am no longer buying books published by Ellora’s Cave.

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