How to Worship a Goddess by Stephanie Julian
Series: Forgotten Goddesses #2
Published by Sourcebooks on December 1, 2011
Genres: Erotic, PNR, Romance
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WHAT SHE'S ALWAYS WANTED, AND SHE UNLEASHES HIM LIKE A FORCE OF NATURE...
Lucy was once the beloved Goddess of the Moon, and she could have any man she wanted. But these days, the goddesses of the Etruscan pantheon are all but forgotten. The only rituals she enjoys now are the local hockey games, where one ferociously handsome player still inflames her divine blood...
Brandon Stevenson is one hundred percent focused on the game, until he looks up and sees a celestial beauty sitting in the third row. A man could surely fall hard for a distraction like that...
How to Worship a Goddess is the seventh book I’ve read using the Scribd service and the second 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.
I really enjoyed this second entry into the Forgotten Goddesses series. I liked both the hero and the heroine and that the problems facing the couple were more related to their relationship than the outside pressure of the same god (Charun) who harassed Tessa in What a Goddess Wants.
Sadly, How to Worship a Goddess has a similar issue to What a Goddess Wants: the really problematic meet-cute. Brandon, the hero, has noticed Lucy (heroine and season ticket holder) at his hockey games for a long time, fantasizing about her. One day he decides he’s going to meet her so he goes to the ticket office and begs her address from her customer file. Let’s just start by saying that this is hella wrong. It turns out that Lucy used a fake address for her season ticket application…so Brandon manages to to locate her by digging around: he eventually finds a deed in her name with no address but he finds the latitude and longitude degrees and plugs them into his GPS. And he just shows up.
It couldn’t be coincidence. He couldn’t have just walked in here off the street. There were no signs, no arrows pointing the way. The village was listed on no map in existence. The only way he could have known to look for her here was if he’d seen the most recent deed to the property, which was more than a hundred years old. Had he really gone through that much trouble?
Lucy had been attracted to Brandon as well. She wasn’t upset that he showed up at her home-slash-business and they spend the night together. Lucy is a goddess and Brandon is mortal so she removes his memories of her and their night together in order to protect herself, him and her worshipers. Brandon is determined, however (I guess it’s the stalker in him) and he manages to show up again the next night – this time sans memories. I was flabbergasted. That’s a pretty invasive way to meet a girl. Why couldn’t he manage to just walk up to her (as he sees her every home game) and introduce himself?? Why must this stalker-rific behavior take place and get treated as perfectly normal behavior? O_o Like I said, rather problematic meet-cutes.
After the second time Brandon shows up, Lucy decides not to wipe his memory. Brand also gets a chance to meet Tessa and Caligo from What a Goddess Wants when they come to warn Lucy that Charun would attack her next.
Lucy and Brand begin a relationship as the threat from Charun gets closer. The couple have to deal with some pretty major issues: Lucy is immortal (how is THAT gonna work?), Brand’s belief in her godhood status and the ever closer threat of Charun.
Trying my best to avoid spoilers, I felt the resolution was…both unexpected and typical at the same time. The last section of the book has a bit more action than book one while still allowing both characters were able to have private moments to strengthen their relationship. The ending was very cute – just like What a Goddess Wants – and it’s quite adorable and heartwarming for such strong men as Brand and Caligo to admit their love.
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