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The Magic of Lavender (The Goddess Connection #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Every woman should embrace her inner goddess. What’s your connection?
Jocelyn Gibson forgot about the realm of magic. But it never forgot her. Gram always told her: don’t ignore your magical gifts, it will insult the family. But Joss didn’t realize her gifts included channeling the energy of powerful ley lines. Or that her family included a goddess. Family connections come
Published May 22nd 2011 by Cate Masters, via Smashwords (first published May 21st 2011)
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Samaris Creech
Jul 26, 2014 Samaris Creech rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joss and Eric have both lost their spouses to tragedy. Both have had a hard time moving on, Joss purchases an old Victorian home in the hopes of turning it into a successful B&B once again. From the moment she makes the purchase and moves in she knows that there are forces beyond her wildest dreams attached to the land. How can she deny it when every time her emotions get the best of her the ground literally shakes? Joss is not looking for another relationship but cannot deny the pull she fe ...more
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Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Heat Level:Sensual
Date:October 1, 2014

Joss is starting her life over after the death of her husband. She sold her home and purchased an inn. With the help of her best friend, Annie, she is renovating the building and trying to turn it into a thriving bed and breakfast. Unfortunately, the inn is situated along a ley line which unbeknownst to Joss, presents a problem for her. Her Aunt and Grandmother finally let her
Jun 30, 2011 WildAboutBones rated it liked it
Shelves: read4bbpr-review
This is the first in Masters' The Goddess Connection series. With fae, demons, goddesses, a visit to hell, a battle between the "forces of darkness and light", ordinary humans and an undeniable romance and love, this is a paranormal romance that has evil coming to the little town of Boiling Springs.

Jocelyn, a widow, buys an old B&B which unbeknownst to her lays over a ley line. When she hosts a costume Halloween debut party, both she and her aunt feel vibrations radiating up from the ground
Mae Clair
Aug 25, 2015 Mae Clair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely blend of romance and paranormal happenings twined with mythology.

Joss Gibson purchases a run-down Bed & Breakfast in a small town, intending to revamp it and create a vital business. She doesn’t realize, however, that the property sits on a powerful ley line and that she is the descendant of a goddess. Soon, dark forces are stirring, targeting her and those close to her. This includes the town veterinarian, Dr. Eric Hendricks whom Joss has taken an interest in.

The romance builds sl
Jul 06, 2015 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gooddess Awakened was a very good read of a fantasy, paranormal romance. Jocelyn opens up The Lavender Inn things start happening which gets the town rocking. Jocelyn eyes are opened to her past and what she truly is, her family comes running when trouble starts. You have fairies, goddess and many more that come together to put evil in its place. The author has a way of pulling in her reader as she brings a touch of romance into scary paranormal. She intertwines the two which at times scared the ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Bodicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joss is starting again after the death of her husband a few years earlier. She buys a run down house and plans to turn it into the area’s premier Inn but there is more to this old house than she realises and when her Aunt and Grandmother visit they are intrigued by the power surrounding the house. Joss has never embraced her family line and prefers to lead normal life but she can’t ignore her heritage anymore when dark magic comes to town and the Fae make themselves known to her. Eric, the local ...more
Vicki Ballante
Jul 21, 2014 Vicki Ballante rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed reading this fantasy, paranormal romance. The book had many facets and kept me gripped and entertained for hours. Jocelyn is new to town and opens up The Lavender Inn with her friend, Annie, who cooks gourmet. She's bright, kind, and energetic but hides loneliness behind her goddess persona. The setting is dreamy and I'd love to visit it, if it were not for the undercurrents of evil spiritual activity which reach a clima
Aug 18, 2014 Miriam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, series
The idea of gods and goddesses living amongst us isn’t a new one. How that idea is translated, is.

Goddess, Awakened is an interesting spin on this old idea. Ms. Masters created a woman worthy of being a goddess, not because she was drop dead gorgeous or insanely wealthy or an alpha female. No. See, Jocelyn was a widow, a mother, and a new businesswoman. She was strong and determined, but there was this hint of uncertainty or unease surrounding her. It made her an interesting goddess, one whose h
Joss is a very powerful woman, she she doesn't really believe it. When she buys an inn on top of a ley line all hell breaks loose. A demon has targeted the vet down the road and seems to be intent on harvesting some souls. Joss's power may be all that can protect the small town and keep it from being destroyed.

Joss was an interesting mix of confidence and doubt. She is sure that her inn will succeed and that her special recipes featuring lavender will be a big hit. On the other had, she doubt h
Danielle Goodwin
Aug 23, 2014 Danielle Goodwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cate Masters’s “Goddess, Awakened” is a curious paranormal romance. It starts out almost a quiet tale of romance between a hot veterinarian (Eric) and a bed and breakfast owner (Joss). It matures into more and the paranormal bits gradually take over the story and it becomes almost like “Charmed” at some points. There are a lot of great supporting characters and it seems like this story will spawn a good series. I am interested to see what happens in the next book in the series. My only small iss ...more
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Jocelyn Gibson is a descendant of the goddess Iris with magical powers of which she thought she had put on the back burner because of her husband. But Joss has been in morning for the past three years and decides it is time to move on with her life. So she buys an old bed and breakfast in the small town of Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania that she plans on renovating. She knows it is going to take a lot of time and hard work b
Carrie at Paper Bindings
3.5 stars

*Received a copy for an honest review.*

Jocelyn moves to a small little town with big plans to renovate the old inn. The problem? Her interactions with the sacred spot could end up violating an ancient treaty. As if that wasn't bad enough, evil has targeted the man she's coming to care for. Add in some pesky, but well meaning relatives, a best friend who can cook, some magic and curses, and a whole lot of small town charm, and you get Goddess Awakening.

When the book first started, I wasn
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review Courtesy All Things Urban Fantasy

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 veterinar
Apr 17, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
Jocelyn Gibson Bought A Run Down Victorian House In Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania And Planned To Convert It Into A B&B With The Last Of Her Money. She Was A Forty-Four Year Old Widow And She Was Determined To Make The Lavender Hill Inn A Success. It Was Halloween And Joss Threw A Costume Party. Her Aunt Lydia Showed Up Along With Tiny Fairies That Only Her, Lydia, And Taz, Her Dog Could See. As A Child, She Had Embraced Her Heritage, But When She Grew Older And Married John, She Buried What ...more
Romancing the Book
Jan 25, 2012 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, romance
Reviewed By~Aubrey
Review Copy Provided By~Author
I've always loved books that center around Goddesses and The Magic of Lavender fits the bill perfectly. Joss reminds me of my mother in so many ways except my mom cannot wield magic the way Joss can. Joss takes risks and her biggest risk is in buying a run down inn. She wants to turn it into a place that people love to go to and at the center of her vision for the inn is the lavender she plans to grow and use in many things such as her family's la
Jun 29, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Goddess Awakening even though it is not the type of book I would normally pick up to read. I was able to put away my disbelief and just enjoy. The story and characters do capture your imagination.
May 28, 2014 G.J. marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm really looking forward to the new title from Cate Masters!
Douglas Meeks
I almost gave this 4 Stars since it IS a great story, but the addition of what seems to be pages of useless verbiage just about killed my enjoyment of this novel. Both of the central couple seemed to be unable to cope with a relationship to the point to where I got tired of their internal and external excuses.

The book is saved from complete disaster by a decent cast of secondary characters who should have been flashed out a bit more and some evil characters that come across very clearly, wish th
Roane Swindon
Aug 10, 2011 Roane Swindon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Magic of Lavender is a lovely paranormal romance that taps into everyone’s love of magic and soul mates. The story of Jocelyn, her family and their magical talents is inspirational, and the tension between her and Eric is palpable.

For my full review, visit The Pen & Muse.
Arlene Webb
May 27, 2011 Arlene Webb rated it it was amazing
I need to re-read this asap!!!
The Pen & Muse
The Magic of Lavender is a lovely paranormal romance that taps into everyone’s love of magic and soul mates.

Jocelyn is surrounded by magic because she is related to the goddess Iris. But she turned away from the world of magic because her late husband disapproved. Now, she has a new lease on life: she has bought an inn and intends to turn it into a success story, surrounding it with fields of lavender.

Although the story moves really fast at first and it takes the reader a while to get into the f
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The Magic of Lavender is a really interesting read. Master’s has created a curious mix of Greek mythology and the Fae tradition that is fascinating.

Jocelyn and Eric make a nice couple and one of my favorite things about them is that they are older and have real life problems.
Didn't particularly care for any of the characters -- the hero was a ditz and the heroine too wishy-washy. Could be recommended to someone wanting a light beach read with an element of the paranormal, but it's not a book for hard-core paranormal romance fans.
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Award-winning author Cate Masters loves stories of any genre. Multi-published in contemporary to historical, fantasy/dark fantasy to paranormal, she sometimes mashes genres.

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