The first time I saw this book I knew that I had to read this one. Not only is the cover fabulous but I als...moreReview originally posted at Book Lovers Inc
The first time I saw this book I knew that I had to read this one. Not only is the cover fabulous but I also adore the writer. Julian writes sexy stories with engaging plots and witty conversations thrown into the mix. Her new series focusses on the Etruscan Goddesses who are in our modern times almost completely forgotten. I never really heard of them before reading one of Julian's books and it seems the rest of the world is the same.
What a Goddess Wants is all about Thesan, the Etruscan Goddess of Dawn. Tessa's life is threatened by an old enemy who's hungering for revenge Tessa doesn't deserve. Her life in the last few millennia wasn't easy. After the rise of the Roman Gods she lost nearly all her duties and after so many years being a party girl can get a bit boring too. Tessa is full of joy and love but her life isn't what she planned it to be- she struggles with this but she also knows that what she has left is worth living for. I loved that she still stayed strong and never really gave up. She is one of those nice persons you just have to love.
On the other hand we have Caligo of the Cimmerians. At first I was a bit disgusted with myself because I kept imagining The Governator as Conan. But after a few pages I got over that prejudice and finally saw Cal as the hot alpha male that he is. Cal got burned in the past by a selfish goddess who only played with him to keep herself entertained and reach her own goals. He swore to never get tangled up with one of her kind again. But when he sees Tessa and how special she is, he breaks his own rules to keep the one person who makes him feel alive safe.
The attraction between our two protagonists burned hot from the start. I always love the way how Julian makes these instant attractions work. The way she describes the observations and feelings of her characters always draws me. She creates a vivid image not only of the plot itself but also of all emotions involved. The chemistry between Tessa and Cal is explosive. Their passion burns hotter than hot and will make you crave a cold shower pretty fast.
The romance is threaded carefully into the plot. I loved the way action and love were balanced. I never felt overwhelmed by one or the other. The plot moves on in a measured pace with a surprise around one or two corners. For the first book in a new series the "explaining" part isn't too prominent. We get all the important facts without being info-dumped every third paragraph.
The world around our Etruscan characters is wonderful and fascinating. It's nice to see an author taking a risk with introducing a not so popular and known culture. The engaging feel comes not only from the setting but also from the characters. Her side cast is varied and I already have some potential candidates I would like to read more about.
What a Goddess Wants is a fantastic start for a series that will surely go directly onto my keeper shelf. Julian's mix of action, fun and sensuality is just what I want- and I'm happy that she always delivers. You've had enough of all the vampires and shapeshifters? You should give these Etruscan Goddesses a chance.
I give What a Goddess Wants 4.5 our of 5 bookies.(less)
I only read Whisper of Sin by Nalini Singh and loved it to pieces. Alone this story was worth the money. Will come back to this one to read Brook's sto...moreI only read Whisper of Sin by Nalini Singh and loved it to pieces. Alone this story was worth the money. Will come back to this one to read Brook's story. (less)
I really adore Rogers' writing- their voice is just enthralling. It grabs you and bang- 2 hours later you fini...moreOriginally posted at Secret HEA Society.
I really adore Rogers' writing- their voice is just enthralling. It grabs you and bang- 2 hours later you finished their novella without even noticing how time passed. It was like that with Kisri- the way they tell their tales.
In Kisri we are thrown back into the fantasy world around our 4 shifter nations. This time we see the side of the lions. Ennon has to escort the High Lords' cousin to him- unharmed and untouched but as you can imagine it doesn't happen that way.
Kisri is the High Lords' cousin- this makes her nobility for the lions and she never had a shortage of admirers who try to get her attention. But the ground rules changed in the last few months and now she's to stand up for herself or find someone who will do it for her. Kisri is a strong woman but also still a girl. She seemed strong and independent at times but in other moments she was rather shy and seemed to be very young. I would have loved to read more about Kisri's past and why she had to run. Yes, we are told what happened but that is just not the same as seeing it while reading. Also I always waited to see why Kisri is deemed untameable. In my eyes she was rather nice and all. I always waited for the stubborn lioness to come out but all her moments of "play" were again pretty tame in my eyes.
Ennon is a sexy warrior and a strong person. He's one of those men you just can't NOT like. He is the High Lord's right hand and I was a bit surprised about how un-alpha he was with Kisri. Don't get me wrong, I'm usually complaining about the over the top alphas but Ennon could have been a bit more of a challenge for Kisri. I pretty much liked both characters but I didn't really connect to them. I think I usually need a bit more insight into their characters or their pasts to really feel with them. There love scenes were really good though and I still really enjoyed reading this book.
The story was in retrospective perhaps a bit light but it was definitely enough to keep me glued to the pages.
Kisri is a good addition to the and the Beast series. It shows us a new side and perspective. I loved to actually see how Rogers imagines a different kind of shifters. But I have to say their wolves will always be my favorite. I love this series- the fantasy is wonderful and their books always make me crave more.
I only read Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews. Loved the story and Dali's POV was pretty intriguing. Would have liked to see some more of Jim- I'm a greedy...moreI only read Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews. Loved the story and Dali's POV was pretty intriguing. Would have liked to see some more of Jim- I'm a greedy girl. And the end was a bit abrupt. I want more!(less)