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Forgotten Goddesses #1

What a Goddess Wants

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Tessa, Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn, is desperately fighting off a malicious god, but her powers are weakening. She needs a hero and fast, because only sexual energy can give her strength. So she seeks out Caligo, whose sexual prowess is legendary.

Caligo is a fabled Cimmerian warrior determined to stay away from spoiled goddesses who trample hearts after they've had their fun. But there's something irresistibly hot and inviting about Tessa, and he knows he's her only chance to escape the encroaching darkness.

304 pages, Paperback

First published May 28, 2011

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Stephanie Julian

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Stephanie Julian is a USA Today and New York Time best-selling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She writes stories with sultry heat and sweet heart.

She is the author of the best-selling Salon Games and Indecent series. INVITE ME IN (previously published as BY PRIVATE INVITATION) was an RT Magazine Top Pick. AN INDECENT PROPOSITION was named by BookBub as one of the 20 Best Erotic Books.

Stephanie is happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and the mother of two hairy sons.

Find out why reviewers call Stephanie's stories "fascinating," "truly fantastic," "intoxicating," "highly imaginative" and "hot enough to peel paint."

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711 reviews172 followers
June 7, 2011
What do you get when you mix an Etruscan Goddess and a Cimmerian warrior together? You get loads of trouble and lots of hot sexy fun. What a Goddess Wants is a fascinating hot book and one no erotic paranormal romance reader should miss. I couldn’t put it down. I loved all the mythology and fun Stephanie added to this book. The storyline has adventure, danger, suspense and lots of animalistic sex *still fanning self* (there’s one scene has anal intercourse.) This book has some fantastic mythological characters that Stephanie can run on for a while.

I enjoyed both Tessa and Caligo. Caligo just got burned from another Goddess, so when he finds Tessa in his home a sleep he never thought about getting in deep with another goddess. But one taste of Tessa he just can’t help himself he hast to give her what she wants. Tessa is running for her life and need some help to keep her alive ,so she turns to a friend that leads her to Caligo. She has lived a very long time and no one has ever temped her or raised her heat like Caligo, but can this hero keep her safe enough or will she loose her life no matter what he does. Oh yeah, you have to read to see how deep these two can get into. Stephanie is known for her surprises in a story, so be prepared for some shocking mouth dropping reading. Now, I have to go bug her to see who is in the next book, so get this one on your list and read it ASAP.
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86 reviews68 followers
September 2, 2021
The main character is just a dumb bland brat. I have no idea how she is agoddess (minor goddess but still). I mean if you were a goddess you would not hve to run to a guy for help right? Where are your other godly friends..or your children? This was just no. Nope. No.
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248 reviews106 followers
June 30, 2011
Review 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.
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928 reviews90 followers
June 27, 2011

What a Goddess Wants is the beginning of a new series by Stephanie Julian and it just blew me away. I loved it to pieces. The pages just flew by!

I felt so sorry for Tessa-she used to be the Goddess of Dawn until those evil Roman Gods came and her job was usurped by the Goddess Aurora. Tessa doesn't have a whole lot of powers any more or a lot to do. One of the few jobs she has left is being a mid wife for those who remember her and call on her for help. When she starts being visited by the God of the underworld for her powers, she's not quite sure why he's picking on a forgotten Goddess, but knows it can't be a good thing to have him and his minions coming after her. For help, she goes to an old friend Salvatore, and his advice is to go to a Cimmerian for help-in particular Caligo. Tessa doesn't like asking for help, but she reluctantly agrees because she knows she doesn't she's pretty much screwed. When she finds Caligo, he's not really feeling in the mood to help a Goddess out because the last one he helped, Venus, played him for a fool and he got beaten up pretty for his troubles.

Tessa tries every thing to get him to help, but nothing works-not even tears and she accepts defeat. As she's getting ready to leave, a demon attacks her, and this pisses Cal off, because hey, it's on his property, and nobody messes with him. Caligo is one of those Alpha Males that you want not to like, but end up falling in love with! After the demon attack, he helps Tessa out, and the sparks begin to fly!

It's hard to say what I liked best about this book because everything comes together to make a terrific read. Tessa is one of my favorite heroines. She's spunky, strong, but asks for help when she needs it. She's not whiny or shrewish. She holds her own against everyone, and does what she believes is right no matter what it may cost her. Cal is just as great as Tessa is. He has his vulnerable side, and issues galore, but he doesn't let them show or get in the way of doing his job, but these just make him so much more likable because I was able to understand why he had such a chip on his shoulder and made him not so jerkish. The chemistry between these two was just sizzling! There is a whole cast of secondary characters that were just as likable as Tessa and Cal. My favorite was Cal's brother, X. The X is short for his real name-which I've forgotten, because, well, everyone just called him by X. I can not wait for his story to be told.

What A Goddess Wants is one of those rare erotic books that has a storyline, and it held my attention throughout the book. Though I was pretty sure the bad guy would get what he deserved, there were a few events I didn't see coming, and I loved that. This is just a fun, fast read that left me wanting more!

Barrons Hero Hotness Meter: High
Martini Sigh Meter: Medium
Curran Crush Meter: High
Rhiannon Kick Ass Heroine Meter: High
Ethan/Merit Sizzle Meter: High
Finn Sidekick Meter: High (I'll say it again, I just loved X, and Sal was adorable.)
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2,299 reviews722 followers
July 15, 2011
Tessa is the Estruscan Goddess of the Dawn, once highly worshipped, but in present day pretty much forgotten about. She may not help the sun rise everyday anymore, but she still performs her duty as midwife, when someone calls her name. But she has bigger problems than being worshipped. Charun, the Lord of the Underworld (called Aitas in this book) is after her. He is tied to Aitas and can’t come after her physically, but he can haunt her in her dreams and send out demons to try to grab her. He wants to consume her power,

Tessa turns to her friend Salvatorus for help (a four foot man with goat legs who I adored) and he sends her to Caligus. Cal is half Cimmeran – an ancient breed of mighty warriors but in present day all feelings (physical pain, sensation of touch etc) have been bred out of them. They only use sex for procreation. But Sal knows that Cal can not let a damsel in distress pass him by. And once he meets Tessa, every nerve ending not only awakens, but he makes it his mission to take down Charun.

What a Goddess Wants is the first book in a new series by Stephanie Julian. What really stands out in this book are the characters. Fun, humorous, and sarcastic, with lots and lots of sex (maybe too much sex, but we will get to that in a minute). This is a lighter paranormal romance, with emphasis on the lovin’ rather than the violence or the darker side of the world. Cal is all alpha, although a little bitter with his station in life. Since he is only half-Cimmerian, he has had to be extra tough his whole life to prove himself to others. Tessa is a little bummed that her worshippers don’t need her for the sun anymore, and when she meets Cal she is just exhausted. She can’t sleep, fearing Charun will find her location in her dreams, so she just charges forward. But – she is never too tired for sex!

They have sex in this book the very first time they meet, before they really know who the other person is. Cal finds her in his house, sound asleep, so he ties her to his bed, naked, because he is not sure he can trust her. When Tessa wakes up, “She ached. For him.” So by page 20 we start the sex and it doesn’t let up the entire book. I personally like a little more tension between the hero and heroine in my romances. Or if they have that immediate “we must have sex” vibe, than later have some conflict they must work through. But they never have that conflict. From the start, they are together, Now, Stephanie Julian does write hot sex scenes – I have no complaints there. But there were too many and I wanted a little bit more of a struggle to get to the happily ever after.

The emphasis on this book is “light.” The evil dude might be really evil, but we don’t really see a lot of that. There is humor, lots of sex, and a story that kept me entertained. Cute enough that I will definitely read the next in the series.

Rating: C+
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919 reviews
March 22, 2012
This is a book i didn't even know existed and probably wouldn't have ever read if it hadn't been chosen for me book reading challenge. I have to say though, that i did really enjoy it. I liked Cal and Tessa a lot, along with all the other main characters..specifically Sal and X, Cal's brother.

The storyline of the Goddesses and the Cimmerian warriors was very cool and different..the author did a good job of keeping things fast paced and interesting...it didn't feel bogged down with an over abundance of the usual world building and character introductions that can make a first book in a series overwhelming or boring. Fans of paranormal romances might want to take note though, that this book is most definitely an erotic paranormal romance..the sex is very hot!..there was just lots and lots of it! ;)

All in all, i think this was a good first entry in the Forgotten Goddess series. Although, i have to say, i WAS left with a couple questions that i really don't think were answered...

How come Cal is able to "feel" when he touches Tessa..is it because she's his one true mate?"...maybe it's just because she's a Goddess of the Sun?..i don't think it was ever explained and he never told anyone that he could feel when he was with her!!

I also didn't love how it ended...it DID end well..no cliffhangers of any sort and it was happy...but it just "ended"...i wish there had been an epilogue letting us know what will happen with their relationship, which brings me to my second question...

Is Tessa still immortal?..if so..she will outlive Cal because he is NOT! Was her immortality something that was taken when she returned?..again..it just wasn't discussed between those two and you'd think that would be something that is very important in a relationship! LOL!

Who knows...maybe all these things ARE explained in future books...I'm just not sure if i'll continue on with the rest but i am very interested in X, the brother, so i may read his book if the author decides to write one for him in the future! :)
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405 reviews196 followers
June 6, 2011
Sexy as Hell…WHAT A GODDESS WANTS starts out with a bang and titillates the senses from the onslaught of hotness and action. Julian has a fabulous gift with crafting a sexy romance and I’m never disappointed with her writing. If you want a Hot Little Number with just as much plot as sexiness then this is the one you want to grab.

Tessa, a forgotten Etruscan Sun goddess is not that content in her life. She’s lost her powers almost a millennia ago and her only comfort left is her job as a midwife for the remaining Etruscans. Another god, also uncomfortable with his lot in life, is determined to break free of the confines of Hell and walk the Earth. Yet, in order to do this he has to gain power. Tessa’s power is his ticket out of Hell. He stalks her dreams, waiting for her to slip far enough into her dreams to be dragged under and her powers ripped from her.

To save herself, Tessa runs to one of the darkest warriors of myth, Caligo the Cimmerian. A stand-offish type, Caligo is all male and burned one to many times by a hot goddess to let his guard down…Tessa is not a welcome sight, until he ties her up on his bed and he can’t resist himself. It all goes downhill from there. Caligo and Tessa might be a tad bit over their heads when it comes to each other, but without each other Tessa is doomed…

Hot. Hot. Hot. Stephanie Julian will have you blushing but begging for more. Tessa and Caligo are artfully crafted and their romance is definitely of godly proportions. Julian also crafts a wonderful plot around the romance so you are both entertained while romanced. Her Etruscan world is original and well thought out. This is not your everyday erotica romance.

Recommended for adults only, graphic sex scenes, language and violence. Fans of paranormal romance should enjoy especially if you like mythological themes.
779 reviews57 followers
July 6, 2011
What a Goddess Wants by Stephanie Julian
Paranormal Romance -July 1st, 2011
4 ½ stars

This light paranormal sparkles with humor and extra sassiness. Plus, the likeable heroine makes you zip through this book in no time!

Tessa is the Ertuscan Goddess of Dawn, but she is a Goddess with a problem: the Underworld God, Charun wants her powers and her death. She has been on the run from his minions and forces herself not to sleep in fear he will trap her in her dreams. Exhausted she goes to a paranormal ‘safe house’ looking for a protector - the dark, sexy but extremely grumpy Caligo. He is a reluctant, if powerful warrior, but can he save Tessa or is she doomed?

Caligo is a Cimmerian warrior: legendary men who feels no pain and fight to the death. His last ‘job’ resulted in being beaten into a coma when he was caught up on the mechanisms of the manipulative and selfish Goddess Venus. Afterwards, he vows not to play the sucker and stay away from gorgeous and spoil Goddesses. But a real hero can’t help himself. When the tempting Tessa asks for aid, he finds himself helping her despite himself. All too soon, he finds being with her more than complicated especially since she makes him feel for the first time…

Fast, sexy and fun to read! The heroine was feisty and extremely likeable. She charmed me as much as she charmed the stoic hero. This book is the perfect blend of magic, steamy sex, and enjoyable characters. The romance between the two main characters was very involving and entertaining to read. I couldn’t believe how fast I finished it. Now I am eager to get my hands on the next Goddess installment.

If you are looking for an engaging heroine and a smoking hot hero plus some spunky fun and humor, then this book is for you. I found this the perfect summer read to laze the day away with.

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
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116 reviews31 followers
January 21, 2014
This is the first book in the Forgotten Goddesses Series and I have to say really I liked this twist on mythology. It was a fast read which was smokin and not just because of the sex scenes. It had humor to it even though I did have some issues with how fast they got together after at the start of the book. (I don't post spoilers so if you read this book you will know what I mean).

As the book progresses though Tessa and Caligo (Cal) have a great chemistry and grow to care for each other. Even though they face attacks from Charun's (god who is stuck in underworld) minions and Tessa's weakening powers. I do love the push and pull they have as Tessa even though she is a forgotten goddess still has a job to do (with or without Cal's help). The secondary characters are entertaining as well Sal and X are great additions to the book.

Over all Stephanie Julian writes steamy scenes but also the story line and action keeps the book going and makes for an easy enjoyable read.
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497 reviews144 followers
February 19, 2015
If I was to pick one word for this story it would be, Hot! Hot! Hot! A tale that is steeped in magic and mythology, I loved it. Tessa and Caligo are excellent characters. Although as much as I love the cover it doesn't do them justice. Stephanie Julian never fails to wow me. The suspense and passion are a driving force. I know I have said this before and it's still true, Stephanie's world building is amazing.

What A Goddess Wants is fast, exciting and sizzling hot. Looking to crank up the heat this summer - then definitely check out this book.
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334 reviews4 followers
April 12, 2012
wow! this book was great! Tessa and Caligo...Cal...are a match made in heaven. sort of speak. Tessa is a diety who lives for the sun whereas Cal is a Cimmerian warrior who is burned by it. Sal and Extasis...X...are great additions too. Fun story about Greek and Roman mythology joined by the hot and steamy story of Tessa and Cal. Anyone who enjoys erotic romance/fantasy will enjoy this book.
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1,111 reviews27 followers
May 23, 2012
A lot of fun, not sure what drew me to this book as I had never heard of this author before, but I needed a book about immortals for a challenge and someone else had read this one and I thought it sounded good. Thanks, someone in "Gotta Have Paranormal Romance with a Kick"! Loved the mythology aspect, got me interested in the "other" gods and goddesses from the past. Will be reading more.
July 27, 2011
Originally posted at: http://whippedcream2.blogspot.com/201...

Old gods versus new gods and the power plays they conspire to achieve wreck havoc on those that get in their way. This story about Caligo and Tessa takes readers on a hot and furious ride as the hero and heroine try to outwit a powerful foe while trying to resist the passion brewing between them at the same time. Something has to give and finding out who or what has to be sacrificed kept me riveted.

The first thing Ms. Julian does is set up for a reader the basis for Caligo’s internal conflict. It’s a pretty gritty scene and provided nice insight into the gruff and rough personality that makes up the hero. Cal, as he’s referred to through most of the book, is a Cimmerian. I’d never heard of them before and I got a kick out of how the author provided details with a subtle and deft hand. The information comes through dialogue, some internal discourse and from some of the secondary characters during the course of the tale. I liked that because every tidbit and hint was one more reason to keep on reading.

Cal is a fun character. He’s seen and done things that no ordinary human man can and yet his problems are basic to all humanity. When he meets Tessa, the heroine, and realizes something about her, he is almost helpless to resist her. It’s his needs and how they connect to him emotionally that resonated with me. His appeal is his trying to resist her in his manly way, and failing. How can a man ignore and push away something that is an intrinsic part of himself? A reader finds out and there’s one scene where I felt very sad for the hero. It was sweet, poignant and actually quite romantic when his mood gets lifted. I got my happy back when he did.

Tessa is in way over her head. It’s her external conflict that brings Cal and her together as well as providing movement and motivation for the plot. She’s an old goddess who has had a cold dash of humility thrust upon her. She’s hanging on to her current life by her fingernails and she’s running out of time and options. In spite of her dire situation, she retains her spunk, her hope and her attitude. I loved the sparks she ignited off of Cal. I also enjoyed the scenes where she doesn’t deny herself physical satisfaction. She may not be the prominent goddess she once was but she sure knows her way around a man’s basic needs and that made for some very steamy and entertaining reading.

Speaking of hot stuff – the very first time Tessa meets Cal knocked my socks off with a scorching bed scene that inspired my need for ice cubes. Turnabout is fair play and Ms. Julian has the hero and heroine taking turns driving each other sexually nuts and then delivering satisfaction with well written dialogue and descriptions.

For secondary characters I liked Cal’s dad. His father contributed a nice bit of internal conflict for Cal which in turn made the hero a more likable personality. It provided depth, more emotion and a delightful and exciting surprise cementing my enjoyment of this book.

Salvatorus is another secondary character that is important to the storyline. He’s humorous, cunning and a good friend to both hero and heroine. There are a few times Cal is less than happy with Sal’s contributions which surprised a few grins and giggles out of me. Their dialogue and interactions provided lighthearted entertainment and were some of my favorite parts.

Then there is the villain. It’s the threat he poses that is more in the forefront than his actual physical presence. I enjoyed the unique way the author has him pursuing Tessa and it contributed a decent amount of tension, action and opportunities for heroism. I never knew when or where the bad guy would show up and it kept the thread of suspense present throughout most of the book. I couldn’t stop reading.

What a Goddess Wants provides a thrilling and unique spin on the gods and goddesses of old while giving readers spice, passion and action all the way through. I adored how Cal and Tessa played off of each other and showcased their strengths and weaknesses. Together they make an impressive couple and I had a great time getting to know their characters. The happily ever after is both sweet and saucy and totally satisfying. Based upon how Ms. Julian ended the story, I’m pretty sure the bad guy is going to be coming back for round two. I’m looking forward to the adventure.

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Author 63 books743 followers
October 12, 2011
My Review:
This was one of those books that I just wasn't sure I was going to like...the story line seemed a bit complicated (I get lost in all the gods/goddesses of the different pantheons,) the reviews that I had seen about it were up and down, but I fell in love with the cover (yes, I know, I am a cover whore,) and I REALLY like the description of the story for book #2 in this series, so I broke down and decided to read it. OMG, why did I ever second-guess this book?!? This book was FABULOUS!!

I probably need to preface this review by saying that this is an erotica novel and, as such, there is a LOT of sex in it....A LOT! But it's good!

Tessa is a forgotten goddess from a basically forgotten pantheon...the Etruscans. She used to be in charge of the rising of the sun, but the Roman Goddess Aurora has taken over that job, so now Tessa basically lives out her life in rural Pennsylvania, handling the occasional midwifery duties when she is called upon. Her powers are basically non-existent at this point, but she is being stalked in her dreams by Charon. He is trying to escape from the underworld and his plans are to steal the forgotten goddesses remaining powers to do so. Because he steals through their dreams, Tessa has stopped sleeping, but obviously, this can only be a temporary solution so she goes in search of help and is led to the Cimmerian warrior Caligo.

Caligo is human, although he has a few powers of his own. He has been acting as a mercenary (hired gun for anyone willing to pay) for a long time, and he has had one too many Goddesses use and abuse him, so he is NOT happy to see Tessa. Regardless, of that, there is an instant chemistry between these two which is explosive, and surprisingly, that chemistry empowers Tessa's embattled Goddess powers. When a demon comes after her on Caliga's land, he can no longer ignore this damsel in distress.

Like I said, I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It sounds like a complex story line, but it's really not. The book takes place in modern times and while there is a lot about the different pantheons and the mythology, there is a handy little dictionary at the beginning of the book to clarify anytime I got even the slightest bit confused.

At the heart of this book is two characters that I really loved who are falling in love. Caligo has very real reasons for distrusting any of the Goddesses, but once he becomes committed to helping Tessa, he is all-in. He is passionate, gorgeous, and tough. He's a human, but doesn't think twice about going up against Gods when he knows they can kill him in an instant. This is the kind of alpha hero that we all love to fall in love with. At the end...OMG...so gorgeously written. Yay, Stephanie for writing those final scenes so perfectly. I was literally sobbing.

Then there is Tessa. She is a Goddess with no real reason for existing any longer, but she maintains a happy disposition. She is doing the best that she can with the lot in life that she has been given. She is straight-forward, compassionate, and outspoken. I love that when she wants Caligo, she flat-out tells him. No games for this Goddess.

This was a GREAT first novel for this series. I will be honest, I am so close to giving this an A rating. This one is right on the edge for me. I am excited to read the second book, How To Worship a Goddess, coming out December 1st. That book features a Goddess and a hockey player...I can't wait!
100 reviews5 followers
August 17, 2012

Tessa, Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn, is losing her powers and now there's an Underworld god determined to run her down. She needs a hero and fast, because only sexual energy can give her power. So she seeks out Caligo, whose sexual prowess is legendary...


Caligo is a fabled Cimmerian warrior determined to stay away from spoiled goddesses who trample hearts after they've had their fun. But there's something irresistibly hot and inviting about Tessa and he knows he's her only change to escape the encroaching darkness...

"What a Goddess Wants" is the first in the Forgotten Goddesses series, and it sure starts with a bang.

Tessa (or Thesan) is the “old” Etruscan Goddess of the Sun – until the Roman Goddess Aurora took over. Which Tessa still is a bit mad about, but at least she still has her midwife duties – which she loves. But Tessa has run into a bit of trouble. The God of Aitás (hell), Charun, is hunting Tessa so he can devour her powers and break free from his prison in the underworld.

Tessa needs help and quick before she becomes not only obsolete, but truly dead. This leads her to visit an old friend; Salvatorius, who send her to the only man he can think of that would be able to protect her; Caligo.

Caligo is a Cimmerian, born in the mist and shadow between the existence of worlds, in Cimmeria. He left his homeland ages ago and has been living on earth since, making a life by being a mercenary. After his last encounter with a Goddess (Venus), he’s not really inclined to help Tessa out with her little problem.

But when Tessa is attacked not far from Caligos home after he told her no, Caligo can’t turn away.

The attraction between Tessa and Caligo grows through the entire book and it was fun and amazing to read their story. Tessa feels slighted since she and her sisters have been obsolete, almost all of their power is gone, only a few remember them and on top of it, Tessa is being targeted by Charun. None of her sisters can help her, none strong enough and their Etruscan deities have been gone for sooo long, all retreated to Invol and closed the door behind them.

I enjoyed reading this first book, even though I felt there was (for me, anyway) a little too much sex in it. The sex-part doesn’t overshadow the love story between Caligo and Tessan though, which is great. I got to see how their emotions grew for each other, overcoming obstacles that were difficult, to watch them battle against the darkness and almost loosing.

I almost cried when I reached the ending, first by sadness and after that by joy. I really, really liked Tessa and Caligos story and can’t wait to read the second book; How to Worship a Goddess.
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Author 4 books28 followers
January 7, 2013
A book about an Etruscan sun goddess battling darkness? Count me in. The title "What a Goddess Wants" drew me in as I assumed I'd find strong ladies, magic, and sexy scenes.

Overall I would say I'm pleased but by the end I found it didn't quite jump out of my seat.

1. Tessa has a fresh fun attitude.

Tessa is more optomistic than Sookie Stackhouse but just as blond. She has a fierce side but as a goddess she is mostly powerless. She was called Thesan in the old days, with powers connected to sun, birth and (well) sex.

She can't stand on her own but it's because of things outside her control. Her roomie sends her out to the Boonies of Pennsylvania to find a guy to help.

2. Tough alpha type.

If you've followed my blog, you know alphas are not my thang. Sorry. But the chemistry was good.

Caligo is a Cimmerian, in sum he can't feel much and he's really strong. Heals fast. Sun's no good.

Tessa is still a goddess and claims the spotlight some of the time. Not all of the time, and she definitely yeilds to what Caligo wants right away. Caligo does come to see her as his goddess, but he resists giving in completely because of what his warrior tribesmen will think.

I'd have liked to see Tessa kick some more ass. She delivers babies which is cool, but I think something is missing.

3. Don't try this at home.

There is a plot for the book but it is often broken up by sexy scenes. They are like Tessa's power charge, and she's running low a lot.

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Otherwise, the scenes are very steamy. It is unlikely anyone but the gods could copulate at such a rate. Perhaps I would have preferred fewer scenes with more buildup.

4. Awesome mythology theme and setting

I love Philadelphia. As there is a huge Italian American population, it would kindof make sense if Estrucan gods hung out there and had secret sexy clubs.

The characters and conflicts are based in Greek and Etruscan myths according to the author. I don't believe Estrucans actually used the word Strega (Italian for witch), as the word was recorded much later according to Old World Witchcraft by Raven Grimassi. Still, although obviously the book is fiction, I find it's mythical inspiration fun to learn about.

Looking forward to reading Book Two

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535 reviews140 followers
July 8, 2011
What a Goddess Wants is the first book in Stephanie Julian’s newest steamy series, Forgotten Goddesses. When I read what this book was about, I have to admit that I thought that Stephanie, the creative and imaginative author that she is, created brand new goddesses in her head and wrote a series about these made up characters. Little did I know that the Etruscan’s existed for real! Well, as real as any other god or goddess was back in the day.

I found the idea for this book and the choice of characters to be really cool. The other, more common goddesses are mentioned and you may see one or two, but otherwise, this book is about Tessa, the Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn. She is a weak goddess now that she has been ‘replaced’ by her Greek counterpart. She’s been having nightmares and knows that they are signs that someone evil wants to kill her and steal whatever power she has left. She seeks help from a trusted friend, who leads her to Caligo, a Cimmerian warrior.

I liked Tessa and found her to be a good character. Kind hearted yet strong. Sometimes I would have liked her to be a little more kick ass when certain moments arrived, but I get why she wasn’t like that then. After all, it was Cal’s job to be kick ass and to keep her safe. I found Cal to be quite yummy. I enjoyed his back story and found him to be a fun read. And his reaction during the birth scene – wonderful!

I may have actually enjoyed some of the supporting characters more than the main two. I really liked Sal. And X was great! Cal’s brother and smooth, he put a smile on my face each time he appeared on the page.

There is one thing that I enjoyed as much as I disliked. Now, I’m warning you, most will think I’m nuts for even suggesting this. But I found that, as much as I thought the steamy scenes were verra steamy and made me take a short break to fan myself once in a while, I thought maybe there were a few too many sex scenes. Some are part of the advancement of the story line (like the sex magic stuff), but sometimes I felt that just when something plot wise was getting juicy, Tessa and Cal got the other kind of juicy goin’. As fun as they were, I felt like a few of the scenes were not necessary. I understood that they were hot for each other and that their passion would ignite forest fires. I just felt that I didn’t need to be shown that that often.

But otherwise the story was fun and very imaginative. The characters that we met along the way are interesting and I’m hoping we get to see them in future installments. All in all, a good read.
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306 reviews35 followers
June 8, 2011
What A Goddess Wants is the first book in The Forgotten Goddesses series by Stephanie Julian and a Romance from Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Book Blurb:

In His Arms, Her Magic Powers Are On The Rise...

Tessa, Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn, is losing her powers, and now there’s a mean Underworld god determined to run her down. She needs a hero and fast, because only sexual energy can give her power. So she seeks out Caligo, whose sexual prowess is legendary...

And She’s The Only One Who Can Bring Him Into The Light...

Caligo is a fabled Cimmerian warrior determined to stay away from spoiled goddesses who trample hearts after they’ve had their fun. But there’s something irresistibly hot and inviting about Tessa, and he knows he’s her only chance to escape the encroaching darkness...

My thoughts:

Thesan is the Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn - but she has become redundant. With the rise of the Roman deities, Thesan’s job has been taken over by Aurora. With her main duty being performed by another - Tessa has only her secondary duty to keep her occupied, that of midwife. And though midwifery is very fulfilling - Tessa longs for the days of old.

She is not the only one who remembers the power she once held. Charun, has been trapped in the Underworld for too long - and he wants out. His plan is to take what power Tessa has left, combine it with the power he can obtain from others - and use it to bust out of Aitas - bringing hell to earth.

Needing protection, Tessa reaches out to Caligo the Cimmerian warrior.

Cimmerian’s are legendary warriors, known for their battle skills. A Cimmerian will continue to fight with injuries that would have dropped lesser beings. The secret? Cimmerians do not feel pain, or cold or warmth. Over time a Cimmerian will cease to feel any thing.

But when Caligo touches Tessa - he feels warmth.

And he is determined to keep her safe. No matter the cost.

What A Goddess Wants is the first book I have read by Stephanie Julian and I really enjoyed it.

I give What A Goddess Wants 4 out of 5 stars.

Product Details

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (7-1-11)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1402251475
ISBN-13: 978-1402251474
Profile Image for Ally.
917 reviews75 followers
August 6, 2011
3.5 Stars

It's OK no one remembers Etruscan Sun goddess Tessa. But when a demon threatens her life, she must turn to mythology's darkest warrior for protection. Caligo of the Cimmerians has never met a woman as warm, sunny and inviting as Tessa. Their sizzling mutual attraction quickly sweeps the two of them into a love story that's worthy of the gods.

I decided to read What a Goddess Wants because of all the fabulous reviews it had been getting and What a Goddess Wants is only the second book I’ve ever read by Stephanie Julian and I highly enjoyed it. All the reviews I had read for What a Goddess Wants really hit the point with how enjoyable this book is. I loved Tessa, I thought she was a fantastic character that you couldn’t help like and feel for. She has a really interesting life before and after being worshipped by people and she may not be physically strong enough to deal with the monster after her but she’s emotionally strong and as I already said a great character. I didn’t like Caligo to start with but he slowly start to grow on me and by the end of the book I really loved him and was totally routing for his HEA because he defiantly grows and changes as the story goes along and I quite liked that. Because although Caligo has a soft spot for women in trouble he really is a bit of an arse and needs Tessa in his life to bring him into the real world and show him what life is really about. As he’s quite a selfish character in some ways and not in other ways it’s quite interesting really to try and understand him. It becomes easier as you make your way through the book and see how he is with Tessa. I enjoyed the glimpses we had of the other Goddess who might be threatened once Tessa is dead or safe, I wish we got a little more on them but what you did see was teaser enough to intrigue the reader into reading more of the series, well me at least.

Favourite Quotes:
“He wanted to pound on his chest like Tarzan at the obvious concern in her expression, but he managed to contain the barbarian instinct.”

Overall, I really enjoyed this first book in this series and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series (due out 1st December 2011) and seeing how this series grows.
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1,258 reviews127 followers
June 12, 2011
Awesome start to a brand new series! Some of the Etruscan Goddesses are in trouble. They are being pursued by Charun, who has been forced to guard the Underworld and never leave his post. After a couple millennia he has decided he wants out. He’s willing to harm others to see that he gets his way. Charun is sending his demons after Thesan the Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn. If he absorbs enough powers from these forgotten Goddesses he can make his escape.

Tessa (Thesan) goes to a friend looking for advice, protection, and sanctuary, anything that can keep her alive. Salvatorus sends her to a mercenary Cimmerian warrior for protection. Tessa gets more than a protector out of Caligo. She gets a sexy Jeep driving man who wants to constantly worship her body in the sexiest ways. (I LOVE a sexy man in a Jeep) Cal can’t keep his hands off of Tessa, even though he has been burned in badly in the past by a Goddess. He experiences something with Tessa that he never has before. I loved their romance. Cal is scarred physically and emotionally. The alpha in him demands that he be dominant, yet he is so sweet to Tessa. Tessa has been replaced and forgotten, yet when all seems to be coming to a dire end she finds a man that makes her feel things she has not felt in a very long time. The readers are given plenty of action, romance, and hot steamy erotic sex. Thus this is an all around great book that I highly recommend to any steamy romance lover.

I loved that the author chose a Pantheon other than Greek and Roman to work into her story. That made this a very fresh read for me. Don’t get me wrong I love to see an author put a unique spin on mythology, but it just seems that after too many Artemiss’ they all start to blend together. There is an awesome group of characters in this book. I do hope I get to see more of Cal’s yummy brother Extasis (X) in the future books of this series. He has a dessert business, tell me you don’t want to know more about a super sexy man who creates fabulous desserts. I will be anxiously waiting for How to Worship a Goddess out in December of 2011.
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90 reviews11 followers
July 10, 2011
A magical tale of danger, suspense, and the healing power of love.

This was really a fun story and I enjoyed it immensely. I love the sense of humor sprinkled through out the story. Ms Julian creates two wonderful main characters; they’re strong, vibrant, and flawed. Caligo is a dark and dangerous Cimmerian warrior, who has sworn never again to get involved with goddesses—they’re beautiful, spoiled and treacherous. Tessa is a beautiful sun goddess who is need (in more ways than one) of a warrior, Tessa is not only losing her powers but on the run for her life from a dark deity who wants what’s left of them.

Stephanie introduces some great secondary characters, both family members and other gods and goddesses. One of my favorites is Sal. I’d really like to learn more of his background. He’s got an acerbic wit but caring heart. He’s also a man, depending upon how you look at him, with a great deal of power. Caligo’s brother, Extasis or X, is another sexy intriguing man.

While I’ve heard of the Etruscans and the Cimmerian forests, their mythology is new to me. I was fascinated by a story set around them and in particular, Tessa (Thesan), the Goddess of the Dawn (Sun Goddess). I also had to laugh at Aurora, the goddess from a newer pantheon who took over Tessa’s main job. She reminds me of over talkative valley girl, good heart but in need of masking tape, lol! There were many places in this story I cracked up. I loved it!

Stephanie effortlessly weaves in the mythology of the Etruscans and Cimmerians into this entertaining tale of suspense, danger, hot sex, and the healing power of love.

If you’re looking for a fun erotic romance for summer reading, I definitely recommend What A Goddess Wants. You won’t be disappointed!

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48 reviews20 followers
March 19, 2012
What a Goddess Wants is the first book in Stephanie Julian's new Forgotten Goddesses series. When I read the summary of this book I got extreamly excited. I just couldnt believe that an author had wrote a book about the Etruscan Goddesses.

This book is about Tessa, a forgotten Etruscan Goddess of the dawn. She is strong willed but also kind hearted. She is being chased in her dreams by the God of the underworld. She seeks the help of Caligo who is a Cimmerian warrior with a soft spot for damsels in distress. Cal is 100% alpha male and one of the sexiest leads that I have read about!

If you enjoy a book with lots of hot steamy and sometimes just plain scortching sex, then this is the book for you. Tessa and Cal have sex the first time before they even know each others names. As they get to know each other they find out that they cant get enough sex. While I enjoyed their sexual relationship I felt that their emotional relationship came a bit easy. I enjoy my leads to struggle a bit before that happily ever after.

Over all I feel that this is fun and very creative. The world is set and I look forward to reading the next installment of the Forgotten Goddesses series.

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688 reviews10 followers
January 20, 2013
What a change from most of the books I've been reading! This is totally not for my children to read until they are much older...and even then, I am not sure if this is a book that I would feel comfortable sharing with my child. I randomly picked this book because it was available for download from the library and I was intrigued with the title. So, after the shock of the curse words and sexual situations (granted I was expecting a different book, more in line with the young adult genre), I got caught up in the storyline. The idea of obsolete gods and goddesses because the Roman gods/goddesses had similar powers...that did cross my mind since I could never keep straight Jupiter versus Zeus or the Greek versus Roman gods. This book dealt with a set that I wasn't familiar with at all, but I recognized their powers. It was a fairly quick book to read and totally housewife porn in my eyes...a guilty pleasure read for me and it is highly likely for me to pick up the next book.
72 reviews1 follower
October 11, 2022
I liked the characters and thought the story had good bones. There was a real conflict and an interesting plot. But--and hear me out--there was soooo much sex. Like I'm a fan of erotica, but when a story can't go more than one scene without a sex scene following it it becomes too much. It almost sort of ruins the excitement of them if that makes sense?

I also felt there was no exciting buildup to the romance, it just kind of happened immediately. Plus the first sex scene was basically a form of assault so it was a little weird.

I did also see quite a few typos and I felt there were some inconsistencies in the story that were glaring or confusing.

However, really thought the world building was interesting and if the story continued with Tessa and Cal I might have continued on through the series, but since each book tells the story of a different couple I'll be moving on to something else.
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91 reviews1 follower
July 25, 2011
Okay this book gets 4 stars for the pure yumminess sexual heat. Wowza. Plus the fact that the H/H actually love each other. there's a rich plot, unique story line but there's one thing I can't really wrap my mind around and it wasn't fully explained...the sexual telephone calls...or whatever they were. Ok so sex recharges the goddesses batteries, that's fine but...what does it how does the sex tie in with calling the gods on another plane of existence? Did it work? I never fully got id it did or not. An Cal? Hello, I want somma that. Sign me up. ;)
268 reviews1 follower
September 28, 2011
If you want the paranormal...and the romance...and a whole lot of steamy sex...this one's for you. What A Goddess Wants is sensual, erotic and packs quite a wallop in the paranormal storyline. It will more than likely give you plenty of that hot-and-bothered feeling every good erotic romance seems to supply. Ms. Julian shows us her creativity in this storyline and not only gives us an erotic love story, but a lot of adventure and a great host of characters along the way. What a pleasure to read What A Goddess Wants!
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446 reviews78 followers
July 27, 2011
Caligo, a Cimmerian warrior, has been used and burned by Aphrodite and has sworn off all goddesses. So imagine his surprise when he comes home one day and finds Tessa, the Etruscan goddess of the Sun, sleeping in his bed. But all it takes is one taste to change his convictions…

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1,578 reviews19 followers
June 9, 2011
I was lucky enough to get and ARC of this book and was so happy about that. Its been a while since I've read a book where the heroine was a goddess. I have to say I enjoyed that. You'll love the way Tessa and Caligo interact together. They are perfect for one another. You also can't wait to find out more about the other characters in the book. Some of them had very loud voices. lol This is a quick fun read, that will leaving you wanting more.
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554 reviews
September 5, 2011
This was a quick read and overall I liked it. The love scenes were just the right amount of spice and Cal is drop dead gorgeous hero. The world building was great, and I'm very interested in reading the next book in the series. What I was bothered by is the way the story ended...almost too quickly. The book built up a lot of momentum throughout the novel, and then it felt like the ending was rushed or there should have been something more drawn out. Will definately read the next one.
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261 reviews9 followers
July 3, 2011
I loved this book! Although it is the first in the Forgotten Goddess series Ms. Julian keeps some of the characters from the other series in so you feel a connection to the book and characters from the very beginning. The story of Tessa and Cal was great and the sex was AMAZING!! I can't wait to read whatever Ms. Julian has coming out next, I highly recommend this and all her other books!!
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