Title: How to Worship a Goddess
Author: Stephanie Julian
Release Date: December 1st, 2011
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Lucy is the Etruscan goddess of the moon, hunted by a powerful demon. One misstep and he will trap and consume her in his bid to escape the underworld. Lucy has stayed one step ahead of him, but she didn’t count on falling for minor league hockey player Brandon Stevenson. John’s not one of her worshippers, but he is determined to win over the gorgeous woman who watches him at every game and won’t give her up without a fight—even if it means releasing the beast he holds inside.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: I read the first book in this series, What a Goddess Wants (review here) and engulfed it in one sitting. The world Stephanie has created is just so incredibly addicting! I could not wait to get my hands on the second book, How to Worship a Goddess and was so excited when the publisher gave me a chance to read the e-galley.
In How to Worship a Goddess, we pick up right where What a Goddess Wants left off, we have just switched Goddesses. I was initially worried that this book was going to follow the same pattern as the first book and I would lose interest, but that was not the case at all. Stephanie has given us the same underlying problem with a different, but still completely addicting, plot line and a couple of twists and turns that I did not see coming!
The Goddess we meet in the book is Lucy. She is the Goddess of the moon and also runs a local bar on the outskirts of town. The bar does not show up on any maps though because all the customers are of the supernatural variety. She is also addicted to hockey and loves going to watch the games played in her town. That is where she meets Brandon who plays hockey for the local team. He has played hockey most of his life to try and rein in the aggression issues he has had dealt with since childhood. Whenever he plays he looks for Lucy up in the stands and even though he has never talked to her, he is compelled to get to know her better. So he decides to track her down and the instant they meet the chemistry is hot. I thought at one point he might just take her right on the bar stool in front of the whole bar, the lust was just oozing off these two. Stephanie sure knows how to write steamy scenes and Lucy and Brandon are burning white hot right from the start. I was definitely blushing at a couple of scenes and loving every second of it.
I was also intrigued by the secondary characters in this book, particularly Lucy’s son Ty. It is hinted at that Ty and another character Catene have destinies that intertwine and I would really love to see that story line pursued. The two of them are currently playing a game of cat and mouse, Ty being the mouse and Catene being the cat. I am eager to see what happens when Catene finally catches him. Stephanie writes such interesting characters both main and secondary that it is easy to get attached to them and want to see them all get their own happily ever after.
I am a lover of Greek mythology, but I had not heard much about the Etruscan’s at all before reading Stephanie’s books. Now I am soaking up all the information she gives us and even doing more research online just to learn more about these fascinating myths. It is always refreshing to read about a topic not really explored in other books. This helps keep me captivated and dying to see where it will all leads. While looking up information on Stephanie for this review, I noticed that she has another series that centers around Etruscan mythology that I know I will be looking into now!
Overall How to Worship a Goddess is another hot read for Stephanie Julian! The mythology is alluring, the romance is smoldering, and the overall plot is fascinating. I cannot say enough good things about this series; I am just in love with it and highly recommend it.
FTC: Thank you to the publisher for letting me read this ARC through NetGalley.