Jul 8, 2011

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Review: What a Goddess Wants by Stephanie Julian (Forgotten Goddesses #1)

Paranormal Erotic Romance
July 1 2011
Trade Paperback
384 pages
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Received from Publisher

Yummy Man – Caligo of the Cimmerians
Kick Ass Chicks – Tessa, Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn

From author’s site

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 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.

3 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“The room was dark, spare, and comfortably cool, with a double bed, a wooden chair, and a television sitting on top of a low chest.

Cal immediately grabbed the remote, sat in the chair, and began to press buttons.  Tessa had to stifle a laugh.  No matter what race, religion, creed…hell, no matter the species, some things were universal.”


“’Hi, X.  Wow, you’re a big one, too.  I like that in a guy.  What does the X stand for?  Have you ever read the Black Dag-‘”


“Maybe his mom had finally succeeded in civilizing the man she’d mated more than a hundred years earlier.

‘So, when did you start fucking goddesses?’

Or not.”

Books in the Forgotten Goddesses series –
What a Goddess Wants
How to Worship a Goddess (December 2011)
Goddess in the Middle (Summer 2012)

Don’t forget to check out my interview with Stephanie Julian.  Sourcebooks is giving away TWO copies of this fun book!

  1. Great review Julie. I understand what you mean by too many sex scenes. There is a fine line that is drawn that sometimes is very hard to see. But if the whole book is full of the steamy scenes and is taking away from the plot that is a bad thing…no…people…really it is a bad thing. 😛 I’m glad that you still enjoyed it and I’m looking into checking this series out. 😀

  2. Sounds hot 🙂 And I have a weak spot of gods and goddesses. I blame the things I listened to when I was little. Greek mythology, oh yes

  3. Great review! Sounds like a fun book 🙂

  4. This books sounds very smexy and I liked the originality of the Etruscan goddesses.
    Great review Julie.

  5. Thanks for the review. I can see what you mean about too many sex scenes, but it didn’t bother me in this book. There were some unanswered questions and I look forward to seeing where the series is headed… Ms. Julian hinted something about a hockey player in the next book. *swoon*

  6. Deanna – It wasn’t excessive in this book. Just one of two scenes I feel could have been left out. But they were still steaming hot!

    blobeuedd – I love how Stephanie wrote about ‘different’ goddesses. It’s a nice change of pace.

    Ally – Fun is a good word for it.

    Bookaholic Cat – The story was solid. I’m curious about the next book. 🙂

    twimom – The hero is a hockey player in the next book! I am planning to read it mostly because that. lol

  7. Great review…hmmm, too much sex!?! I think that I can handle that! ;o) smiles…

  8. Christi – It’s not quite ‘too much sex’. It’s more ‘unnecessary sex’. And yes, I think you could handle that. lol

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