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While I have to admit I have never been a massive fan of PC Cast, this is the second book I have read in her Goddess summoning series and I absolutely loved it! Telling the story of two modern day women, plucked from their time and dropped into to the middle of the Trojan War by three scheming Goddesses, Goddess of Troy is filled with witty humour, sarcasm and romance.
With both Achilles and Patroclous serving as the main (and absolutely gorgeous) love interests this book kept me hooked from page one. I loved how sweet and gentle Achilles could be as well as the heart-breaking revelations he would make about his past. He particularly was a character you really felt for which made the romance between him and Kat all the more sweet.
Also, I liked reading the banter between the Goddess Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. It was so entertaining to read and through them P.C Cast made the story her own. For instance I especially like how she uses them to make fun of the myths of the golden apple and Trojan horse idea by having the Goddesses comment that only ‘mortal men’ could have come up with such farfetched ideas, and of course blame women for starting the war.
The book also had a really good ending that I wasn’t expecting and I like how P.C Cast turned a tragic classic into such a great love story. Although anyone whose read Homer’s Iliad will probably agree, the old man must be turning in his grave at the new spin P.C Cast has put on his work. I must admit though, I like her ending better.
Also while I must stress that it’s for older readers it does make a perfect, light read for anyone who wants a quick fix of romance, humour and hot-naked-guy goodness :)
Goddesses Hera, Athena and Venus have had enough of the Trojan war, and although they have been sworn to not meddling in the affairs of egotistical men (such is life!) they cannot sit around and watch such destruction and loss of life.
Venus thinks she may have come up with the answer, which is of course love. The problem is though that Achilles has been gifted with a curse of the "berserker", which means he is a terrific warrior, brutal and unforgiving in battle, but means that no woman may get near him, with most actually fearing him.
What they need is a woman who knows who she is, has strength and courage and one who will just take no crap off men, what Venus is a modern woman, so when best friends Kat and Jacqueline get killed in a hit and run accident in 21st century Okalahoma, the three goddesses see this as a sign........
I have read a few books in this series previously and have always really enjoyed the mix of mythology and love that they offer.
As someone who had little to no previous knowledge on Greek mythology I found it really interesting to read, especially as it is to intents and purposes a romance book.
The book (although set in ancient times) feels very modern, this is due to the fantastic characters of Kat and Jacqueline.
Kat is a forty something single woman from Tulsa, Okalahoma, used to doing as she pleases, having men if and when she chooses, and is used to having all of her girlfriends around her, so for her to suddenly be thrust into a life where she is effectively a princess (their souls had to go somewhere after their untimely deaths!), and seen as a "war prize", which is how women were treated in those days, you expect fireworks!
What you actually get is exactly how you would expect a woman to act, she is resilient and strong, but willing to serve Venus to get back to her own time (a prize she must earn), though she is surprised to find that what she gets in this time is love.
Jacqueline is extremely funny! She has gone from being a black woman, curvaceous, fantastic, out spoken and in complete control of her life, to being a white servant to Kat's new body, with an arse like an ironing board, to say she is far from impressed is an understatement!
Again she finds that she is much more changeable than she ever gave herself credit for, especially when she meets Achilles handsome, but very injured cousin Patrokolos.
This is a really good infusion of myth, romance and sex (plenty of it too!), I felt that my ideal romance book was giving me a history lesson too, which I had no problem reading especially when all the men are so manly!
If you like a good romance book, you should really give these books a chance, although not the normal set up I really enjoyed the read, finding myself dissolving into the story very quickly, and actually feeling disappointed when they had finished.
Price wise this has a RRP of £7.99, but am sure would be available for less from www.amazon.co.uk
Thanks for reading x