Goddess of Love
P.C. Cast
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Goddess of Love
P.C. Cast
Berkley Trade
304 pages
June 2007
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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If you were a woman nicknamed 'Pea' who had frizzy hair, bad taste in clothes, and seemed to be ultimately forgettable, what would you do to attract the man of your dreams, the hunky fireman who lives down the road? Pea Chamberlain decides, after one more embarrassing and disappointing encounter with Griffin DeAngelo, to invoke the goddess Venus to help her to catch her man. Rather unexpectedly Venus shows up, although initially Pea thinks she's just a rather attractive other woman. Venus immediately offers to help Pea sort out her life and attract Griffin, despite the rather unhelpful attraction that Venus herself feels to Griffin.

Venus is the goddess of love, but her own life has been devoid of love for some time. She's in a marriage of convenience with Vulcan, the god of fire, who is a friend but no more. What Venus doesn't realize is that Vulcan has seen Pea, and he senses something in her that draws him. Can Venus set Pea up with Griffin and yet find her own love? Can Vulcan truly feel valued and important with a mortal woman?

Goddess of Love is written with a light and engaging style. Venus and Vulcan, despite being immortal deities, seem to join mortal life in Tulsa with some relish. The author peppers the story with places and people that are real, and that's fun, although sometimes it seems a bit grating. Highlighted with some amusing events, the story moves along very quickly. My only quibble is that the message of the book seems to be that Pea has to spend a fair bit of money on doing a makeover before she truly becomes worthy of love, and that instant attraction is enough for long-term happiness. The twist to the ending isn't unexpected, but it does round the story off nicely and tie up loose ends. This is an enjoyable, sexy book for light reading with some fun references to mythology.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2007

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