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Posted July 27, 2011
I No Longer Care What This Goddess Wants
What a Goddess Wants is the first book I've read by author Stephanie Julian. I was intrigued by the blurb and that interest was reaffirmed as I began to read the story, but after the beginning all I was left with were unanswered questions, and what I consider a less than erotic paranormal romance.
Overall, I thought there were quite a few inconsistencies in the story that I could not explain. One of the biggest ones was why Cal, a Cimmerian warrior, was able to feel heat (as in sensory, not emotional) when touching Tessa because Cimmerian warriors do not feel pain...but they do fell pleasure? I could go with the idea of not feeling pain to make them the fearless and ruthless warriors they are breed to be, but to me it didn't make sense that you could have one without the other.
Another big thing that bothered me was that neither Cal, nor Tessa grew very much as characters in my eyes. I felt the story was very "in the moment" and as a result I felt it was almost immature because of the lack of emotional depth or discovery between the characters about each other and themselves.
Some other questions I had were why it seemed that all of the other Gods, Goddesses and beings in the story had the ability to transport into different dimensions except for Tessa. Why? Sure, it was convenient to the story to not have her able to do this, and that's what it seemed to me.a convenient way to make her vulnerable.
If the villain was able to reach Tessa through her dreams, shouldn't he be able to find her wherever her body was physically located? The whole premise of Cal and Tessa going on the run was to safeguard her against the God trying to steal her powers through her dreams. But why do they need to run? Her physical location shouldn't really matter.
Then there are the lesser "issues". For instance, why Cal would repeatedly say " Thank the Gods" when his people don't worship any deities? The Cimmerians don't have any Gods, or religious beliefs so in essence their atheists. And why Cal could heal from major injuries in hours or days when he is a mortal, but Tessa being an immortal Goddess takes weeks? And I just couldn't get past the glaring contradictory errors in the final love scene that is supposed to be magical and triumphant since their loved survived against all odds; I.e. Tessa's panties going from cotton to silk from one sentence to the next. Tessa wearing a halter sundress one minute to having Cal's hand under her shirt..and I don't think it was a typo. These are little things, but they all happened is such a short period of time (within a page or two) and occurred at was to be the pinnacle of their love, ruined it for me.
The biggest disappointment came at the end of the story when Tessa reveals that in order to return to Cal from the otherworldly home of her Gods, and to assure that the villain would no longer seek to steal her powers, that she had to give up her powers of being the Goddess of the Dawn. In essence that said to me that Cal wasn't hero enough to save her. To me it cheapened the story because it lessened Cal as a hero and took away something that was so essential to the heroine.
I was actually really looking forward to reading What a Goddess Wants but the lack of convincing world building and character development ruined my enthusiasm for this book and this series. Thankfully, What a Goddess Wants, and the ENTIRE Forgotten Goddesses series, can
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