Tribute For The Goddess

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When Jett, Goddess of the Zodiac Quadrant, flees her home and the rogue god hunting her, she knows she has one place to hide-Earth. She calls on her pledged servant, Thad, for protection. Thad, however, isn't willing to jump to her aid. He's served Jett for two hundred years in a position he feels she tricked him into accepting. Now, he has conditions...

""Accept me as your god. You're mine and you will obey me.""

It's everything Jett's wanted and completely forbidden. No mortal...

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Overview

When Jett, Goddess of the Zodiac Quadrant, flees her home and the rogue god hunting her, she knows she has one place to hide-Earth. She calls on her pledged servant, Thad, for protection. Thad, however, isn't willing to jump to her aid. He's served Jett for two hundred years in a position he feels she tricked him into accepting. Now, he has conditions...

""Accept me as your god. You're mine and you will obey me.""

It's everything Jett's wanted and completely forbidden. No mortal may touch a goddess without consequences. No goddess may indulge in her lust for her pledged servant without divine punishment. As her flight forces her into his arms, they break these laws of god and mortal to find a love that will never be allowed. Together, they fight her enemy, but in the end, their greatest enemy might be themselves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906590413
  • Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/21/2008
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 5.25 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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Someday after we have mastered the air, the winds, the tides and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of love. And then for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
Teilhard de Chardin

"I see you failed to sustain the curse."

Thad's eyes narrowed at the woman's superior tone. Gods! Sometimes he hated her. He struggled to keep his head bowed and remove the disdain from his voice. His teeth gritted. "Yes, my goddess."

Reddjedet, Goddess of the Zodiac Quadrant, shifted on her 'throne,' a plush chair on a raised dais. One dainty, sandaled foot tapped on the marble beneath her and signalled her annoyance.

"Why is your hair drawn back like that?" she asked impatiently.

A cascade of white blond hair fell about his shoulders, raising his irritation another notch. How dare she? Although he hadn't seen the flick of her wrist that precipitated the disappearance of the clasp that had held his hair, he knew she'd taken it, and it now rested in her palm.

It pissed him off.

Goddess or not, she had no right to treat his body like this, fashioning it to her pleasure. Yet, she did. How many times had she released his hair, removed articles of his clothing, touched him with invisible hands? More than he could count.

"Thaddeus..." she sighed.

Through his lashes he saw her shake her head.

She set the clasp on the arm of her chair. "Why do you hate me so?"

He shifted. Trap question. "I don't."

"Liar."

He heard the smile in her voice. Felt it in his pelvis. Damn it!

It was the same cat-and-mouse game they'd played for the last two hundred years. She alwaysacted the gleeful cat. The predator.

That pissed him off, too. It went against his grain, against everything that comprised his code of behaviour.

Still, today, he sensed something was wrong. There was a change in her demeanour that she tried to hide from him. She might appear smug--happy--but it was a fa├žade. Something troubled his goddess.

Reddjedet was worried.

He took a few casual steps, moving closer but not close enough to touch her. Never to touch her. It wasn't allowed.

He lifted his head and looked directly at her. That she didn't notice his action or the challenge in his eyes told him more than words.

"What's wrong?"

Her light blue eyes clouded, and she swiped her reddish-blonde hair from her face. "Nothing is wrong. Why would you ever ask something like that?"

He tilted his head.

Whatever ... if that's your story.

"You seem tense," he commented.

"Tense?" She gave a stilted laugh. "I am not subject to human emotions. What are you suggesting? That I'm--what is that word you've used--stressed?"

"Are you?"

She wasn't subject to emotion? Who was she kidding?

She scowled at him.

He crossed his arms and silently challenged her. He'd waited for the opportunity to bait her for years. "C'mon, Jett, what's the problem?"

"What did you call me?" she demanded.

"Jett. Who the hell can say your name anyway?"

"Everyone." She glanced around, and it struck him that she was nervous. She wasn't just nervous. Something was very wrong. What kind of catastrophe was she about to bring down on the earth that she was obviously afraid to get caught in? That would be just like her. Destruction and doom and then poof! off she went.

She wasn't heartless. Apparently, she followed "directives for the greater order." He'd seen the look of grief in her eyes when she'd given the commands.

"So what's it going to be today?" he asked. "Forest fire? Typhoon? Earthquake? It's been awhile since California's been hit."

"We were discussing your inability to maintain a curse?"

Thad sighed. Talking to her was like arguing with a wall. "It wasn't a permanent curse. The man had to find his true love and he did."

"And you did not help him at all?"

He made a show of examining his fingernails. It wouldn't do any good to lie to her, but he bought time to think up something. He wasn't up for a punishment today. Sure, he'd helped the poor guy. Being cursed for two hundred years was no picnic.

He should know...

It really sucked being pledged to a goddess. What had he been thinking? Why on earth had he wanted this? Back when he was stupid and twenty and drunk, it had sounded like a good idea. Especially, since the woman who'd enticed him into it had been the most gorgeous creature he'd ever beheld, with reddish-blonde locks rioting down past a slim waist that sloped gently into the finest ass he'd seen in his life. He'd dreamed of rhapsodising about her sonnet-worthy breasts--of course, rhapsodising after he'd tasted them, moulded them with his tongue, taken her up on the promises in her cerulean blue eyes.

Promises she'd immediately reneged on once she had him. He knew her well enough now to know that was how she operated.

Reddjedet, Goddess Bitch of the Milky Way.

She'd claim that she'd given him exactly what she'd promised. Phenomenal supernatural abilities. Wealth. Power. It was the unspoken, unfulfilled promises that irked him.

And the side-effects she hadn't mentioned.

After he'd pledged to her, he'd aged normally for ten years. Until the day he'd placed a curse on his best friend to save the man's life. Technically speaking, it hadn't done that. It had cursed him to a ghostly existence for two hundred years until his true love had come along. Because Thad would inevitably benefit and he'd acted outside the greater order, he'd been cursed, too. Only he'd lived, never aging. Thirty forever. A dream to some. A nightmare to him.

Especially since it meant servitude to a woman who haunted his dreams. He turned a glare on her. He didn't completely hate her. He wanted her beyond reason, but he'd never have her. It was forbidden. Another reason he walked around perpetually pissed off.

She squirmed in a most un-goddess-like way. He'd never seen her edgy or disconcerted. He'd like to keep her this way ... except without the worry. He'd like to replace that with desire.

Her worry ... that, well, worried him. To see the unflappable Reddjedet like this. What was she about to do? Announce that his curse hadn't ended? He'd remain in this stasis of age for an eternity, bound to her?

He discarded that thought immediately. That wouldn't make her uncomfortable. That would just fill her with unmitigated glee. She wouldn't bother to control or shield it from him. She'd flaunt it.

A thunderous crack echoed through the room. Jett twisted on the throne and peered toward the passage that led from the chamber. Thad had no idea where it went. He'd never seen the outside of this portion of Jett's holdings. He merely visualised himself here when his goddess summoned and was immediately transported to her presence.

Her lip caught between her teeth as her hands clenched around the chair arms. The clasp she'd taken from his hair caught under one of them. It gouged into her flesh, a trickle of blood appearing on her fingers, but she didn't seem to notice.

Another boom drove her to her feet.

"We must leave," she whispered, urgency making her voice harsh.

"What's happening?"

"They are coming for me. They plan to seize me during the regeneration. I did not think it would be so soon."

A third, even louder, explosion of sound rocked the chamber and tumbled her chair to the side. Jett jumped from the dais and into his arms, wrapping herself around him. His hands caught in the voluminous, pale peach cloth that wrapped her divine waist. He was actually touching her!

Spirals of heaven, energy Thad hadn't experienced even with his great power, flowed through him. His head grew light, and his breathing stalled.

"Breathe!" she demanded. "Get me out of here!"

"What?" He'd never been dazed by a woman's touch. The goddess's contact sucker-punched him, before raking along his cock. No wonder a mere human wasn't allowed to touch her. He could die from the pleasure. Oh yeah.

"Mortals," she groaned in disgust. "I forgot they cannot handle my energy waves."

Her eyes closed for a moment, and he felt his mental abilities returning. My goddess, she's like a drug.

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

    Tribute for the Goddess is my favorite book

    I absolutely adore this book. Ms. Paulin has created a fantastic world for her characters full of suspense and hot, hot lovin'.

    Jett is a goddess who loves her people and will do anything to protect them. And Thad feels the same way about Jett.

    I love the dialogue between these characters especially. They obviously care for each other, but they are both so stubborn it's difficult for them to admit it.

    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes their romance on the scalding hot side. You will not be disappointed in this fantastic read.

    Ms. Paulin had certainly created another phoenominal story and I really hope she revisits these characters in the future.

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