Goddess, Awakened

Goddess, Awakened

by Cate Masters

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ISBN-13: 9781616506308
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 07/23/2014
Series: The Goddess Connection , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 453 KB

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Goddess, Awakened 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Joss is a very powerful woman, she she doesn't really believe it. When she buys an inn on top of a ley line all hell breaks loose. A demon has targeted the vet down the road and seems to be intent on harvesting some souls. Joss's power may be all that can protect the small town and keep it from being destroyed.  Joss was an interesting mix of confidence and doubt. She is sure that her inn will succeed and that her special recipes featuring lavender will be a big hit. On the other had, she doubt her family history and her strength to love again - even when signs point to Eric being the love of her life. But Eric isn't safe - he's been put in the middle of the battle between the goddess Isis and her family and the minions of hell.  I loved the mix of mythology in this one. Several more minor characters were mentioned and it was great to see them have even a tiny bit of the spotlight (I especially loved Tisiphone). There is a ton of adventure and there were times I thought Cate Masters wouldn't be able to pull off a HEA because things were so crazy. There is a pretty great battle scene that I couldn't tear myself away from.  What I like best about both characters was their desire to make life good on their own. They weren't necessarily afraid to ask for help, but they wanted to try and save themselves first. Now if only they could realize they also had each other.  *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy light read.
Got_Romance_Reviews More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Joss is starting her life over after the death of her husband. She sold her home and purchased an inn. With the help of her best friend, Annie, she is renovating the building and trying to turn it into a thriving bed and breakfast. Unfortunately, the inn is situated along a ley line which unbeknownst to Joss, presents a problem for her. Her Aunt and Grandmother finally let her in on a family secret; they are direct descendants of the goddess Iris and Joss herself is a goddess.  Eric is the local veterinarian who also happens to be a widower and still recovering from the death of his wife. He finds himself inexplicably drawn to Joss. At the same time, he feels drawn to a local waitress but it doesn't feel right. He tries to fight it but finds it more and more difficult. An evil power is taking over him and he needs Joss and her family to help save him.  I enjoyed the story and the use of good and evil/light and dark. Joss, seeing the lights of the fae in the field and incorporating the lavender into all her recipes to bring happiness, was obviously the element of good in the story. Sharee, with her manipulative behavior and her conspiring with the mystery man who appeared at the party was obviously the evil. Her Aunt Lydia added some humor to the story with her quirkiness and innuendos.  It was nice to see a strong female lead like Joss. She wanted Eric, even knowing he might not feel the same and he might not be the best for her, but she still took what she wanted and didn't beat herself up over it. She also didn't pine over him like many female characters do now. She went on with her life and took care of her business without worrying whether or not he'd call or come by. For many reasons, she was certainly believable as a goddess as were her family members.  The biggest problem I had with this book was that there were too many characters. It was hard to at one point to keep everyone straight. There also seemed to be scenes that didn't move the story forward and for that reason didn't make much sense. It seemed like Joss' son was added as an after thought. He appeared in the story and seemed like he may be part of a conflict but then he left to go back to school and there was no issue. Annie, as her best friend for years, was not trusted with any of the things that were happening which also didn't make sense to me. Another example is the Thanksgiving scene when Eric goes to his sister's house. I don't feel like that scene contributed to the story at all.  Overall this is a good book. I would probably read other works by this author if all the female leads are as strong as Joss. 
mathphilosopher More than 1 year ago
Cate Masters’s “Goddess, Awakened” is a curious paranormal romance. It starts out almost a quiet tale of romance between a hot veterinarian (Eric) and a bed and breakfast owner (Joss). It matures into more and the paranormal bits gradually take over the story and it becomes almost like “Charmed” at some points. There are a lot of great supporting characters and it seems like this story will spawn a good series. I am interested to see what happens in the next book in the series. My only small issue was that while the intimate scenes were plentiful, some of them could have been described in more detail.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
The idea of gods and goddesses living amongst us isn’t a new one. How that idea is translated, is. Goddess, Awakened is an interesting spin on this old idea. Ms. Masters created a woman worthy of being a goddess, not because she was drop dead gorgeous or insanely wealthy or an alpha female. No. See, Jocelyn was a widow, a mother, and a new businesswoman. She was strong and determined, but there was this hint of uncertainty or unease surrounding her. It made her an interesting goddess, one whose humanity was as much a part of her as her powers were. Her interest in a Eric was…frustrating. Or, rather, their entire relationship was frustrating. They liked each other but didn’t seem to want to get involved. They had sex then seemed to regret it afterward. They wanted to be together but kept their distance. At the end, their relationship was finally worth cheering for. It was an entwining of two hearts, a binding of two souls fated to be together, the beginning of a love greater than either had experienced before. The most riveting moment was the search for Eric when he was taken to Tartarus. That was when Jocelyn really shone. It wasn’t just her being a goddess or being with her magical family. The depths of her feelings for Eric really came through, and I was so proud of her for offering to do what she felt was necessary to bring the man she loved back to the surface and to her. This kind of supernatural/fantasy romance is a first for me. There are goddess stories where she is fully aware of what she is, of what she is capable of doing, of what she commands. This wasn’t like those. Jocelyn comes into her heritage with people whose faith and belief in her help her settle into her role as a goddess. Really, there’s nothing more heartwarming than having someone come up beside you with assurance in their smile and encouragement in their words to help you reach for what’s right in front of you. As this is the first in this series, I’m anxious to discover what other adventures Ms. Masters will write, what other women she’ll introduce, what other men these women will encounter and love. Beautifully written and thoroughly engaging, Goddess is a keeper and Ms. Masters is an author I’ll be looking for more to read from. 4.5* ***Received from author for an honest review***