This book will make you not want to get married, or have children. If you’ve already done both, you might regret it. Basically, you are eventually doomed to boredom with your husband, and either one or the both of you will engage in an extra-marital affair because of it. So, yeah. Good times!
What’s it About?
Wife, mother, PTA president… Sex Goddess? For Julia Nelson, it was only a faded tattoo, almost forgotten, like the sex-charged dreams that inspired it some 20 years ago. For renowned, rugged-sexy archeologist Dr. Ashland Stewart, it was his greatest discovery, the sacred emblem of an ancient goddess culture. Two symbols, eons apart, yet exact duplicates. It must be a coincidence. But when Julia and Ashland meet, their connection is instantaneous, powerful, erotic. Julia’s suburban life is safe and comfortable. She has everything to lose. Ashland’s world is remote archeological digs and flings with younger women. He’s sexually free but emotionally guarded. Ashland awakens Julia’s long buried inner goddess with breathtaking passion and insatiable desire. But their sexual adventure becomes increasingly perilous as their emotional barriers crumble. Will Julia risk falling in love and soaring to new heights, or will she return to her earthbound responsibility to her family?
Based on the synopsis, I thought there would be some kind of paranormal/fantastical element at work which would draw Ashland and Julia together. It would be because she was a real goddess that they wouldn’t be able to deny their attraction to one another. Uh, not really. She’s pretty much just an adulteress who is cheating on her husband. Not only that, but she willingly chose to engage in that affair.
When presented with the opportunity to either get closer to Ashland, or walk away, she chose to put herself into a position where she knew she would ultimately give in to the temptation. Honestly, this made it extremely difficult for me to ever sympathize with any problems she encountered throughout the novel. Considering that this is the first book in the series, it’s possible that we’ll discover she actually is some kind of sex goddess, but based solely on the info we are presented with in this book, she’s just a woman who is cheating on her husband.
Might Wanna Find Some New Friends
What shocked me even more than Julia’s willing participation in this affair was the support, nay the urging, of her closest friends to indulge in such questionable behavior. Her best friend, Van, had previously engaged in an affair of her own, and pushed Julia to partake in a sexual relationship with Ashland. She was even willing to cover for Julia in case she ever needed an excuse to present to her husband about her whereabouts. Like…what?! As if that wasn’t bad enough, Van’s encouragement was largely in support of Julia experiencing the sexual rush of having an affair, and didn’t really care whether or not Julia even had feelings for the guy. It was more like, “That man has a penis, so enjoy!”
Oh yeah, Magoa
As you can tell, the affair takes up a large portion of the book, and heavily impacted my overall opinion of the book. But there’s also some side mystery involved with the lost city of Magoa, which was an ancient city ruled over by women. Apparently, Julia has a tattoo which was a symbol of the city, and Ashland believes the lost city is now located in present day North Korea. Tough luck with that one buddy. And that’s about all we know on that front. I really thought Magoa would have a much bigger role to play in the plot of the novel, but so much more focus is placed on the affair. It is heavily suggested that the mystery surrounding Magoa, and Julia’s possible link to the city, will be uncovered in a future book. I really think that could be an interesting avenue to pursue, but if Julia really is some kind of goddess, then there should have been much more attention placed on that possibility in this first novel.
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Should you read it? Julia’s decision to have an affair made it almost impossible for me to look on her as a likable character. Sure, her hubby is no picnic, but when she’s questioning whether or not Ashland is worth leaving her husband for, I sort of lost all respect for her. At that point, just get a divorce!
Smut Level: Julia and Ashland do it in pretty much every possible location, and in every imaginable position.
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Comes out November 1st. Amazon Digital Services. 232 Pages.