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Review: Goddess in the Middle by Stephanie Julian

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Goddess in the Middle
Author: Stephanie Julian 
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Forgotten Goddesses #3
ISBN: #978-1402251535
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, m-f-m
Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

     TOGETHER. THEY CREATE THE MOST POWERFUL MAGIC OF ALL …
     Romulus and Remus are sexy werewolf cousins with an unbreakable bond. When they meet beautiful goddess Amity and save her from an encroaching demon, they discover that the three of them together are way more powerful than any of them could ever have imagined.  And they’re going to need that power to overcome the forces that are determined to steal Amity’s magic and destroy the two men.
     As different as night and day, and each an amazing man in his own right, Rom and Remy make all of Amity’s deepest fantasies come true …

What Im talking about:

     The third book in Ms. Julian’s Forgotten Goddesses series opens with Amity Monroe letting off some steam with a coworker at a local bar. Amity is also known by some as Munthukh, the Etruscan Goddess of Health. Amity continues to use her dwindling powers for healing as a medical aesthetician – helping cancer patients and burn victims regain some of their physical appearance. It’s at this bar that cousins Rom and Remy catch the eye of Amity, and she decides it’s time to have some fun.
     Rom and Remy are magical lucani – wolf shifters – on the run for years ever since their families were killed by the evil Mal (think paranormal crime family). While they are meant to fulfill some sort of prophecy, Rom and Remy only want revenge and the opportunity to kill the demon that murdered their families. Knowing that the demon is after Amity, they decide to spend time with her, hoping for a chance to avenge their family.
     First of all, I want to say that Goddess in the Middle is not only the HOTTEST book in Ms. Julian’s series to date, but also the best. It is an exciting and sexy romance, full of action, emotion, and danger. I breezed through this story – hardly putting it down.
     The sexual chemistry between Amity, Remy and Rom was spectacular. But it was more than that… not only was their relationship incredibly hot–from m/f pairings to full-on menage sex–it was more than sex… it was emotion. Ms. Julian does a superb job making this erotic tale more about the developing love between two men and one woman than simply hot sex. But again, the smex is smokin’!! I enjoyed that throughout the story, the cousins work through their concerns about where this threesome is heading, and all three end up with much more than a few hot nights. The story is lusty and sensual, but simply romantic.
     The overall plot continues to revolve around Charun, the Etruscan God of the Underworld, and his attempts to steal power from his sister goddesses in hopes of breaking free from the underworld. Amity and her twin Kari are warned that one of them will be his next target, and certain enough Amity is attacked that night. But we witness a new side of Charun, which has significant impacts to the story arc. However, there is a new twist with the involvement of an evil, mafia-like group, the Mal. They are after Rom and Remy because of the power they hold, and they aren’t above using Amity and Kari to get what they want. We also are brought up to speed on some of the couples and changes that occurred in the first two books.
     Overall, I really enjoyed how this story unfolded and played out. Sexy. Exciting. Suspenseful. I hope there is a next story soon because there are definitely some loose ends that need to be resolved. However, the book can be enjoyed by new-comers to the series. Goddess in the Middle is an incredibly erotic, unconventional, romantic love story, and it is most certainly worth the read.

My Rating:

Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
 
Purchase Info:
Goddess in the Middle (Forgotten Goddesses 3)
Reviews in the Series:
What a Goddess Wants (Forgotten Goddesses 1)  

How to Worship a Goddess (Forgotten Goddesses 2)

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