April 10, 2016

goddess elitereWarning: this book contains adult themes and language! “I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.”


As well as in the case of One summer in Montmartre, I received the free copy of this book via Reading Deals. Goddess by Kelee Morris is a more daring book for me, because I’ve never read erotica before and hopefully it won’t be the last one belonging to this genre.

Julia Nelson is a loving wife, caring mother of three and PTA president, who lives a pretty dull life that revolves around her children and her busy husband. Though everything seems peaceful, Julia is unhappy with her marriage, even if she is fully aware that Matt is working hard for her and for their girls. She also has an unfulfilling professional life, since her family always comes first and she is unsure if anyone would still hire her (considering the fact that she is in her 40’s).

When Nina Hwan, a PhD student in archaeology, and Dr. Ashland Stewart offer Julia a temporary job, Matt is not supportive of his wife. What Julia has to do is to go daily to the rare books library, where she must translate a 16th century journal of a catholic monk (Brother Ferreira), who went to Japan to convert the people to Christianity, but a terrible storm makes him stumble upon Korean shore. Dr. Stewart and Nina excavated a site in North Korea, where they found the ruins of a forgotten matriarchal society named Magoa and they hope that the translation of Brother Ferreira’s journal will reveal something about this mysterious city.

However, the most intriguing part is that Nina spots a strange tattoo Julia had on her ankle that looks like a familiar symbol she encountered at the Korean site. This tattoo first appeared many years ago in Julia’s erotic dreams, where she was visited by a mysterious man, whose face she couldn’t see. This unusual symbol will let Julia enter a small circle of archaeology students and she will meet the ruggedly handsome and intimidating Dr. Ashland Stewart. He will make her rediscover her sexuality and will bring meaning to her life, but also a lot of trouble.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but I enjoyed most of it, especially the part that was about Magoa, because I don’t know very much about this side of the world. The writing is good, it’s easy to read and Julia’s midlife sexual crisis is understandable to a certain point. She is a busy mom and wife, a responsible PTA president, but she wants more from life… more lust, passion, and a better job – things that only Ashland can give her.

Though I can’t say that I fully agree with everything Julia does or says, her relationship with Dr. Stewart makes her more aware of her femininity, he boosts her confidence and her interest in archaeology. By meeting Dr. Ashland Stewart, Julia enters not only a private course of sexual revival and experimentation, but also an intellectual circle of people interested in solving the mystery of a lost city on North Korean soil. Enjoy!

by Alina Andreea Cătărău

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