Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Book Review: Tall, Dark and Divine by Jenna Bennett

Title: Tall, Dark and Divine
Author: Jenna Bennett
Series: Book #1 in the Bagging a Greek God series
Release Date: 20 July 2012
Number of pages: 177 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Covet)
Source: ebook provided by publisher
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Read an excerpt

Grade: 4 stars

Novellus superbus!
Goodreads appetizer: Eros, the Greek god of love, swore off the useless emotion after his ex ran off with some Viking godling. He's lost all interest in his matchmaking business, Made in Heaven, until he spots the sweet baker who works across the street. Before she stirs his sullen heart, he'll match her and get back to his ambrosia-laced wine in no time.

Lonely baker Annie Landon has given up on finding Mr. Right. What she needs is Mr. Right Here, Right Now, and this so-called “Greek God” she’s heard is on the rebound sounds exactly like the perfect kind of distraction. But picking up the bitter, workaholic is easier said than done…especially when he seems unreasonably determined to match her with someone else.

Can a woman looking for love—and the matchmaking god who wants her to find it with someone else—have a shot at a happy ending? May the best god—or mortal—win.

My Thoughts: I was a bit anxious to read Tall, Dark and Divine as the last couple of paranormal romances I have read lately were disappointing and I was feeling uncharitable towards the genre. But in the end mention of Greek gods and godesses to me, the mythology fan won over my reluctance and I'm so glad I took a chance on Tall, Dark and Divine because it was delightful!

Even though the premise for the Bagging a Greek God series (the 1st book of which is Tall, Dark and Divine) is that Greek gods and goddesses are living in modern day USA among us, I wouldn't categorize it as paranormal romance.

Our hero is Eros, the god of love, but he is in a sad state ever since his wife and love of his life Psyche "had called him a workaholic and run off with some overdeveloped Viking warrior with braids and more brawn than brains". So being cheated on and abandoned Eros is now cynic and disillusioned and his matchmaking business is far from thriving as he spends his days and nights getting drunk on ambrosia. But his friends and colleagues, among others Ari (short for Ariadne, yep from the Cretan labyrinth) and Dion (Dionysos, god of wine and debauchery), have had enough of him wallowing they take him out one night and one thing leads to another at the bar and he ends up accompanying a drunk Annie home, where instead of providing her with a shoulder to cry on they end up cheering up each other in a much steamier way. *wink*

Annie was a likable, very normal heroine: she has insecurities, is shy and realistic. What I mostly remember is that the chemistry between Eros and her was flammable. They acted like magnets, there was something about her that Eros just couldn't resist and his attraction to such a normal and ordinary mortal was a breath of fresh air. The secondary characters, a bunch of well and lesser known Greek gods and goddesses were all fun and entertaining. I liked how their most famous traits was interwoven in their personalities, and I enjoyed the new American nicknames of the Greek gods (Adonis became Donnie, Eros - Ross, etc), and loved Jenna Bennett's humour.

I loved all the references to bits and pieces of Greek mythology and the different legends and how Jenna Bennett incorporated them in this contemporary romance:

Well, it would be the last time he made that mistake,anyway. Never again would he get emotionally involved with a human. It just wasn’t worth the trouble. You spent years of time and effort pursuing them. You let work fall by the wayside, so people and animals didn’t fall in love, mate, or marry, while the earth grew dry underfoot. You braved the Underworld for them, you woke them from infernal sleep when they stupidly opened the box they were explicitly told not to, and you lowered yourself and went crawling to mighty Zeus himself to ask for help in making them immortal, just so you could keep them with you forever. And then, after just a few thousand years, this was how they repaid you. By whining that you worked too much and didn’t love them enough before they left you for someone else. Mortals. Couldn’t live with them. Couldn’t— unfortunately—live without them.
Eventually he’d just walked out of the bar, intending to go home and sleep. He’d give Morpheus a call and make a trade: some form of hook-up at some point in return for the gift of sweet dreams

I had some minor complaints about the ending: I get why Eros is ready to marry Annie after only 3 days, after all he has lived a few millenia, but her contemplating getting married without going out on an actual date and staying with him for all eternity was a bit too unrealistic and rushed for me (I also expected Zeus giving more of a challenge (or at least needing more begging) before giving his consent).

Verdict: I had a lot of fun reading Tall, Dark and Divine, it was a cute, sweet story, full of chuckle worthy lines and some very sexy scenes. The Bagging a Greek God series is a cute and fun new contemporary romance series I'll definitely keep an eye on for later books. Tall, Dark and Divine was the perfect light, sweet and sexy summer read, so if you are looking for a nice story to keep you entertained for a few hours I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Plot: 8/10
Characters: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
Ending: 7/10
Cover: 8/10

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