Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Redonk Nutshell: Newlywed must enlist the help of her husband’s first wife in order to save her mythological husband and his family

Goddess Interrupted is the 2nd book in Aimee Carter’s Goddess Test series.  I really enjoyed the first book, The Goddess Test.  I was excited to get my hands on book two, though I tempered myself.  After all, it’s book two in a trilogy – one has to assume there’s going to be some sort of cliff hanger or extensive set up for what will undoubtedly be an epic conclusion.  These are Gods, after all.

*sigh*

I was really torn with this book.  Generally speaking, I really like this series.  I think it’s dark and brooding and sensual.  What didn’t do it for me for round two, however, was the ridiculous behavior of our hero and heroine.  I liked Kate from the get-go.  I also liked Henry, aka Hades.  Book two, however, results in awkward and strained interactions between the two that feel like should have been resolved already.  Yet…they’re not, and the entirety of Goddess Interrupted is Kate trying to figure out what, exactly, she means to the man she married.  Oh, and also the reason she became immortal.

I wanted to bitch slap our heroine.  The poor girl is so confused she can’t tell her ass from a hole in the ground.  Why is she confused?  Because her husband, who previously put her through the gamut of morality tests in order to deem her worthy of being his partner, is confusing her for his ex, Persephone.  Who, I might mention, is Kate’s sister.  HA! Talk about a real punch to the gut.  So, here’s Kate, all confused because she loves her husband, but can’t figure out if he loves her because he has to, or if because she’s second best…or what?!?!  And Henry, the douche bag, isn’t any help at all.  He’s too busy being all broody.

Here’s a blurb from the back cover:

“But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry’s first wife, Persephone.”

Here’s the thing.  Persephone isn’t Kate’s biggest threat to her future.  It’s herself.  Okay, and maybe Henry.  Kate only wants to make Henry happy.  Henry doesn’t know what the hell he wants.  Thus, we get a back-and-forth angst ridden trek through “I want him but he doesn’t want me”.  In the underworld.  Add in a plot featuring the Queen of the Gods intent on revenge, and a subplot featuring the harpy-like ex, Persephone, and we’ve got an uncomfortable road trip through the afterlife.

Right, then.  So. Did I like this book?  Eh, it was ok.  I can’t say I was disappointed because honestly sophomore books in a trilogy are almost always just “meh.”  They’re the stepping stone.  Did Ms. Carter set up an epic conclusion for her series.  Hells yes, she did.  Will I read it?  Meh, probably.

All in all, Goddess Interrupted is a frustrating and anticlimactic second installment in what had all the promise of being a stellar fantasy series.  I’m holding out hope that the last in the series will redeem it.

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter, 304 pgs, 3/27/12

Rating: C-

Romance: 2/5           Raunch: 1/5

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