Title: The Goddess
*Series: Idol Series #1
Author: Robyn Grady
Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence
Pages: Ebook; 250
Release Date: May 13, 2013
HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Lovers of classic romance with a princely male lead.
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After college graduation, Helene Masters is excited to land a job in a picturesque Aegean kingdom. Tasked with sprucing up the Prince's villa, she inadvertently finds herself trapped on the island with the sexiest man alive. Of course she has to fall for a man who is destined to only marry royalty.
Darius Vasily, Prince of Teirenias, can't figure out what pretty, but accident-prone, Helene is doing at his private estate. After dousing him in paint, she disappears inside the secret cave holding the royal family treasure—a fertility statue, but a cave-in traps them both. Now Darius has to figure out how to save them before he kills her for getting them into this mess in the first place—or gives into their amazing chemistry.
As I dive more and more into the Romance genre, I'm still learning what is out there. The Goddess by Robyn Grady is definitely more of your classic romance fare compared to what I've read so far. We have the perfect setting in a secluded island, a gorgeous and vibrant woman as our female lead, and a rather yummy prince as our male lead. If you're thinking this all leads to a whirlwind romance, you'd be right.
I have to say that I really liked Helene's character right from the beginning. She's witty, slightly clumsy, and just the right amount of "everyday person" that helps the reader melt into the book. Helene's view of the world is so exciting. To her, it is all one big adventure that needs to be lived. The scene when she first meets the prince made me giggle out loud! I really couldn't have asked for a better female protagonist to follow.
My feelings for the prince, however, were hot and cold. Darius Vasily is a typical royal. Used to getting what he wants, and not always mindful of the way he comes across, it took me a while to warm up to him. I think this is why I was so happy Helene was the yin to his yang. Together, they balanced one another out. Separately, I likely wouldn't have wanted to follow Darius anywhere. I'm sure plenty of readers will fall for his princely charms. I just wasn't swayed very easily.
Towards the middle of the book is where things really started to slow down for me. The story went from a whirlwind romance, to more of a soap opera plot. Again, I am still new to the genre. I'm certain that lovers of classical romances will adore the twists and turns that Helene and Darius go through in their quest to be together. So, I'm really of two minds when it comes to The Goddess. I can honestly say that for my first romp into Robyn Grady's books, I liked it. I'll likely seek out more from her. If you are a fan of romances that take place in exotic settings, with royal undertones, definitely pick up a copy of The Goddess.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.