Book 1 of Goddess
Author: Kelee Morris
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
First Published> 2015
Year of Publication of this Edition: 2016
Rating: 3/5 stars
Warning: 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 unfulfilled 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 forties).
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 to the rare books library daily, where she must translate a 16th-century journal of a Catholic monk (Brother Ferreira), who went to Japan to convert its 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 hoped 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 wet dreams, where she was visited by a mysterious man, whose face she couldn’t see. This unusual symbol will let Julia enter into 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 about Magoa because I don’t know very much about that 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 mum 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 not only enters into 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!