Monday, January 30, 2012

Destined by Jessie Harrell

Destined by Jessie Harrell
Release Date: November 17, 2011
Publisher: Mae Day Publishing

When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear.  As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she's come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined. - Goodreads.com

Anyone whose read my blog for any length of time knows how much I love mythology and retellings.  This has got to be one of the most enjoyable ones I've ever read.  Who wouldn't love a retelling of this story... where you get to see the god of love fall in love himself.  So fun!!

Psyche has a beauty that rivals that of Helen of Troy.  The world knows her as the most beautiful girl, and she's been blessed to be dubbed as the "daughter" or Aphrodite, which is an honorary title, but apparently taken pretty seriously.  Her family knows that half the world will be coming to try to marry her, but Aphrodite has other ideas.  She wants Psyche to marry her son, Eros.  Of course, he seems to take an instant dislike to her (she's too beautiful and reminds him of a human he'd once loved who dumped him), and she doesn't react well to his antagonism.  Suffice it to say, she refuses Aphrodite, which causes that goddess to want her to suffer.  She demands that her son use his love arrows to make her fall for someone or something truly dreadful as punishment.  Except, the more time he spends watching her, the more Eros realizes what a big mistake he made.

For much of the book, Psyche doesn't know that the man she's falling for is, in fact, Eros himself.  He's arranged things where she's now his, living in a special place he created, but she has no idea who he is.  Watching this god try to woo her was so sweet and romantic.  He was sexy, arrogant, but when she begins to bring out the best in him, he becomes sweet, gentle, and caring to her.  You had to love him.

For her part, Psyche was a brave character, undertaking a quest that many would be fearful of.  But she does it, not once, but a couple times. 

This was a great story that satisfied both my romance and mythology craving in a single stroke.  I absolutely loved this story and devoured it in one sitting.  Great writing!!




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