Almost a Goddess (Goddess, Book 1)

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21st-Century Performance appraisal
Kyra
Position Title -- Muse of Good Fortune
Evaluated by --
Mighty Zeus, President, CEO, Top God

Performance Assessment

Kyra's performance has, quite frankly, been a disappointment over these past one hundred years. Our Muse of Good Fortune, despite her exceptional charm and unearthly beauty, has been slacking off, getting by on her looks, wiles, and considerable sex appeal -- not to mention her privileged position as the daughter of Mighty Zeus Himself!

Performance Objectives

The best place on Earth for the Muse of Good Fortune to make a difference is . . . Las Vegas. Therefore Kyra is to spend one year at the famous Acropolis Casino, where she will inspire good fortune. During her sentence, she is forbidden from getting romantically involved with a mortal, and most especially not with Jake Lennox. This professional gambler-turned-investigator is too seductive and attractive for his own good. Besides, Jake has an agenda that may prove too dangerous for Kyra's soft heart. So, if she falls in love, all bets are off.

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About the Author:

Judi McCoy was the published author of 22 mystery and romance novels. Her first, I DREAM OF YOU, won Waldenbooks 2002 award for bestselling new author. In addition to writing novels, Judi led many writing workshops for aspiring writers at national conferences and mentored numerous new authors. Judi passed away in 2012.

From Publishers Weekly:

In McCoy's mythical contemporary romance, Zeus is fickle, full of bluster and none too happy with his under-performing Muses, Kyra, Chloe and Zoe. He sentences the goddesses to toil for a year on Earth inspiring mortals, and decrees (somewhat arbitrarily) that they are not to fall in love, lest they face exile from Mount Olympus. Thus, a romance trilogy is born; unfortunately, this book has little going for it besides its unusual premise. Kyra, charged with inspiring people to believe in good luck, falls in love with professional gambler Jake Lennox despite Zeus's admonition not to forget "the love thing," but the romance is hardly worth getting kicked off the mountain for. Readers are told, rather than shown, that Kyra has a quick wit and a sense of humor, and one is meant to assume Jake is an all-around good guy based on repeated references to his beloved mother. As a result, Kyra and Jake come across as mere ciphers. Even their sex scenes are tepid-a crime against the gods if there ever was one-and McCoy's overblown language ("He...gave a final thrust, taking them over the waterfall where they drowned in each other's arms") doesn't help. Perhaps the fresh, vibrant story hinted at by this book's coy premise will turn up in the next volume.
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