Monday, May 26, 2008

An Accidental Goddess by Linnea Sinclair

Category: Sci-Fi Romance
Series: No

Raheiran Special Forces captain Gillaine Davré has just woken up in some unknown space station, wondering where the last three hundred years have gone. The last thing she remembers is her ship being attacked. Now it seems that while she was time-traveling, she was ordained a goddess…

Gillaine’s only hope of survival rests with dangerously seductive Admiral Mack Makarian, who suspects her of being a smuggler – or worse. But he can’t begin to imagine the full extent of it. For Gillaine is now Lady Kiasidira, holy icon to countless believers, including Mack – a man who inspires feelings in her that are far from saintly … feelings she knows are mutual. But when their flirtation is interrupted by a treacherous enemy from the past, Gillaine’s secret – and secret desires – could destroy them both…


An overview…

Kat: This book was a pure delight to read. At first, I was a little bit irritated by the lightness of the story and the love story that proceeded so fast between Mack and Gilly, because I didn't expect it. But as the story continued, I was so glued to the pages that I hated every time I had to put it down.

Mel: I agree … this was a very fun book to read. I hated putting it down at all.

Jace: I couldn't put the book down either. This was such a feel-good, fast-paced and witty story. The love story was sweet too. I think this was perhaps the lightest of all the Sinclair books?

The plot elements and lead characters…

Kat: Mack was such a fabulous hero! He was less complicated and tortured than the usual Sinclair hero, but he was a guy you couldn't help falling in love with. I loved it how he reacted every time he discovered Gillie lied to him. He tried very hard to be mature, to sort things out and not to throw everything they had away because of his pissed ego. I truly believed that he was in love with Gillie from the first moment on, although love-at-first-sight seldom works for me. There was so much chemistry between them and I liked it they took their time and waited a bit to have sex.

Mel: I'll admit that I was shocked when Mack asked Gillie to marry him so quickly. I can understand his reasoning behind it though. He figured if Gillie left the station, he'd never see her again. I just love Linnea's heroes. They're sure of themselves and not afraid of going after the woman they love. I liked too that they didn't have sex right away. It let the sexual tension build through the story.

Jace: Yes, Mack was a less complicated hero. He was so straight-forward and an all-round nice guy. He and Gillie was a great match. You know, I was ambivalent about the ending, about who Mack turned out to be … I thought it was too pat. I'd much prefer that he remained as he was; that would make things more interesting for him and Gillie.

Kat: I liked what happened to Mack in the end. I agree that it was a bit too convenient, but it was also a sugary HEA. Since the book was a complete feel-good read, that ending was fitting. Sometimes I love my books predictable and happily convenient.

As for Gillie, she was just being herself. I loved her confusion about being referred to as a goddess, when she saw herself as just a normal woman. I really liked the idea of a beer drinking, sword fighting down-to-earth goddess. She was the perfect match for Mack. I felt so much for her when she tried to do the right things, all the while fearing that she would eventually lose Mack.

Mel: I got a good laugh how bewildered Gillie was, that they had made her a goddess. It really showed how through time, events can be blown out of proportion and they evolve into something far different than what really happened. It made me think about the ancient Egyptians. I've often wondered if advanced aliens did land on earth and the ancients worshipped them as gods. Maybe I just watched too many alien TV shows, X-Files and the like.

Jace: Gillie was a very likeable and sweet heroine. She was so powerful. Her powers made me think of her as the female version of Sully (Gabriel’s Ghost).

The main secondary characters…

Kat: Linnea also did a great job with her secondary characters. Simon was a gem … he would make a great hero for a future book. I wish Linnea would write his story too. I also liked Fitch Tobias and the parrots very much. The idea to use the parrots in the end was so unique.

Mel: Simon was awesome! He would make a great hero. You all already know I loved the parrots. Fitch was a fun guy too. It was funny how he would try and call Gillie “My Lady” every chance he got.

Jace: I thought Simon was such a funny and great character, even when he was just a voice. When he took on the human form, he was so gorgeous. I found it really funny when Mack got jealous of Simon, and Fitch too, because they were closer to Gillie's age.

The conclusion and rating…

Kat: The HEA was just perfect. Linnea simply can't write an average or bad book. She's such a gifted writer and I hope she will write many more books. I was so sad when this one ended, because it was my last Linnea book, until the next one comes out! I’d rate it 5/warm, but I also think I can no longer be objective when it comes to Linnea. She has my unconditional admiration for her work.

Mel: K, I know … I about cried knowing this was the last Linnea book to read for a while. I wanted to make it last but couldn't put it down. I'd rate it 5/Warm as well.

Jace: Well, ladies ... looks like I'm in a slightly better position than both of you because I still have Down Home Zombie Blues to read! *chuckles* I agree, this was another wonderful story from Linnea. My rating is 4.5 out of 5 because I felt the overall story was light and a little predictable. I really like it. It's fantastic - a keeper. Sensuality: Warm


Ana said...

I couldn't agree more with your assessment over Linnea Sinclair's books. I am going on a binge reading right now: in the past two weeks I read Gabriel's Ghost, Zombie Blues and Games of Command and they are all so different and yet equally amazing.

I have become a fan girl! And Accidental Goddess is next!

Melanie said...

Another great review Jace!

Linnea Sinclair said...

Well, cool! I'm glad you got a grin out of Goddess, and Mack, Gillie and Simon.

Mack is my "good boy" hero--my first, up until Theo in Zombie. Keep in mind that when Goddess was written back in 2001, there was a veritable plethora of alpha bad boy guys gracing pages. I call Mack my "boy scout" and he is patterned after my husband, Rob, who is a 6'4" marshmallow, polite, honest, respectful and loyal. Gorgeous, too.

I also have a problem with love at first sight. Except ::points to reference to husband, above:: It does happen. One Sunday afternoon in February 1979. Three weeks later he moved in with me. We're approaching our 28th wedding anniversary this October.

I do think there are times--and it much depends on the people--that love can happen quickly. Certainly lust does and I know many people who've fallen in bed on the first or second date. (With Rob and I it took a bit longer--like two weeks.) A lot depends on the personalities. Much depends on whether the people are ready for a commitment (whether they know they are or not). Someone steady and loyal like Mack is more likely not to play games for what he wants. Mack trusts his own instincts. He'd had his share of casual relationships and knew this was something far different.

When I met my husband, he was in the midst of a nasty divorce. What man would be LESS likely to want to get serious with a woman than a guy getting trashed in a divorce? But we met and it just HIT us. This was it. At the time I knew a lot of our friends were thinking: Oh, you're moving too fast. It won't last.

Like I said, October 1st will be 28years married. Twenty-nine together.

Light and fluffy--actually, most times I tend towards light and fluffy. You all sort of read my most intense books first: Gabriel's and Shades. Finders, Goddess, Games and Zombie are much more tongue in cheek, much more HEA oriented. I like light and fun and punny and Saturday Afternoon at the Movies. Science Fiction has a (well earned) reputation for gloom and doom. I consider what I write as light space opera romance.

Parrot: I've been owned by feathered friends, hence their apperance. Had a Yellow Nape Amazon and an Umbrella Cockatoo. Several cockatiels, parakeets and bird-sat for a friend's African Grey and Sun Conure. I love parrots. Their beautiful and highly intelligent. Great personalities. Their propensity to chew, though, would be a serious issue in a space station. I rather danced around that problem. ;-)

Simon: I love Simon. He was such a fun character to write. His devotion yet exasperation with Gillie was a hoot to craft. In a way, he was like her conscience, her inner critic but in a positive sense. He'd always been there for her. I like to think she was his favorite Kiasidira. She certainly was one of the more troublesome ones.

But Simon also had his own issues, such as wanting to "update" himself to be more useful.

As for him getting his own story, and by that I guess you mean a love interest, I've toyed with it but I can't really see it working. Simon has a lifelong job. He's also not human. For him to fall in love with a human female wouldn't work. The only other match might be another nano-essence like himself. But even then, he'd be failing in his primary purpose.

I could give him another Kiasidira to raise and train. But I can't see him in a love relationship without violating what he is.

[[You know, I was ambivalent about the ending, about who Mack turned out to be … I thought it was too pat. I'd much prefer that he remained as he was; that would make things more interesting for him and Gillie.

This relates directly back to Wintertide. If you've not read it then it makes less sense. But there is an element of reincarnation in the book that's more apparent if you've read Wintertide, which is Khamsin's story. ;-)

Okay, leaving for Ohio tomorrow. Have to finish packing and shut down the house (clean out the refrig, etc..). I'll check back later to see if you have any more questions. AFter that I'll likely be off line a couple days.

See you kids later, ~Linnea

Jace said...

Hi Ana, welcome!

You're in great company ... we're all Linnea Sinclair fan girls here! LOL

Seriously though, there aren't many authors who can get all 3 of us gushing over their every single book ... Linnea is one of those exceptional ones.

I tell you, when I'm done reading Zombie Blues, I'll be in serious trouble. Where am I going to get my next Linnea fix?!

Jace said...

M, you and K make reading so much fun. *grin* This review is more yours and K's ... I'm just going with the flow, ya know? LOL

Anonymous said...

I've been a Linnea fan since her second book came out in Small Press (the original e-versions) and I've read them all, most many times. I'm waiting with bated breath for Shades of Dark to come out!

Robin Greene

Jace said...

Linnea! Thanks for taking the time to pop by! *huge grin*

Woo hoo ... 29 years with Rob! You're living your own HEA! :D

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us. We (and I'm speaking for Kat and Mel too) have truly enjoyed knowing some of the things that went on behind the scenes ... things that helped us understand the stories and characters so much more.

As for Wintertide, no, I haven't read it!!! I have to find it now! I hope it's not out-of-print!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your reviews of Linnea's books. I've read all of Linnea's books and I've shared them with my mother. Her favorites are Accidental Goddess and Down Home Zombie Blues. My favorite is...all of them! Each time I read one of your reviews, I end up re-reading the book. I just finished reading GG after your review of Shades. Looks like I'll have to get Accidental Goddess off my bookshelf now. Oh, wait. I think my mom is keeping that one all to herself- my 72 year-old mother has crush on ADM Mack!

Jace said...

Robin ... welcome! :)

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on Linnea and her books.

Shades Of Dark ... oh, are you in for a treat! It's phenomenal. Although I've already read the beta-version, I'll be buying it when it hits the stores in July. Kat and Mel will too. It's to complete our Linnea Sinclair collection, you know? ;)

Jace said...

Patty ... welcome, and thanks so much for your kind words! It means a lot to me that you've enjoyed the reviews. :)

I'm not surprised that your mom has a crush on Mack! :) Linnea's leading men are so great! Most of her secondary heroes are too ... Ren, Philip, Simon. ;) They all occupy a special place in my heart. :)

kat said...

J, thanks for the review!

@ Linnea
thank you so much for sharing your story with us!
I just hope you could write faster.....

Anonymous said...

As it happens, Mack is my favourite of Linnea's heroes, and I actually think the ending (who he turns out to be) helps explain why they fell for each other so fast.

~ JenD in Victoria BC

Jace said...

JenD, welcome! :)

Now that I think deeper about Mack and Gillie (and Rothal-kiarr and Lady Khamsin), the beginning and ending of their relationship make perfect sense. :D

Now I just have to go read Wintertide to find out more about Rothal-kiarr and Khamsin. :D

Kristie (J) said...

Count me in as a Linnea fan girl too. I read this one not long ago and really enjoyed it. As much as I enjoy her heroes though, it's her heroines that really stand out for me. I still have one yet to read (Finder's Keepers) and of course her next release Shades of Dark) but in all the ones I've read so far, her heroines have been tremendous! Smart, strong and their own persons.

And to Linnea if you come back - I know what you mean about love at first sight. It was the same with my husband and I. We met in June got married in August and would have been married 31 years.
So I had no issues with the short time span with Mack and Gillie

Frances said...

Jace, what a great review. I look forward to crawling through all your posts.


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Katie(babs) said...

Linnea had me at hello :D

Jace said...

Kristie & Katie, it was through your blog that I got to know about Linnea, so thanks for the recommendation. :)

Kristie, you're right. Linnea's heroines are fabulous too. They don't ever do stupid things (huge pet peeve, this one). Each heroine is perfect for the hero. :)

Jace said...

Frances, welcome and thanks for dropping by. :)

I went over to your blog a while ago but couldn't stay too long. But I did see Miss Doozy pimping Shades Of Dark. LOL That was so cool! LOL Got to ask Linnea how she did that!

I'm going to spend more time at your blog later. :D

Gerard said...

I found the book great. I come from the SF side. What I like in Linnea's books is that she knows how to write a story and that she blends seamlessly a very good SF world building and a nice romance. I started with Finders Keepers and have followed Linnea ever since.

Jace said...

Welcome, Gerard. :)

You're absolutely right about the seamless blending of SF world-building and romance. I don't know how she does it, that her characters and their romances develop so well in the midst of some SF action.

I just wish she has a bigger backlist that I can read to my heart's content. :)

Ana said...

I just finished reading Shades of Dark.

There aren't enough tissues in the world right now. I feel dehydrated. Gosh, I think it is her darkest story yet. So so good

Jace said...

Ana, I agree that Shades is spectacular. :) Thank goodness we still have Hope's Folly to read. I'm hoping that this series won't stop with Philip's story either.