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One Night with a Goddess
by Judi McCoy
(Avon, $5.99, PG) ISBN 0-06-077460-6
**
This is a lighthearted comedy that stars one of the three Muses from Mt. Olympus that we have never heard of in the history books. In order to earn their stripes on the Mount, these three are ordered by Zeus to come to earth and do something that will allow them to live happily into eternity. And they are not to fall in love. In this, which is the second in the series, Chloe, the Muse of Happiness is featured.

Chloe is sent to Chicago to help an elderly lady run her business. The Castleberry is an old estate that hosts weddings, receptions, parties, etc. Belle is the matriarch of the family. She has been running the business along with her long time friend and housekeeper, Ruby; a gay chef named Clark and a host of helpers. Chloe comes along in time to help her when she needs it. Chloe becomes indispensible, turning the business into the premier place to hold an event.

Matt Castleberry is Belle’s only grandchild. He returned from Africa after two years with Doctors without Borders with both physical and mental scars. He wants to help Belle while he recuperates and is leery of Chloe’s influence on his grandmother. In the mix is a company that is starting to put pressure on Belle to sell. Matt and Chloe hit it off, and Chloe is convinced she can have an affair and not have her heart be involved. Matt is surprised at the intensity of his feelings and is determined to convince Chloe that they are meant to be together. But Chloe knows she is a goddess destined to be called back by Zeus.

This is fun at first, with Chloe’s heartwarming efforts to provide the bride and grooms with wishes for eternal happiness in order to make Zeus proud. We are introduced to her sisters briefly in emails and phone calls as they work to perform their miracles too. Chloe is a little silly but is good hearted. Belle is a perfect mother figure for her and she comes to love her. Matt is another story. Chloe just doesn’t know what to do with him. She even blames Eros for shooting his arrows at them.

Matt is a little tortured but mostly just fulfills a role as a cute guy with scars for Chloe to fall in love with. There are hints of things he saw that are causing him nightmares, but they are handled in an off-handed manner due to the light, tongue-in-cheek tone to the story. He is struggling with his decision about going back to practice medicine, but it doesn’t get too heavy. This is at the detriment to his character. While Matt is hot and good in bed, he has little depth. Chloe is the true heart of the story.

Because of this one-sided view, the story stalls and drags to the end. It was clear that either Chloe would leave Matt heartbroken or she would end up back on earth. The story could have ended about 100 pages earlier and the ending could have been the same. There was nothing new added, just Chloe lamenting that she couldn’t have Matt and Matt trying to convince her she could. Of course, he didn’t know she was a goddess and immortal.

Here at TRR, we have given McCoy a mixed bag of ratings in her books. One Night With A Goddess is a mixed bag in itself. While the premise is cute and has potential, the tale doesn’t really deliver.

--Shirley Lyons


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