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Friday, April 3, 2009

The Victory of Lugh by Valerie Everhart

The Victory of Lugh (Song of the Muses)by Valerie Everhart
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure; Contemporary; Historical; Paranormal
Length: Short (122 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Cholla

Hymnia, the muse of glorious praise, in an unusual display of arrogance is thrust through time to the dark ages of Ireland. She encounters Dacien, the Laird of Castle Lugh, a rogue dragon who seems anything but god-like. She uncovers the mystery of the disappearing women of his castle but looses her heart to the very person she suspects of doing the killing, in THE VICTORY OF LUGH.

Why can’t the gods ever seem to get along? Legends abound detailing the bitterness and pettiness of the gods of Mount Olympus and their revenge upon one another and the mortals of Earth. "The Victory of Lugh" begins as yet another of these stories and quickly morphs into a sweet and sexy love story that crosses the ages.

Hymnia, the muse of praise, has once again put her foot in her mouth and offended Aphrodite. She’s strong, spunky and determined to not only get the man of her dreams, but also to set right what’s wrong around her. I love that she’s a muse and not a goddess and that her one ‘weapon’ is taken from her, forcing her to rely on her wits and skills.

Dacien is a dragon caught in human form. And he’s tired. Of the castle, of all the women surrounding him. That is, until he meets Hymnia and everything changes. He is instantly drawn to her, desperate to make her his, even knowing that retribution from above will come down hard if he does. This added stress to his already distraught situation adds much tension and passion between the two.

Dacien’s forced restraint and Hymnia’s eager approval set the reader up for intense emotions and passionate moments, only to be thwarted over and over. The added interference from the always meddling goddesses of Olympus adds yet another layer of frustration and intrigue to this many-layered story. A definite must-read for anyone who enjoys a good old-fashioned love story with a bit of a twist.