Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Accidentally in Love with...a God? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (Review)

New Adult, Romance, Mythology
Publication.Date  March 5th, 2013
Published By:  Forever
WebsiteMimi Jean Pamfiloff

Accidentally in Love with...a God? on Goodreads
My review copy:A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Twenty-two-year-old Emma Keane has a secret friend. He’s powerful, mysterious, and devastatingly handsome. In her dreams, anyway.

In real life, he’s an enigma. Maybe just a teensie jealous. Definitely overbearing. He’s also a voice only she can hear.

So who or what is he? He won’t say. But if she wants to be free, to be normal, Emma will have to trek to the jungles once ruled by the Mayans and find the forgotten ruin holding the answers.

However, the ruthless deity she’s about to unknowingly unleash on the modern world might not be so easily extracted from her life. Bottom line, he’s got enemies, and now, so does she.

"Passport, my sweet?"
"Tickets, my sweet?"
"Check. And stop calling me 'my sweet.'"
"Do you have a good map"--dramatic pause--"my dearest?"
Sculpted cheekbones; thick, dark lashes; chiseled jaw; and lips so full they had to be meant for kissing or eating something really juicy.
"You arrogant fool. Where have you been, locked in a cave?"
"Actually, a cenote," I pointed out.
"Since 1940," added Guy.
He even smelled angry, like a smoldering, chocolaty campfire. Okay, maybe that part wasn't so bad. Who doesn't love dessert-scented campfires?
"So?" I asked. "Can we talk somewhere private? Or are we going to have a peeing contest now? Because I'm pretty sure I'd lose."
He took a deep, slow breath. "I love you, Emma. I really love you."
"I love you, too," I whispered.
"You do?" His eyes lit up.

What made me want to read this one was the title. I mean, come on. Accidentally in Love with...a God? That's pretty darn intriguing. So I grabbed it. And I read it. And sweet baby goodness, this book was fun. Was it perfect? No. There were a couple things I did not like about it. But other than those two little things, I absolutely adored this story.

I want to get the things I DIDN'T like out of the way now. It was just two things: The back-and-forth, frustrating quality of the romance, and the predictability of a THING. The romance actually acts as something I do like and something I don't, as well. What bothered me about it was that it wasn't very definitive for most of the book. Even when it felt like it was about to settle--it would feel like that and then they'd get into another argument for whatever reason and it'd be back to instability. I just wanted them to hug and make up already. And then the predictability. There was one certain character I never trusted. I guessed a few things about that character, and I ended up being right. I would have liked to have been surprised.

Now, onto things I DID like, which was a majority of this book. The characters were so snarky. Emma is a nice person, but she has such bite. She can verbally spar with the best of them. She doesn't take well to being bossed around and bullied, and I loved that. I would have preferred her stubbornness to give way in a few situations, but I could see WHY she was so resistant to things, too. And then there was Guy. Just as stubborn as Emma, and just as willing to give the verbal beat down. He was a nice dude, too, which was rather surprising considering what his domain as a god was. But he really did things that were in the best interests, though he wasn't always the nicest or most open about getting things done. Either way, I loved him.

The romance had its sweet moments. Guy cares about Emma more than anything else, and I loved that. The fact that he wanted to be called Guy because that was what EMMA called him made me feel happy. They had their great moments, and that lead me to liking the romance. When they weren't actually trying to hurt each other with insults, that is. It was also nice that I was rooting for them the whole way through. They may have been harsh towards each other at times, but never enough that I wanted them to split. I wanted them together, always!

Other than the thing I predicted, the plot was very satisfying and the mythology was so unique to anything I'd ever read before, which just made the story all the more intriguing. And the book was written in dual POV--first person from Emma and third person from Guy--so we got a decent view of all the happenings, including the places where Emma and Guy were SO not on the same page. I loved the writing and the humor, and just how plain entertaining this book was. I was sad to find that the book was over when I flipped the last page.

Overall, Accidentally in Love with...a God? has pulled me into this series hook, line, and sinker. I loved the humor, the characters, and the writing, and I look forward to continuing the series as soon as possible! I need more of these gods and their shenanigans in my life.

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