Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ain't Myth-Behaving by Katie MacAlister

A modern woman and a god from ancient legend? Surely an epic love mismatch...or maybe it's the "myth match" of the century? The irrepressible Katie MacAlister brings us heroes who are more than mere mortals in two sparkling new novellas of the Otherworld.


Dane Hearne -- also known as the Irish fertility god Cernunnos -- must choose a bride quickly. His long-time goddess has run off with a salsa dancer, and Dane must be married by Beltane, just a week away, or become a mortal -- and die. When he meets American travel writer Megan St. Clair, he knows he's found his soul mate. But while Dane is a sexy Irish hunk with his fair share of blarney, can he convince Megan to marry him in just one week?


Alrik Sigurdsson is cursed to sail his Viking ship along the same stretch of Scandinavian coastline forever. So when lovely American Brynna Lund skids her car off the road into the ocean, he and his men are happy for the diversion of rescuing her. Then Alrik discovers that Brynna is the only woman who can break the curse. Is it any wonder that he's determined to keep her...forever?

You gotta love how Katie MacAlister has such a fine sense of the ridiculous. In both of these tales readers could have been turned off or distracted by all the mythology and randomness of the characters, but somehow MacAlister just gets it and makes the whole thing  a lot of fun. 

I do have to say that NORSE TRULY was my favorite of the two stories, I think because the timeline worked better for me. Both stories happen over a matter of days but I think because STAG PARTY is written from Dane's point of view I couldn't really understand Megan or her feelings as well. The HEA is still enjoyable but since I didn't feel as connected it seemed more like I'd just watched a funny one episode sitcom then a real full blown romance.

In NORSE TRULY I felt like Brynna and Alrik share the spotlight and I'm able to root for them to stay together by the end. Plus funny families and sudden appearances of all powerful gods in Pippi Longstocking themed amusement parks are pretty fantastic. What's not to like?

I'm not sure if I'd put down money and make this a keeper in my collection but it was great as a library read and very recommended if you want something easy and lighthearted.

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up.

Series - None.