Dancing with the Devil by Cate Masters

Lily has the strangest twenty-first birthday. She meets two intriguing figures, Bodie and Zev, and then learns she has divine parentage. Her grandfather, Hades, and her grandmother, Persephone, have invited her to visit them in the Underworld. Lily might finally have a home and a real family, but Hades has more planned for her than a reunion –
like an arranged marraige to Zev, Hades’ up-and-coming CFO. Lily is not on board for this plan, mainly because she has fallen for Bodie, the heavenly counterpart to Zev, and Bodie will do everything he can to protect Lily.

Dancing with the Devil is the second installment in the Goddess Connection series by Cate Masters, and sadly does not live up to its predecessor. You can read this as a standalone, which may work out better for you because the only recurring character, Hades, has a completely different feel to him.

Lily is essentially the stripper with a heart of gold–and that is really as much as I know about her. She is not unlikeable, but there is no depth, no dimension, just nothing there to really grab on to. Bodie is similar–not unlikable, but we know even less about him than we do Lily.

There is so much possibility in the dichotomy between Bodie and Zev, but it just goes nowhere. The potential for conflict is there, just out of reach, and it never gets there. Zev is initially pretty interesting, but that wanes as the story goes on.

The relationship between the Lily and Bodie feels as if it develops overnight. I may not be far off in that estimate as a majority of the action in Dancing with the Devil happens over the course of several days. The plot feels underdeveloped and the story just is not strong enough to sustain the quick pace.

Finally, and this was a large issue for me personally, the blending of the Greek pantheon and devils/angels is not successful, which really undermines the whole story. If Masters had stuck with the blending of the fae and the Greek gods and added more to the overall myth-arc that began in the first installment of the series, I think Dancing with the Devil would have been a far more interesting story.

Book Stats:

  • e-book, digital format
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007J3M3QA

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Books in the Goddess Connection series:
The Magic of Lavender
Dancing with the Devil

Lily has the strangest twenty-first birthday. She meets two intriguing figures, Bodie and Zev, and then learns she has divine parentage. Her grandfather, Hades, and her grandmother, Persephone, have invited her to visit them in the Underworld. Lily might finally have a home and a real family, but Hades has more planned for her than …

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Kristin is loving wife and doggie mom with a serious book addiction. When she is not in the kitchen whipping up a tasty confection (or cocktail) she can usually be found on the couch with her nose in a book. And she really did not hear what her husband just said to her, never mind that she responded… he should know better, she was reading. Her favorite books to read feature vampires, fae, & Gods of any pantheon (oh my!) but she has been known to pick up some pretty heavy philosophical tomes, funny memoirs, and scientific gobblygook. She also has a soft spot in her heart for good high fantasy. She fell in love with Anne Rice at far to young of an age and still has not found her way to NOLA! Kristin also spends time as a foster mom for a herding breed dog rescue in Illinois, indulging her husbands’ “silly” hobby of import/vintage video gaming, and spending as much time as she can with various members of her ridiculously large family. Somehow she manages to work full time in insurance sales but would much rather be having a kitchen dance party.

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