Book Review: Out of Practice Aphrodite (The Goddess Chronicles #1) by S.E. Rabin

Out of Practice Aphrodite is the first book in The Goddess Chronicles series by S.E. Rabin. Abby’s major screw-up brings the wrath of Zeus upon her head. He offers her a choice—work for him or spend the rest of her days hanging out in Hades with her ex-husband. For Abby, this choice is a no-brainer, especially when Zeus says the only thing he wants her to do is make a love match. She’s the Goddess of Love. What could go wrong? Abby stumbles into an ex-lover, a dead demi-god and the realization that a crucial relic has been stolen right out from underneath Zeus’ nose. Eris, the Goddess of Chaos and Discord, is behind the theft and murder and the faltering powers Abby is trying to keep secret. With Zeus breathing down her neck, she’ll need to keep her wits about her as she races against the clock and Zeus’ imposed two-week time period. Of course, this is easier said than done. Not only is she struggling with a budding attraction to a sexy lawman and feelings for long-time friend, Hermes, she’s also trying to keep everyone out of the path of a vengeful goddess while saving the Earth and Olympus from the reign of a tyrant. What’s a goddess to do when the fate of the world rests upon her fashionable shoulders?
Out of Practice Aphrodite took some of the mythology I thought I knew so well and twisted it just enough to make everything new again. Aphrodite has been on Earth too long according to the other gods, but she loves it despite the fact that her powers are not quite right lately. I like that she is a coffee addict, and really seems to love the human condition. When a night out goes terribly wrong her life spins out of control, trying to fix problems and find answers that might just be the death of her- and her friends. I Iiked the connection between the friends, and that even when things are at their hardest they stand by each other. I liked the twist of the Apples (you have to read the book for that) and the depth of character the main players have. I was expecting a light hearted romp through mythology, but got much more than I bargained for. My only issue I had with the story is that it occasionally lagged due o very in depth descriptions or inner dialogue that felt unnecessary. I think some of that could have been left out and. the story would not have suffered for it. I know I found myself skimming some of it so I could get back to the heart of the story quicker.

Out of Practice Aphrodite Was not the fluffy, cozy fun that I expected from the cover. However, it was an adventure that was far more involved than expected. It did a wonderful job with the story and characters and I am curious to see what happens next.
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