"Chef and Magician can cook up love in spite of Zeus"
Ms. Nance has combined Greek fables and modern times for a
humor filled romance [even for us who barely know the
fables]. Zeus has plans for winning back his wife Hera.
Part of his plan is to choose one woman from each of the
family trees he created and fix their love life.
Zeus starts with Joy Taylor from the line of Io who he had
once transformed into a cow to hide her from Hera. Joy has
not only been unlucky in love, she is severely allergic to
cow by-products. Zeus recognizes the look of the trickster,
Hermes as Mark's ancestor and does not like that he has
returned to Joy's life. Hera steps in before Zeus makes a
total mess of things, but is it soon enough?
Matthew Mark Hennessy strolled back into Louisiana and
Joy's life after 7 years. Mark is in town to perform at the
Mushroom Festival which Joy is working on but this is
simply his cover for his mission to recover a stolen book
of ancient magic. Joy's prospective boss is the suspected
book thief which has Mark wondering if Joy is involved.
Mark is using Joy's barn to rehearse his act in exchange
for helping Joy with some chores on her mother's ostrich
farm. He was there for the book but has no objections to
rekindling old love. An aspiring chef, Joy was no longer a
gullible girl and had no intention of being distracted from
her goals by the magician.
Although you are reading of Olympus and Magician's tricks,
it has a contemporary romance feel to it rather than a
fantasy. For a light romance guaranteed to boost your
spirits, I can highly recommend this book. THE WARRIOR is
the next Olympus book with Zeus and Hera as matchmakers.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 12, 2001