In Gods' Hands

Rated 4.09/5 based on 11 reviews
Masks, mischief, all-night partying. It's Carnival in Italy...for everyone but Cassandra Tracy. The girl who's never met a low-life she didn't like.

Turned out onto the streets in the wake of her cheating boyfriend's latest indiscretion, she goes looking to drown her sorrows. And encounters...a most divine intervention. More

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Words: 10,430
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301102686
About Jessa Callaver

Jessa Callaver is a novice American fiction writer. She has published four erotic short stories, and is currently in work on a number of projects including a contemporary romance novel - her first.

The guiding influence behind her work has been the question 'what if?' After that, all bets are off and fantasy reigns supreme. You will no doubt find smart wistful female protagonists in her books; women in different stages of life, of different dispositions and design, women seeking answers both within and without. And, being a woman of curious disposition herself, you should expect nothing short of a bumpy ride.

Her work is available online at Barnes & Noble, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Diesel, Apple and Sony e-bookstores.

Connect with her on Goodreads, Facebook and on her website, where you can sign up to her mailing list (!contact/c1kcz) for updates on her newest releases!

**Now available on Smashwords and Kindle, "Dara's Decision," the sequel to the sexy flash fiction short, "The Very Thought of Him"!!! And to celebrate the new release the original title is now free at all e-outlets (excepting Amazon Kindle) for the next two weeks. Pick up your copy of both today!

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Review by: Nik Flandre on Jan. 26, 2014 :
I loved this erotic adventure in Italy! At the outset, we find a distraught Cassie, who has left her boyfriend (stealing his scooter and wine!) in the midst of Carnival after discovering him bedding another "tart". But when, half-drunk, she nearly runs over an American tourist named Troy, things take a turn for the sexy. Troy's friend runs off in the crowd to continue the party but Troy insists on sticking with and giving Cassie shelter for the night... but as the night unfolds, we quickly find out that nobody is exactly as they seem.

This is a great story with some hot and unexpected sex that will warm you up fast! Like the story, Cassie's night ends far too fast... Jessa Callaver leaves you wanting more, which is a good thing! Highly recommended!
(review of free book)

Review by: Angela D'Ambrosio on May 24, 2013 :
I read IN GODS’ HANDS by Jessa Callaver, an erotic romance with a touch of humor, for review however the author asked for constructive criticism to help her going forward. This impressed me right away about Ms. Callaver. Her desire to improve her craft beyond once it’s published tells me she really wants to do right by her readership. I wish more authors had this kind of integrity.

I really like the premise of this short story and I LOVED the location. It’s Italy! What’s not to love?

The author did a good job of pulling me into the story with her vivid description of Venice. I felt connected to the location. I didn’t get enough information to feel the same way about the characters. I did like the man-candy; tall, dark and dangerous. The protagonist was slutty and a whiner but given the circumstances it was acceptable. I think the main crux of why this story didn’t work for me was because even though the two main characters are fascinating, the author didn’t show me enough to be invested.

I think the story has a lot of potential but the author needed to show more in the beginning, rather than trickle information until the big reveal. The reader doesn’t have to know everything but the author should give us enough that we aren’t confused. This is how I felt through a good portion of this story. Granted, this is a short story but this one had enough going on, that it could have been a novella.

Since this is classified as erotica I just wanted to touch on something that I think is a big no-no in stories and in real life. It is very uncomfortable to have a sex scene interrupted. It breaks the hard earned tension and frankly it’s just plain frustrating.

Nuff said.

Ms. Callaver has a handful of stories published and based on what I’ve read and the reviews she is getting, she is definitely an author I will be watching.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Samantha Becker on April 02, 2013 :
This story started with an upset, tipsy Cassie riding through Carnival on her cheating boyfriend's scooter. She (literally) runs into Troy and Victor and wavers over whether to accept Troy's advances or not. Fast forward to the hotel room, which is where things get weird.
I can understand waiting until this point to introduce the God aspect. I don't understand the robbery bit, as there's been no indication to this point that Cassie was looking for a mark; I think that should have been hinted at earlier in the story or left out altogether. I also thought that leaving her pregnant was kind of sad, because no matter how much Cassie thought she wanted a child to love, she's pretty messed up and keeps dating guys who abuse her. I would have liked to have seen some sort of epiphany, or a way to change her actions that show that she's ready for a child.
I didn't dislike the story, and I can see where the author was trying to go, but I tend to favor HEA, so this wasn't my style.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angie Lenkevich on March 25, 2013 :
Cassandra (Cassie) Tracy catches her boyfriend cheating on her and runs out into the streets of Tuscany during Carnival. She wonders what's gonna happen now that she has no place to live and no boyfriend either. She wants to forget she ever met her boyfriend. Cassie nearly runs over a stranger with her ex-boyfriend's Constantina. Cassie never expected to find such passion and fire with this hansome stranger. Will Cassie forgive her boyfriend? Who is this handsome stranger? Can Cassie find the passion within herself again?

This is great quick read that can get you hot under the collar and bedroom too. I totally related to Cassie. The handsome strangers were smoking hot.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rachael Bouchard on March 22, 2013 :
This book was a quick whirlwind. The book starts off like any other romance but quickly turns into something totally strange. I'm not sure if it's because of the content or because of the writing, but I was left with my mouth agape and wondering what in the world I had just read. I understand it's a short story, but there wasn't any build up to what happened it just sort of happened and then there it was in its full glory. If you are looking for something to entertain you, perhaps this might be it for you, but unfortunately it left me feeling uncomfortable. All this beautiful character development took place in the beginning and then was left to waste in the second half of the book. I think truly that's what I was most disappointed by. The writing is well done as far as structure and readability, but maybe I'm just the odd ball here that doesn't find it quite fulfilling.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sheri on March 16, 2013 :
In true form, this short story by Jessa Callaver is hot and steamy. The story finds us at the Carnival in Italy with Cassie, who is down on her luck after a fight with her boyfriend. She runs into (literally) a couple of guys and for lack of anyplace better to go, she ends up going back to their hotel with them. However, no one in this story is how they appear, and Cassie gets the surprise of her life.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lexie Conyngham on March 14, 2013 :
Excellent atmosphere and background, the whole mad, dark confusion of carnival, and the imagery suits the subject from the start. The ex-lover's punishment is fitting and hilarious and the characters are well-drawn in so short a space. I even liked the clever title!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Marissa M on March 06, 2013 :
It's Carnival in Italy. Cassie Tracy should be out celebrating with the rest of the city but instead she is trying to forget about her cheating, now ex-boyfriend's latest indiscretion. While driving around the city she literally runs into Troy and his friend Victor. Will this be a night that Cassie will never forget?

I thought that this book was good. It is a short hot erotica that doesn’t disappoint you. Jessa has a way of describing the scenes which makes you feel like your right there with the characters. This was my first experience reading something by Jessa Callaver and hopefully it won’t be my last.

I received this book from the author for an honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Richard Sommery-Gade on March 05, 2013 :
Exceptional is the only word to describe this piece of work. From the picture created of the scenery that is so authentic you feel that you are there to the emotional pull that sucks you into this woman' world, the slide into the ancient gods and their playful part of entrapment and yet granting a well deserved request, make this a delicious treat like having a gelato after a wonderful meal at the best trattoria you can remember. 5 Stars to Bacchus who definitely approved of this work.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Craig Pittman on March 04, 2013 :
This is my first experience reading what I would call a erotic romance short story and I am very much taken with it. It is also the fourth book by Jessa Callaver that I have read and I am a big fan. Her detailed description of the exotic locale produces a vibrant picture in the mind of the reader.
From the exotic to the erotic the sensual interaction between the characters is exquisitely sensual.
To label this as a page turner is a gross understatement. I am now left hungering for her next book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jason Rapczynski on March 04, 2013 :
An intensely satisfying read that draws you in to a picturesque world—vivid and strikingly graphic…“In God’s Hands” keeps you hooked until the very end. Set in Italy during Carnival, Callaver’s tale calls to mind Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”—and while this work of erotic fiction may be about erecting more than a brick wall, the ending, like the final words of Montresor, will stay with you in a way that transcends genre. Following one particular climax in the narrative, the protagonist, Cassie, “Unwanted daughter of small town drunks…. College drop-out who’d come to Italy…just to become yet another man’s broad of the moment” has been stimulated to the point where “She could swear she saw stars.” “In God’s Hands” may very well have a similar effect on readers. Easily measures up to some of the better stories anthologized in THE BEST AMERICAN EROTICA during the 16-year run of that series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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