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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, belly laughs, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted goofy domestic fowl, and two steers: one named after a famous N.H.L. goalie while the other carries the moniker of a 60`s pop legend.
When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.
on June 11, 2013 :
I fell in love with Locey when I saw her story in He Loves me for my Brainssss...
So, when I saw she had some other books out, I was quick to snap them up. I have not been disappointed!
Her characters are vivid, amusing, and prone to making the same stupid mistakes as normal people (however there were no Big Misunderstandings which is a trope in romance books that I find particularly annoying, since if the characters would just have a discussion like the rational, intelligent people they're otherwise portrayed to be...)
Back in college, one of the worst, hardest classes I had was Mythology. Who would have thunk it, right? But the professor was a nut for the minutest trivia (Hercules' great-aunt on his mother's side, mentioned only once in the text book in a foot-note! Was on the EXAM!) Fortunately, this terrible experience did not kill my love of Greek and Roman mythos, and I find myself yelling at various books and movies when they screw it all up. (Yes, you can world-build, but can we please stop with the whole Hades = Satan crap. And I know it's a disney movie, but Heracles is NOT Hera's son. Sorry, just no.) Which leads me up to saying; this book gets the facts correct!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on May 20, 2013 :
Oh my Gosh this was so much fun to read. I laughed till I cried! I always loved mythology but now I am readdicted! More Gods please!!
Libby is a widowed Goat farmer. She hasn't gotten over her loss of her husband and lost her faith in any God. Until one fell through her roof into her life. Literally. Enter Ares a huge hunk of man that claims to be Ares the Greek God. Libby is sure he is on something or just loony but soon she finds out its true.. Oh my twists and turns and happenings. Like I mentioned before be prepared to laugh. A lot! Plan time to read this since once you start you won’t want to put it down!
Recommendations: If you like Gods, goats, Mythology, cows, sensuous sex, a great love story and laughing I highly recommend this book!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Melissa Luznicky Garrett
on Nov. 11, 2012 :
This was a book I purchased when it first came out and then, for one reason or another, it sat on my computer's hard drive until I downloaded it to my Kindle a few weeks ago. And I want to kick myself for waiting so long to read it because it was SO.DARN.GOOD.
I admittedly had my misgivings - Greek gods and goats? - and I wasn't quite hooked after the first few chapters because I wasn't too sure about the style, but I'm glad I stuck with it. OF GODS & GOATS is singularly one of the most entertaining books I've read. Ever. I think I laughed and snorted throughout this book more than any other, and who doesn't love a good belly laugh? I adored Libby's spunk and attitude and Ares . . . what can I say other than oh, my (literal) God? Finally, readers who like books that make their girly and manly bits tingle will definitely appreciate this one.
Definitely worth $3.99.
Buy it. Read it. Love it!
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
on Aug. 04, 2012 :
What can I say? This was my first book I read on my new Kindle.
I went into reading this book, having no idea where it was going to take me. The title gave me no clue but then again how many book titles do give away the content of interior pages?
What I found was a humorous tale of a fallen God (literally) crashing into the life of widow farmer, Libby. A female farmer who takes no crap from anyone including an array of Greek Gods and Monsters.
The book could have easily fallen into the trap of being a story of a man (re:Greek God) in a foreign land getting accustomed to the locals but the story is much more than that. The book did this by playing it's trump card by sending the reader through a bird-bombing of a town market to a hot trip through Hades.
I loved the constant twists and pop culture references, which gave me a real feel for the inner voice of the main character Libby.
A top recommendation.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on May 03, 2012 :
Picture it—you’re a young widow woman, scratching out a living raising goats and chickens in the beautiful hills of rural Pennsylvania. You make lovely scented soaps from the goats’ milk, and sell the soap and chicken eggs at the local farmers market. Your trusty beagle and cat curl up with you at night, and you visit each morning with the mail man, listening to him deliver local gossip along with the U.S. mail. Sounds somewhat idyllic, doesn’t it? Don’t hold your breath.
The morning after a storm that must have rattled windows the next county over, Libby Simons awakes to find a huge hole in the roof of her goat barn. She wonders what on earth could have caused that damage. She doesn’t have to wait very long to discover that it wasn’t anything on earth that created that headache. None other than Ares, the Greek god of war, had come hurtling down from the heavens in search of Hades’ helm of darkness and landed smack on Libby’s barn roof. Well, he actually crashed right through the roof, but you get the picture of what sort of adventures Libby’s life will now hold.
Locey uses generous touches of humor to tell a story that is deeper and more poignant than it appears on the surface. She refers to her book as “romantic rural comedy” and it is, indeed, quite funny throughout. Told in the first person, our gal Libby has quite a gift for the turn of phrase. I love a book that has me laughing out loud, and Libby, er, Ms Locey, provides that quite nicely.
Libby was left widowed five years earlier by the tragic death of her husband at the hands of a drunk driver. Although barely in her mid-thirties, Libby believes she will never be able to let go of Matt and share her life with a man again. She tries hard to fight her quickly growing attraction to the hunk-a hunk-a burning love that is Ares, but I think most women would be hard-pressed to resist a male, god or otherwise, that Locey describes as possessing “shoulders …as wide as I was long with mounds of muscle that flexed with each movement…His back was corded and tapered, cutting down into a firm lean waist.” And as Ares himself says, “I am many things, Wee Bunting, but meager is certainly not one of them.” Somebody get me a fan and a glass of cold water.
But I didn’t have to look too far to see the man behind the god in Ares. I would guess that when most of us think about the god of war, we think of battle lust, destruction, and mayhem. Ares is all that, but Locey paints a picture of a god with the tender touches of a human inside. Although he starts out by bossing Libby around as the servant he thinks she should be, Ares quickly falls in love with her, and we see him start treating her with kindness and warmth. Libby, for her part, wrestles with her attraction to Ares, coupled with her reluctance and guilt at having to let go of her memories of her husband. Their love affair comes about as they both grow in ways neither could have imagined before the storm that made their worlds collide.
Their quest to find the helm of darkness before Hades can wreak havoc on the world takes Libby and Ares on more twists and turns through heaven, hell, and earth than the proverbial roller coaster. Through it all, Locey kept me laughing much, and crying sometimes. Peopled with a cast of characters both mortal and immortal, human and animal—including a fearless/fearful mortal beagle, an emissary-from-the-gods owl who insists on entering and exiting houses through closed doors and windows, and a gay minotaur who falls in love with Libby’s bull--Of Gods and Goats was a trip I’m so glad I took.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)