Booktour.tips Review: “Out Of Practice Aphrodite” by S.E. Babin

May 2019

That was such a great book to read. So much fun…

January 2015

Bookcover Out of Practice Aphrodite by S.E. Babin

Naughty Goddess Chronicles #1

Publisher: Corvallis Press
Publishing date: 15th March 2014
Genre: humour, crime, chick-lit
Formats: e-book
Source: review copy by BookTour.Tips in exchange for an honest review

Bees: 5 of 6

About the story:

Aphrodite, nowadays known as Abby, had a bad night: Unwittingly she had uncovered her Goddess status on a Kiss concert and she is now waiting for Zeus’s wrath. She is more than surprised though when Zeus just sends her off to make a match between two people. After all, that’s her job as the goddess of love.

But, of course, there is always a catch when Zeus is involved. When she and her friends Keto and Artemis find a demi-god burned to a crisp it dawns on her that there is more than a good love match involved. They might even have to save Olympus and the whole world.

About the author:

On Amazon, S.E. Babin is described like this:

S.E. Babin has a passion for writing books with a paranormal twist. Whether it’s romance or mystery, she loves taking the norm and turning it into the extraordinary. Her love of reading turned into a curious exploration to see whether or not she could write her own novel. Beginning with random, terrible poetry and a slightly popular reimagining of Beowulf’s Grendel in her high school English class, Sheryl spent way too much time in the library, killing any chance of her becoming a cheerleader or anything even remotely cool. Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SEBabin or over on Twitter @hungrybiblio. She loves to hear from readers!

Honey Bees in the book:

I am still laughing. This book is such a great mix of genres (crime, humour, chick-lit) which gives you the best of them all. Not sure why I chose this book on the list of BookTour.tips in the first place but it was a good decision. I suspect it has to do with my love for mythology and Greek mythology especially.

It is such fun how S.E. Babin brought ancient goddesses and gods into today’s world and the conflicts and problems that can arise from it. The book plays in the United States of America and on Olympus, the home of the Greek Gods. There has always been a certain affinity with these creatures towards humans, and usually, it does not turn out well for either side. Both a good-looking police officer and Aphrodite do experience that in “Out of practice Aphrodite”.  And you so wish it would work out: after all, how can the goddess of love not have a working love life? On the other hand though: how can a mere mortal compete against the stunning god of messengers Hermes? Believe me, you have a hell of a lot of fun finding out.

You also have a lot of fun finding out who is on Aphrodite’s side and who is not as well as: what is going on on Olympus, which seems to be entirely out of order. And all for a handful of apples. Orpheus seemed to have gotten them. But for what? He pays with his life for that digression. The one responsible for it keeps Aphrodite and her friends on their toes all through the book. Thank goodness there is usually a good cup of coffee at hand to help them keep on track…

Stinging Bees in the book:

There is not much I can fault this book for. It is a well-paced story, has realistic characters and a little curiosity shop full of Greek goddesses and gods. The only thing that I felt was a little over emphasised is the god’s need for coffee. But I am a tea drinker….

And the mead of it all?

Great entertainment, makes you curious to find out more about Greek mythology, and I hope the next book in the series is out soon.

You can purchase it here:

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