REVIEW: ‘Accidently in Love With … A God?’ by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Book One in the Accidentally Yours Series

Published originally as an E-book on January 15 2012

This edition published October 29 2013 by Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

3/5 stars

Trapped for decades, a powerful god seeks freedom . . . and revenge. But the only thing that can save him is the passion of a woman’s touch . . .

Emma Keane is your average city girl trying to get a date. There’s just one thing holding her back: the disembodied male voice speaking to her through her mind. Sound kind of crazy? Maybe. But crazy turns downright deadly when the voice persuades her to travel to the wilds of the Mayan jungle. There she will free his body-his incredibly hot, muscled, naked body.

Humans are so frail, so undisciplined, so susceptible to love. And when this ancient being connects with Emma, the feelings she sparks drive him utterly mad. Protective, keep-her-close, never-let-her-go kind of mad. Which might not be such a bad thing because from the moment the beautiful, passionate Emma unshackles his body, they are hunted at every turn. Now he’ll have to do everything in his power to keep her safe. But will it be enough?

I have a serious weakness for mythological stories, especially those dealing with Gods and Goddesses. So when I saw this title listed on NetGalley I quickly requested it and was excited to read it. Having once accidentally dated someone unbeknown to myself, the premise of this book where our heroine accidentally dates a God really intrigued me. And although I enjoyed it, I didn’t love this narrative, but god I wanted too.

Pamfiloff has a really unique story to tell and does so in an intriguing and somewhat entertaining way. I loved the narrative’s opening and found myself quickly enthralled in her storytelling. We first meet Emma as she sits down to dinner in a crowded kitschy restaurant waiting for her blind date to arrive. She is anxious as blind dating is not really her thing, but she trusts her friends judgement in setting this up for her. What she doesn’t count on however is the hunk that walks through the door and the all too familiar voice in her head that immediately takes a dislike to him. And thus we meet Guy for the first time – not the hunk who walks through the door, but the disembodied voice in her head. The pair (Emma and Guy) share a close relationship (after all two personalities inhabit the one body) where they constantly bicker and exchange witty banter. Together the two characters work and although there was the chance for things to get confusing, Pamfiloff has written the two opposing characters in such a way that you always know exactly what is going on and thus avoids what I felt could have been the novel’s biggest fall down.

I think the biggest let down for me with this novel was the main protagonist Emma Keane. In part I believe this problem lies with the fact that I never really connected properly with her to begin with. Emma Keane is meant to be the ideal city girl, who having broken free from her family lives comfortably and happily in a share house with her best friends. She is said to be in her early twenties and living the life, minus having a male figure live within her head and not having been able to snag a boyfriend successfully yet. I wanted to like her, really I did, but as the novel progressed I felt she lost the initial appeal of the strong independent twenty-something girl living it up and reverted back to an angsty teenage girl. Gone was her feisty streak of independence and awe and its in place was a whiny teenage girl who spends half the novel screaming about the injustices done to her instead of standing up for herself. Before too long she was beginning to grate on my nerves and by then end I was well and truly over her. Although she has a great sense of humour and plenty of great (and unexpected) one-liners, she never really developed throughout out the narrative. As someone whose life was turned upside down and is constantly overloaded with new information she never seemed to absorb any information about her new ‘reality’. What’s more she constantly whined about people lying to her – which I admit they did do a lot, and she had reasons to be confused there – but when they tried to come clean, particularly our hero (Guy), she never gave them a chance to explain nor did she seem to listen. Stubbornly set in her own ways she was erratic in her choices and preferred to jump in the deep end with no information then take a breather and listen to what others were saying around her.

Guy on the other hand was a whole other kettle of fish. I never knew where the reader, nor Emma, stood with him. He was the embodiment of contractions always saying one thing, careful to explain his exact motivations for why it had to be that way only to backtrack and re-explain his reasons in a completely different light a few pages later. He was powerful and commanding, and endearing in a slightly possessive and arrogant kind of way, with much of the novel spent obsessing over his “male equipment” which frankly just got old.

My other issue with the narrative was the constant back and forth. I know its a romance novel, but there are only so many times both characters can back flip between loving each other and hating each other at the same time with no plot development before it gets old. A point made worse by Guy’s constant voice of reason telling us that what we are seeing in Emma’s puppy love is a basic human reaction to the hormones that he as a God gives out. Although their ‘love’ connection didn’t really shine through as strongly as it could have, I did think that the loss of each other’s company after twenty-two years together was conveyed convincingly with both parties (Emma and Guy) not quite being able to express their feelings, nor hide their disappointment and confusion with life as a single entity.

I really did like the concepts behind this novel and I can see what Pamfiloff was trying to achieve. Her novel concept is still one of the most unique and engaging ones I’ve read to date dealing with the unusual world of the Gods, and I encourage any other readers with a passion for a good God and Goddesses (and demigods) to give it ago.

My thanks go to Netgalley, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for the copy I received to review.

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