The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test #3) by Aimee Carter
During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can’t stop her–until Cronus offers a deal.
In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he’ll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.
With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.
Even if it costs her eternity. (Goodreads)
When we last left Kate she was preggers (and oh, the sweet sexytimes that got her there) and being held captive by Cronus and Calliope. We pick up about nine months later, Henry not realizing that Kate is being held captive (he thinks she’s on her little vacation away from the Underworld) and Kate about to give birth. Cronus is guaranteeing her safety because, hold the phone, he wants Kate to be his woman as he is a creepers to the billionth degree. Calliope, on the other hand, just wants to raise the baby and have Henry by her side. She wants to kill Kate too, but Cronus won’t let her.
So, basically, Kate is living in a house of crazy. And soon her baby will live there too.
There is a ton going on with the Council and Walter and the Gods vs. the Titans. Things seem hopeless many times over again, one of the biggest dilemmas being that it seems there is no way for Kate and Henry and the baby to be together in safety. To divulge more would give away too much of the plot, but suffice it to say, this family is in a major bind. Kate is not a favorite of the Council (and I for one have a hard time keeping straight who is married to whom), but it seems like no one but James, Henry and Kate’s mom are ever really on her side. And then there are traitors like Ava, who tricked Kate into Cronus’s trap in the first place. She has a reason for doing the things she’s done, but can she really be trusted?
Here’s the thing: I really loved the first two books. I loved how Kate and Henry’s relationship progressed and how he opened up more little by little. I loved that Kate was a strong character willing to do stupid things for the sake of the ones she loves. In the last book, she came a bit undone and in this one she did even more so. Now, this is partly because they are facing seemingly insurmountable odds, yes, and it’s also because when you have a child it feels like your heart suddenly exists outside your chest which makes you willing to do crazy, insane things for their sake, but still…something in her seemed off to me. I hate to say it, but I liked Kate less this time around. I didn’t dislike her by any means, but I didn’t love her like I used to. Her thoughts got old to me, and the story felt like it sagged a bit at times. I still love her relationship with Henry, but this time there was less interaction, certainly less swoon and overall, not enough Henry (in the romantic sense).
While I liked certain aspects of this book, it was a slight disappointment to me. Henry and Kate’s story ended nicely and I felt satisfied with the way Carter tied it all up, it just felt like it took a while to get there. And though it’s the end of the series, there is room to explore other characters, which could be nice.
Crush Intensity: 3/5 There were so many things I enjoyed, but this was definitely my least favorite of the three.
Thank you to Harlequin and Net Galley for allowing me to read an e-galley of The Goddess Inheritance in exchange for an honest review. The book will be in stores February 28th.