Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Bear Goddess by Kelley Heckart

Book Name: The Bear Goddess

Series: Book 1: The Arcadia Bears

Author's Name: Kelley Heckart

Genre: M/F- Fantasy/Romance

Main Characters: Callisto and Kasin

Release Date: November 9, 2014

Book Provided by: ARC by author

Reviewed by: LT

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Forbidden love… Broken vows… Betrayal… 
Callisto, the daughter of the great Arcadian King Lycaon and the nymph Maia, has studied all her life to attain the high position of Bear Goddess among the nymphs of Artemis, taking a sacred vow of purity. But when she meets a mysterious man, her life changes forever.
Kasin is a prince among the fierce centaurs and one of few who can take human shape. A follower of Zeus, he is mystified to save a nymph’s life and even worse, to fall in love with an enemy of the centaurs. He is torn between his duty to his people and his love for Callisto.
When the nymphs capture Kasin for their next sacrifice, Callisto cannot allow him to die, but before she can help him escape, they are caught together and their secret connection exposed. Surrounded by armed guards, they manage a daring escape. On the run from the nymphs, danger and betrayal follow Kasin and Callisto. To survive, they must evade a god obsessed with having Callisto for himself as well as others who also want to keep them apart. Will their love for each other be enough to save them?

I have only said this a few times, but I must repeat it again, so here goes.. 
This is one of the most unique books, as far as characters go, that I've read to date. Callisto is a shape shifting nymph who has given herself to Artemis, meaning she will never be with a man.
Kasin is shape shifting half witch/half Centaur. His forms are only human and centaur.
Centaurs and Nymphs are enemies warring with each other. Kasin saves Callisto from a near fatal silver tipped boar tusk. He nurses her back to health all the while thinking of how he can keep and claim her. If he takes her back to his camp his people will expect him to treat her like a slave. He cares for her and doesn't want her to be a slave, he wants her as his wife.
Callisto never felt anything for a man before, let alone a stranger who saved her life while in the forest. She knows she shouldn't trust this man believing he is a human slave to the Centaurs. She is completely unaware he is Centaur.
Love happens almost magically and they decide to run off to be together until his family comes for him. Kasin asks Callisto to wait for him until he returns in two days. After a week of waiting and he doesn't come back, Callisto returns to her Goddess duties. But she doesn't go alone, she's with child.
Fast forward 5 years later and they meet again on opposites sides of prison bars, both with secrets that can cause both of their deaths.