Following my love of the Hades/Persephone story Seeds by M.M. Kin, I decided to pick up this story by an unfamiliar (to me) author. I thought another mythology retelling might be appealing. Really, though, all the two stories have in common is a mythological base…otherwise, Pan is completely different from Seeds. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t thoroughly enjoy it!
THE PLOT: Pan, the god of fertility, has been chasing Syrinx, a goddess of chastity, for aeons, but she always managed to escape him. Now Syrinx is living disguised as human florist Sylvia in the 21st century. (The gods can travel in time and space, sans TARDIS!) Pan finds out where she is and also disguises himself as a very attractive and rich human, Parker Thomas. What follows starts off as a game of cat-and-mouse, but quickly becomes more about Pan learning to truly love instead of just pursue.
MY TWO CENTS: I was SO pleasantly surprised with this book. I was afraid it might turn into erotica, and it didn’t at all…in contrast, it’s a VERY clean romance! It’s about novella length (about 200 e-pages), but it didn’t seem short at all. The author took her time building Pan’s character, having him learn and change. Rutherford and Kaye were great character additions. And hey, who doesn’t love characters who can conjure up Jaguars and perfect party clothes with a snap of their fingers? Wish fulfillment 101.
BOTTOM LINE: I thought the writing was very good. Love the double meaning of the title. Really enjoyed this as a short, easy read and hope the author does more mythology retellings. How about Syrinx’s sister, Saturnia? I think there’s some story there that needs exploring. Just sayin’.
TEACUP RATING: 4½ out of 5 teacups, and hoping for a second course.
Note: Review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.