Priestess of the Nile by Veronica Scott

Priestess of the Nile by Veronica Scott
* I received this ARC free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Egypt, 1500 BC

Drawn to his abandoned temple on the banks of the Nile by an enchanting song, Sobek the Crocodile God is even more captivated by the sight of the singer herself. Appearing to her as a man, he learns she is Merys, a descendant of his last priestess. Though filled with lust, Sobek believes Merys deserves to be more than just his mistress. But the rules that govern the Egyptian pantheon forbid anything beyond a physical joining of a Great One and a human.

Merys is attracted to the handsome stranger, who arouses passions in her that no man ever has. But with no dowry and no hope of ever leaving her village, she dares not dream of the future—or love.

Sobek takes every opportunity to visit Merys, taxing his resolve to leave her pure. When he saves her life, their mutual desire must be sated. But can a love between a human and an immortal survive the ultimate test of the gods?

The only time Merys has any peace is when she is on the beach near Sobek’s temple.  Her grandmother was his last priestess and has handed down the stories and songs to Merys so she could continue to worship him even though their town had turned to another God.

She is treated like a servant in her own home where she is expected to care for her younger sisters and prepare the meals.  She desperately wants a family of her own but she doesn’t have a dowry, that money is reserved for her younger step-sisters.  The closest thing she will ever have to a child is her youngest step-sister, Tyema.  She has a deformed leg, which makes her deformed in her own mother’s eyes; it’s the love of Merys that propels her forward.

Bek continues to visit his temple even though his people are no longer worshiping him.  He is drawn to the beach by a heavenly voice singing a familiar tune.  He and Merys spend stolen moments on the beach where Bek falls in love with her, even though he knows they have no future together.  Events out of his control lead to new beginnings for him, Merys and his people.

Merys is a strong female that has the best out of the life she was given.  She loves her little sister, despite her handicap and wants to pass the legacy down to her.  My heart was breaking for her though because all she wanted was to be a wife and mother.  She had lost hope of ever achieving those goals until she met Bek.  She fell in love with him and believed he could be “the one”, even after he revealed his true self to her.  I love the twist at the end where everything comes together.

Bek may be a God but he is lonely.  When he hears Merys he is mesmerized by her voice.   He enjoys her company and the talks that they have on the beach.  She has shown him that not all people have forgotten about him and that true beauty is found within the person, not on the outside.  He loves her to distraction and has to be extremely careful so Isis doesn’t find about her.  In the end Isis turns out to be their savior.

Bek tries so hard to keep his hands off of her but after the incident with the crocodile he can no longer deny his feelings for her.  He wants to give her a better life but she is loyal to her family and doesn’t want to leave Tyema alone.  Because of Merys love, Bek took care of the people of the village and appointed a new Priestess for his temple.

I love that the story focuses primarily on Bek and Merys, while highlighting a couple of secondary characters.  The author did an excellent job of describing the temple ruins, the beaches and other scenery; I had no problem imagining them there.  I also love that it is set in ancient Egypt and included the Gods and Goddesses of the period.

Overall I really enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend it to others.  I give Priestess of the Nile 4½ Flaming Hearts. 

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