*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
After reading A Cupid’s Wager (which you don’t need to read, by the way, because it’s included in this book), I was basically just expecting lots of sex and humor. And to be fair, I wasn’t that far off the mark, though the book had more emotion than I expected.
Here, I even made a handy-dandy pie chart because why not?
For anyone who can’t see the image, it’s: 45% sex, 40% heart-to-hearts/feels, 10% snark/sarcasm, 5% plot—though of course, that’s just my best scientific guesstimate based on my vast expertise in all things bookish.
Anyway, pie charts aside, this book was fun. There were some sexy moments, there were some sweet moments, and there were some funny moments. It had hardly anything that could be called a plot, but I enjoyed it nonetheless and had no trouble getting through it.
The whole story was focused on the newfound romance between Lio and Ethan, and while it was most definitely instalove, it worked. I mean, not in a necessarily realistic way, but it wasn’t frustrating or annoying either. It was kind of part of the premise and had an explanation that almost did make it believable in the context.
As I mentioned above, there was also A LOT of sex, but that’s just the kind of book this is. The only problem I had with the sex was Lio’s use of crude language, but that was just his voice, so the author was staying true to character. It was still sexy enough regardless.
There were also a lot of heart-to-heart conversations, sappy moments, and emotional backstory struggles. This was not the most emotional thing I’ve ever read, and I still consider it to be a light book, but the emotion was there driving the story since the book was also focused on Lio overcoming the pain in his past. The book made me frown when I felt bad for Lio, awww every time Ethan said gooey romantic things, and smile when they got their happily ever after.
I also loved the creativity of the whole cupid organization and the gorgeous descriptions of the Aztec realm. Oh, and Lio has the same favorite food as me, so bonus points ;-)
I did find Lio and Walter’s relationship to be strange and felt that Walter was kind of stereotypical, but that was a minor issue, and he was at least a great friend to Lio.
So overall, this was a funny, quick, sexy romp of a book that managed to be light while still having some character growth and emotional drive behind it, and I enjoyed reading it!
M/M paranormal romance readers who like lots of sex, sappy moments, happy endings, and mythology/deities (albeit a lax interpretation of them).
More Books in the Series:
The name’s Lio, and you may have read the beginning of my story in A Cupid’s Wager. Well, hold on to your hats, because there’s more to tell about your favorite cupid working in the Gay Division of the Inter-Dimensional Association of Cupids.
Remember Ethan? That Aztec god of the winds who busted me shooting a closeted human with a gay lust arrow? Yeah, I haven’t been able to forget him either. Even though I have a rule against getting it on with other supernaturals—especially ones working for the Straight Division—my magic is drawn to Ethan and all his tattoos and piercings in a way I cannot control.
But after that night of mind-numbing sex, now I gotta face my evil ex-boyfriend and a suspension by the IDAC for “misplacing” arrows. They took my quiver, and I have to figure out how to get my arrow privileges back before they’re taken forever.
Ethan seems to think he can help me, but I don’t know how anybody can make this cupid believe in love again.
First Edition published as A Cupid’s Wager by Dreamspinner Press, 2014.
Book Author: Deanna Wadsworth
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIA, Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 4
Setting Location: Mount Olympus, Other Realms, USA