Sunday, December 4, 2016

Happy Release Day! Cupid's Christmas Arrow by Lynn Michaels #mm #holiday #romance

Cupid's Christmas Arrow
Publication: December 4th 2016
Series: An Olympian Holiday Novella Book 1

Do you believe in Christmas miracles? Love at first sight? How about getting hit with Cupid’s arrow? Can it happen to you? Ami is a cupid, behind on his quota. Bringing love to lonely humans is a satisfying career, until he starts to recognize just how lonely he is. It is Christmas time and he can no longer bring himself to do his job. Paul is an up and coming musician with a happy soul. He has raw talent and the support of family and friends. Success is his for the taking. It’s Christmas time and life is good. Then a stranger comes into his life, and they are a match made in heaven, until Ami just disappears... Will love bring a Christmas miracle when Ami, the failing cupid, meets Paul, the aspiring musician?

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

It's December and more and more are coming up with their own set of creations for holiday reads. Lynn Michaels has come up with something different, yet familiar in Cupid's Christmas Arrow. Different for there is a twist to this plot that we think we know a whole lot of.

In this particular read, Cupid has an organization of sub-cupids (this is my term, not found in the book) and Ami is one of those. Ami has a territory he needs to liven up with love and usually meets his quota without difficulty. But, it's Christmas and for some reason, Ami finds distractions that limit his shooting-arrows-of-love capabilities and is coming up short. He gets even more distracted when he sees Paul playing beautifully on a guitar. All thoughts of meeting his quota, and risking Cupid's disapproval, go up in the air as Ami strikes up a conversation with Paul. Before long, he and Paul are making promises but Ami, being Ami, cannot keep up with the promises and disappears.

Paul is understandably confused and angry and almost goes off and tries to forget about the man of his dreams disappearing into thin air. When Ami comes back, he gives his lover a second chance, but the buts butt in and well, the complications begin. One would think the complications come in the form of Ami disappearing, right? No, there is a whole different twist to this story and I'm going to be naughty and leave you hanging. You can pick up the story yourself - I am nice that way (grin).

Now, the author has this (I have come to learn) proclivity to change and twist the familiar into something else entirely. For one thing, the setting of this story is real yet not, the situation is real, and yet is not again, and the men are real - yes, real. This is what intrigued me with this story. Ami is a sensitive character I fell in love with while Paul was this more familiar, cynical, yet loving man I also got to fall for. 

Overall, this is a one-sit read and left me smiling happily. Yes, it may sound like a story that should be read on Valentine's Day (it would also work, btw, if you read it then) rather than on Christmas holidays, but it works brilliantly. And yes, this does make my list of happy reads that deserves a second and third time read. Maybe even a fourth come Valentine's Day.

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