Author: S.A. Garcia
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Cupid Knows Best: Book One
When it comes to his professional life, photographer Carl Conrad is at the top of his game. He molds impressionable minds at the university by day and jets off to Paris for gallery showings on long weekends. Unfortunately, he pays for it with his disastrous personal life: Carl kicked his boyfriend to the curb after one too many punches, so now it’s just him and his hamsters, one of which he suspects may be a space alien.
Then Cupid takes pity on Carl and hits him where it hurts. It takes Carl all of three seconds to fall head over heels in lust with set design student Marcelino Moya, despite the man’s questionable—okay, deplorable—fashion sense. Convincing Marcelino to give him a chance is the hard part, but Carl is up for the challenge, pun definitely intended.
Marcelino plays hard to get, but he isn’t immune to Carl’s charms. Carl talks him around to dinner, dating, and eventually moving in. There’s just one tiny word standing between Carl and perfect happiness. Why won’t Marcelino say it?
I am so torn on what to say about this novel. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. I loved that there was history and relationship growth and while this was absolutely an insta-love tale, it wasn’t. Things moved very fast in the relationship, but at the same time, they didn’t. One MC was pushing for instant forever, while the other slowed the pace and allowed for the development needed to make this a satisfying story. The characters fit well together and complimented each other. They filled in the gaps and bolstered each other’s confidence. They stood by each other in times of need and were just so wonderful, I couldn’t help falling in love with them myself.
In addition, the author has some serious talent. Her writing was superb and had an almost lyrical and songlike quality. It was consistent and fit perfectly with the characters she created.
However, there were two things that turned this from a 5 star read to a 3 star read. The first was that I felt the story was too long. There were times that I asked myself “what is going on here? What is the point of this scene?” And there was so much sex, that I started skimming. I am sure I missed out on some key parts of the story, but it just dragged for me and I skimmed to get through to the ending. I wanted to know how things turned out, so I didn’t stop reading, but this almost became a DNF for me because it just kept going and going and going.
The second thing was the overuse of adjectives and alliteration. While I have to commend the author for her writing style and her creativity, it was just too much for me. It was perfect for the characters, but after a while, the shear volume just overwhelmed me. It added to the reason for my skimming and I was just glad the story was strong enough to keep me interested, because I almost couldn’t handle the sentence structure any longer.
I think this story had great promise and I am sure other folks will appreciate the writer’s style in this one, but it was not for me.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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