Author: S.A. Garcia
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Cupid Knows Best: Book Two
A Spin-off of Cupid Knows Best
Hindy Nardella, gallery owner and tidy leather diva, isn’t sure about love anymore. His most-recent ex-lover said “sayonara” and headed for Japan despite a week of Hindy begging him to stay. The man before that bid Hindy “namaste” before heading for Nepal seeking salvation. Hindy will accept advice from anywhere, even a tacky Cupid music box which only plays Cher’s “Believe,” and vivid dreams that compel him to leave NYC and head for the Adirondacks.
Cupid leads Hindy straight to a leather bar in the mountains and an exotic drag queen named Patrice O’Malley. For Patrice, whose near-perfect beauty belies his lack of confidence, it’s lust at first sight, but Hindy has doubts born of his recent run of bad luck in romance. But when Patrice saves Hindy from death by a falling chunk of airplane blue ice, Cupid slams into Hindy’s heart, and Hindy begins to believe in miracles again. Dangers and challenges arise, involving, among other things, crazy ex-lovers, rampaging mosquitoes, and a phantom moose. But life together awaits back in NYC, if they can survive, trust in each other, and believe in life after love.
I wanted to like this story. And there were parts that I did enjoy. Hindy and Patrice were wonderful characters and were fleshed out very well. The author provided history, growth, and promise for both men. Their relationship was fast, but that was the point since there was a bit of magic thrown in to help things along. I really enjoyed the banter between the two men and the way they fit together so well. I loved their affection for one another and I loved seeing each man break out of his shell. They really were wonderful characters.
However, my love of the story and the characters was overshadowed by the excessive alliteration and length of the novel. Just as with the first story in this series, there were times I asked myself what the point of some of the plot was. Or why some of the characters appeared where they did. Or why the author chose to spend so much time on certain details when a simple glimpse would have had the same result. It is such a shame that I grew bored at times and started skimming again because there is so much promise in this series. The author has likable characters and unique concepts, but there was just too much extra that should have be cut or saved for book 3. I wanted to love this story, but it just didn’t work out 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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