Cursed by Cupid
Contemporary Romance, Novella, Short story
Release Date: February 2014
Book provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Dear Reader, this letter is to inform you of Cupid’s curse, which will fall upon you if you don’t pass this email on to three friends within three hours.
Tilly Morrow didn’t believe in the curse and now she hasn’t had a second date in three years…because all her first dates end in disaster. In fact, she just accidentally punched a guy in the face, leaving her without a date for Valentine’s Day!
Bryant Murphy isn’t sure if the curse is real or not, but if dating Tilly means occasionally getting assaulted with a chocolate shake or nearly electrocuted, it’s worth the risk. Armed with more lucky charms than a bowl of cereal, Bryant will have to battle flying swords, Russian mail-order brides, and shrimp linguini if he’s going to win the girl.
This is a very cute short story, very sweet and pretty clean, unless you count soot and a spilled milkshake dirty. I enjoyed the characters, their off-beat personalities and that Bryant, in particular, had an unusual job. A little too much is made of a particular word, not even considered a swear word in most circles, But all in all this was fun, a little like a situation comedy or maybe a Lifetime movie.
Now, what does it have to do with chain letters? The reason she is cursed is that she broke a chain letter. I come from a family with some superstitions, but funny chain letters were never among them. I just don’t believe in them. And, maybe the story is about self-fulfilling prophecy. If you think you are doomed, well… ON THE OTHER HAND, I have known people who seem trapped under a perpetual rain cloud – a poop-emitting rain cloud.
What do you think? Do you believe in chain letters? Have you ever gotten one? Do you think we create our own bad luck?