Hello, and welcome back! Did you all enjoy a new book or two last week? This week I have three books all by the same author, or rather, authors--J.M. Jeffries is a writing team of two ladies whose last book you saw here back in September. This week, I´m featuring the first three of their "Cupid" books, whose recurring cast includes, of course, Cupid, and his mother Venus, along with cameos by the other gods and goddesses of their day. The third book will be available in February, from ImaJinn Books, but the other two were both available last year, so you might want to start from the beginning, along with me.
The first book in the series is Cupid: The Amorous Arrow. Cupid´s in a teeny bit of trouble and has to prove to the other gods that he´s still able to do his job of uniting lovers. His assignment: plumber Amberlin O´Rourke and her aunt, who´s been stealing from a local department store as revenge for 40 years. When Amberlin meets the store owner´s grandson, the two hatch a plot to unite their family members, who seem to be in love. That makes part of Cupid´s job easier. But a greedy goddess who´s not satisfied with her own job is trying to take over in Cupid and Venus´s department. If you like a touch of paranormal along with zany, you´re in luck. There are laugh out loud moments along the path to true love in this one.
Book two is "Cupid: The Bewildering Bequest." This time out, Jupiter has ordered all gods and goddesses to stop interfering in the lives of mortals, but Cupid and Venus are already into a new love match, this time between Merrill Prescott and Jason Stavros, a pair about as opposite as you can get. But beneath the surface, this pair has a lot more in common than meets the eye, including a recently deceased friend. Cupid and Venus do their part, but Jupiter has other plans for Merrill. Love will win the day amid more laughter.
The brand new book, "Cupid: The Captivating Chauffer" finds Cupid and Venus demoted for interfering in Jupiter´s love life last time out, and Vesta has taken on the job of love goddess. But Cupid and Venus interfere in her plans for newly- and early-retired Andrew Sullivan, who´s just finished sending the last of his siblings off into the real world after spending his young life raising them. His immediate plans are to take his very first vacation, and he hires White Lotus Limousine Service, owned by the Ling family, to take him cross-country. Francesca, aka Frankie, Ling has ideas about fun that don´t coincide with Drew´s, as well as an unfortunate tendency to get lost. Cupid and Venus do their thing, intending to get their old jobs back, but Vesta is furious that they´re butting into her plans. Hilarious. I´m giving it four of Cupid´s five arrows, and looking forward to the next adventures of Cupid and Venus.
Until next week, happy reading!