The name’s Lio, and you may have read the beginning of my story in A Cupid’s Wager. Well, hold on to your hats, because there’s more to tell about your favorite cupid working in the Gay Division of the Inter-Dimensional Association of Cupids.
Remember Ethan? That Aztec god of the winds who busted me shooting a closeted human with a gay lust arrow? Yeah, I haven’t been able to forget him either. Even though I have a rule against getting it on with other supernaturals—especially ones working for the Straight Division—my magic is drawn to Ethan and all his tattoos and piercings in a way I cannot control.
But after that night of mind-numbing sex, now I gotta face my evil ex-boyfriend and a suspension by the IDAC for “misplacing” arrows. They took my quiver, and I have to figure out how to get my arrow privileges back before they’re taken forever.
Ethan seems to think he can help me, but I don’t know how anybody can make this cupid believe in love again.
First Edition published as A Cupid’s Wager by Dreamspinner Press, 2014.
Oh my goodness! This was an amazing story. It had passion, humor, pop culture, mythos, hurt/comfort, steamy sexy times and sweet romance.
Lio is a cupid who has been burned by a lover in the past. He now doesn’t believe in love and in fact is out to prove that there is a bias against being gay in the department of cupids. He’s been “accidentally” hitting closeted gay guys with lust arrows for years and now the time has come for him to explain himself to his superiors. In the meantime he “accidentally” hits Ethan, a straight Aztec God of the Winds with a lust arrow and is shocked when Ethan hits on him. (The arrows only work if the person is open to being gay…)
Ethan’s story isn’t as simple as all that. Yes, he was married to a woman. Yes, he identified previously as gay, but there’s something more to his relationship with Lio than just lust.
Together they must fight Lio’s evil ex, the judgment that comes down upon Lio and the Fates themselves to be together.
Most importantly, however, Ethan has to fight Lio and the walls he’s built around his heart.
The writing is sharp and the wit is refreshing. All the characters have depth and are enaging. The mythos, though admittedly bastardized, is fascinating, and the love story – while “instant” in some aspects- is more hard won than a lot of others.
I loved Lio and Ethan together. Ethan’s brother, Quetzalcoatl, and Lio’s best friend Wally are equally amazing and my only wish was that they’d have more on page time.
Nothing is off limits in this story and I found myself laughing out loud many times in shock and with great humor.
This is a long story that reads quickly and I highly recommend it to anyone with a sense of humor, a love of the paranormal or a love for “fated mates” (and piercings! YUM!)
5 of 5 stars
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