Letters from Cupid (Ariel’s Review)

Title: Letters from Cupid
Author: Ari McKay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 94
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

2nd Edition

After breaking up with his partner, English professor Dr. Derek Chandler feels like a failure who will never win at romance. His aloof colleague, Dr. Macon Pinney, disagrees and pens an anonymous note of encouragement to Derek, which he signs “Cupid.” Thus begins an exchange of correspondence, a courtship through words where the two men find out they have a great deal in common. Meanwhile, Derek reaches out to Macon, not knowing Macon is his anonymous pen pal. Derek reveals through his letters that someone close by has piqued his interest. Could he mean Macon—or has Macon missed his opportunity and lost Derek to another man?

Perhaps the time has come for Cupid to put in an appearance, and when better to do so than Valentine’s Day?

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2015


Cupid Took English

I would usually give a synopsis, but the blurb for this story tells it perfectly and I can’t improve on perfection.

I loved the concept of the shy, introvert college professor writing Cupid letters to his neighboring professor of Shakespeare. However, half of this book is the letters back and forth with little dialogue. We get to read the thoughts and feelings of each professor, but I really wanted more dialogue.

I liked Macon. He’s very shy and is not a social person, but he’s great at writing. He expresses himself really well in the written word. Derek seems easy going and a bit more extroverted  than Macon. He’s going through a bad breakup and needs encouragement and Macon gives him what he needs through his notes. I didn’t get a real feel for him, though. I wish Macon and Derek would have had more character development. I know I would have liked them more if I got to know them more.

By the middle of the book, Macon and Derek we’re meeting for coffee and getting to know each other. The book started to come alive then. I won’t let you know the ending so you can find out for yourself, but it has a wonderful happy ending.

I recommend this book for those who love the college experience and who love English literature and professors who fall in love.

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Galley copy of Letters from Cupid provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.