Oct 13, 2011

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Review: Gunshy by Seleste deLaney (Cupid’s Conquests #1)

Contemporary Erotic Romance
September 16 2011
59 pages
Evernight Publishing
Received from author

Yummy Man – Jesse
Kick Ass Chick – Kira

From Goodreads –
Banished from Olympus with orders to restore love to the world, Eros starts with a match no one sees coming. No one but him.

Straight-laced principal Kira isn’t looking for love, especially not right after getting dumped. Then a chance encounter leads her to Jesse, and damned if she isn’t drawn to the bad-boy with a heart of gold. A night of reckless abandon leaves her confused. Was there something there, or did she imagine the connection between them?

Jesse knows lying to Kira is a mistake, but she’s the first woman in a long time to see the man and not just the rock star. When his plan to come clean goes terribly wrong, Kira bolts, leaving Jesse in the dust.

Now Eros has to nudge the star-crossed lovers together and prove to Zeus that love does exist, even among the gun shy.


What do you get when you take a recently single strict high school principal and add in a hot rock star who is tired of living the ‘rock star life’?  Well you get Gunshy by Seleste deLaney, a sweet and sexy love connection story.

Now I bet you’re thinking “But Julie!  An academic and a rock star don’t make an obvious HEA match!”  Well I would say that you are absolutely right.  Which is why they got a little help.  From Cupid.

Yes, that Cupid.

You see, Cupid (a.k.a. Eros) is like a frat boy living it up in Zeus’ land until one day, the big boss calls him to a meeting.  He is sick and tired of watching love and romance reach critically low levels here on Earth so he banishes Eros to live here until Zeus is satisfied that he takes his job as the bringer of love to the people of the world seriously.

I bet now you’re thinking “What a neat concept for a story, Julie!” and I would have to totally agree with you.

Kira is the principal.  At the very beginning of the book, she gets dumped by her boyfriend.  How he dumps her will make you want to push him down, and not in the good way.  What a slime ball!  As she is storming away, she meets Cupid.  Of course she doesn’t know it’s him, but he will lead her on a path straight to Jesse.

Jesse is the super star rock star Kira bumps into.  Literally.  He has already met Cupid, only a few days earlier.  Jesse is so yummy (even though I had to roll my eyes at one of his first lines.  I mean, why do boys think lines like that are so funny?!)  I thought it clever that Seleste made it that Kira didn’t know who Jesse was.  It made their meeting even steamier.  And their chemistry is wonderful.

I love how, even though her stories tend to be short tales or novellas, Seleste writes fully developed characters.  And even though Gunshy was only 59 pages long, I felt a connection to Kira and Jesse and I really did want them to find their HEA.  I was surprised at how long it took for Kira to figure out what she wanted and I also found that when she finally did realized it, the story felt a little rushed.  But overall Gunshy was a fantastic read.  Perfect for when you are looking for a book you can read in one sitting that will leave you all warm and fuzzy in the end.

4 stars

If you like the idea of this book as much as I did, you’ll be happy to know that Gunshy is only the beginning of a new multi-author series.  Each book in the Cupid’s Conquests series will focus on how Eros brings one (or more) couples together.  If you consider that he has to do that enough times to satisfy Zeus, there is a lot of writing potential there!  Seleste will be writing more (and all this was her idea and you can read how it all came to be here) and others will be joining her.  Neat right?!

  1. This sounds awesome! Not only the novella but the concept of the multi-authors for on series. I like the thought of Cupid’s Conquests series and I’m adding this to my TBR list and checking into more information about the series. If I really like the concept I might post more information about it on my blog next week. 😀 The school principal and the hottie rocker…I think it will be an awesome story!

  2. Sold! Off to go push the “buy” button!! smiles…

  3. Deanna – The concept is really cool.

    Christi – I just read your review. Yay! You liked it too!

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