Sep 14, 2012

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Guest Review: Cupid’s Arrow by Kris Cook

I received so many books at this year’s Authors After Dark that I decided to enlist the help of some of my most trusted reviewers. Today I have Christi from the blog Smitten with Reading lending me a hand and telling us what she thought of Cupid’s Arrow by Kris Cook – a paranormal erotic m/m romance. *insert applause*

M/M
July 23 2012
Trade Paperback
150 pages
Forbidden Passion Press LLC

Yummy Man – Titus Love
Yummy Man – Derek Stone

From Goodreads –
For Titus Love, matchmaking is much more than a hobby – it was the family business. Being the grandson of Cupid himself, Titus is obsessed with restoring his grandfather’s good work and leaves Olympus to secretly work his magic in Dallas’s hottest new tattoo studio, Love Ink.

Detective Derek Stone doesn’t believe in love. Betrayed by a former lover, Derek views the sentimental emotion as a weakness that almost destroyed him vowing never to give anyone that power over him again.

While investigating a string of grisly murders, Derek discovers one common thread – all of the victims were clients of Love Ink and its owner, Titus Love. But when Derek questions his gorgeous suspect, their passion ignites and Derek discovers that the world is bigger and darker than he ever knew.

Something evil has come to Dallas, and only a hard-boiled detective and the new god of love stand in its way.

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Cupid’s Arrow by Kris Cook has a fabulous premise. There are nine cousins who are the grandchildren of the original Gods of Olympus. These demi-gods have been forbidden from using their powers to aid humans…a thing that goes against their very nature. As a result, they have banded together to try to use their powers in the human realm, helping humans wherever they can, but they are doing it on the sly, trying to keep it hidden from the gods.

For now, they are working on a very small scale and the grandson of Eros (Cupid) is in charge of their presence so far. They are centralized out of Titus’s tattoo studio, Love Ink. Here he has infused a select few tattoos with magic so that the wearers can connect with their one true love.  But something has gone wrong and a couple of those humans that have received this tattoo start showing up dead.

Investigating the murders is Derek, who has a bit of his own magical powers. He sees and feels things. He doesn’t realize it, but he’s actually a descendent of an Oracle. He may not know this, but Titus and his cousin Kyros can see the truth about him and his powers immediately. Derek is a man with a depressing, sad love life. After being betrayed, he has shut himself off from love. Both Titus and Kyros can see his pain through his black aura. But Titus sees something else too…he sees a man that he knows he can fall in love with, if he can keep him alive.

To complicate things, there is another race of people who are “bad-guys”….the Prometheans. This race of people are working to steal the gods powers. They already have Prometheus enslaved, but after thousands of years like this, he is faltering. They need another source of power.

It seems a little complicated, but it’s really not. Like I said, I really like the premise and I loved the glimpses of all the cousins when they are together…it promises to make for a fun series. The cousins that are part of this group are not ALL of the cousins…they are just the gay ones. 😉 They bonded together through that commonality, plus the lone female in the group, Krystal, and Zil who is the twin to one of the gay ones.

This book focuses on Titus and the detective, Derek. While I loved both of them separately…they are both great strong characters…I wasn’t a big fan of them together. For me, their sweet-talk was over the top and was just too much for me, to the point that it would distract me from the story when they were getting all lovey-dovey. And lovey-dovey is definitely the correct phrase for the two of them together once they discovered they were falling in love. For me, that was the only sticking point with this book. I definitely don’t plan to write the series off because of it. I’m hoping that it was just a personality trait for these two guys, because I did enjoy the story.

3 stars

Giggle worthy quote:

“’Besides he might be straight.’

‘He’s not straight.’

‘You think everyone is gay.’ It was a game he’d played with Kyros for most of their lives. Kyros never faltered from his belief that every attractive man in the world was available to his bed. Only the most unappealing males made his list of straights.

Books in the Love Ink series –
Cupid’s Arrow
Ares’ Sword (Fall 2012)

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