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Matching Wits with Venus (edition 2011)

by Therese Gilardi

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Title:Matching Wits with Venus
Authors:Therese Gilardi
Info:Astraea Press (2011), Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****1/2
Tags:paranormal romance, 2010-2029, 96-100, amazon

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Matching Wits With Venus by Therese Gilardi

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For centuries, Cupid has longed to be more than just Venus' 'arrow boy' - and he has several ideas that he's sure his mother would appreciate, if only she'd listen to him. The problem is, "Happily Ever After By Amelia", the thriving matchmaking business that caters to the Hollywood set is threatening Venus' status as the goddess of love. When Cupid is sent to eliminate "Happily Ever After By Amelia", he is initially very curious about how and why Amelia Coillard has become so successful in her business. He decides to steal Amelia's methods and use them to make his own matches. While spying on Amelia, Cupid accidentally shoots himself with his own magical arrow and falls in love with her.

However, bereaved Amelia does not believe in the existence of the Roman gods, and she is certainly not looking for romance. She is too busy perfecting the patented personality profile that has made her Hollywood's favorite matchmaker. Disguising himself as a mortal financial adviser Cupid manages to break through Amelia's guarded exterior. As their passion deepens, so does Cupid's guilt about deceiving Amelia.

Cupid's interference with Amelia's life causes her business to falter, leads to a sterile spring that threatens the animal kingdom and shatters the longstanding peace between the Roman and Greek gods. With the fate of the natural and under worlds at stake, Cupid must decide whether to reveal his true identity and risk losing the chance to live happily ever after with Amelia.

I do have to say that I'm beginning to like stories with mythological plots although I haven't read very many of them. This book was extremely good, although it did take me a little while to get into. I give this book an A! and am looking forward to reading more of Therese Gilardi's books in the future. ( )
  rubyandthetwins | Jan 23, 2013 |
Matching Wits With Venus by Therese Gilardi is definitely an imaginative tale, bringing together modern characters and setting with ancient mythology. Amelia runs a successful matchmaking business – so successful in fact that Venus, the Roman goddess of love, is jealous. Thus begins a twisted campaign to malign the human matchmaker. Venus enlists several of her immortal cohorts to spoil Amelia’s business, but not before her son, Cupid, accidentally pricks himself with one of his own arrows. Who is the first person he sees once the love potion has taken hold? You guessed it – Amelia. This makes for some very intriguing complications, with some plot twists and surprises that I was not expecting. The story weaves in and out between worlds; following both the lives of the Olympian gods and the mere mortals of present day earth. It was a fun read, not to be taken too seriously, but still enjoyable. ( )
  Tracykrauss | Nov 30, 2012 |
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To Stephen, Henry and Charlotte with thanks to Stephanie, Jane, Elaina, Alice and Elise.
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In the valley below the thirty foot white block letters that spelled out HOLLYWOOD, between Ripley's "Believe It or Not" museum and a string of psychic reading rooms, sat a glass-front shop with a rose-colored door.
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