Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Letters from Cupid by Ari McKay ~ Release Day Review & Giveaway


Title ~ Letters from Cupid

Author ~ Ari McKay

Publisher ~ Torquere Press

Published ~ 4th February 2015

Genre ~ M/M Contemporary Romance



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Breaking up with his boyfriend has left English Professor Derek Chandler feeling lonely and down. He begins to think that he just doesn't have the passion to sustain a long-term relationship -- at least until a letter from a mysterious "Cupid" tells him not to lose hope. Intrigued, Derek replies to his anonymous admirer, and they begin a correspondence where Derek discovers he isn't the only one with doubts about his desirability.
Dr. Macon Pinney has admired his colleague from afar for quite a while, but he only intended his initial note to Derek to offer encouragement. Macon doesn't believe that outgoing, sociable Derek could ever be interested in the type of quiet, withdrawn man he knows himself to be. And yet when Derek writes back, admitting his worries about never finding a true partner, Macon can't help but reply, sharing his own feelings from the safety of anonymity.
But will Macon find the courage to step out of the shadows and admit to Derek his identity, or will both men spend the most romantic day of the year alone?

Macky’s Review

Valentine's Day isn’t far away, so this sweet little romance with Cupid in it’s title fits the bill very nicely. As it says in the synopsis, it features two college English professors: Dr Derek Chandler and Dr Macon Pinney.

Both heading towards forty, they've worked together at the college for seven years but have never really interacted much during that time.

Shy and reserved, Macon is not an unfriendly man but he is quiet and a touch withdrawn so tends to keep himself to himself. Secretly, he’s always thought that the more outgoing Derek was attractive, so has admired him from afar, but aware that Derek was in a relationship, never instigated a friendship; until the day he overhears him telling another colleague he and his partner have split up, and that he's now worried that somehow he'll never find passion in his life.

What follows is a gentle, slow burn courtship that begins with Macon doing something completely out of character for him. Seeing Derek feeling so low he decides to write him a self esteem boosting letter from 'Cupid' hoping to lift his spirits. Surprised but also curious, Derek answers and the two of them begin a regular backwards and forwards correspondence. It’s not long before Derek finds himself intrigued by this anonymous man who calls himself Cupid and feeling charmed by the letters, he decides its time to make contact with his subdued colleague, who he also finds attractive beneath the slightly buttoned up exterior. Although Macon is worried that he'll find out and be disappointed when he finds out who Cupid really is, he still  finds himself responding to the tentative friendship they start to build despite the fact that Derek has no idea that 'Cupid' and Macon are one and the same!

The story is based on misconception and hidden identities leading to a couple of little misunderstandings and some crossed wires. But the angst factor is pretty low making it fairly easy for Cupid's arrows to hit his designated targets.

Scattered throughout with some classic quotes from the bard and the romantic poets, it has quite a refined feel at times, and even though its not a story that's going to surprise  or particularly excite, as it's pretty obvious where it's heading, as always from this entertaining writing duo, it's a nice easy read that if you're in the mood for something more sweet and mellow than hot and spicy, will definitely suit. Having said that there is some steam and sizzle at the finish to hot things up a bit, and being two clever guys this really is the epitome of smexy! 


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Meet Ari Mckay

Ari McKay is the professional pseudonym for Arionrhod and McKay, who collaborate on original m/m fiction. They began writing together in 2004 and finished their first original full length novel in 2011. Recently, they’ve begun collaborating on designing and creating costumes to wear and compete in at Sci Fi conventions, and they share a love of yarn and cake.
Arionrhod is an avid costumer, knitter, and all-around craft fiend, as well as a professional systems engineer. Mother of two human children and two dachshunds who think they are human, she is a voracious reader with wildly eclectic tastes, devouring romance novels, military science fiction, horror stories and Shakespeare with equal glee. She is currently preparing for the zombie apocalypse.
McKay is an English teacher who has been writing for one reason or another most of her life. She also enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, and playing video games. She has been known to knit in public. Given she has the survival skills of a gnat, she’s relying on Arionrhod to help her survive the zombie apocalypse.




Ari McKay will be gifting an ebook copy of Letters to Cupid to one lucky reader, all you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter below.

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  1. Thank you for the review the book sounds great and I'm adding it to my wish list.

  2. Looking forward to this read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Sounds interesting from the review. I always love stories with college professors.

  4. This sounds like a really sweet romance... Another one for my TBR list.

  5. I enjoy reading about 40ish couples! Great review thank you!

  6. What a sweet sounding story, TBR list.

  7. I'm looking forward to reading this. Thank you!

  8. Sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I loved one of the other books I've read by this author. This book sounds really good too. Thank you for th chance to win a copy!

  10. Shy professor? Sounds perfect. :-)

  11. Sounds really good. I've always had a soft spot for the shy characters.

  12. Sounds great. Please count me in.

  13. this looks like a great read

  14. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy a hot, steamy romance just as much as the next pervert, but this story of a sweet, slow burn has me just itching to get my hands on a copy. Great blurb and excerpt!

  15. Looking forwards to giving this a try!


  16. Thank you for an informative review, yes I like smexy professors and a slow burning romance with a nice spluttering of sophistication and a courtship... :)

  17. This sounds like a good story.

  18. This sounds like a great story. I really like the cover. Thank you for the review and giveaway!