Title: Letters From Cupid
Author: Ari McKay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 02-14-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 81
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 Macon doesn’t believe that outgoing, sociable Derek could ever be interested in the type of quiet, withdrawn man he knows himself to be.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?
OMG! How cute are these guys?! I love when a book actually makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and makes me smile. This one did. Two English professors, Derek and Macon have never been anything more than colleagues but when he overhears a conversation Derek has, about his recent break-up and the resulting blow to his self-esteem, Macon decides that he will leave Derek an anonymous note to lift his spirits. What starts off as one note from ‘Cupid’, turns into a two way conversation. Somehow along the way as they continue to exchange notes, Derek finds himself drawn to Macon and wonders how he never noticed the things he now finds attractive but at the same time he wishes that Macon and Cupid were one and the same.
I’d say that my only criticism was that they went from acquaintances to jumping right in the deep end but I guess the purpose of that was to demonstrate that both men were able to incite passion in each other when they had pretty much given up hope pleasing anyone. These MC’s made such a lovely couple and although both men come across as shy and reserved, they were absolute tigers in the bedroom.
This was such a fun read, the angst is non-existent and their HEA is just perfect as we get a glimpse of their future. The scene when Derek answers the door to his ex and Macon refers to himself as ‘things’, made me chuckle. You’ll know what I mean when you read it. This may only be a short story but it has so much crammed into it, it feels like a fully developed book. If you like cute, nerdy, bashful men, then this is worth a read.