Author: Therese Gilardi
Publisher: Astraea Press, LLC
Length: 334 pages
Category: Contemporary Romance
Purchase Link: Purchase Link for Matching Wits with Venus
Amelia Colliard is the owner of Happily Ever After by Amelia—a matchmaking business located in California. She has heard about the Roman gods and goddesses since she was a little girl. After tragedy strikes her significant other, she is bereaved and no longer believes in the existence of gods. Busily working in her matchmaking business, she enjoys bringing compatible people together in dating relationships.
Unknown to Amelia, Venus, the goddess of love, feels extremely threatened by her matchmaking business. Venus sends her son, Cupid, out on a mission to destroy Amelia’s business and steal her secrets. That’s when the fun begins. He disguises himself as a mortal financial advisor and sets out to meet Amelia. Soon, he breaks through the walls of her heart and passion ignites. However, he feels guilty for not being honest with her. Cupid has a big decision to make—come clean with Amelia or risk the possibility of a lonely life lived without his true love.
When I first agreed to review this book, I wasn’t sure how I would like reading about gods and goddesses. Would the book still be realistic or total fantasy? As I started reading and getting into this story, my fears were assuaged—this book was authentic in the local feel of the story line and during the descriptions of the deities, I found myself intrigued by the creative development of their characters. Ms. Gilardi did not just move the gods and goddesses along like pawns in a chess game. Each of them was allowed to fully express themselves to the reader.
I noticed a few minor point of view shifts, but truly enjoyed the main characters. Amelia was very likable and I totally connected with her desire to avoid conflicts and not always express how she truly felt. I appreciated the character development and how she grew by the end of the story. Cupid (a.k.a Colin) was an interesting character with romance from a different era, but also likeable because he had his own flaws as well. I liked all of the characters and Ms. Gilardi did very well with her character development—one of my favorite characters was Jennie, Amelia’s friend and colleague. Her spunky attitude and loyalty was very refreshing. She was a good counterpart to Amelia. Stella, Amelia’s mother was an interesting character and I enjoyed the scenes she took center stage in.
Ms. Gilardi’s writing was top notch and she added all the right ingredients into this novel to whip up a well-rounded sweet romance with the pinch of passion—that will have you thinking you’ve just bitten into the most luscious chocolate truffle. You don’t want to miss this novel. I highly recommend it.
My Rating (Matching Wits with Venus): 4 Stars—Top Notch Fiction
5 Stars--Outstanding Fiction: Rivals my love affair with the classics of Jane Austen
4 Stars--Top Notch Fiction: Highly recommend you read this book and watch this author
3 Stars--Ordinary Fiction: Not earth shattering revelation of greatness, but worth reading
2 Stars--Disappointing Fiction: Hoped for more and you won’t find this book fulfilling
1 Star--Not-so-good Fiction: Difficult to keep reading; you won’t want to read it either
(Disclaimer: I reserve the right not to post reviews with a rating below 3 Stars)
A gratis copy of this book was sent to this reviewer by the author / or publisher in exchange for an impartial evaluation.