Saturday, August 6, 2011

Review of Matching Wits with Venus by Therese Gilardi

Release date: 19th of April 2011
Published by: Astrea Press
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Paranormal Romance, Mythology
Pages: 330 in Paperback
Source: Won it during giveaway and received from author

From Goodreads:

Matching Wits With VenusFor centuries, Cupid has longed to be more than Venus's arrow boy. When he is sent to eliminate Happily Ever After by Amelia, the matchmaking business threatening Venus's status as the goddess of love, Cupid decides to steal Amelia's methods and make his own matches. While spying on Amelia, Cupid accidentally shoots himself with his magical arrow and falls in love with her. But bereaved Amelia does not believe in the existence of Roman gods, and she certainly is 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 advisor, 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.

When I first read the blurb of this book, I wanted to read it so badly because it sounded like a really sweet book. I was lucky to win Matching Wits with Venus during a giveaway where Therese Gilardi was participating. I was so happy when I received a paperback and it was signed!!!! That is the best gift for an avid reader and a book lover – to receive a paper-book and it’s signed!

My review:

I read this book in one sitting during my holiday, I couldn’t put it down. This book was exactly and little more what I expected. It was smooth reading, with interesting characters, fun plot and of course, there were gods and goddesses. What more do you want during the summer, but romance, witty and fun dialogues and characters and Greek and Roman mythology!?! Therese Gilardi’s book Matching Wits with Venus was exactly all that!

Regarding the plot:

Amelia is a matchmaker who has got a powerful enemy, the goddess Venus. Venus is feeling threatened by Amelia, who is considered the best matchmaker in Hollywood. As you know, you don’t want to get a goddess and especially goddess of love herself for your enemy, because then strange things starting to happen.

One day a gorgeous man walks into Amelia’s matchmaking office and after a bad start Amelia decides to find him a match. His name is Colin and Amelia is trying to hitch him up with an unpleasant customer from Hollywood – Randi. During the matchmaking Amelia realizes that she has some feelings towards Colin. Colin is not an ordinary man and to make it even more complicated for Amelia he is Cupid, son of Venus.

Then strange things start to happen – it seems that the nature has decided to become sterile and then the hell breaks loose.

Regarding the characters:

I liked Amelia! She is smart, beautiful yet little broke inside and lonely. She has been hurt in a worst possible way. She doesn’t believe in love and romance anymore. She does not dare – her parents’ married did not work, she lost the one she loved, so romance is the last thing she needs – at least that is what she thinks until Colin/ Cupid appears.

Cupid/Colin is the guys of your dreams: gorgeous, polite, and intelligent. He is very tender and sweet towards Amelia – isn’t that what a girl needs?!

I liked both the main characters and also side characters: Jennie, Justine, Amelia’s mom and dad. Jennie was well-written! I adored her feistiness!

Whenever gods and goddesses are involved, I am getting little picky and touchy, I love reading books where mythology is part of the book, but since I am interested in Greek mythology I have had to be disappointed in several books where they are used as characters. Luckily that did not happen with Matching Wits with Venus! Therese Gilardi created her gods and goddesses successfully! They were described similarly to my imagination how they should be. Well done!


Matching Wits with Venus includes very lovely romance, a good plot and believable characters, even the gods were believable and the result is one of the best summer reads this summer.

5 stars of 5.

Thanks to Therese Gilardi for sending me signed book.


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