Beaus and Arrows by Rashida T. Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ever wonder if Cupid hated his job like we all do? Well, Emory, the lead character here, is proof positive.
Emory has taken up the mantle of Cupid (with a fancier species name) to replace his dad, after he lost motivation to do the job properly. He isn't super motivated and mainly makes matches to watch the fireworks play out (for good or bad). All of that gets put under a microscope when he gets notified of an upcoming audit of his work. The possible punishment for misuse of his powers? Getting sent where his dad went, being exiled away from all his creature comforts. He probably could've faked his way through it if it wasn't for Blair.
Blair is a free spirit, quick to fall in love, easy to recover from a broken heart, but one bad relationship too many puts her in a sort of numb state. It's this state that makes her immune to Emory's arrows, no matter how desperate he is to remedy his mistake. Forced to out himself to her, they form a budding relationship (strictly friendship at first), that gives Emory a glimpse into his "target"'s hearts and minds. Through their shared experiences, he is finally able to appreciate the importance of making the correct matches and when he should quit forcing things.
I'll admit, in the beginning I really did not like Emory. He's arrogant and just... a jerk. He grows a lot, though, mostly through Blair's guidance and some hard lessons learned. He definitely redeems himself by the end, and we get a good HEA.
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