Reviewed by Vicki (Tori)
AUTHOR: Ari McKay
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 94 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 14th, 2017
After breaking up with his partner, English professor Dr. Derek Chandler feels like a failure who will never win at romance. His aloof colleague, Dr. Macon Pinney, disagrees and pens an anonymous note of encouragement to Derek, which he signs “Cupid.” Thus begins an exchange of correspondence, a courtship through words where the two men find out they have a great deal in common. Meanwhile, Derek reaches out to Macon, not knowing Macon is his anonymous pen pal. Derek reveals through his letters that someone close by has piqued his interest. Could he mean Macon—or has Macon missed his opportunity and lost Derek to another man?
Perhaps the time has come for Cupid to put in an appearance, and when better to do so than Valentine’s Day?
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2015.
This is a sweet little story of love sneaking up on two men. Both are professors in the same department at a university, but only know each other as colleagues, not as friends. Macon Pinney overhears Derek Chandler and another professor discussing Derek’s recent breakup, and his unsuccessful love life. Macon thinks Derek is a nice man, and could use some cheering up, so he leaves him an encouraging letter, signing it “Cupid” so Macon Derek doesn’t know who it is from. To his surprise, Derek responds to “Cupid”, and the two begin to correspond. They also begin to chat a bit as coworkers, then as friends. Both men are a little nerdy, both are in to literature and poetry, both are a little shy. They are both mature men, and both are lonely…
I enjoyed this story, it’s fairly predictable, but still fun to read. I liked watching their relationship develop, and I liked the method of using the letters to communicate. Both characters were interesting, but I had a hard time telling them apart at times. With two such similar men, I couldn’t always keep track of which was which. I liked the writing just fine, the story flowed and there were no editing issues that stood out to me. I’ve read a couple of books by this combined authorship, and I’ve enjoyed them. This one was good, but short and didn’t have much drama. Basically this is a nice bit of Valentine’s day love. Oh, and it has a sweet epilogue!