Saturday, 2 May 2015

Book: Cupid's Enchantment by Michelle M Pillow

Title: Cupid's Enchantment
Series: Naughty Cupid (#1)
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Review Copy
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 21st July 2010
Challenges: N/A
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Cupid must have his revenge on Lord Ilar of the Lycans, and to do so he will take the ugliest mortal he can find and make her irresistable to Lycans; the only way to rid the woman of her curse is for her to become lifemated to a Lycan herself. Lady Rhiannon has been locked away in a tower by her father in case her beauty stops her sister's suitors from accepting their marriage when Cupid finds her, but when he takes her to the Lycan court he never quite realised what he was putting in motion...

I loved this version of Cupid! He resented the fact that he was thought of as encouraging love and wanted to punish those who belittled him, all the while actually ending up helping those people that he is meant to be seeking revenge on. I thought it was a unique and very interesting way to look at a God who is very romantisied. It also led to a few misconceptions about what he considered beauty.

Rhiannon was a virgin, and though they can annoy me at times I actually found her innocence refreshing in Cupid's Enchantment. Rather than having her turn into a sex goddess at the first sight of a naked (or nearly naked) man, Rhiannon acted like a truely naive virgin and made a few observations that were kind of amusing (hiding a knife in a loin cloth maybe?). It meant that I warmed to her in a way that I don't always do!

The chemistry between the two leads was strong, though it wasn't all that clear how much of that was the enchantment placed on Rhiannon until later on. It was also left a bit of a mystery as to why Ilar didn't act quite as mindless as the other Lycans. Saying that the observations of Malak and Larus made it clear what was really going on!

The inclusion of secondary characters such as Malak and Larus was great, not only did it allow a more objective view of what was going on, but I really felt the friendship betweeb them and Ilar, mainly in their teasing and testing of him.

This was an enjoyable read, I look forward to more!