Book Reviews

Letters from Cupid by Ari McKay at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 14-February-2017

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

After Macon, of 'Letters from Cupid' by Ari McKay, accidentally overhears that his colleague, Derek, has been dumped by his lover and that Derek thinks he will never find anyone else, Macon wants to find a way to bolster Derek’s self-confidence. Since it's close to Valentine's Day, Macon comes up with the idea of sending Derek letters relaying to him what “Cupid” thinks are his good qualities and why anyone would be fortunate to be his partner. It takes a while to talk himself into it, but eventually, assured of his anonymity, he tacks a note signed by Cupid on Derek's door. Macon is amazed when Derek answers Cupid's message, signing his notes “Eros”.

Over the next few weeks, Cupid and Eros exchange many messages talking about their lives and getting to know each other without ever meeting. Derek is intrigued and begins to think about who Cupid could be. Macon, who has always admired Derek, begins to have more self-confidence in himself and starts to come out of his shell. He doesn't admit he is Cupid, but begins to spend more time with Derek. They begin to look at each other from a different perspective which stirs up feelings neither realized they had. Derek begins to suspect his Cupid may be Macon and, instead of confronting him, he begins to confide in him about a man he's interested in. Macon hopes he is the man Derek is writing about. One day, while Derek is waiting in a coffee shop for Macon, a young colleague and friend comes in. He tells Derek that he's decided to ask his lady to marry him and asks for advice about how to word his proposal. Macon sees them together and misinterprets the situation. Since Macon is still harboring the feeling of not being good enough for Derek, he assumes the handsome man with Derek must be the man Derek is referring to in his notes. Before either of them see him, Macon leaves the shop.

This is a pleasant story about two nerdy professors who get to know each other in a unique way. I liked that they send handwritten notes rather than e-mails. It gave it a more romantic twist. Reciting poetry in bed may not be what most people would appreciate, but for two English professors it worked. Thanks, Ari, for the cute Valentine's Day story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 94 pages/29942 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-February-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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