Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review: Cursed by Cupid by Wendy Sparrow

  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Flirt imprint)
  • Publication date: 2/3/2014
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Dear Reader, this letter is to inform you of Cupid’s curse, which will fall upon you if you don’t pass this email on to three friends within three hours.

Tilly Morrow didn’t believe in the curse and now she hasn’t had a second date in three years…because all her first dates end in disaster. In fact, she just accidentally punched a guy in the face, leaving her without a date for Valentine’s Day!

Bryant Murphy isn’t sure if the curse is real or not, but if dating Tilly means occasionally getting assaulted with a chocolate shake or nearly electrocuted, it’s worth the risk. Armed with more lucky charms than a bowl of cereal, Bryant will have to battle flying swords, Russian mail-order brides, and shrimp linguini if he’s going to win the girl.

My Thoughts

This was a short and fun read. Though it was totally predictable, and a bit cheesy, it was a perfect read for around Valentine's Day. I thought the whole chain letter thing (I remember real chain letters that you actually had to send in the mail) was a fun way of making this "curse" on Tilly. The characters were fun and the story moved quickly. I found myself smiling or laughing pretty much the whole time.

Tilly believes that she is cursed for not passing on this chain letter email. She never has more than a first date with anyone because something always goes wrong. She is really funny and I liked her personality. Yes, the whole curse thing was a bit ridiculous, but Tilly is totally the type of person I would hang out with in real life. She is definitely attracted to Bryant, but she knows that it will never go anywhere because of the curse of the chain letter. She continues to try and fight what is happening with them, but he won't give up.

Bryant was a little too straight forward to me. He is in flirt overload when he first meets Tilly. It's actually quite funny how they meet, but you need to read it to find out. He isn't afraid to say what is on his mind, and he wants Tilly from the start. He does some really sweet things to try to prove to her there is no curse, or to try to help get over it. I loved that he was willing to help so they could be together.

Yes, this is totally insta-love material, but it's a novella about Cupid's curse, so that's expected. As much as I prefer gradual build up to a romance, this was fun and sweet. I don't read a lot of standalone novellas, but this hit the spot. I needed a silly, cheesy romance that was fast and easy to fit into my schedule. If this is your type of thing, it's worth a read!

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. Sometimes you just want to read something cheesy and kind of silly and this sounds like just that kind of book!

  2. I can forgive this insta-love too. It looks super cute.

  3. What a fun premise I hate those chain letter anythings haha. Bryant sounds like he's very direct but sometimes I like that - def better than not being able to communicate anyways >.< Great review, love!

  4. When I was in fifth grade, I got a chain mail saying that if I didn't forward something in the next twenty four hours, a ghost would visit me in my sleep and kill me with a knife. I deleted the message but then refused to sleep in my room that night because I was scared that I'd actually die lol! But this book sounds like a super cute Vday-esque read. The character's personalities sound great, even though the curse thing is sort of ridiculous and the rest of it's cheesy. Fantastic review, Amy! <33


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