"Romance That Takes a Backseat to None!"
As if probation wasn't enough, now Cupid and his mother
Venus have been demoted as well. It wasn't bad enough Venus
had lost her man to the "fruit tart", now Daddy Dearest has
was stuck her with the hussy's job. (Can you
say, "Watermelon's don't grow on trees"?) It gets worse,
Venus's replacement is none other than Vesta, Goddess of
Virtue, and she's about to put passion out of fashion.
The new Goddess of Fruit Trees isn't about to let that
happen. Now poor Cupid is wondering what could possibly be
worse than being "goat boy", God of Flocks and Shepherds.
Cupid's not the only one with an itch to scratch, as Venus
is about to prove that "nobody does it better", by fixing
up the most mismatched couple ever.
Andrew Sullivan and Francesca Ling certainly qualify.
Andrew is a self-made millionaire who, due to his parents'
deaths, never completed his senior year of High School.
He'd spent the intervening years supporting and raising his
siblings. Finally the last one has graduated from college
and Drew has made as much money as he'll ever need. Not yet
forty, he's decided to retire and have all the fun he'd
missed. No wife and kids in Drew's future, he'd been there,
done that. Unfortunately when it comes to having fun, Drew
doesn't have a clue. Enter Venus, Cupid, and one Francesa
Frankie is about as different from Drew as one can get. The
product of an Italian mother and a Chinese father, she's is
petite, quirky, and fun loving. Frankie is a jack of all
trades and a master of none, a free spirit. With two
grandmother's who have an answer for everything and a
tendency for matchmaking, Frankie's been too busy
dodging "suitable husbands" to consider settling down. That
is until a certain tall, auburn haired millionaire walks
through the doors of her family's limousine business.
Drew has his heart set on a cross country tour of all the
places he never got to see. Due to otherworldly
intervention, the directionally challenged Frankie is
assigned to drive, on her father's condition that she stick
firmly to Drew's itinerary. Frankie is determined to prove
herself, even if Drew's points of interest are as much fun
as a high school history field trip. But no matter how
carefully she follows directions the two never quite end up
where they are supposed to be. The road to love takes
hilarious detours as Cupid and Venus pull out all the stops
to show Jupiter just who are the masters of the love game.
For those of you who've have been paying attention to the
titles, we've just wrapped up CC, dare we speculate what
DD could be, ? Damsel in Distress? Devastating Darts?
With Cupid and Venus you never know. Guess we'll just have
to wait and see!
Copyright © 2001
Review based on ImaJinn Books version - February 1,
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted October 2, 2001
Andrew Sullivan has spent his life raising his siblings and making money. Now he's sold his business and wants to take a driving vacation across the United States. But he's never learned to drive and hires Francesca Ling to chauffeur him. Unaware that she's directionally impaired, Andrew finds himself lusting after the sexy free-spirited Frankie. But Andrew isn't about to fall for a maddening woman who can't read a map, parallel park or get anywhere on time. Or can he?
Frankie Ling knows she's driving Andrew crazy. But the stodgy financial wizard needs to learn how to have fun and she's determined to teach him. She sets out to show him the time of his life, but when her heart gets involved, she puts on the brakes. Andrew's made his mark on the world, but Frankie is just getting started in her career and doesn't need a man to complicate her life.
Can Cupid and Venus convince this mismatched pair that they belong together? No ones plays the love game as well as they do, and they are determined to do the impossible...
Also in electronic format: Amber Quill Press, ISBN: 1592791875