Monday, December 3, 2012

Cupid's Christmas by Bette Lee Crosby

Cupid's Christmas
by Bette Lee Crosby
Published: October 17, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchase*: Barnes and Noble/Amazon


CUPID’S CHRISTMAS…A love story for both the young and the young at heart. In a spot somewhere between Heaven and Earth, Cupid is trying to overcome the forces of lust, jealousy and the events brought on by his nemeses—Life Management. 
Cupid matched John and Eleanor thirty years ago, but Life Management stepped in and fouled things up. Now they are both single and back together again, but before Cupid can give them the happiness they deserve, he’s got to come up with some magic, a few miracles and a dog for John’s daughter.
I love Bette Lee Crosby’s books so when she approached me to review Cupid’s Christmas it was a no brainer. Cupid’s Christmas delivers a holiday tale that you will want to share with others. It reads like a made for television Hallmark Christmas special and I quickly consumed this on a cold afternoon. This is heartwarming tales that will lift your spirits and embraces the spirit of the holidays.

We meet Cupid who dwells somewhere between Heaven and Earth and whose purpose is to match people with their true loves. This isn’t an easy task, what with human free will and the department of “Life Management” whose sole purpose it seems is to throw a wrench into people’s lives. We meet Lindsay Gray, a difficult case who mixes up love with lust. Add in a second chance romance, a cute dog, a sexy veterinarian and you have the ingredients for a heartwarming tale.

Lindsey Gray is in search of love and happiness and nothing is going her way. Despite Cupid’s interventions she keeps messing things up. When a series of events force her to move back to her New Jersey home she just might get her happily ever-after. Her dad John, his girlfriend Eleanor and her son all have different story lines and I found myself completely caught up in their stories.Cupid was absolutely hilarious and I loved her snarky comments and insight about humans.

Crosby has this incredible gift for bringing you memorable characters and weaving tales that touch you.  I love that she is able to capture my attention in the first few pages. Since New Jersey and the areas mentioned were my old stomping grounds I felt right at home. I loved that she mention my favorite sports teams and venues. The dog in the book will capture your heart and I love that part of the proceeds go to helping animal shelters. The pacing is delightful and the characters complex. I found myself giggling aloud, especially during Cupid’s POV. The tale is shared through multiple POV’s adding depth and a personal touch. I found myself highlighting quotes and had tears in my eyes at the end.

If you are in search of a heartwarming tale to get you in the holiday mood, Cupid’s Christmas is the perfect read. I cannot wait to see what this author brings us next.

I want to thank the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. I was absolutely delighted to see my review quoted for Spare Change in this novel and recommend you read it.

I gave this clever tale 4.5 cups of cocoa out of 5
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43 Comments:

At July 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM , Anonymous Aurian said...

Thanks for the great review Kimba, I now want to read this book! And I have to write: I love that doggie on the cover! And well, Cupid is female? ...

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM , Anonymous Michelle@ Book Briefs said...

This book looks adorable. It seems like the perfect holiday read! I hope that I will be able to pick it up after my finals. I am doing a major TBR pile intervention this holiday season just to PREPARE for your TBR pile challenge in March. That is how bad mine has gotten. ::Sigh::


Thanks for the great review and I hope everything is going great for you!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:08 AM , Anonymous Steph, The Readingista said...

The premise is slightly similar to The Nine Lives of Christmas. I think that I would really enjoy this one. Thank you for your review.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This was delightful and hope you get a chance to read it :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous GRgenius said...

Now see for me, the cover is ADORABLE but in my mind does not match with the book synopsis! It looks more kitsy somehow, but the story does sound heart warming as you mentioned. Great find, thanks for sharing!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

So glad, enjoy and yeah..I've been mixing up the cups..LOL

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I was sold from the start by the cute pup on the cover! I am so in the mood for Christmas reads & am digging that you are giving out cups of cocoa now!!!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous Beth Cutwright said...

Oh Kimba, we share a love for Bette Lee Crosby!!! She is so amazingly delightful. I loved Cupid's Christmas too! My mom is now reading it I believe. What a great review! Cheers!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

She is wonderful :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this was a real feel good novel that me laugh..thanks Sam :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

I don't think I have come across this before but I love the sound of it! Cupid especially sounds like a fun characters. Just in time for Christmas too. :) Great review!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahaha...um yeah and it's naught. B&N has parental controls and multiple account so you can keep a naughty mommy folder..bwahaha. My recommendation read it and archive it lickty-split :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

Okay, I found Christmas Kisses and downloaded it since it's so short. :) I just hate that my son and I are on the same Amazon account, so when I bought it, it will also be right on top of his kindle when he turns it on. Hopefully he's not around his friends when he does. lol

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Oh not me..i am a sucker for them..i just read a novella called Christmas Kisses, it's New Adult and while I will not be reviewing here because of scheduling issues..OMG it was hot!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Kim and I could not agree more about the author :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous Turning the Pages said...

I picked this one up as a kindle freebie last week! It's on my tbr list for this month. The author is such a nice person I've chatted with her on goodreads before. I can't wait to read this one it sounds adorable great review!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yes or B&N :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous Bella's Shelf said...

I just bought cupid kiss, where can i find christmas kisses? amazon? going to find it now..

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Melissa, I really like this author and hope you enjoy it!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM , Anonymous Melissa's Midnight Musings said...

I'm glad you really enjoyed this story. I can't wait to read it. Congrats on having your review of Spare Change quoted!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

O.o another good one is a new adult for .99 cents called Christmas Kisses, it's a novella but its very hot!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

lumps of coal I love it..yeah i through in flavored coffees and
double espressos once in a while, so ya gotta watch for them..LOL If I ever have a one cup rating it will be decaf..hehehe!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous Bella's Shelf said...

I like it cuz of the donation to animal shelters. This sounds uber cute and I need a good holiday read to get the bahhumbugs out of me..lol..I picked up 3 books that are Xmas themed, The Christmas Catch and Mistletoe in Maine by Ginny Baird. Theres another I forgot the name. Im gonna do a few Xmas-ey reviews to keep with the holiday spirit :) I love your rater being cups of cocoa :) If I dont like a book I will give it a lump of coal! lolz!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

This sounds so cute, but I don't know what my problem is with holiday themed books. I usually completely pass them up, even though I know I'd probably like them.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous A Belle's Tales said...

This sounds like it may make me cry! You know those Hallmark-type stories get me every time! Wonderful review! Thanks for sharing:D

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Me too, but this was just sweet and touching.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

They do get you in the holiday mood and this was delightful, thanks Nick :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous Nick said...

Sounds like such a cute read, Kim! And look at that adorable dog on the cover! :)
Holiday books are so much fun to read to get you in the mood! Glad to hear that you loved the book, Kim! :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Aww, I am glad you are getting on top of it and delighted you will read this when you can.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

This was a cute fun read and I am glad I got to share it with you :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous Jenny @ Supernatural Snark said...

I'm so glad to have read your review of this one Kimba because, as cute as that dog is on the cover, I likely would have glossed right over this book. The fact that the proceeds go to help animal shelters is a huge incentive to buy this one, as I'm an animal lover through and through. Thanks for bringing Cupid's Christmas to my attention!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Awesome. it was delightful!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

I love holiday reads that make you feel warm and fuzzy :) They are the best ever! I might keep this in mind for next year's holiday reads!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

That is wonderful Maja! I love holiday themed books they definitely get me in the holiday spirit.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I just love that it's December and that we get to read all these Christmas-related books. I swear, Kimba, my mood has already improved by 17%. I'm going to be positively perky by Christmas Eve. This is another one I need to add to my 'December reads' list.
Thank you for the lovely review!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yes, at least I thought so...it was wonderful..LOL

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I could not agree more <3 thanks Sherry!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous sherry fundin said...

I read the book and thought it was great also. I loved it. The dogs passing seemed to add a little something more to the book. Bette Lee Crosby's writing is something special and people will definitely want to add her to their TBR list. Thanks Kimba for the great review.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Sadly this is a picture of the owner's dog and he recently passed, but I think that makes it even more special.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

This sounds like a great holiday read. What an adorable cover!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Kind of more the sort of story I want to watch as a hallmark movie

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Kristin this was such a fun story

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM , Anonymous Kristin Clifton said...

Awww, congrats on being quoted for Spare Change!!! This does sound so cute! As soon as you said Hallmark Christmas special, I completely pictured the movie and the snarky Cupid.



Great review and summary!!!

 

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