Novella Review: Cursed by Cupid by Wendy Sparrow



May Contain Spoilers


What a cute story!  I loved both Tilly and Byrant.  Tilly unwisely ignored the dire predictions in a chain letter, and her love life has been cursed ever since.  If there’s a good looking, single guy in the area, she will, without a doubt, turn into a klutz and completely humiliate herself in front of him.  Flying milkshakes, tripping into doors, landing in a plate of shrimp linguine – each scenario is embarrassingly possible, and has domed her to a life of being depressingly single.


When she meets Bryant, after tumbling into his shop, covered in milkshake, he doesn’t know what to make of her.  Or the curse. One thing he does know is that he’s not going to let her just walk away without figuring out if there’s something special between them.

Their date, when they are finally able to go on it, is nothing short of a disaster.  Even I started to wonder if poor Tilly was cursed!  And all because she promptly deleted a chain email, something that I do all the time, too!  Bryant ends up in the hospital, Tilly swears off men and romance for the rest of her life – and then Bryant, a glass is half-full kind of guy, puts a positive spin on every near death experience he’s encountered since meeting Tilly.  How sweet!  I even loved the way he wrote reminders on his hands so he wouldn’t forget to do things.

Cursed by Cupid is a short, sweet read that’s guaranteed to put you in the mood for Valentine’s Day.  Wendy Sparrow takes the idea of an urban legend and brings it hilariously to life, much to the dismay of the “cursed” Tilly.  Extremely engaging protagonists makes this read so much fun.

Grade:  B/B+

Review copy provided by publisher

From Amazon:

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.