Title: Cupid Knows Best
Author: SA Garcia
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Carl Conrad, Marcelino Moya
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
When it comes to his professional life, photographer Carl Conrad is at the top of his game. He molds impressionable minds at the university by day and jets off to Paris for gallery showings on long weekends. Unfortunately, he pays for it with his disastrous personal life: Carl kicked his boyfriend to the curb after one too many punches, so now it’s just him and his hamsters, one of which he suspects may be a space alien.
Then Cupid takes pity on Carl and hits him where it hurts. It takes Carl all of three seconds to fall head over heels in lust with set design student Marcelino Moya, despite the man’s questionable—okay, deplorable—fashion sense. Convincing Marcelino to give him a chance is the hard part, but Carl is up for the challenge, pun definitely intended.
Marcelino plays hard to get, but he isn’t immune to Carl’s charms. Carl talks him around to dinner, dating, and eventually moving in. There’s just one tiny word standing between Carl and perfect happiness. Why won’t Marcelino say it?
One of the things I really love about Ms. Garcia’s books is the distinctive, almost lyrical tone her writing and characters have. There is truly something special about her novels that always keep my attention and eventually make me fall for her unique and sexy heroes.
The blurb does a great job at describing the book, so I won’t rehash a lot of it. Carl is a professor who teaches photography at a local college. He takes pride in his work and is a successful photographer whose works are often sought out by others. He’s creative, smart and has a very laid back attitude that I couldn’t help but love. He is compared to having a ‘hippy’ type of personality with his ‘make love not war’ attitude and is very well liked by his peers and students.
When Carl spots the very handsome and younger Marcel the first day of his class, he’s immediately drawn to him. Marcel’s sweetness and lack of fashion sense really intrigues Carl, so he can’t help but flirt with Marcel and hope that the younger man is just as interested in him. Lucky for Carl, Marcel finds Carl just as fascinating and soon the two men start to date. But as time progresses and the newness of their relationship starts to dim, they must work hard to keep their relationship alive. They must learn to trust in each other and hope that the love they have between them will just strengthen as time goes on.
One of the things I really liked about this book was the way Ms. Garcia really faces the problems that arise between the couple head on. There is an age difference between them and both Marcel and Carl have issues they must face and work through to find their happy place in each others’ lives. Another thing I really liked about this book was the strong chemistry and the emotional bond the two men had between them. I loved how much they genuinely liked and were supportive of each other. There was an obvious love, respect and true affection between them that really jumped off of the written page at me that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Ms. Garcia writes such interesting, unique heroes that I find very addictive to read about. Her heroes are quirky and are definitely one of a kind, and I easily become fascinated with each and every one of them. Even though they are a little unconventional, they still come across as wonderfully well-written and humanly flawed men. They are not perfect, but once they meet the man they fall in love with they become perfect for each other. I like how they aren’t like your typical cookie-cutter heroes and look forward to each character I meet in her books.
Although I really liked this book a lot, I did think the book ran a little long for me. But saying that, I enjoyed watching Carl and Marcel’s love grow and bloom between them and thought they were pretty much perfect for each other. I’m looking forward to reading more of Ms. Garcia’s work and meeting her next lovable, unconventional hero. Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi