Have I ever told you guys how I met author Amanda Heger?
Yeah. Twitter. I was this new author, who had no connections and I stumbled upon this incredible community online. One of those standouts who reached out (or maybe I did...truthfully, I don't even remember) with a snarky/funny/encouraging comment (this, I can almost guarantee) was Amanda. We founded a group of new authors, who eventually became close friends. Now, Amanda is my favorite person to share a bed with (at conferences, friends, get your heads out of the gutter...) and quite possibly one of the funniest people I've ever met. Her sarcasm, witticisms, and outrageously subtle (and not-so-subtle) one liners are something I look forward to every time I talk to her. She is not only one of the best human beings I know but one of the most exemplary storytellers I've ever met.
It comes as no surprise, then, that I read her new book, Crazy Cupid Love, and once again marveled at her talent.
"Eliza Herman has spent years avoiding her calling as a Descendant of Eros. After all, happily-ever-afters are a myth. But when a family crisis requires her to fill in at her family's Cupid-for-hire shop, Eliza finds herself enchanting couples under the watchful eye of her mentor, Jake Sanders. After Eliza accidentally enchants Jake instead, they set rules to keep his arrow-struck desire at bay. But some rules are meant to be broken, and before long Eliza is rethinking her stance on true love...until they discover a conspiracy that could destroy thousands of relationships--including their own."
What I LOVE about this book (besides the character reminiscent of me, according to Amanda--see if you can find her!) is the way Greek History ties right into our world. Amanda creates possibility that walking among us are the descendants of Greek gods, and that the chaos and love and humanity in the world is often caused by their intention and mischief.
Eliza, a descendent of Eros (or Cupid!) is a klutzy, non-believer in capital-L Love, with a giant crush on her childhood best friend and some insecurities about the power she's been born with...and the entire book is a hilarious, unpredictable, outrageous, and touching look at the way a character can develop and strengthen (Amanda makes this so real and so flawless), the crazy way life throws obstacles at you (let's say there's an interesting and exceptionally funny sex scene with a Mandroid in this book), all accompanied by a dose of Greek mythology that makes the world a little more magical.
I've stayed away from romances over the last year because of my obsession with historical fiction and escapism, but this was a wonderful exception to my current reading phase. I thought the characters were well-developed, funny, and they came alive with every dialogue and action...as a writer, I can appreciate the art that Amanda has masterfully created. Walmart, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus...all HUGE names in publishing have highlighted Amanda's book and with good reason--it's amazing.