Review – Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman

**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-book of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**

Title Cupid’s Match

Author Lauren Palphreyman

Release Date October 1, 2019

Description from Amazon

Lila Black doesn’t believe in matchmaking, let alone soul mates. So then why is she constantly being hassled by the Cupids Matchmaking Service? But this gilded, cherub-bedecked dating agency isn’t exactly what it seems . . . and it’s about to turn Lila’s entire world upside down. 

It turns out that Cupids Matchmaking is the real deal. As in, it’s run by actual cupids―who don’t look at all like they do in the paintings―and they have a serious problem with Lila’s “match.” Because this guy shouldn’t be in the system. He shouldn’t have a match. And while he’s irresistibly hot, he’s also incredibly dangerous. Because Lila’s true love match is Cupid. The original bad boy of love. And he wants her. 

Now Lila’s once-normal teenaged world has exploded into a mythological nightmare overrun by crime-lord sirens, wrathful cupid hit men, magic arrows that cause no end of trouble, and a mischievous, not-so-angelic love god she can’t seem to stop herself from falling for . . .

Initial Thoughts

I normally don’t read books with modern times as the setting (I prefer fantasy settings), but when I saw that this book had over 50 million reads on Wattpad, I had to apply on NetGalley. The premise sounded like a cute story and I do like mythology.

Some Things I Liked

  • Mythology – I loved the different myths and creatures that are characters in this story. I thought the modernizations were a little cheesy at times, but overall, I enjoyed the use of these characters.
  • Banter between characters – I thought the dialogue was witty and fun and I really enjoyed it.
  • Series value – I can easily see this book developing into more

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • Brand name dropping was unrealistic – I am not a fan of brand name dropping in fictional works and it seemed completely crazy that high school kids were driving crazy expensive cars and live in mansions.

Series Value

I really liked all of the characters used in this book and I think there were tons of openings for more stories. Examples include, the Minotaur and Crystal’s backstory in Whitechapel, Cupid and Cal’s father (I think I know who that would be, but I can easily see another book about him), a spin-off about Cal, I could go on and on. There is so much potential here and I would definitely read more.

Final Thoughts

I thought this was a cute story. The story was a little rushed near the end, but overall, I enjoyed it. I liked the concepts and the characters. Some parts were a little over the top, but in general, I think it’s a nice story and I would continue reading the series (if it becomes a series).

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Flawed by Becky Bird – if you enjoyed the setting, and banter between the characters, definitely check out this new release from Becky Bird.
  • The Prince by Jillian Dodd – if you liked the over-the-top elements of this book, give this series by Jillian Dodd a try. There are no fantasy elements, but it’s still an equally fun series.
  • The Charlotte Holmes Series by Brittany Cavallaro – if you enjoyed the nods to other fictional works and the setting in Cupid’s Match, give this series a try. (I consider Sherlock to be mythological in his own way 😉)

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