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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  12 reviews
For centuries, Cupid has longed to be more than Venus's arrow boy. When he is sent to eliminate Happily Ever After by Amelia, the matchmaking business threatening Venus's status as the goddess of love, Cupid decides to steal Amelia's methods and make his own matches. While spying on Amelia, Cupid accidentally shoots himself with his magical arrow and falls in love with her ...more
Nook, 304 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Astraea Press (first published April 1st 2011)
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Inga
My review:

I read this book in one sitting during my holiday, I couldn’t put it down. This book was exactly and little more what I expected. It was smooth reading, with interesting characters, fun plot and of course, there were gods and goddesses. What more do you want during the summer, but romance, witty and fun dialogues and characters and Greek and Roman mythology!?! Therese Gilardi’s book Matching Wits with Venus was exactly all that!


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Amelia is a matchmaker who has got a p
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Angeline Bishop
Amelia Colliard, the owner of a Hollywood matchmaking service called ‘Happily Ever After by Amelia’, has ticked off Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty, by using her computer savvy to succeed in the matchmaking business.

Like any fierce competitor, Venus seeks to learn Amelia’s secrets and shut her business down so she enlists her son, Cupid, to go undercover to help her tip the scales of success back in her favor.

Now Cupid/Colin isn’t the naked winged cherub you see on Hallmark cards. N
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
This was a refreshing story featuring both Greek and Roman gods. It was easy to see the personality of each of the individual characters. I will admit that it was hard to imagine Cupid as a tall, handsome hunk instead of a naked, winged cherub, but I could get used to it.

This was a sweet romance story. The plot was standard romance: girl meets boy, they fall in love, boy hides secret, girl discovers secret and tells boy to leave, boy works to win girl back, everything has a happy ending. But thi
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Mareena
Jan 23, 2013 Mareena rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys paranormal romance
Recommended to Mareena by: Amazon
For centuries, Cupid has longed to be more than just Venus' 'arrow boy' - and he has several ideas that he's sure his mother would appreciate, if only she'd listen to him. The problem is, "Happily Ever After By Amelia", the thriving matchmaking business that caters to the Hollywood set is threatening Venus' status as the goddess of love. When Cupid is sent to eliminate "Happily Ever After By Amelia", he is initially very curious about how and why Amelia Coillard has become so successful in her b ...more
Kim
~ First Reviewed 2011 ~

*** May contain Spoilers ***

Amelia always believed in the goddess of love, Venus, as a child - but when her parents marriage falls apart and the goddess ignores her prayers Amelia devises her own way to give people their Happy Ever Afters. Amelia is a successful match-maker, bringing love to everyone who seeks it. Everyone but herself that is, until the gorgeous Colin Cumin walks into her shop. At first he annoys her to no degree, but the more time she spends with him the
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Laura Mcquillen
I have to be honest here - I realize that I'm going against the common opinion with this book. I've read other reviews and I know that most people seemed to really like this book. I was given this book months ago to review, so this review is well past due, but when I started reading it, I only got about 2/3 of the way through it and had to put it down. I kept thinking I would come back to it and try reading it again, but I just haven't been able to make myself do it. I'm solidly in the middle wi ...more
Tracy Krauss
Matching Wits With Venus by Therese Gilardi is definitely an imaginative tale, bringing together modern characters and setting with ancient mythology. Amelia runs a successful matchmaking business – so successful in fact that Venus, the Roman goddess of love, is jealous. Thus begins a twisted campaign to malign the human matchmaker. Venus enlists several of her immortal cohorts to spoil Amelia’s business, but not before her son, Cupid, accidentally pricks himself with one of his own arrows. Who ...more
Melissa
*Drools* What an completely delectable read this was. I could not get enough of Cupid or this book. The characters are well developed, extermly likeable, and all around fun. They had me giggling, and plain ol' laughing out loud. I found everything you could possibly want was mixed into this book, romance, heartbreak, adventure, action, suspense and betrayal. All of that mixed with twist and turns you can not see coming. Oh, did I mention, it has mythical gods we all love? This was such an awesom ...more
Englishrose
This was a fun book with a lot of twists and turns. It is an interesting concept to mix the contemporary world with an ancient mythological one - but the author does a good job combining them realistically. Cupid is a cute character that is just a bit naive about the world. Amelia is a tough character who definitely has been hurt before and struggles to open up again. I love how the story developed and grew to places you never expected. There were times that the plot was a little abrupt, but al ...more
Tifferz
Tifferz Take:
I love the cover of this book! This is an exciting book I stayed up all night reading! I could not bring myself to put it down. I loved the mythology and matchmaking going on in this book. Such a sweet love story that had me laughing,smiling and pulling at my heart. The characters are so fun and they are well developed. This book has romance, adventure, action and some unexpected events I did not see coming, but really enjoyed! I would highly recommend this new and fresh clean read.
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Katrina
will post review soon ;)

An enchanting tale filled with love, gods, betrayl and funny moments !! Very witty !! and refreshing, a definetly unique story of its own, that will captivate you and make you wander where Cupid is :O)
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Therese Gilardi is a poet, novelist and essayist who lives in the hills above Los Angeles with her Irish Man, fluffy dogs and Viennese hare. Therese adores blue cameos, Irish pub music and the Paris metro. Therese's work appears online in "Literary Mama", "Punchnel's", "The Mom Egg Review", "The Dirty Napkin", and "The 13th Warrior Review". Therese's essays about her life in Paris, France appear i ...more
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