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Review: First Quiver (Cupid’s Fall #1) (ARC)

Expected publication: January 26th 2021, 302 pages

Author: Beth Greenberg

Immortality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially for the 3,375-year-old virgin of Mount Olympus.

Day after day, the God of Love launches his arrows, then watches from the sidelines while everyone else has all the fun. On a mischievous whim, Cupid sends a love-tipped arrow into the wrong rump—and the gods sentence him to a taste of his own medicine.

Banished from the only home he’s ever known, Cupid plunges to Earth and lands in present-day Tarra, Indiana, where mortals go on about their daily routines, oblivious to the capricious gods stirring the pot from above. Delighted to discover his wings and pubescent pudge have been transformed into a magnificent human body, Cupid swiftly leaves his virginity behind.

But his carnal spree is cut short when he falls passionately in love for the first time in his immortal life, and he understands the full measure of his punishment: he must find the Right Love match for the mortal he desperately loves, and then he must let her go.

Caught between two worlds on a quest to fix Love, Cupid must survive the violent throes of his own coming of age and triumph over the powerful gods conspiring against him. Failure will not be tolerated; success will cost him everything.

If you’re a fan of Greek Mythology, you’re well aware of the over the top personalities and high levels of promiscuousness typically associated with these well-known Gods and Goddesses. This novel is a great read whether you’re a fan or just curious for a fun book to read. There’s a handy family tree at the beginning of the novel to help familiarize you with how some of the characters fit together and there is a more descriptive guide at the end. I love the idea of a story revolving around Cupid and him growing up in a way to learn about love, despite being the expert in love. After reading the description, I was excited to read this interpretation of Cupid as the last time I remember seeing a new version was when I was watching the original Charmed series. This is a completely different Cupid though from what I saw on tv and he was an entertaining central character.

Cupid, also known as Eros, is being punished by the Gods for causing trouble and is banished to Earth in Tarra, Indiana. He loses his wings and his old form and lands on Earth in the body of a handsome man. He meets up with his Earth guide, Pan, who is Cupid’s best friend. Pan lives on Earth after being sent there originally as a punishment, but now he acts as a guide for fallen Olympians. Pan is a satyr, half man/half goat (think of Phil from Disney’s Hercules), who is also a handsome man in his human form on Earth.  Although Pan and Cupid are thrilled to reunite on Earth and have some fun, they each have their own job to do to figure out how Cupid can return to Mount Olympus. Events occur (I don’t want to give away anything) and Cupid may not want to or be able to return after all. The story goes through Cupid’s time on Earth as he adjusts to his punishment.

Pan and Cupid have a great bond and it is fun to see them interact together. It’s very entertaining for Pan to try and teach Cupid the basics of being human, such as clothes, phones, and even food! Their interactions felt relatable as old friends that genuinely care about the other.  Pan himself leaves you wanting to learn more about him and relating to him as a character as he struggles with wanting to keep his best friend with him, but also wanting to fulfil his duty to help Cupid complete his punishment.

Mia was introduced as a great love interest for Cupid (“Q”) and I love the buildup of their relationship and also the struggles that Q feels as he knows it can’t last, even though he wants it to. His interactions with her family were very enjoyable and sweet. Cupid learning about the trials and tribulations in love was heart-warming as you see him grow and understand it more and more.  It’s a well done romance that keeps you guessing if these two can make it work together or not. The concept of Real Love and destiny is well-done as it is incorporated into the story well and you understand the struggle Cupid feels as he is torn between love and duty.

Overall, it is a clever story for a cast of well-known characters. The entire story is a fresh take on what you think you know about Cupid as he makes him a relatable character that you want to root for. The novel is a fairly quick read as you are anxious to see how it will end; however, you don’t quite get a full conclusion due to this being a series. There is an ending of sorts, but the novel sets itself up for its continuation in the next book.  You do become immersed in the story and want to see what happens next. Luckily, it is not that long of a wait as book two, Into the Quiet, is set to debut in May 2021. It was definitely an entertaining read and I can’t wait to see what will happen next!

**I give a special thank you to publisher and the author for the ARC to read and review. The opinions expressed are completely my own.**

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