Stealing Cupid's Bow

A Paranormal Holiday Romance
Narrated by: Josh Goodman
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Recently heartbroken, Raine Daniels arrives home in Las Vegas, Nevada, to help with her parents' fortieth anniversary party only to discover they are planning to separate as soon as the last guest walks out the door. Everything she thought she knew-her very foundation is rocked to the core.

When she learns that Alexander, the sexy stranger she'd sat next to on the plane, is really the god of love - Cupid - she asks for his help, but he declines. The god of love, now long divorced from Psyche and living on earth among mortals, no longer believes in love.

Raine decides to take matters into her own hands, even if a god tells her she's wrong. With her life falling apart around her and the solution seemingly within her reach she dares to try and make everything better. Unfortunately, she's unprepared for the consequences of stealing Cupid's bow.

©2014 Jewel Quinlan (P)2014 Jewel Quinlan

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Cupid and Raine

This was a good book about cupid living on earth and meets Raine on a flight to Las Vegas. She was going to her parent's 40th anniversary party. They sat next to each other on the plane. He ends up offering her a ride to her parent's house when she loses her purse. He asks her out. While she is out with her relatives, she sees him use his bow and arrow. When she is in his place, she asks him about it and to prove he is cupid. He shows her his wings. She asks him to help her parents but he refuses saying they ran their course. His bow and arrow are in a safe in his apartment located in one of the luxury hotels. After they spend the night together, he leaves for a meeting. She looks for and finds the bow. She steals it hoping to help her parents. Raine caused all kinds of problems by shooting or scratching random people. This was a pretty good book that enjoyed.

Josh Goodman did a really good job with the narration. I received this free copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Paranormal Romance!

Stealing Cupid's Bow is a sweet, fun, and beautiful Paranormal Romance. Alexander and Raine are great characters. I loved it! Josh Goodman did a great job with the narration. I enjoyed it! Looking forward for more books written by Jewel Quinlan, and narrated by Josh Goodman. I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Cute story!

I had high hopes with this story after first hearing the narrator’s voice. He has a great speaking voice, but not a storytelling one. He didn’t change his voice or soften it at all for the characters, so they all sounded the same. That made me sad. Because of this, there were many times throughout the story that I had a hard time focusing because I wasn’t sure who was speaking. Looking at other reviews on Audible in relation to the narrator's skills, I'm surprised he got such high ratings. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and while, again, he has a nice speaking voice (maybe for a sci-fi story), it didn't feel right for a romance.

Thankfully, the story itself was able to come through and keep me entertained. I liked this one. The characters weren’t too over the top. When Raine went around shooting everyone, I was left feeling annoyed by her. Like she was making me angry because she was acting so reckless and stupid. LOL But isn’t that what authors hope for? To bring out the emotions in readers? Well, that worked. I think the biggest issue I had with this story was the insta-love. I’m not a fan of insta-love.
Alexander and Raine had only spent a small amount of time together, yet at the end, Raine is in love with him. I was left under the impression the reason he got involved to separate Raine from her cheating boyfriend was because somehow Raine was Alexander’s soulmate. Right? But still, the insta-love didn’t work for me especially when Raine is thinking of how much she loves Alexander, it’s all in relation to him touching her, making her feel physically good.

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I did find a few mistakes in the story, for example, “Are you serious?” Raine echoes. (She wasn’t echoing anything.) Or, I’m not sure if it was a misspelling or mispronunciation, but the narrator uses the word “shubs” (is that a word?) instead of “shrubs.”

Raine had already seen Alexander shoot a couple with his bow and arrow. So, why when he brought her to his room, to meet Cupid, did she act surprised that it was Alexander? I felt like the author might have dragged that scene out a bit much. It would have been one thing had Raine not seen Alexander do anything questionable…

Raine had morning breath! Hallelujah! Finally, here’s that one-out-of-a-billion authors who is realistic when characters wake up. No one wakes up with nice, minty, fresh breath!

I was surprised that Raine’s parents went to the party given they were no longer even on friendly terms. Was anyone else surprised? Like neither Raine nor Alexander even had the thought pop into their minds prior to leaving for the party.

I received a free audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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just shoot me ;)

This was cute and easy. Guy and girl hook up. Guy is cupid aka Eros god of love (didn't know cupid originally came from Greek mythology. Crazy) girl "borrows" the bow, chaos ensues. But happy endings all round. There was a couple things I wish were fleshed out a bit more like why she could see him when others couldn't and the homeless guy and stuff like that. But bonus points about the MC being so not phased she hooked up with an immortal god. I respect that.

I received this audiobook in exchange for a voluntary and honest review

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You'll love Raine's shooting spree

This book was really fun! I enjoyed the lead characters and several of the elements that made this special. Raine still believes in the power of love, even after being dumped and with the possibility that her parents’ 40 year marriage will implode. Alexander (Cupid) is jaded and heart-hurt. Raine’s good intentions end up with disastrous results after she steals Cupid’s bow (not a spoiler since it’s the title!).

I liked things in here, such as an explanation for why Cupid might be living in modern Las Vegas and the reason for all the quickie celebrity marriages. So many fun, small details made this story work. If there were sequels, I’d definitely be up for listening to them.

The narrator has a warm voice that did well with romance. I’d definitely listen to him again.

Good book. Recommended for those who want quick reads/listens. For romance readers who enjoy twists on the ancient gods.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Cupid On Earth Lost His Belief In Love

Alexander is a divorced Cupid, disillusioned in love, yet he’s out still shoot people with his arrow of love.
He shoots Brad, who is cheating on his girlfriend Raine, who discovers his cheating.
Going to Vegas for her parents anniversary party, heartbroken, Alexander sits by her on the plane and seeks to console her...and finds they are attracted ted to each other. Alexander has had plenty of relationships with humans and Raine is another.
The story is unique, my first cupid type story, but can’t say I cared much for him, did like Raine.
Unique story with a favorite of mine as a narrator who has a great voice and great storytelling ability.
I received a free audiobook for an honest and voluntary review.

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Can true love really exist

After suffering heart break, one would think that there is no such thing as true love...but Raine is out to prove to anyone and everyone that love exists and we are all better off for it - whether it lasts or not. She'll even find herself convincing non other than the god of love himself! Can she save her parents marriage and show cupid that true love is real? A great story line that is fun, sweet, steamy, funny and captivating. I loved the main characters Raine and Alexander as well as the secondary characters - her cousin and the body guards as well as the parents - everything about this book was put together in such a wonderful heart warming way that will make you fall in love with falling in love!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Interesting concept

As far as the storytelling itself, I really enjoyed this book. I anticipated what was going to happen, but it played out in some ways I didn't expect and it was a fun story to listen to. I liked Raine's character and her belief in love, and I liked the personal journey Alexander went on. The chemistry between them was fast, but I could chalk it up to a fate-like explanation and the steamy bits were fun to listen to. I especially liked the bit about the wings.

Now, the narration, on the other hand, was not my favorite. I feel like I've heard this guy's voice narrating some sort of nature video or science video or something. I had a hard time knowing what sort of steam level to expect based on the way he was reading based on his manner of speaking. It felt very informative at times rather than like a captivating story like I'm used to with audiobook narration. Josh Goodman read very well, aside from pronouncing Bugatti like it rhymes with spaghetti, but his voice didn't portray "romance novel" to me. He'd be more suited to some other genre, in my opinion.

Overall it was an enjoyable listen and I'd like to listen to more in this particular genre. Blending mythology into romance is a fun concept and it was executed well in this story.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Great Cupid story

I’ve read a few books now featuring Cupid and this one was the most interesting. The plot kept me entertained. The only thing I can say is that I’m not a huge fan of insta love. But it was worth a listen. I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.