by Anthology

September 2005
ISBN: 1-59578-152-8
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Michelle Hoppe’s Tipping the Scales is an unusual love story that is more fantasy than contemporary. It starts out with Cupid being given a special assignment from God who has decided that there isn’t enough true love in the world. Cupid is to go to Earth and help a mortal find her true love. On Earth, Cupid has named himself Eugene and has met Mary Smith. In no time at all, Eugene realizes that he’s attracted to Mary and can’t bring himself to match her up with any other man. Mary is a strange case, too. She constantly argues with a ‘voice in her head’ (which turns out to be Goddess Hera), and finds herself fighting a losing battle when she falls for Eugene. Eventually God decides its Cupid’s turn at love on Earth and lets him stay with Mary. Reading more like a comic book with God characters and fantasy storyline, this fell short of pulling the reader into the lives and emotions of the characters.

In Jasmine's Reality by Lavendar Wilde, Lawyer Jack Logan ‘meets’ Jasmine Barone in a bar where she’s been deserted by her friends. Realizing she’s drunk and way in over her head, Jack takes her home. But Jasmine has a secret: she’s a participant on a Reality Show called “Relying on the Kindness of Strangers” and Jack is her assignment. Instant attraction between the two bring them together sexually. Then, Jack decides he’s falling in love with Jasmine. But, Jack has a secret too, and it’s anyone’s guess what’s going to happen to the lovebirds when everything is brought out in the open. Entertaining in its unusual story concept.

Reviewed in January 2006 by Kari.

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