Perfect by M.A. Church

Perfect by M.A. Church
Book 2 of The Gods Series
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: Short Story (129 pages)
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Jaded billionaire Jeff Mayfield loves only what his money and power can buy, but the Fates have plans for him. First a player in Jeff’s casino hits a huge jackpot and things turn hectic.Then, in the middle of the chaos, Jeff lays eyes on the unbelievably sexy Cam Smith—Cupid in his human form.

Seized by lust, Jeff makes a move, only to find himself on the receiving end of a blistering wave of sexual intent. Cam disassembles Jeff’s self-image and puts it back together upside down. But Jeff isn’t the only one struggling with control. Cam’s alter ego is Jealousy, and if he loses his composure, the consequences will be deadly.

Perfect by M.A. Church, was a nice, light read.

I liked the way the story started. Cupid, god of erotic love had a plan. He wanted to snag for himself a man who didn’t believe in love:  Jeff, the owner of a casino. In a few pages, we see the extent of Cupid’s powers and how he has everything planned out to show Jeff that there were “the pleasures of the flesh and there were the pleasures of the heart.”

I was enjoying the story and looking forward to what was to come, when suddenly, two characters took the spotlight: Randy and Garrett. They were talking about a vacation, a wedding, a commitment and what not. Out of the blue, there was a switch in character point of view and I didn’t know what was going on. After trudging through their bickering, I discovered that they were the characters from book 1 and that Cupid had played a role in their love and that they were friends with Jeff. The two pages the author dedicated to them felt out of place. It was as if she felt the need to have everyone know how in love they were and that months after their HEA from book 1 (I’m assuming this, as I haven’t read the first book), they were still going strong. It was an unnecessary point of view change that the book could have done without, as I felt that both characters did not play a sufficiently big role in Perfect for their opinion or their story to matter.

Furthermore, along the book there were other small references to book one of The Gods Series that distracted me from reading and more than making me want to go back to read the first book, annoyed me. The format of the story was also a bit confusing, as there are no chapters and the only thing that distingushes one scene from the next are the character point of view switching.

However, regardless of all the above, the characters were cute. Cupid, with his scheming is sweet. Jeff is adorable with his desperation to get Cupid into bed. But I must admit that my favorite, was Mo (Morpheus). He’s honestly the best in the lot with his naivety on the one hand, and on the other his god-like wisdom. Unlike with the pressure I felt regarding book 1, I do look forward to finding out about Mo in an upcoming book 3.

Another thing I liked was the way M.A. Church introduced a different side to Cupid I had not seen before. Typically envisioned as the sweet and good natured god of love, it was a treat to watch him emerge as a jealous monster. Literally. It was something new and very imaginative on the author’s part. Also, the author aptly managed to build up the sexual tension between the characters, throwing in a fiery kiss here, a blow job there… Finally, a fun fact on the novel that had me smiling: M.A. Church seems to have an obsession with polo shirts (all the characters wear one at some point or another).

All in all, Perfect was an entertaining read, I just wish I’d read book one first!

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