Therese Gilardi is a paranormal romance writer, essayist and poet living in the hills above Los Angeles with her husband, children and numerous pets. Therese's work appears online in such journals as "Literary Mama," "The 13th Warrior Review," and "The Dirty Napkin," in various print magazines, and in the books "Knowing Pains" and "So Far And Yet So Near: Stories of Americans Abroad." Therese is currently working on a memoir of her years as a mother, writer and ratatouille fan in Paris, France, as well as a poetry chapbook and a contemporary romance. Therese would love to hear from you.
Matching Wits with Venusby Therese Gilardi, Elaina Lee
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For centuries, Cupid has longed to be more than Venus�s arrow boy. When he�s 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. But bereaved Amelia doesn�t believe in the existence of Roman gods, and she�s certainly not looking for romance. She�s too busy perfecting the patented personality profile that�s made her Hollywood�s favorite matchmaker.
Disguising himself as a mortal financial advisor, Cupid manages to break through Amelia�s guarded exterior. As their passion deepens so does Cupid�s guilt about deceiving Amelia. Cupid�s interference with Amelia�s life causes her business to falter, leads to a sterile spring that threatens the animal kingdom and shatters the longstanding peace between the Roman and Greek gods. With the fate of the natural and under worlds at stake, Cupid must decide whether to reveal his true identity and risk losing the chance to live happily ever after with Amelia.
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A Refreshing Contemporary Look at Mythology and Romance 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. No Mrs. Gilardi’s Cupid is an Italian heartthrob that makes Amelia’s female clients eager to be matched with him. The only problem is Cupid has fallen hard for Amelia so his mother’s mission and other women are the further things on his mind. As a lover of mythology, I have to say Matching Wits With Venus is a refreshing contemporary look at the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. Mrs. Gilardi used her excellent storytelling skills to asked her readers to contemplate the possibility of gods and goddesses still among us. The gods actual identities are veiled from our eyes as they observing our society and some gods even use our advancements to help them in their godly tasks. (Yes, that’s right Mercury has developed his own a cell phone, while Cupid likes to utilizes computers and drives expensive sport cars.) I enjoyed how Roman and Greek gods personified meet our modern humanity. It’s such a great story with many surprises. I liked the main characters, Amelia and Cupid. Both of them have very firm beliefs about love and their purpose in life. Amelia reminds me of many women that excel in their job but place their own love life on the back burner. Mrs. Gilardi revealed the emotional depth of her heroine through her interactions with her employee/best friend, Jennie and her parents. She also pulled back the veil on the personalities of the Roman and Greek gods and goddesses by letting readers view Cupid and Venus’ exchanges in the underworld. Matching Wits With Venus is a delightful read I highly recommend you pick it up. I found the novel easy to read and engaging throughout. For the most part the characters were interesting and consistent. The storyline is intriguing, charming, and well designed. Overall I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy, paranormal or romance. It’s a different play on the many gods/goddesses and their powers. A great metaphor on how we as humans become enlightened by our own inner god/goddess.
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 is the first person he sees once the love potion has taken hold? You guessed it – Amelia. This makes for some very intriguing complications, with some plot twists and surprises that I was not expecting. The story weaves in and out between worlds; following both the lives of the Olympian gods and the mere mortals of present day earth. It was a fun read, not to be taken too seriously, but still enjoyable.
Amelia Colliard is the owner of Happily Ever After by Amelia-a matchmaking business located in California. She has heard about the Roman gods and goddesses since she was a little girl. After tragedy strikes her significant other, she is bereaved and no longer believes in the existence of gods. Busily working in her matchmaking business, she enjoys bringing compatible people together in dating relationships. Unknown to Amelia, Venus, the goddess of love, feels extremely threatened by her matchmaking business. Venus sends her son, Cupid, out on a mission to destroy Amelia's business and steal her secrets. That's when the fun begins. He disguises himself as a mortal financial advisor and sets out to meet Amelia. Soon, he breaks through the walls of her heart and passion ignites. However, he feels guilty for not being honest with her. Cupid has a big decision to make-come clean with Amelia or risk the possibility of a lonely life lived without his true love. My review: When I first agreed to review this book, I wasn't sure how I would like reading about gods and goddesses. Would the book still be realistic or total fantasy? As I started reading and getting into this story, my fears were assuaged-this book was authentic in the local feel of the story line and during the descriptions of the deities, I found myself intrigued by the creative development of their characters. Ms. Gilardi did not just move the gods and goddesses along like pawns in a chess game. Each of them was allowed to fully express themselves to the reader. I noticed a few minor point of view shifts, but truly enjoyed the main characters. Amelia was very likable and I totally connected with her desire to avoid conflicts and not always express how she truly felt. I appreciated the character development and how she grew by the end of the story. Cupid (a.k.a Colin) was an interesting character with romance from a different era, but also likeable because he had his own flaws as well. I liked all of the characters and Ms. Gilardi did very well with her character development-one of my favorite characters was Jennie, Amelia's friend and colleague. Her spunky attitude and loyalty was very refreshing. She was a good counterpart to Amelia. Stella, Amelia's mother was an interesting character and I enjoyed the scenes she took center stage in. Ms. Gilardi's writing was top notch and she added all the right ingredients into this novel to whip up a well-rounded sweet romance with the pinch of passion-that will have you thinking you've just bitten into the most luscious chocolate truffle. You don't want to miss this novel. I highly recommend it. My Rating (Matching Wits with Venus): 4 Stars-Top Notch Fiction 5 Stars-Outstanding Fiction: Rivals my love affair with the classics of Jane Austen 4 Stars-Top Notch Fiction: Highly recommend you read this book and watch this author 3 Stars-Ordinary Fiction: Not earth shattering revelation of greatness, but worth reading 2 Stars-Disappointing Fiction: Hoped for more and you won't find this book fulfilling 1 Star-Not-so-good Fiction: Difficult to keep reading; you won't want to read it either