People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow.
Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.
A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?
This fast-paced debut novel explores the internal & external conflicts of a girl who finds herself inexplicably drawn to a boy who seemingly doesn't reciprocate her feelings, touching on the issues of love, sex and responsibility, with a heroine struggling to control her destiny--perfect for fans of Katie McGarry's novels and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.
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About the Author
MELISSA GORZELANCZYK is a former magazine editor and columnist who loves strong coffee, live music, and arrow jewelry. A member of SCBWI, Melissa lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and two teenage children, one of whom is named after a Greek goddess. Visit MelissaGorzelanczyk.com and follow @MelissaGorzela on Twitter
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We landed at the edge of a high school parking lot, me with two arrows in my pack. Phoebe let go of myhand to scope out the area, appearing indestructible as she lifted her bow.
“Okay, Aaryn,” she said. We’d just met five minutes earlier, though she was one of the cupids all the students had heard about. She gestured with her chin. “Them.”
Arcs of golden light swam through the arrow she nocked into her bow, and when she retracted, the fletching made a dent against her cheek. Her kohl-lined eyes focused on a couple standing by the door of the high school, dressed up for their homecoming dance. They had no idea what was coming.
The girl, a short redhead in stilettos, darted quick glances at her date, who was wiping his palms on his suit pants. Freakishly tall, that guy.
Phoebe paused. With a snap, a glittery path tore through the air. The arrow disintegrated with a burst of light through the boy’s tie. Phoebe half smiled as her arms relaxed.
“Well, Son of Eros--have you ever experienced the arrows like this?” she asked.
“No. Just target practice. Dead arrows.”
She stood beside me, and for a second I felt awesome, getting one of the prettiest goddesses as my proctor.
“How cool is it that we ended up together on finals day?” She winked. “You’re just the god I was hoping to get.”
“Oh, uh, really?”
“Mm-hmm. Tonight is definitely helping my status.”
“Glad to hear it.” I cleared my throat, anxious to get on with the test. She seemed cool, though. Maybe she’d want to get to know me once I graduated.
With a satisfied smile, Phoebe placed a second arrow against the silver wire and brought the redhead into her sights. She did this little square-up-and-hesitate thing with her shoulders. The arrow flew and disappeared. Direct hit.
Things got pretty ridiculous from there. The teens held each other for a long time, the guy bending to her height, smoothing her hair out of the way so they could have an all-out tongue war. And then the reality of it all struck me.
Love was beginning to unfold out there, actual love. No one else in the world would matter as much to them as they did to each other. Two humans who hadn’t even reached adulthood, who’d barely started to learn about life, and they’d already found their soul mates. In Lakefield, Wisconsin, of all places.
I scanned the parking lot, which was as dead as the nearby farm field. “Who am I supposed to shoot?”
“Well.” Phoebe smiled. “I was thinking I should help you find the perfect couple. That’s not my job, just so you know--but I’d love to do a little favor for you. Eros would appreciate that, I’m sure.”
“I’m going to check out the school.”
“You can’t open the doors.”
“No one’s around,” I said.
“Aaryn. Wait. You know the code.”
I rocked on my heels, annoyed that she was right. The code about not opening doors was one of many the gods followed. Never draw attention to yourself among humans. A door opening by itself? Humans got creeped out by stuff like that.
Then another girl’s voice. I swung my quiver around on the leather strap across my chest. Two more teens were there. The girl, a brunette, threw her arms around the redhead--shocker, she’d stopped kissing the tall guy--then leapt to catch up to her date, some idiot wearing a suit coat and baseball cap. A real romantic.
I slid an arrow from my pack. It glowed brightly, a steady, vibrant orange.
“Ready to join the ranks?” Phoebe asked. Pride filled her voice. The light from my arrow cast shadows beneath her eyes.
And my targets? Too easy under that powerful parking lot light. The girl was smiling, acting like her date was the most interesting person in the world, though she seemed like the interesting one: athletic body shown off by an airy pink dress.
I snorted under my breath as the guy’s voice carried into the darkness. “You’re so sexy, Karma,” he said. Ha. What a name. Humans actually believed in stuff like karma. Mr. Romanticpulled her in, massaging her back as they kissed, his hands creeping lower and lower until they curved over her ass.
I sighed, then closed one eye. Everything around me blurred except the girl. This was it. My first match. The metal between my fingers glowing, the power to change someone’s life forever. Yes, I was the son of Eros, privileged, but like everyone else at finals, this match was the beginning of my legacy. For a second my chest felt like it was going to explode.
I let go.
The arrow melted into the girl’s back, a bull’s-eye shot. The effect was immediate. She gasped when the kiss ended and her hands slid up his neck, slow and slinky. The power of the enchantment had struck. I drew out my last arrow, which had been matched as a pair. The arrows were made that way--made for each other, just like their targets.
“What the hell--” I held the arrow up. It wasn’t glowing.
Phoebe started as I flicked my thumb on the blunt end. “Wait a minute, is that . . . ?” She snatched the arrow and shook it, like that might help. “A practice arrow? Is this some kind of joke?”
The guy began to lead his lovesick date into the back of a pickup truck.
“There’s still time, right?” I said. “Let’s just head back for a replacement arrow. There must be some record of the pair.”
Our eyes met as we checked the Hive, our social web, accessible to us with a single thought. One thought--a power button--and we controlled a galaxy of information with ourminds. The rectangular display inside my mind lit up, ready to search.
“No way.” The arrow ration house had closed seven minutes ago.
Phoebe’s hands covered her mouth.
“How could this happen? I can’t let you go to Blackout, Aaryn, I can’t. This is--”
“Don’t get crazy. I’m not going to Blackout. Dad wouldn’t let them do that.”
“This is serious. You can’t pass finals. You really can’t pass. Leaving a human like this, only one of them shot, it’s like--the worst possible failure.” She made a wild hand motion. “This is going to ruin me.”
“Jeez, don’t panic yet.”
“I’m not panicking!”
Perfect. I twisted the end of my bow against the pavement, though I had to admit my pulse had sped up.
Where the failed gods go.
“How could you forget to grab a matching pair?” Her voice was getting shrill.
“Relax. This isn’t my fault.”
“You didn’t let your pack out of your sight, right?”
My bow stopped spinning. I couldn’t tell her I’d been distracted by the Hive or that I’d gone into a private comb to compare proctors with my buddy Chaz. She’d think I was a complete idiot. “I kept my pack right here the whole time,” I lied, tugging the strap.
The girl was laughing again, her head popping up for a second as Mr. Romantic shook out a quilt and handed her the corner.
“What am I going to do?” Phoebe said. “If the assembly finds out . . . No, they can’t, we have to lie. They can’t find out.”
They were sitting up now, facing each other, him leaning in to nuzzle her ear. Time on Earth seemed to slow. At least the guy appeared to like her.
“Do you, uh, know anyone? Who went to Blackout?” My voice was low.
“No. Of course not. Never.”
Where the failed gods go as humans, their memories wiped.
The teens were kissing again, and then they flopped out of sight. Thump. One of them bumped the truck bed.
“This is what we’re going to do.” Phoebe squeezed my arm until it stung, but I didn’t bother pulling away. “No one is going to find out about this. Got it? No one.”
“Do you think she’ll be okay?” I nodded at the truck.
“Oh, um, I don’t know, maybe--whatever! Forget about them. I’m going to say you passed. You passed, okay? If the assembly finds out about that arrow, there will be no mercy. It won’t matter whose son you are.”
I swallowed, though it felt like a knife was picking at my throat. “You’re the boss. Tonight never happened.”
Phoebe slid her hairbehind her ears and took a shaking breath. Her gauge earrings made her faceseem fierce. “This is really bad, I’ll admit it, really, really bad, but it’s going to be okay, I promise.”
“Well, hey--not everyone gets a happy ending.” My parents, for instance.
“We have to get out of here.” Phoebe grabbed my hand and yanked. Within seconds we had sliced through the atmosphere and returned to Mount Olympus, fog-breath circling our feet.There was white all around us, silver, gold, and stone. The land of the gods. We stood in the enormous corridor in silence, two cupids, though it didn’t feel awesome the way I’d expected. Phoebe’s emerald eyes were still watery, her hands trembling. She swallowed, which sounded more like a gulp.
“So, um, yeah . . . happy you passed?”
The question left a sour feeling in my stomach. That girl down there. Her life had changed, all right. My fist fell slack. “Yeah. Finals. Wow.”
“You’ll be a good cupid,” she added, almost like an apology for how the night had gone. “Everything will be fine, see? No one even knows we’re back. And you--are you okay?”
“I’ll be fine.”
“To think I almost lost you tonight. Oh my God, I shouldn’t even be saying that up here.”
Her anxiety was getting to me. A tight, suffocating feeling began to clench my chest. I stood tall, tried to get rid of it. I was a cupid, finally, after all those years of working my ass off. And hey--the three-year age gap between Phoebe and me had become irrelevant. Yeah, I was younger, but we were equals now. We’d botched finals together and survived. Maybe chocolate and flowers would help her feel better.
I offered her my arm, but the tight feeling stuck. “Let’s see if there’s a party.”
One year later
I sped home from school with the window all the way down. The rain was more of a drizzle and helpedkill that familiar, sleep-deprived floating feeling. A sense of calmness filled me.
Fall was coming.
The trees along the road were already fading from green to golden. Summer in Lakefield had lasted too long, and it had been such a hot, hard summer. Maybe I couldn’t escape what had happened in the past year, but change was in the air and it felt amazing.
At home I was greeted by the sound of Nell screaming from my mother’s arms. My sweet baby’s fists pummeled the air to the beat of her cry until all the weight I’d shed on the ride home pressed down on my chest, reminding me. Fall couldn’t change that.
“Sorry I’m late. Mrs. Smith let me stay after for extra credit.”
“Did you know Danny bailed on babysitting again?” Leah said the second I walked in. She sat at the table, her arms crossed. “It’s one night a week. One night, which isn’t that hard, if you ask me. You should yell at him. If he was my boyfriend, I’d definitely yell at him.”
“No wonder you’re single.”
“Whatever. He’s a bad dad.”
“At least he’s in the same state as Nell.”
“Girls,” Mom said, her voice firm.
I shot my younger sister a look but kept my mouth shut for Mom’s sake. She hated when we fought about Dad. And Danny? Leah didn’t realize how busy he was. She placed our own father on a pedestal while beating Danny up over every little thing. I’m not sure if she just missed Dad, or was stupid, or what.
“Come here, baby.” I shrugged out of my backpack and brought Nell to my shoulder, relaxing at how warm and snuggly she felt. At three months old, she was average for weight but already in the top percentile for height. Maybe a future dancer. Her gasps tickled my cheek.
“I’m going to feed her,” I said.
“I just fed her fifteen minutes ago.” Mom’s lips pressed together. Was that the same flyaway ponytail she’d scraped up at five a.m.? Our days started early, thanks to my before-school dance class, but maybe she needed a break. She definitely needed a shower.
“Shhh, shhh, shhh. What’s the matter, baby? Shhh, shhh, shhh.” I flicked my gaze to the flowery clock above the fireplace. We lived in a decidedly female house full of pinks andpurples and flowers and lace. That’s what happens when your dad ditches you and moves across the country. You build up a fortress of girly things so no manever hurts you again. (Mom’s thinking, not mine.)
“I hate to ask, but can one of you watch her?” I did hate to ask. I hated it because they were going to think the worst of Danny, and then me, thinking I should probably just stayhome with my baby for the night. Homework? That would have to wait. I promised myself I wouldn’t fall asleep until it was done.
Mom was giving me the Look.
You’re the one who got yourself pregnant and I’ve already raised two babies of my own and I’m not impressed with your choice in men, either.
“I have plans tonight,” Mom said. “If Danny had given us more notice, maybe we could have worked something out.”
“Can you rock her or something?” Leah called. “I can’t even think.” Her homework was spread across the table, where it had probably been since three o’clock. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d had the luxury of an hour to casually tinker with my homework, messaging friends the whole time and telling other people what to do. I slammed my bedroom door.
Ugh! The ripping sound as I pulled Nell’s fist out of my hair, and the sting of the whole day, amplified in that moment, made my vision blur and shift. I swallowed.
Lifted my chin.
I would not cry. Not now.
I sat on my unmade bed and called Danny. Talking to him always made me feel better on days like this. Days when every-day life, silly things, really, felt overwhelming. I listened to the familiar sound of his voice mail in one ear, Nell’s cry in the other. He was probably busy with homework.
Or not, whispered a niggling voice in my head. I silenced it by looking at Nell, our baby. Our masterpiece. Her pink cheeks, her hair that curled at the ends, those adorable fat legs.
Danny and I were solid. We’d survived the one thing that killed most relationships at our age. Even being teen parents, our love was real. I’d known that since the first night we kissed.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Arrows was chosen as my Book Club book this month. I was intrigued by the synopsis and I wasn't disappointed. The story was heartwarming and gripping and had me invested from the very first page. I love reading about mythology and legends, especially retold versions. This modern day cupid story was right up my alley. The characters were developed and you really felt you got to know them as the story wove on. I felt the frustration of Karma's friends as they watched her struggle in her relationship. I was angry and hurt along side Karma when things kept going wrong. And I was drawn in by Aaryn like everyone else seemed to be. The only bad thing I have to say is that perhaps the ending was a bit rushed and ends tied up a bit too neatly. But it was definitely a great story that I'd recommend to others.
ADORABLE, cute story of how love can change you. I just love the story of Cupid and this takes it to a whole other level. Such a unique premise. This story tackles some difficult themes in a refreshing way. I was rooting for Karma the whole time to choose the love she deserved! Also AARYN!! Loved him! He kind of reminded me of a younger Castiel (who is my favorite character) from Supernatural. Can't wait to read more from Melissa Gorzelanczyk!
We all know cupid. Or at least we think we do. Melissa Gorzelanczyk takes the bow-toting icon out of the diapers and into a pair of well-worn jeans and a V-neck shirt. But she keeps the arrows. And it's the arrows that get this cupid into some serious trouble. Aaryn's job is simple. Seal the romantic fate of Karma and Danny with two quick shots. But due to an arrow glitch, Aaryn only manages to hit Karma. So now she's stuck with all the feels while Danny's stuck with the forget-its. Aaryn has no choice but to abandon his godly home on Mount Olympus and live as a human to remedy the situation before he gets tossed in cupid jail. Now, this might sound like a lighthearted read that you buzz through in a few hours. And sure, it has its moments of sweetness, humor, innocence. But the thing that pleasantly surprised me the most was the depth that Gorzelanczyk achieved with her characters. We see them at their best, but we also see them at their very worst. And that's what makes any book worth reading. Aaryn's and Karma's stories weave together in a seamless dual POV which takes us through their struggles, their fears, their dreams, and their hopes. But in that darkness, there remains a light that Gorzelanczyk never lets become hidden. This is a story that takes the notion of hope and puts it as far away as it can possibly exist from the characters while still living just within reach. And as they near it, we can't help but feel every single emotion, every single betrayal, every single touch. We can't help but utterly fall in love with them.
I was fortunate to get a chance to read an early draft of ARROWS and knew right away that it was something special. So thrilled that it's now on bookshelves for readers to enjoy!
No one can argue that love is complicated. Add a cupid’s mistake to the mix and complications abound. Gorzelanxzyk’s debut explores a unique take on the cupid story, which is both clever and compelling. But more than a love story, this debut explores the theme of self-love and self-worth. It is a story about finding one’s voice and creating one’s own destination, despite all the complications. Or maybe because of them. I particularly liked how the author gave Karma so much strength in her motherhood (as a teen mom) when Karma couldn’t manifest that strength to see Danny for the crap boyfriend he was. Her motherhood gave her strength and layers, and ultimately helped her to see past Danny into a future that was right for her and her child.
This book explores the pain and joy of love, following your dreams, and making difficult choices. I liked the setup of the arrows and old fashioned love vs. modern love, and the dancing scenes were lovely. The theme of deserving better is a very true and relevant message in this book.
** spoiler alert ** With a great gift for voice, Melissa Gorzelanczyk weaves a delicious love story between the son of Greek god Eros and beautiful human, Karma. The main theme is why we sometimes love people who are so wrong for us and while the author provides one answer - a bad arrow - the story is great starting point for realistic discussion. The risks of an unhealthy relationship aren't shied away from here with Karma getting pregnant and having a baby in high school, jeopardizing her ballet scholarship as well as physical abuse. GorzeIanczyk handles these heavy topics well. I think the best part how the story ended with Karma breaking the spell on her own without any help from her love interest, Aaryn. So enjoyed this story! Highly recommended!!
A well written, enchanting, and inventive reimagining of myth, ARROWS has a little something for everyone. Holding fantasy and realism in perfect balance, this book is a portrayal of young love at its best and worst. Melissa Gorzelanczyk has written a novel that is full of fun, heart, and sweetness, while still managing to tackle serious issues like teen pregnancy, self-esteem, family, and the importance of not giving up. Both protagonists—Karma, a gifted dancer and teen mom, and Aaryn, an earthbound cupid on a mission—are well-rounded and loveable characters who evolved throughout the story, as they learned to follow their hearts and find the inner strength to let go of the relationships that were holding them back. I especially loved Karma, who shows readers that true love should never mean taking abuse or disrespect. She also beautifully demonstrates that you can be a young parent, with all the joys and challenges parenthood brings, and still follow your dreams. An uplifting story about falling in love, and most importantly, learning to love yourself. Highly recommended!
DNF Review! I almost didn't write a review for this one. It just didn't seem fair since I only read like one fourth of it, but I still wanted to say just why exactly it didn't work for me. I couldn't quite finish this because I'm character driven. I like strong characters that have a definite purpose and a great attitude. These characters had none of that. They were naive and I just didn't care about them after awhile. Granted they may have changed after the book got really moving, but at the same time I felt that I knew most of the story anyways. If you read the synopsis, almost the entire story is written there. Add on to the fact that the book is short, I flipped to the end and literally knew the entire story. I think I would've been more interested if I wasn't told the story on the back flap. Although I was excited about this story, it turns out that it wasn't for me. I thought it was an amazing concept (I LOVE mythology!) but it was just executed poorly. But as always, just because I didn't care for it, doesn't mean you won't!
Aaryn, the son of Ero, Cupid himself, is on a mission. To become a full cupid himself, he must shoot two people with an error. When he has a little mishap and only brings one arrow, not realizing until one of the couple, Karma, is already shot with one, his mistake is disastrous. When his wrong is discovered one year later, Aaryn is forced to become a human and right his wrong without the use of any arrows. He must make Karma’s boyfriend, Danny, propose to her before the time period is up. But what Aaryn didn’t expect was to form feelings for Karma himself. Karma was an easy character for me to side with. Though she was completely clueless when it came to her relationship with Danny, and at times I wanted to shake her and show her what she was obviously completely oblivious to, at the same time you really can’t blame her one bit for being so love-struck. She was looking at it all through her love goggles, and just wasn’t able to see how unhealthy and unrealistic her relationship really was. All she wanted to do was keep her little family together. Trying to balance everything as a teenager isn’t easy, and I definitely felt for Karma through all of her struggles. This story alternated between Karma’s POV and Arryn’s. I adored getting Aaryn’s voice as well. He was so sweet, so adorably clueless, and so thoughtful and uplifting that he was my favorite character in this story. The only thing I would have liked to have seen more of in this story is the Greek mythology aspect. Though it was present and discussed for little bits here and there, I would have liked to have dug a little deeper into that aspect. This story was so adorable, its cuteness bursting from the pages. But it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though. Many very real and difficult subject matters were touched upon, including teen pregnancy and parenthood, the pressures of college and admission applications, and most important, unhealthy and bordering on abusive relationships. The last few chapters of this book basically fly by. I wasn’t sure how this was all going to wrap up, but it was pulled together perfectly. I’m so pleased with how this story turned out. Definitely one of my new favorite super-sweet stories that I’ll be recommending to many. And with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, this is the perfect sweet story to read this time of year. (Thanks to Delacorte Press for the review copy!)
A brilliant and fun read. Arrows is a modern day Greek mythology retelling that takes place in Wisconsin. Beautiful flowing prose and a fast pace combined with lovable characters make this debut novel very difficult to set down. The central theme of love and choice paired with the story of Cupid makes this a perfect pick for Valentine's Day.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk Publisher: Delacorte Press Publication Date: January 26, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow. Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind. A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return? This fast-paced debut novel explores the internal & external conflicts of a girl who finds herself inexplicably drawn to a boy who seemingly doesn't reciprocate her feelings, touching on the issues of love, sex and responsibility, with a heroine struggling to control her destiny--perfect for fans of Katie McGarry's novels and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant. What I Liked: This book was recommended to me by Kathy MacMillan in October, which is how I discovered the novel. I'll be honest - this definitely isn't something I'd typically read. I tend to avoid books with teenage pregnancy, usually because those books are the tough-issue contemporary types, the realistic contemporary novels with mental health issues or trauma or sad, sad stories. I just can't read and enjoy those types of books, so I don't read them. This book, however, was different. There are plenty of "tough issues" addressed in this book, but with a mythological context, and a light tone to the story. It's pretty cool how Gorzelanczyk pulled it off! Aaryn, son of Cupid, shot Karma with an arrow, and he was supposed to shoot her boyfriend Danny with one too. But a mistake happened, and only Karma got shot with the love arrow. A year later, Aaryn's mistake is found out, and he is sent to Earth as a human (no longer a god) to right his wrong in ninety days. A lot has changed in a year; Karma had a baby, who is now three months old. Karma is desperately in love with Danny, and overlooks so many faults of his. Danny isn't a loving boyfriend, but Aaryn needs Danny to love Karma just as much as she loves him, in order to fix Aaryn's mistake and keep him on Olympus. I wasn't expecting this book to be quite as... tough-issue-heavy as it was! Nine months after Aaryn shot Karma with an arrow, she had her baby, Nell. Karma is basically raising Nell by herself, with her mother and sister and the help of a few friends here and there. Danny isn't quite a deadbeat dad, but he is constantly too "busy" to watch his daughter on the one to two nights a week. "Busy" meaning partying with other high schoolers, getting drunk, hanging out with his friends, football practice... hooking up with someone else?! Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Aaryn is the son of Cupid, and on the day of his final cupid exam, a mistake happens. He's supposed to shoot a couple and make them fall in love forever, but a bum arrow means he shoots the girl and not the guy. He and his proctor keep it secret though, and try to go about their lives. But life changes dramatically for Karma too, the recipient of the half-sided love. She's a dance prodigy, but a year after the fated shot she finds herself with a baby and a boyfriend who seems less than interested even though she loves him so much. Enter Aaryn, who's mistake has been discovered by his father and who has been sent to earth to make Danny truly fall in love with Karma or else. But it turns out true love is hard to force on someone else. And it turns out falling in love yourself, can actually be quite easy. This book was so much fun! I loved Karma and felt so bad for her predicament. It doesn't matter how much of a jerk Danny is, she loves him because she's been shot by a cupid's arrow, and that's a pretty crappy place to be when Danny doesn't return her affection. So as a reader, I really empathized for her. And for Aaryn, too. It wasn't his fault the arrow for Danny didn't work, and so I felt bad that he as forced into trying to fix a mistake that should have never happened. The god stuff is a lot of fun. The first chapter alone had me super excited because it's all about their god lives and cultures and I find it really interesting. The book is full of romance and heat, but also tons of humor. I laughed out loud more than once. So if you're looking for fun, romance, humor, gods and true love, this book will be right up your alley.
Things I predict will happen when you read this book: 1) You will want to punch Danny. Often. Seriously, rarely have I felt so violent toward a fictional character. He is a detestable and unfortunately entirely realistic villain. 2) You will be pulling for Karma to wake up and realize what an abusive relationship she's in. 3) You will recognize the dynamics of Karma and Danny's relationship and be reminded uncomfortably of that one friend who just can't be convinced that he's wrong for her. 4) You'll experience a strange craving for cheese curds. 5) You'll call into question the entire bureaucracy of Eros and his arrows. Oh, wait, that's Aaryn, son of Eros. But I bet you'll dig him too. 6) You may be tempted to write fanfiction due to how much you want to see Karma punch Danny in the face.