by Julie Ortolon
St. Martin's Press, July, 2001.
Paperback, 320 pages.
Kate Bradshaw has a popular online advice column called "Dear Cupid". But after a terrible divorce, Kate's antipathy towards men is starting to make her advice column sound pretty cynical, much to her boss' irritation. Her boss finally issues an ultimatum: get a love life and get happy or the column is going to be history. On a business trip to L. A., Kate gets up her courage and flirts outrageously with Mike Cameron, a successful special effects animator who works in films. Kate thinks she'll never see Mike again, but Mike is totally captivated by Kate and tracks her down after the plane lands. They both live in Austin, Texas, as it turns out. Kate is embarrassed about her bold behavior in the airport, but reluctantly agrees to a consulting job for Mike. Her job is to find him a wife, but what she doesn't know is that Mike has already decided that Kate will make a perfect Mrs. Mike Cameron.
Dear Cupid is just the kind of light, funny and heartwarming romance that would be perfect to curl up with for hours of entertaining reading. Julie Ortolon has a good ear for dialogue, and Date and Mike's encounters are very funny -- even while the sparks are flying. Kate's son Dylan suffers from asthma, and his condition rings true to life, adding depth to the story. In fact, Mike's plans to win over Dylan provide for some very touching scenes. If you're ever feeling low, Julie Ortolon's books are sure to put a smile on your face.
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This review was published in the September, 2001 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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