Title: Broken Arrows
Series: The Cupid Chronicles #1
Author: Chelsey Butler
Length: 174 Pages
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb. 6, 2014
Available Formats: Paperback, E-Book
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Cari Harris lives what should be a charmed life. She owns a quaint bed and breakfast in a charming southern town, is surrounded by loving friends and family, and possesses magical powers. Most of the residents in Fable, GA, are descended from mythical creatures straight out of fairy tales, and Cari is no exception. As a descendent of Cupid, she has the ability to see when two people are soul mates and the power to make sure they fall in love. However, this power is sometimes more of a curse than a blessing, because Cari is also the town screw up.
While hosting a murder mystery weekend at her inn, she tries to match a young couple and makes a huge mistake. Now she must fix her mistake before the guests leave at the end of the weekend, all while making a bigger mess of things along the way, in her typical fashion.
As if Cari didn’t have enough to worry about already, her old boyfriend just moved back to town. Years ago, she forced herself to stop thinking about Mike, but now that he’s back, there is no avoiding him. It’s a small town and she keeps running in to him, no matter how much she hopes to avoid it. When she stumbles across some unexpected secrets, and Mike helps her with her current matchmaking dilemma, all of her feelings from the past come flooding back.
- Broken Arrows was a really fun quick read. At only 174 pages, I flew through this one as I usually read books that are much longer. I feared at first that there wouldn’t be enough time to fully develop a good story in such a short period of time but my fears were soon laid to rest.
- Chelsey Butler manages to create a fun and whimsical setting complete with a town named Fable, a menagerie of supernatural beings, a cozy bed and breakfast and some great main and side characters.
- I absolutely loved the setting and was immediately taken back to the days that I myself wished to own a bed and breakfast – coupled with the murder mystery weekend that Cari plans…this was a dream setting.
- Cari was completely likeable and believable…as were all of the secondary characters. I’m really hoping to see more of them in the next book.
- The romance developed quickly but was also believable due to the backstory. I can’t wait to get to know Mike better.
The Not So Good:
- I did feel that the writing could have been a bit more detailed. Butler has a very pared down style that seems to limit itself more to the action of the characters than to description of the surroundings. I think the book could have been even more charming had she painted more of a picture of the picturesque town and it’s inhabitants.
- The story ended very abruptly and left me hanging. At the end I was left wondering where the last few chapters were!
This was a cute light-hearted quick read that I read in almost one setting. Aside from the open ending, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the second book.
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Chelsey Butler was born and raised near Fort Worth, Texas. She still lives in north Texas with her husband and four daughters, but she rebels against the Texan stereotype. She loves God, her family, and all things involving books, and is a self-proclaimed nerd, a history buff, and vintage enthusiast. She also writes young adult fantasy under the name S.G. Tillery. Chelsey loves hearing from her fans and encourages them to find her on Facebook.
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