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Monday, October 25, 2010

Blind Date by Selena Kitt

Blind Date by Selena Kitt
Publisher: eXcessica Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (118 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Violet

In her attempt to escape her sisters’ Valentine matchmaking, Annie meets the enigmatic Eric, who she realizes could finally be the man of her dreams. In spite of, or maybe because of, Eric’s cryptic words and puzzling behavior, she finds herself immediately intrigued and drawn to him like no other man she’s ever met. One night in Annie’s sister’s kitchen seals their fate, as the two lovers discover and explore the instant spark of heat between them. Their evening comes to an abrupt end when the mysterious Eric disappears into the night, and Annie realizes she doesn’t know his last name! How is she to find him?

After months of fruitless searching, Annie finally gets a dubious break when she meets Eric’s eccentric mother. Dita sends Annie on a journey deep into the unknown, through an ever-twisting labyrinth of frustrating dead-ends and seemingly strange, pointless missions. Annie’s life is turned upside down as she searches for the one man who can make her life feel complete.

Told in the spirit of magical realism, this modern day adaptation of the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche takes Annie on each of Psyche’s tasks in her quest for her lost love. Each task brings her closer to him and to realizations about herself. Will Annie find Eric and reveal to him the secret she’s been keeping, even from her sisters?

Annie, a “Psyche”-ologist, is avoiding her sister’s Valentine’s Day Party (aka find baby sis a man party) by hiding in the kitchen. Serendipitously her Cupid, Eric is hiding there too. In this clever modernization of the Eros and Psyche Greek myth, when Annie and Eric meet not just sparks, but a bonfire erupts.

To better understand the quirks and beauty of Blind Date, I’m going to do a brief review of the Eros and Psyche myth. Eros (aka Cupid), son of Aphrodite, falls in love with Psyche who is persuaded by her sisters to break a promise to Eros. Eros, seeing this as a betrayal, leaves her. To get him back Psyche goes to his mother Aphrodite, who gives her many tests before she finally finds Eros.

Even though Annie is the “pretty one” in the family, you’ll be able to sympathize and identify with her. When we meet her, she says something hurtful to the wrong person for a justified reason. Only those who have never cast a stone could judge her harshly. Eric has been driven crazy by his mother. He’s very understanding with Annie after she errs. This will melt your heart. In one night of talking, and then combusting, they make a heartfelt connection that is moving.

Ms. Kitt created a witty and intricately crafted modern day adaptation. Unlike other of Ms. Kitt’s stories, the only characters having sex are Eric and Annie and just with each other. Annie and Eric’s first love scene is an exquisitely detailed sensual masterpiece. Oh, and it’s hot! Next when Annie goes to see Eric’s mother, you can see Selena’s “Kitt”-enish claws emerge as Eric’s mother Dita sends Annie on seemingly harmless errands from and to hell. Ms. Kitt’s wit is shown not only by her clever naming of characters, but also her modern recreations of the myth’s tasks. I honestly don’t think you could have paid me enough to do what replaced the quest for the Golden Fleece. Finally, Ms. Kitt melted my heart with Annie’s realization during her last errand. It was just beautiful.

As this is a recreation of a Greek myth, I think it’s important to note this story does not have the standard pacing you’d expect from a romance. This is why I reviewed the original myth at the beginning. It starts and ends with a bang, but the middle is different. In some ways I thought the book could also have been called What I Did for Love.

I devoured this wonderfully creative modernization of the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche. It earns 4.5 cherries.

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