*I received a free ARC of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Ruth Roth is a straight shooter. Pity Cupid isn’t.
Smart-mouth Ruth is an inspirational humour columnist for a popular women’s magazine. Recently divorced, she has found the love of her life. Without any help, mind you, from the little fat love god. Ruth has decided she herself is her one and only.
And she’s in a comfy place. Why wouldn’t she be? No need to yell ‘Put the bloody toilet seat down!’ No need to hoover toe-nail clippings off the carpet.
But then a silver-tongued Prince Charming fronts up in his shiny Merc and tickles her discarded, little-girl fantasies. He tells her their love is written in the stars.
It must be a misprint!
A romance with this particular PC is not so PC. Still …
Ruth’s life plays out more like ancient myth than fairytale. And what hot-blooded woman can resist forbidden fruit?
There’s a problem, though. Ruth does not have a hot-blooded mum. Ruth has a pain-in-the-arse mum whose squawking disapproval cranks the taboo up a notch.
All the more reason to take up with the stud! But it means taking on the harpy.
Tensions mount, and even Ruth’s man can’t protect her from the trash-talking voices in her head. It looks like he can’t muzzle his own either. When an earth-shattering revelation causes him to give her grief, it makes her feel like she’s dating her mother.
Taking the kind of advice she doles out to her readers is not so easy, and Ruth wonders if this love can survive. More to the point, is it worth the trouble?
Ruth Roth returns in this second in the series of memoir-style comedy romance books. I recommend reading Odyssey in a Teacup first, to set both the scene and the tone. However the author neatly recaps any essential information in the form of Ruth recalling previous anecdotes, so this instalment does stand alone too.
The story follows Ruth with her zany family, tempestuous friends and chaotic love life, as she struggles to deal with all the resultant drama without her personal tragi-comedy losing its sense of humour. Where Book 1 focused on Ruth’s past and how that affected her post-divorce breakdown-of-self-discovery, Book 2 sticks to the present-day Ruth. Whilst covering less in year span there is more focus on plot and some interesting twists and turns as we (and she) finds out more about her loved ones and, along the way, herself.
Inevitably there are some changes here, as time moves on and so do some older characters to make room for the introduction of some new faces. The cliffhanger of Ralph’s family still obviously needed some resolution and so his roots are explored in more detail. Actually his aren’t the only ones! This family seems to have more skeletons than they do closets to house them and there seems to be no one whose roots couldn’t use a touch up!
Still, Ruth remains the same. By turns insecure and obscene, bawdy and self-conscious, strong and utterly childish, she muddles through everything thrown at her with her chin up and her sense of humour thrust out proudly. And while I am still unconvinced about Ruth and Ralph as a sizzling hot couple (mainly due to the fact that Ruth seems so unsure about it herself), I do love their rock-solid friendship and the healthy doses of psychoanalysis with which they buoy each other up ( and occasionally trim each other down to size).
Riotous from beginning to end, Ruth’s adventures are like a breath of fresh air and may cause uncontrollable hilarity. Strong language and sex makes them unsuitable for the sensitive and couth, but the rest of us will enjoy the risqué ride.
For a long time I’d kitted out in wishy-washy colours to blend in, to disappear. No more. I wasn’t a ‘mistake’ like my parents had said. I was meant to be here, I was meant to shine! And right now, I felt like as princess. A shameless one.
– Paula Houseman, Cupid F*cks Up
Cupid F*cks Up is available on Amazon right now!
Do check out my previous review of Odyssey in a Teacup (Ruth Roth #1) and don’t forget to visit the other blogs on this tour (poster below) for more fab content and review. I’m back here on 5th October to review Book 3, My T(r)oyboy is a Twat!