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Duping Cupid (A Winter Short Story) Kindle Edition
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Vivi Maxwell runs "Cupid To Go", who specializes in escort service for social events (no sex, total discretion), but her own love life was rather lacking. When a rich former model Ava Featherstone demanded a mature man for the entire winter season to escort her to events so she does not appear to have been dumped by her cheating husband, Vivi was about to pick through her portfolio when her platonic friend (and silent partner) Sebastian "Bass" Lawrence came to visit, and Ava immediately demanded Bass as her escort, over Vivi's protest. Indeed, Bass' rescue of Vivi at a social event years ago when her then beau Julian dumped her (for being frumpy) was what got the entire business started. Now Bass is stuck with Ava for several months, while Vivi misses Bass, both are denying they love each other. But Ava's sharp tongue made both realize they are really lying to themselves. But is there any love to be had when each was bound by non-disclosure agreements?
As the cliche goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and it took this enforced separation for both to see what they mean for each other. The twist as the end made it even more satisfying.
After breaking up with a shallow ex-boyfriend, Vivi must attend a party...alone...at which her ex-boyfriend and his new (skinny) girlfriend are also in attendance; how humiliating! Sebastian "Bass" Lawrence, sees Vivi and is so intrigued by her that he steps in as her date. Bass has also been burned by romance, so he and Vivi, having both sworn off romance, become the best of friends. They even start a business, Cupid To Go, an escort service for people in need of a date. Vivi acts as Cupid, while Bass is a silent partner.
Enter Ava Featherstone, former super-model, soon-to-be-ex-wife of wealthy attorney Cecil Bannerman, and potential (demanding) client of Cupid To Go. When Bass comes to take Vivi to lunch -- as he often does -- Ava spots him and says HE is the one she wants to serve as her attentive boy toy, all to save face with the media. Vivi is surprised when Bass agrees.
After Vivi leaves her office, Ava points out to Bass that he's in love with his partner. Bass is shocked to realize she's right (this isn't a spoiler, I promise). He quickly agrees to Ava's plan to make Vivi realize she can't live without him. When he leaves Cupid To Go in Ava's company, Vivi realizes she's in love with Bass.
Here's where it gets painful -- but in a romantic-please-let-there-be-a-HEA kind of way. Ava's contract demands that Bass appear totally devoted to her, which means Vivi is suddenly spending a lot of time alone. Even the holidays, which she's always spent with Bass, are miserable affairs with her miserable family. Vivi is miserable, Bass is miserable -- the only people happy are Ava and the media, who are predicting wedding bells for "SebAva".
Vivi has the perfect Christmas gift for Bass. Bass has a great gift for her, too, but they can't see each other to exchange them. And now I'm getting close to spoilers, so I'm going to stop.
This truly was a sweet little romance. Part of me wanted to grab Bass and shake him and say, "Really? You're not this stupid!" Another part of me had to laugh at his cluelessness. I also enjoyed that we get both Vivi's and Bass' POV throughout the story. I highly recommend this novella as a short, sweet read!
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