Friday, July 24, 2015

Diverse Book Tours Presents: The Trouble With Playing Cupid by Tamara Philip

Welcome to "The Trouble With Playing Cupid" Blog Tour!

This Mini-Tour features author Tamara Philip, and is brought to you by Diverse Book Tours!

Looking for your next Diverse Romance novel? Look no further!

The Blurb:

One New Year's Eve, shy singer, December Brown drunkenly texts her talk show host pal, Trace Randall, about her long time crush on the aloof actor, Tom Elmswood. Thinking the two celebrities would make a cute couple, he unwisely decides to play matchmaker... in front of a live studio audience. 

Things start to go downhill when Tom admits he's never even heard of December before. Now what seemed like a sure fire hit quickly becomes a flop. Will these two lonely hearts ever make a love connection or has this cupid's arrow missed its mark? 

My Review: 

The Trouble with Playing Cupid features a famous singer named December Brown, and a famous actor she has a crush on, named Tom Elmswood.

For a publicity stunt, a talk show host who's friends with December, hosts both December and Tom on his show, and outs her crush on the actor from a drunk text December sent.

I thought this book was cute. It was so cute, I thought it might better suit a different age range, because at time the book was more adorable than most romance books I've read.

Tom Elmswood was this reclusive British actor, who had an interesting back story. December was a Beyonce-esque singer, who I would've liked if she displayed her inner diva a little more =) 

The romance in the book is gradual, but it is believable, but if you're looking for something a little steamier, this is a much cleaner romance. Im open to clean and steamy, so I didn't have any complaints about that.

I think the only thing that brought out a reaction in me was that December was much fairer and less distinguishably Black if you didn't know she was. Black women have diverse looks, so fairer girls need representation too, I've just read a lot of books that didn't deviate from the "light skinned is beautiful" trope, that's all. It was also funny how, as famous as they were, they seemed to be able to come and go as they pleased, like they weren't easily recognized. 

I'd probably go insane over an actor in a McDonalds commercial, so even though it's not a deal breaker, I would've liked to see someone go nuts over seeing them walking casually down the street of NYC.

 If you're looking for a fun novel about British hunks, interracial themes, and cleaner romance stories, I'd highly suggest "The Trouble with Playing Cupid!"

Title:The Trouble with Playing Cupid
Author: Tamara Philip
Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing
Publication Date: July 23rd, 2014
(Which means this week is its 1 year anniversary, YAY!)

About the Author
After spending most of her life in New York City, Tamara Philip decided to let love lead her on an international adventure, where she’s met many amazing people and ate entirely too much. Tamara and her English-born fiance, Chris, now split their time between the United Kingdom and The Caribbean.

The Trouble with Playing Cupid is her debut novel, and writing has been her secret passion since childhood. Quirky female leads are her trademark.

On any given day you can find Tamara telling people what to do, dodging wedding planning, and promoting her books including the sequel called, The Trouble with Romance.