Title: The Accidental Cupid
Author Name: Xavier Mayne
Publication Date & Length: February 6, 2014 – 51 pgs
While performing as Cupid on Valentine’s Day, Josh has the unpleasant task of delivering a break-up message to Dallas from his girlfriend, Jess. Jess is convinced Dallas is gay, and when Josh tries to comfort him, he finds she may very well be right. When Dallas’s best friend Austin arrives, it’s up to Josh to show both young men the love and acceptance they’ve always had in each other.
Xavier Mayne manages to temper even the saccharine sentiments of a Valentine’s Day love story with his trademark caustic wit. The tone is set when we meet his Cupid digging his “fucking white Speedo” out of his ass.
A Cupid Strip-O-Gram might not be traditional, but this one needs money for college and either his Dollar Store arrows or his perfectly chiseled abs have the power to drag a very pretty (and not-so-straight) boy out of the closet.
Beyond the highly amusing farce, and not without trapping a somewhat voyeuristic Cupid in a closet, Mayne imbues his Valentine’s Day short story with a touch of true love and a hint of magic.
Xavier Mayne is the pen name of a professor of English who works at a university in the Midwest United States. Versed in academic theories of sexual identity, he is passionate about writing stories in which men experience a love that pushes them beyond the boundaries they thought defined their sexuality. He believes that romance can be hot, funny, and sweet in equal measure.
The name Xavier Mayne is a tribute to the pioneering gay author Edward Prime-Stevenson, who also used it as a pen name. He wrote the first openly gay novel by an American, 1906’s Imre: A Memorandum, which depicts two masculine men falling in love despite social pressures that attempt to keep them apart.