Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tea and Read: September Seconds - The Art of Romance

Title: The Art of Romance
Author: Kaye Dacus
Rating: Two cups of tea (★★★★)

I have a confession to make. I read the first two books of this series out of order. This is one of the few times I’ve done this in my life. Despite that, the book drew me in enough that I didn’t mind.

Author Kaye Dacus will ignite your love of romance with book 2 of her Matchmakers series. Dylan Bradley, who once illustrated steamy romances under the name Patrick Callaghan, has moved into his grandparent’s guest house in Nashville. Caylor Evans, having once written titillating novels under the penname Melanie Mason, lives with her grandmother. When their lives collide, due to the machinations of meddling matriarchs, the pasts of Dylan and Caylor threaten to derail their futures. Will they accept each other for who they now are—and once were? Or will they never discover the true art of romance?

Once again, Kaye Dacus provides another unique romance. Dylan and Caylor’s relationship fascinates me because it’s the first time in Christian fiction novel that I’ve read where the heroine was older than the hero. When I discovered this, I became nervous because I’ve had a few bad relationships with younger men. Honestly, I had already decided that I wasn’t going to like the book before I’d read half of it.

But I did like it. Dacus does a great job of building the relationship between the two and handling Dylan’s past of being in a relationship with an older woman. Dylan’s previous relationship and his relationship with Caylor create a good contrast of how older-female relationships should and should not be like.

As for the plot, it was engaging, a standard for Dacus. Characters were well thought out and memorable. I loved the use of art in this book and how Dacus developed Dylan and Caylor's relationship. This book wasn’t emotionally heavy, but it was a good conversation starter. Looking forward to reading the last book in this series. 

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