Art of Romance - eBook
Caylor Evans has a bad history when it comes to men, so she has devoted herself to her teaching and writing careers. Enter struggling artist Dylan Bradley who has moved back to Nashville after a bad relationship breakup and being fired from his job. Neither seems to be ready to be involved in a new relationship, but never underestimate a grandmother's meddling.
Right up front IÃ¢ÂÂm going to say this story was really not my cup of tea. I liked the first book much better. This book seemed to place too much of the storyline along CaylorÃ¢ÂÂs academic career and Dylan backstory.
The scenes between Caylor and Dylan fell flat in to many places and there was not as much private interaction between the two as I would have liked. I couldn't find any romantic spark between them and their scenes always seemed to have other people in them. I just saw them as good friends rather than a couple.
I did liked the fact that as very young adults Caylor was once a secular romance writer writing steamy romance novels and that Dylan once used himself as a model for the cover of a couple of those books. I did like the fact that as they grew and matured they rergetted these choices yet neither were ready to admit their mistakes to anyone. That was something that they had to grow together as a couple and learn to trust each other.
I didnÃ¢ÂÂt find God too much in this story. I think thatÃ¢ÂÂs what bugged me the most. There were a couple of place that everyone went to church, but there was really no personal interaction with God.
As usual Sassy, CaylorÃ¢ÂÂs grandmother, stole the book for me. She was smart and funny and energetic. I just loved all the scenes she was in. There were several places that I snickered and laughed. The part where Dylan finally stands up to his parents was really good and the scenes with Dylan and his brothers was wonderful.
Would I recommend this book? If you want a very light read then yes I would.
February 21, 2014
I like to read about honorable heroes, they can be human with failings, but still someone I would wish for my friends or family to marry. I wouldn't recommend Dylan, a guy who can be told to tattoo himself, live in an immoral relationship and change his main occupation, just to please a superior female. To imagine someone marrying a guy who is undergoing counselling for his every move doesn't bring "happy ever after" to mind ! I pity Caylor rather than approve. The Ransome series were better, but now I think I will avoid this author.
June 15, 2013
A pleasant story
The Art of Romance
Two zany grannies scheme to unite their artistic grandchildren. When twenty-eight year old Dylan Bradley, a former steamy romance illustrator, meets Caylor Evans, heÃ¢ÂÂs trying to build up a new professional reputation while recovering from a bad breakup with an older woman. Meanwhile, thirty-four year old Caylor, having once written titillating romances under a pseudonym, now pens inspirational novels. When they form a professional alliance and CaylorÃ¢ÂÂs manuscript is paired with DylanÃ¢ÂÂs proposed sketches for its book cover, suspicions arise. Can Dylan and Caylor discover the true art of romance while hiding secrets from their past?
I enjoy a good book. This was one that delivers on a good laugh and an enjoyable story line. The author does a good job with story line and enjoyable characters that are likeable. I always like a mystery of any kind. It is always true that we hide our sins from the world, although they are always on display in front of our Lord.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
March 5, 2012
Her Secret Hero
The Art of Romance by Kaye Dacus Book 2 of the Matchmakers
Book 1: Love Remains Book 3: Turnabout's Fair Play
What an enjoyable book! Nosy grandmother's determined to be the first ones who get the prized great grandchild... but first they have to marry off their grandchildren. So why not take a grandson from Perty and add a granddaughter from Sassy and kill two birds with one stone!
At thirty-five and six foot tall Caylor Evans don't have any hope for a future love. She thought she had that ten years ago, but someone came between them. She is a Professor, Author, involved in her churches ministry and most important she moved in with her grandmother, Sassy, five years ago after Papa's death. Sassy needs her and that is good enough, or is it? When she meets the handsome grandson of her Sassy's best friend Perty she has second thoughts...
Dylan Bradley has been through the wringer. At one time he loved his art work. Doing portraits and even some book covers to work his way through college. He was a disappointment to his parents, his other three brothers were getting all kinds of degrees but Dylan enjoyed his artwork, so his parents refused to pay his college. He had left God way behind after high school although his conscience often niggled at him when he knew he did wrong. As a Professor in Philadelphia his superior was Dr. Rhonda Kramer. She took him into her world and changed his art style, clothes and than his morals when he moved in with her. When he finally realized how she was running his life, and he stood his ground, he lost his job. Now he is back in Nashville, living in his grandparents carriage house and given a list of rules to follow. At age twenty-eight he was still treated like an immature child.
This is a great story, Dylan needs to come back to the Lord and forgive himself for his past mistakes. He can't judge all women to be like Rhonda and he has to see the love his grandparents have for him and that they truly care, unlike his parents. He has been separated from the love his family and misses the close relationship he had with his brothers. He starts seeing how he let Rhonda run and ruin his life. And when he starts to heal he hopes a beautiful redhead will give him a second chance at love. Or will she run when she finds out his past secrets?
Caylor has the love of her family, although there are huge issues with her sister, Felicity who now wants to be called Sage. She has her two close friends to help her through life as well, Zarah and Flannery. And she has Sassy. Can she tell Dylan her secret from her past without losing all hope of losing any chance with him?
**Received through NetGalley for Review
September 26, 2011