Two zany grannies scheme to unite their artistic grandchildren. When twenty-eight year old Dylan Bradley, a former steamy romance illustrator, meets Caylor Evans, he's 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 Caylor's manuscript is paired with Dylan's 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.
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?
Kaye Dacus's "Matchmakers" series is fun with strong characters. This second book, The Art of Romance, has a sweet romance with Caylor (from Book One) and Dylan. Not only does Kaye deliver a good story, she gives the reader a flavor of the South and a good look into the writing/publishing world as well. She blends characters from the first book into this story, so the reader can continue following "old friends." The premise of the "meddling" grandmothers is also very sweet. Kaye's books are enjoyable reading.
A charming English professor, Caylor, and a talented young artist, Dylan, have both moved in with their grandmothers, but for different reasons. The women are friends and determined to employ their matchmaking skills regarding their grandchildren.
While Caylor and Dylan perceive an attraction for one another, neither is looking for a relationship. As their friendship progresses though, each feels compelled to keep some past issues secret.
I loved the realism in this book: younger male hero, somewhat unsure of himself, a tattooed and long- haired struggling artist, carrying the weight of bad decisions. And the heroine: a "statuesque" responsible well-educated woman dedicated to helping her grandmother for a season, but who also has a "past."
This was my first Kaye Dacus book, and I'm hooked! Her characters are believable, the story line engaging and I know I can trust her to deliver a wholesome, well -written, fun, romantic story.