Driven to be Loved  -     By: Pat Simmons
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1629115681
ISBN-13: 9781629115689
Series: Carmen Sisters

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On the surface, Brecee Carmen has nothing in common with Adrian Cole. She is a pediatrician certified in trauma care; he is a transportation problem-solver for a luxury car dealership (a.k.a., a car salesman). Despite their slow but steady attraction to each other, neither one of them is sure that they're compatible. To complicate matters, Brecee is the sole unattached Carmen daughter when it seems as though everyone else around herAnd#8212;family and friendsAnd#8212;is finding love.Through a series of discoveries, Adrian and Brecee learn that things don't always happen by coincidence. Generational forces are at work, keeping promises, protecting family members, and perhaps even drawing Adrian back to the church he had strayed from. Is it possible that God has been playing matchmaker all along?

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Pat Simmons holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She has worked in various media positions in radio, television, and print for more than twenty years. Currently, she oversees the media publicity for the annual RT Booklovers Conventions. She is the author of nine single titles and several eBook novellas. Her award-winning books include Talk to Me, ranked #14 of Top Books in 2008 That Changed Lives by Black Pearls Magazine. She is a two-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance for Still Guilty (2010) and Crowning Glory (2011). Her best-selling novels include Guilty of Love and the Jamieson Legacy series: Guilty by Association, The Guilt Trip, and Free from Guilt. The Acquittal (a Guilty Parties novel) was her 2013 release.

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  1. Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Diven to be Loved
    March 26, 2016
    jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Driven to be Loved by Pat Simmons is book three in The Carmen Sisters series. Although I have not read books two and three in the series, I thoroughly enjoyed book three alone. Now that I have read book three, I intend to read the first two in the series. Set in St. Louis, this romantic story is pleasing in every wayadmirable main characters and minor characters, interesting close-knit family members, and an uplifting spiritual theme.

    Sabrina (Brecee) Carmen is an attractive, 31-year-old woman and a pediatrician certified in trauma care. Adrian Cole is a handsome transportation problem-solver (car salesman) for a large luxury car dealership. He is driven to be successful in his career and is enrolled in graduate school, leaving little time for relationships.

    Their first chance encounter happens on a Saturday evening in front of the St. Louis Bread Company where Brecee is sitting in her car and having a meltdown. She has just received her first speeding ticket and is having a tearful moment. Adrian taps on her car window to see if she is okay and to offer assistance, but his less than chivalrous reaction to her predicament wins him no points. They part ways, but each has left a lasting first impression on the other.

    Later after a heart-to-heart chat with his cousin, Dolan, Adrian realizes that he came across as a total jerk. Using the info that he has (the hospitals name on her lab coat) and his expertise on the internet, he has no problem finding out who she is. He orders a beautiful floral bouquet to be sent to her at work and encloses an apologetic note. From there, their story unfolds with many twists and turns that keep it interesting.

    The Carmen family is a spirit-filled family who have worshiped God for generations. Through them Adrian discovers his own familys spiritual roots that somehow are interwoven with those of the Carmen family. I enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Importance of Promises
    March 26, 2016
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Driven to be Loved by author Pat Simmons is a romantic story about two people who have come to a crossroads in their lives. Brecee Carmen, a pediatrician, and Adrian Cole, a luxury car salesman, meet in an unusual way that at first starts them off as being wary of each other. However, as true love goes, they do work together to find a way through their obstacles. Brecees family is very protective and loving of her, and she and her three older sisters share a very close bond that was refreshing to see. The Carmen family are very faithful Christians and they live their lives in that regard. This is also a story of redemption and promises kept, even if it did take generations. I received a copy of this book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
  3. Kentucky
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Inspiring Romance
    March 21, 2016
    Connie
    Kentucky
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Driven To Be Loved is the first book that I have read by Pat Simmons and even though it is the third book in her Carmen Sisters series, it can be read by itself. Sabreece Carmen is the youngest of her sisters and it is obvious that she has been raised in a family that is strong, supportive, God loving and God-fearing. They are also very anxious to see her happily married and they don't care to express those wishes!

    When Sabrece (Brecee) finds herself falling for a non-believer, she resists this attraction because of her strong faith. We are shown her struggle to remain faithful to her beliefs and still experience the joy of finding true love and author Pat Simmons gives her readers two wonderful love stories: one between a man and woman and the other between God and his obedient child.

    This is a book worthy of your time and I am anxious to learn more about the Carmen family.

    I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring Christian Romance
    March 20, 2016
    nkwbookreviewer
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Driven to be Loved (The Carmen Sisters) is the third book in author Pat Simmons series but could be read as a stand alone. A refreshing Christian romance, it is the tale of opposites pediatrician Dr. Sabrece (Brecee) Carmen, the youngest of four sisters, and Adrian Cole, an arrogant luxury car salesman. They are quite different but yet drawn together. Their road is a bit rough at times, but life isn't always smooth. It is also a family values book. Through scripture, dialogue, and actions we learn that the Carmen family is a faith filled, God loving, strong family. When a need arises, the family is quick to rally together. The men are protective and the women are strong. The book has moments that will make you chuckle, sigh, and even get teary. It will increase your faith. The main characters are engaging and quickly draw you in. The author gives great supporting characters, a whole family to love. Mama Carmen has a nice part in this book that everyone will enjoy. There is plenty of dialogue to keep it interesting. The spiritual messages were on abundant. It was so refreshing to read of a young woman staying true to her belief. She was strong in her conviction not to compromise her virtue and went to great lengths to avoid temptation. The subject of baptism was addressed along with worship. It was interesting to learn about the church in this book. This was an encouraging, inspirational Christian love story, containing no drinking, but instead scripture and morals. It is not just a love story between a man and woman, but it tells how much God loves us. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. It is a 256 page paperback book. A copy of this book was provided by The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Romantic Christian Christmas story
    March 17, 2016
    Donna
    Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is my first book by Pat Simmons. Even though it is the third book in the Carmen Sister's series it can be read as a stand along book and I enjoyed reading it. I would also like to read the first two books. I love contemporary christian romance stories. This one offers a lot including family, salvation and faith.

    Brecee Carmen is the only unmarried sister in a family of four. Her faith is strong and she has set high standards for the man she will marry putting God first. Brecee meets Adrain Cole. She is a pediatrician and he a high end car salesman. He says he is a Christian but his lack of faith is a concern for her. Being an unlikely match will there be a relationship between them?

    This is an inspiring and romantic Christmas story. Real christian fiction.

    Pat Simmons has done a brilliant job writing this story. I highly recommend this book.

    I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.
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