Monday, April 04, 2011

REVIEW: The Art of Romance by Kaye Dacus

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Kaye Dacus and her publisher for sending me an electronic copy of "The Art of Romance" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and their generosity. “The Art of Romance” finds Dylan Bradley, an artist, and Caylor Evans, a writer, in the romantic spotlight. As the second book of Kaye Dacus’ Matchmaker series, these characters have become the objects of their Grandmothers’ matchmaking efforts. Will they succumb to those efforts? Or will they allow their pasts and their mistrust to keep them from discovering true love? After thoroughly enjoying the first book in the series, I grabbed this title as soon as I saw it available for review. What I found inside were charming characters, conflict with which I can sympathize and a heartwarming love story. Caylor is a writer and a teacher. She is responsible and involved in drama. And when you read her narrative, it is very evident that her character is literary. Dylan has made his share of mistakes and is now trying to get his life back together living in his Grandparents’ guest house. He is an artist whose love was portraiture, but traded that love for the artsy world of abstract. When you read his narrative, it’s all about color and shape and shading. This is an incredibly enjoyable novel…especially if you have a love of the creative arts. This book touched a place in my heart that has been dormant for quite a while. Now, I’ve broken out the sketch pad and pencils, inspired by this wonderful story.

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