Tamara Leigh, Author NavPress Publishing Group $12.99 (461p) ISBN 978-1-57683-925-6
Romance writer Leigh (Blackheart) makes her debut in the Christian market with this tale based at least partly on her life experience. Adda Sinclaire is a bestselling romance novelist with a case of writer's block and a lingering interest in Christianity. Like most chick-lit heroines, she has a knack for ridiculous situations, whether that's pulling out a clump of her nemesis's hair or sticking her tongue out at a good-looking guy across a restaurant (who turns out to be the publisher trying to acquire her next book). If at times unbelievable, the plot moves quickly and will draw readers in. Nick, the good-looking publisher, becomes Adda's love interest (although technically their relationship is ""strictly business""). Stick Woman, her archenemy, accuses Adda of plagiarizing one of her books, forcing Adda into hiding. Add a dose of family conflict, an insistent would-be lover and a supporting cast of several characters who happen to be Christian, and you have the makings of compelling inspirational romance. Traditional romance readers may also be attracted to this title-Adda's investigation of Christianity, if a bit forced, plays a supporting role, and readers are never browbeaten. And if the conclusion is primarily about the improvement of Adda's character, Leigh also fulfills her readers' expectations of the romance genre.
Reviewed on: 01/30/2006
Release date: 02/01/2006