cover image Stealing Adda

Stealing Adda

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.