Book: The Art of Romance

The Art of Romance (The Matchmakers #2)The Art of Romance by Kaye Dacus

Publisher: Barbour Books
Publish Date: May 2, 2011
Series: The Matchmakers #2
ISBN: 160260990X
ISBN-13: 9781602609907

Synopsis:  Author Kaye Dacus will ignite your love of romance with book 2 of her Matchmakers series. Dylan Bradley, who once illustrated steamy romances under the name Patrick Callaghan, has moved into his grandparent’s guest house in Nashville. Caylor Evans, having once written titillating novels under the penname Melanie Mason, lives with her grandmother. When their lives collide, due to the machinations of meddling matriarchs, the pasts of Dylan and Caylor threaten to derail their futures. Will they accept each other for who they now are—and once were? Or will they never discover the true art of romance?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the second book of Kaye Dacus’ The Matchmakers series, the grams are at it again. This time, they’re meddling with Caylor Evans, granddaughter of Sassy, and Dylan Bradley, grandson of Perty. Since the race is on to marry their grandkids and have great grandbabies, Sassy and Perty try to pick up the pace on this love story. Will it work though?

English professor Dr. Caylor Evans has written books throughout her career. What few people don’t know that while she writes inspirational romance novels now, her first books were steamy and under a pseudonym. What even fewer people know is that five of the six books were inspired by the model on the cover art of her books. In her busy world of teaching, being involved with the other university departments, singing in her church’s choir, and being the support system for her grandmother, Sassy, would she be able to have the same romance that she writes about?

Enter Dylan Bradley. The black sheep of the accomplished Bradley family. He never felt like he belonged in his family. This prodigal son returns after an unfortunate relationship makes him lose his teaching position. He is taken in by his grandparents, Gramps and Perty, but with some conditions. No one in his family knows about the relationship, nor the details of losing his job, but this isn’t the only secret he is keeping to himself. While he was trying to support himself through college, he commissioned several cover art for several romance novels.

While Caylor and Dylan attempt to take on their secrets and problems by themselves, Sassy and Perty will stop at nothing to bring these two together. They have chanced making arrangements for these two to meet, mingle, and hope that fate steps in.

I related more to this book than the previous one. Dacus introduces these two that I cannot help but love. While Caylor and Dylan have different issues, Dacus does a fantastic job by writing inspirational messages that is not too overpowering. My problem with the first book was that the messages were too strong, and it took over the book, rather than let the characters live in the moment. That is not the case in this book. The development of the characters, the storyline, and how Dacus brings everything together is magic in itself.

While I was not drawn to the first few pages, once I picked it up again, I could not put it down.

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