“The Art of Romance” by Kaye Dacus


Sassy Evans and Perty Bradley are determined to get their older grandchildren married off, when twenty-eight-year-old Dylan comes home after being fired from his teaching position because of the betrayal of his ex-girlfriend.  Perty knows her grandson has more important issues to deal with first.

Sassy understand her friend’s reservations about timing, but she also sees so many ways in which Dylan would be the perfect match for her thirty-four-year-old granddaughter Caylor.  With his record of acclaimed paintings and Caylor’s bestselling novels, they could complement each other’s talents and provide each other support and encouragement.  And there’s no denying the spark of attraction between the English professor with the untamed red hair and the painter with the unusual tattoos.

But neither grandmother realizes the  secrets both Caylor and Dylan are keeping from each other.  Will pain and embarrassment from the past keep Caylor and Dylan apart, or will they develop the courage to be truthful with each other and discover the true art of romance?

Kaye Dacus is an author and editor who has been writing fiction for more than twenty years. Pursuing her passion for writing, she earned a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She is a former Vice President and long-time member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and is also a founding member of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and writes contemporary and historical romances. To find out more about Kaye and her books, please visit her online at kayedacus.com.

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My Review:

The Art of Romance by Kaye Dacus is a humorous story about two conniving matriarchal match-makers.  It’s a wonderful romance story, but not the gushy, unrealistic type.  It’s based on real issues that are current to today’s culture.

Dylan has been fired from his position as an art professor due to a betrayal by his ex-girlfriend and colleague, is currently unemployed and living in his grandparents’ loft in their old carriage house, and is definitely not ready for a new relationship.  When he moves back to his home town, there are rules behind his living with his grandparents, and he tries to abide by them.

Caylor is a tenured English professor and established romance writer who lives with her grandmother, escorting her to events and shopping after her husband passed away.  Due to her living arrangements and a past relationship, she, too, is not in any hurry to get married.

Sassy Evans and Perty Bradley have different plans for Dylan and Caylor.  However, they don’t know the painful and embarrassing secrets both Dylan and Caylor are hiding.

This is my first book by Kaye, and it was an absolutely delightful read.  The issues she brings about are so relevant for today’s culture.  She paces the drama and character information in a manner that keeps the pages flying.  The romantic sparks and conversations between Dylan and Caylor are very realistic–the shyness of flirting without trying to overdo or pushing the relationship.  The age factor comes into play as well, which society relates to differently.  That issue is handled very well, whether you agree or disagree.

The relationships of friends and siblings really touched my heart, especially those of Dylan’s.  You’ll find that love, trust and faith in each other and God are the building blocks of the relationships and marriages, young and old, with a few exceptions.

For a fun read about conniving matriarchs and the hearts of two broken people being mended, this is a book you will not want to miss.  But don’t be fooled, this book is not a simple plot of boy meets girl.

This book was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.  My gracious thanks for a delightful read!

This book can be purchased here.


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