RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones


Title: Save the Date
Author: Jenny B. Jones
Publication Info: Thomas Nelson 2011
ISBN: 978-1595545398
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Save the Date This review was written by Emily. This story was nominated in the Best Inspirational Romance category.

The summary:      

When funding for Lucy's non-profit job is pulled, she is determined to find out why. Enter Alex Sinclair, former professional football star and heir to Sinclair Enterprises-the primary donor to Lucy's non-profit organization.

Both Lucy and Alex have something the other desperately wants. Alex has it all . . . except for the votes he needs to win his bid for Congress. Despite their mutual dislike, Alex makes Lucy a proposition: pose as his fiancee in return for the money she desperately needs.

Bound to a man who isn't quite what he seems, Lucy finds her heart-and her future-on the line.

And here is Emily's review:

This book should get a prize for sheer readability. More than anything else I found this book well-written with a smooth tone and a plot that never felt stuck. It is very rare that I place style above all else, but the style made the book for me.

Usually I have problems with books this heavy on the inspirational elements, but occasionally a book charms despite the heavy presence of religion. I think part of the reason this book works is that inspirational elements feel natural to the plot. All of the characters are very religious and it’s natural that they talk so much about God.

Besides being Inspirational this book is Romance with a capital R. The relationship is front and center as it should be. Alex is an Alpha with capital A. There isn’t anything he can’t do, a little too good to be true. Our heroine is a little too needy and Alex is frequently protecting her. Still she has a backbone and a big heart.

Other things I enjoyed include the urban setting (Charleston, SC), and the large diverse cast of characters. The big problem I had with this book is the melancholy tone. I wish the book had happier, funnier and much cheerful. It was hard for me to remember that the author has a blog that can be a lot of fun.

Jenny B. Jones usually writes young adult Inspirational//young adult Inspirational romance. This is her first novel for adults. The sequel to this book is actually young adult; it’s called There You’ll Find Me ( A | BN | K | S | ARe ) and is about the hero’s sister. It’s TBR for me.

This book is available from Goodreads | Amazon | BN | Sony | Kobo | All Romance eBooks.

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    Jean Tallman says:

    Sounds like “The Kept Woman” by Susan Donovan.  One of my favorites.

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