Sunday, July 20, 2008
Passionate, heart-warming, and filled with suspense, When I'm With You by LaConnie Taylor-Jones is a must read for romance lovers everywhere.
Born into wealth, Marcel Baptiste lives a life far different than that of Caitlyn Thompson. The director of a struggling youth center, Caitlyn had to leave all she knew to escape a stalker--a man who she once trusted. Now living in Oakland, she does everything to make sure he never finds her again. When Caitlyn applies to Marcel's philanthropic foundation to save the youth center, Marcel is immediately taken with this young woman with the cat eyes. Falling deeply in love, Marcel must find a way to get Caitlyn to trust him, to love him, and to be his forever; but fear of the past gets in the way and Marcel knows he must help Caitlyn vanquish the ghosts of her past if they are ever going to be truly happy.
This fast-paced and entertaining romance is one you will want to read over and over again. It is difficult to believe that this is Taylor-Jones's debut novel. The story is so well done, so gripping, so real that the reader believes that the author must have decades worth of publishing experience under her belt.
Fully developed and complex characters come together in a plot that draws you right in and begs you not to stop reading until you reach the end. A story of learning to love and trust after horrible betrayal and abuse, Taylor-Jones handles these issues with compassion and understanding, no doubt a result of her work in the field of public health. But this is also a story of family and friendships; being able to count on those you love and those who love you.
No wonder this novel won the Romance Slam Jam 2008 Emma Award for debut novel. Romance novels don't get any better than LaConnie Taylor-Jones's When I'm With You!
Title: When I'm With You
Author: LaConnie Taylor-Jones
Publisher: Indigo (an imprint of Genesis Press, Inc.)
U.S. Price: $6.99
Read my interview with LaConnie Taylor-Jones here.