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Behind the Altar: Behind the Love Series Paperback – September 17, 2014
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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Behind the Altar by P.C. Zick is a romance with excellently drawn characters and marvelous chemistry between them. ~Christoph Fischer, International Bestselling Author
From the Author
Behind the Altar is the first book in my Behind the Love Contemporary Romance series. As flawed as the characters are in this book, I fell in love with their stories. I created the fictional town of Victory, Florida, and drew a portrait of a microcosm of the larger world. These characters popped out of my imagination and onto the page. I loved creating them so much that I didn't want my life with them to end. Hence, the creation of the series. Issues of homelessness and veterans unable to find work permeate the plot of this book. I hope you'll fall in love with Leah, Dean, Sally Jean, Reggie, Susie, and all the rest of Victory.
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Of course there is Dean, a true stud-muffin male protagonist, who instantly falls for Leah, a strong, beautiful, caring female protagonist. In romance, that may be a given, but here it’s done extremely well. The author also tackles a couple of themes that are doozies: First off, her depiction of the homeless issue lets us in on the daily ins-and-outs of everyone involved––what these poor destitute people go through and what the organizers have to contend with, such as coping with funds being removed or their spaces suddenly unavailable.
Yet Zick doesn’t stop there. She has the courage to take on another strong issue not often talked about in romances—familial sexual abuse. In my opinion, to be able to have that as a subtext and still write a tender, sexy romance, takes great talent and certainly makes for a page-turning novel! Highly recommended.
I'm glad I continued as the book actually improved to the point that I have also read the second in the series and will read the third. Just had to get past those first pages.
Played well on Text-To-Speech
The same day Leah learns of the decision from the church board prohibiting the use of the church kitchen to cook for the homeless, Leah meets Jacob's brother, Dean, as he rumbles into town on his Harley. Leah finds herself inexplicably drawn to Dean. Between his muscles and tattoos, there is an intensity that overwhelms Leah, leaving her breathless. Jacob has never had this effect on her.
Dean feels the attraction to Leah also. Her natural goodness and compassion for people are a tonic that feeds his soul. The harder they struggle to stay apart, the more they are drawn together experiencing a passion neither has ever known.
Nevertheless, there is a dark secret that threatens to derail the Davis family just waiting to explode this lover's triangle into a million pieces!
I don't know about you, but I adore a romance that is filled with magic, especially when it is obvious that the two characters belong together. "Behind the Altar," explodes with sexual tension and sizzles with passionate ardor.
There is just something about a man riding into town on a Harley that gets a woman thinking about romance. Of course, you know he is a bad-boy from the start. He's riding a Harley! With very little imagination, I could picture "Dean," being played by the handsome, Jeffrey "Dean" Morgan, who is the good-looking private investigator, currently playing on the television series, "The Good Wife." I can't help but ponder if P. C. Zick had the same image in mind when she created the character of Dean. One can only hope.
This story revolves around small town America, with all of the incongruities and biases that exist in society on full display. The book is not suitable for younger readers as there is sexual content present. However, I found the love story between Leah and Dean to be real and honest. I thought there was a moral to this love story, about never judging a book by its cover, that was woven throughout the story line, but I will let you be the judge of that.
I look forward to following the life of these characters as they evolve and heal from the tragedies and rewards of true love in the upcoming Behind the Love Series. Book 2, "Behind the Curtain," is the next book in the series.
Character Believability: 4
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 4
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 4.5 out of 5
Dean entering the scene complicates things for Leah, and she has to search out what is really in her heart in order to be happy. Of course, Dean is there to help her discover the right choices, if only they could get past not trusting each other.
I rooted for these two and enjoyed their story. Looking forward to the next book in the trilogy!