Its cold outside and she is conflicted inside

 The Book Of Love (Baby Its Cold Out)

Lila is the manager of a book store that is located in a building that was bought by developer Grayson. All the legal notifications regarding the necessity to relocate the store were sent to her parents since their names are the listed as the owners. Throughout the book, there was a lot of misdirected anger at Grayson from Lila who she decided was foreclosing on her parents’ (mostly her father) legacy. If anything, it was her mother’s fault. But I won’t even get into that.

First of all, my impression of this books has a lot to do with my stance on Christian or religious contemporary fiction. It is my personal opinion that when romance novel authors try to make them “Christian” they should at least say somewhere in the blurb about the book. Reading a romance novel and having “God” references liberally throughout makes it a Christian contemporary. Not knowing that from the beginning because makes me feel as if I’m being preached to. I am not saying that I have anything against books with a religious slant, but at least I can set my expectations based on that.

Lila is trying to be a “good” Christian and has made a vow that she would not indulge in premarital coitus. But that was before there were lighting sparks between her and Grayson. So now she’s relapsing but she’s so conflicted the whole time. It got kind of annoying to me because the story had a Debbie-downer feel every time Lila focused on her guilt. And that took some of the fun out the reading the back and forth banter between them. I knew that they would end up in bed and the next day she was going to be regretting her lack of self-control.

To top it off, Lila has the thought that maybe she shouldn’t get with Grayson because he’s not a Christian. Then he agrees to go to church with her just because if that is what she likes, he will go along with it. I really don’t like that. I don’t think anyone should convert or change religion or become more religious because of girl or boyfriend. The person is just going through the motions and it may or may not last. I don’t know if in the long run Grayson would become a Christian, but there needs to be more of a basis than “I’m doing it for my girlfriend”.

Another point with which I take issue is Lila’s hot and cold attitude with Grayson. She seemed almost to the point of bi-polar to me. One minute she is flirting, ready to jump his bones, and the next minute she is telling him to get out of her house and she is not speaking to him. He had a lot of patience to deal with her. I would have told her “Crazy girl, get your store off my premises before I have forcibly vacated and get out of my life. Period.”

In closing, in The Book Of Love (Baby Its Cold Out) I liked the male character Grayson but the female Lila was super annoying. Some readers might find it humorous.
And to the author, let me know what to expect. If you are going to use the character’s religious relationship as part of the storyline, give readers a heads up and note Christian contemporary genre.


2 thoughts on “Its cold outside and she is conflicted inside

  1. I agree. There’s nothing like expecting one thing and getting another. It has been recommended to me to write a Christian book. I looked up guidelines for one publisher who said no sex. The characters weren’t even allowed to think about sex. I started writing one. Mine has a twist in the plot and is action oriented. A friend gave me some Christian books to read. Frankly, Christian is not the term I would use, maybe religious or churchy would be more appropriate. The first one was written by an “award-winning author”. I found the book anything but award winning. The characters were dull and not life-like. The plot was simple and trite. The “Christian” aspect seemed like it was pasted in as an afterthought because that was what the publisher wanted. The second book I read was by a different award-winning author and not much better than the first. I just finished a third book. This author did a much better job with relatable characters and story. Her Christian aspect on things was more appropriate. The first two wrote like they did not know a single thing about God or church, merely having looked it up in a reference book. I still have more books to read, but couldn’t handle any more at the present. I will make sure my book is duly noted as a Christian novel, but mine may surprise the readers. I feel “christian” has become a generic term, and it’s uncertain what you will get in a book with that label–other than no sex. Like you, I don’t want to be preached to. I read a book for enjoyment, to transport me to another realm of relaxation. I have eclectic taste and read a variety. The one thing I hate most in books is all the cussing. I feel a lot of that is thrown in unnecessarily. I hate reading a book where the Lord’s name is taken in vain in just about every sentence. I was told that adds reality. If they’re around people cussing that much, shame on them.


    • I agree with you when the term “award-winning” is used. I don’t know who is giving out these awards so freely, but I wonder if people are buying the designation because some times, their books are not the quality of writing that I would associate with winning any awards. But, to each his own.
      I have learned to base my book purchases on the plots instead of trying to read what someone else said was a good book. That is why the blurb describing what the book is about is so important to me.


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