They are initially hostile and mistrustful of one another, due to previous bad experiences. They are in their late twenties, which makes Cassi an old maid and Jared a menace to society in stereotypical LDS culture, so of course--it's a romance, after all--they are on the rocky road to love. They are forced to join forces against some really evil people, who desire to profit regardless of the consequences and who become personally determined to prevent Cassi and Jared from finding happiness.
Cassi is unable to read the signs from men who are genuinely interested in her not just her body , a trait that becomes irritating until it must be overcome to advance the plot. Jared has decided that because a woman he once dated had a curly permanent and bad taste in stiff hair gel that Cassi's natural curls are not natural and are a symbol of the fickleness and deceitful tendencies of all women, although his "hang-up" is less irritating than Cassi's. More astonishing is this couple's inability to figure out who they can trust when they are in danger of more than a broken heart--only each other, until a point when they decide that maybe they can trust the FBI but only the agents they trust at the FBI, which prevents them from calling the police or the FBI when anyone with half a brain would do so.
The author tries hard to make this tendency realistic and to explain it, but by halfway through the second book, the problem induced repeated inner groans in this reader. Even when they should trust each other most, this couple seems to have doubts. In addition, Cassi is inexplicably able to trust the wrong people--such as a rich, handsome, widowed-with-young-son man who discourages her from contacting the FBI or police when she has just witnessed a murder and barely escaped with her life and with information material to the case.
She accepts his invitation to stay overnight in his mansion's guest suite and seek help in the morning there are lots of servants around and Cassi's virtue is never in question. This amazing event takes place even though his lies to her and other events should set off loud alarm bells, even in a person who isn't listening for the promptings of the Spirit, which Cassi is. Cassi's actions are often explained as chronic impulsiveness of a strength that seems inconsistent with her knowledge and professionalism as a buyer entrusted with bidding hundreds of thousands of dollars on valuable art objects.
Other minor and major irritations are present: good people tend to have blue eyes; bad guys are described as "exotic" and in other stereotypical terms--they also wear heavy, thick gold rings; there are some good people who are not LDS, but Jared tends to think of them as potential Mormons a few too many times despite the imminent crises that ahould be occupying his thoughts; Jared's last name is Landine while Cassi's boss has the first name of Landen and the villianess is named Laranda , which could be sources of confusion at first.
Lazy editing is apparent in cliches such as "a shot rang out" and hyperbole such as "His instincts were never wrong. But I enjoyed these books--not everything has to be The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire --and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. I recommend checking out these books from the library rather than buying them but check out all three at once. If you know an LDS teenaged girl maybe one who is not yet hooked on reading but who will enjoy an LDS romance and suspense novel , these might make a good gift if you give all three.
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I am a single woman in the church and I almost take offense to the image that the characters can't be happy without love. Happiness is a choice, whether you're married or not. Yes, I would like to meet someone and have a family but I'm not going to sit around feeling sorry for myself. I'm almost offended that the message is that you can't be happy unless you're in love. Honestly, I could not put this book down until I knew for sure that Jared and Cassi made it to the end not only alive but also together.
After bidding at an auction for an ugly Buddha, they find their lives threatened and have to flee the ruthless thugs and the FBI. Their adventure takes them across the entire country. Both have a love for beautiful art, both are single and ready to open their hearts, and both share a same deep faith. Very clean and exciting romance, full of humor and courage. Obviously the writer has watched too many spy movies and has the gift of drawing her readers into this very hot chase, and pure friendship.
My favorite part was when Cassi, dressed as an old lady, puts on a fit when supposedly someone stole her purse. She manages to distract the FBI and allows Jared to pass through passport control undetected — hilarious. Thank you for a great read! I know it's probably just me, but I can't stand it when characters in a book do something, well, out of character; at least without a really good reason. This book was sort of full of that. Lives in peril, but stopping to play on the swings I also find it distracting when the author highlights random details that aren't important; it disrupts the flow of the book and makes you stop and wonder, why in the heck did she throw that in?
I finished this book with a sense of relie I know it's probably just me, but I can't stand it when characters in a book do something, well, out of character; at least without a really good reason. I finished this book with a sense of relief and only got a few pages into the sequel before encountering more of the same. I decided to let the story end for me there. It was clean, and had a moderately engaging story line, but I just couldn't keep going. From back cover: "Cassi Mason, a beautiful, energetic, career-driven young woman, is the head buyer for a prestigious art gallery in California.
Jared Landine is a handsome returned missionary, who works as a buyer for an exclusive New York gallery. Sparks fly as the two come head-to-head in a bidding war for a very expensive Indian Buddha from the Kushan period. Each is determined to win, but others also want the Buddha - at any cost.
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Thugs, jewel thieves, the FBI, or Jared's beautiful and allu From back cover: "Cassi Mason, a beautiful, energetic, career-driven young woman, is the head buyer for a prestigious art gallery in California. Thugs, jewel thieves, the FBI, or Jared's beautiful and alluring boss During a string of spine-tingling exploits, Cassi and Jared are forced to develop a tentative friendship that deepens into romance.
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I was drawn in to the story right away, but it didn't hold my attention very well as the story went on. This happened with the last book I read too.
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I'm n Cassi and Jared, art buyers for different galleries, meet at an auction and are bidding on the same odd Buddha. I'm not dying to read the sequel, but might if I happen to come across it the name of the series, Love Series , isn't calling my name. Dec 08, T. This book was also published as Love to the Highest Bidder, but this is the version available for Kindle download on Amazon.
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I enjoyed the characters and the smuggling mystery, but the romance was a little much for my impatient self. I prefer romantic side stories with little to no deep contemplation of feelings; I would rather guess from their actions. Here, the main characters paused frequently to scrutinize their emotions, and I may have resorted to childish eye-rolling.
Nov 03, Prudence rated it liked it. I enjoyed this novel, but I have to say, although this is probably going to sound really shallow, I hated the cover. It bothered me the whole time I read the book. I can't stand when they put painted images of people on the front covers, especially bad ones. It distracts from your own perceived image of how the characters look. Thankfully the next two books in the series are generic scenes. I wouldn't have bought them otherwise. Jul 09, Annalisa rated it really liked it.
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I have to admit I looked up this author after seeing her name on a bumper sticker. This is a good clean romance from an lds author that also has a bit of mystery and suspense as 2 art dealers meet while trying to get the highest bid on an item that turns out to be involved in some illegal practices.
Nov 02, LaDawn rated it liked it Shelves: christian-fiction , I was going to give this book 4 stars, even though it was predictable. It was still a fun, breezy read. Unfortunately, the ending just about ruined it for me. I won't spoil it for anyone, but let's just say, if I'd been reading it in paperback instead of on my phone, I would've thrown it in disgust. Talk about predictable, cheesy, and lame. Jun 18, Marci rated it liked it Shelves: romance , mystery.
That counts. I got the ebook for free on amazon and actually really liked it it's rename as "a bid for love" on amazon. It's not cheesy lameness but still a cute story. I even cried - though I am blaming that on preggo hormones. It was a sweet story, not particularly steamy, but well-written with interesting characters.
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A bit cheesy at times but not to the point of actually detracting from the story. It was good; I'm glad I read it. Sep 28, Patricia rated it liked it. Last year, in September, I tried reading this book and quit on probably the first chapter.
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