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Monday, February 27, 2012

Therapeutic Review of Gypsy's Game and Winner's Choice Giveaway!

Gypsy's Game is Delia Latham's third and final book in her Solomon's Gate series, following Destiny's Dream (book 1) and Kylie's Kiss (book 2). Here's an blurb from Delia's website:

Gypsy Lovell stands to inherit an enormous amount of money from a father who never gave her anything but a ridiculous name. Even now, he doesn’t make it easy. A stipulation in the man’s will demands that Gypsy be married in order to claim what is hers. 

Desperate for the monetary windfall that could save her ailing mother’s life, Gypsy visits a Christian dating agency, hoping to find a temporary husband. Someone easy to handle for the required six months, and easy to get rid of when she no longer needs him. 

Jal Garridan is neither of those things, but he's willing to take on the challenge presented by the beautiful stranger—on his own terms. What Gypsy doesn’t know is that Solomon’s Gate is a dating agency with a Divine connection. What she finds there may save more than her mother’s life. It may save Gypsy’s soul.

I've done reviews of each of the other books in this series, and each time, I was again taken captive by the premise of Delia's series. Not only the Christian dating aspect of it (Solomon's Gate is the name of the dating agency) but each storyline's inherent conflict.

Gypsy appears on day one full of hurt and anguish at her father's abandonment. I found it so telling, as people walk around with huge amounts of baggage--usually invisible to the naked eye--from their pasts. The uncontrollable loss of a parent (and by that, I mean, not by natural means) comes to effect children in many ways, mostly with a hypervigilant sense of distrust. If one person they loved can up and leave, then why can't anyone they love up and leave? Gypsy is wounded in adulthood from this traumatic experience, and Delia writes Gypsy's doubts and misgivings very realistically.

Jal (pronounced J-al, which I loved that Delia threw that in there at the beginning of the book, so I wasn't saying it wrong in my head for too long) wasn't as psychologically developed as Gypsy. He seems pretty dang perfect (and hot - I wanted a picture of that little scar on his lip, Delia!!). He agrees to marry Gypsy, knowing she's not a Christian, because Solomon told him to do so. [Aside, there are spiritually supernatural elements to this book....angel appearances and the beating of angel wings. Since I'm a believer in angels, I loved those parts of the books!] So we get the tense, thrown-together bride and groom, which is always a tried and true favorite for romance readers.

Delia has agreed to give away either a print or digital copy of Gypsy's Game or one of the first two books in her series (winner's choice) to a lucky commenter! Since I like for my giveaways to be a perk for my blog followers, please click on "Follow" in the column to the right, and then just leave a comment below to be entered. Giveaway will run through Sunday night.