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    Third book in Taste of Romance series!

    A Dash of Daring by Elizabeth Maddrey is the third book in the Taste of Romance series. This is a Christian romance series. Zach Wilson teaches math at an inner-city high school in Washington, D.C. He has been interested in dating Amy Harris (substitute teacher and after school care coordinator) for some time but she keeps putting him in the friend zone (Amy wishes to avoid dating someone who is not a part of her multi-ethnic heritage). Zach finally asks her out on a real date and Amy hesitantly accepts. This is the first of many dates. Amy, though, will have a long way to go before she is ready for a serious relationship. Amy tends to make snap judgements and jump to conclusions without hearing all the information. Amy and Zach will get to know each other better as they work on the school’s holiday program. When Zach gets an opportunity to have a job at a magnet school will it end their budding relationship (he would like to teach to students who actually enjoy math)? Will Amy be able to get over her issues to have a wonderful future? A Dash of Daring is a sweet, Christian romance novel. There is some kissing in the book and a just a hint of an engaged couple looking forward to more after they are married. The book does have a pregnancy between two teenagers in it. I liked Zach, but Amy was a harder character to enjoy. She was so quick to assume things and then would storm off (which I find annoying). It was nice reading about such dedicated teachers who enjoy their jobs. We get to catch up on the characters from the past two novels to see how they are doing in their relationships. While A Dash of Daring can be read alone, it does help to have read the first two books in a Taste of Romance series. I give A Dash of Daring 4 out of 5 stars (which means I liked it, but did not love it). I received a complimentary copy of A Dash of Daring from The Book Club Network Inc. and Elizabeth Maddrey in exchange for an honest review.
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    A Nice Ending

    This is the final book in the Taste of Romance series. It was great catching up with the other characters. Zach Wilson and Amy Harris have been features in the first 2 books and this is their story. They are both teachers in the same school. Zach has been interested in Amy for a while now but she has issues about interracial dating. This book is about trusting God and allowing him to lead you to the life that he is called you to. I know people might not be patient with Amy insecurities because it was a struggle for me to read some of her concerns. She reminded me of us and how we must sound to God sometimes. Amy wants to have the type of relationship that her parents have but she has decided it could only be with someone of similar race, ethnicity and culture as she is. Even though her mother is white and father is black, she has problems thinking that Zach, who is white, is the guy for her. She made so many excuses and had to apologize so many times to Zach. She reminds us that you can miss out on God’s blessing because it is not the way you imagine it. I think that it was a good thing that these issues were revealed now instead of later. They were able to bring these concerns to light and deal with them. Interracial dating is still an issue for people today but we have to reminder to be like God and look at the heart instead of outward appearances. Amy’s parents were able to be a great sounding board to her and bring her back to God. Zach’s relationship with the Ben and Jackson was something I enjoyed in this book. You do not always get to see Christian men discuss their dating relationship with each other in fiction. The guys were discussing their issue with resisting the temptation to be impure before marriage is enlightening. You do not get the see that men are struggling with this as much in books. They are usually portrayed as the one that will do anything to get what they want even at the expense of the person they claim to love. The love and respect these men have for these women is amazing. One of the other things I liked about Zach and Amy’s story is learning that you can make a difference wherever God call you. You do not always have to work in a poor area. As Terri said,” Making that same difference for kids who need it just as much. Don’t mistake economic scarcity for some superior need, Amy. The struggles those kids in the suburbs have are different, absolutely, but they’re just as real and just as painful to them. And they need teachers who care every bit as much as the kids here do.” Page 67 One of the funniest lines to me (Zach to Amy): “Do you separate your issues into volumes, or are they just numbered in order of appearance?” Page 70 I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. I also posted this review on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Goodreads, Deepershopper, etc.)”

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