Need a chocolate treat that saves the calories? Hudson-Smith's fairy tale may be sweet enough to do the trick. She builds this romance with an orthodoxy that complements most Christians' worldviews and Prince Charming seems so cute. However, it comes across as
too preachy in spots, and unfulfilling
in others. Joshua's confession of love to Rain isn't experienced, but written in a reverie. Why? Too many minor characters take away from creating a memorable romance novel.

Houston substance abuse counselor Rain Madison locks eyes with tall, dark and handsome Joshua Renoir on his first day as new pastor of New Life Christian Center, despite her intentions to put him in his place. Rain won't throw herself at the man like all the other women congregants. She has other things on her mind like getting her car repaired, an 11-year-old client off meth and a sister out of her pockets. Joshua Renoir isn't just your run-of-the-mill Texas preacher; he's also a mechanic, who not only helps repair Rain's car, but the rift with her sister, while providing a more divine view of romance.

As their relationship develops, Joshua discovers that Rain has perched him on a pedestal so high he can't help but fail her. Once he falls, will she see him for the man he is or will her prejudice keep them apart? (Kimani/Arabesque, Oct., 320 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Dee Stewart