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Candlelight And You
ISBN: 1-58314-382-3
BET Books
Contemporary Romance
L. Esdaile, M. Schuster, L. Walters
Rating: 4+
Reviewed by Shaun Williams

L. Esdaile - "Valentine's Love"

Denise Blake is a floral gift shop owner, who meets the devastatingly handsome Brandon Thorton account executive for a major radio network. The moment they meet Brandon is totally smitten by Denise and her beatiful personality. In his attempts to impress her, he inadvertently offends and insults her on numerous occasions. Once they make it through all the previous mishaps unscathed, their relationship takes on new meaning. The secondary characters compliment with a few creative twists and turns to the story. All the while they don't take away from the development of Brandon and Denise's relationship.

In Ms. Esdaile's contribution to Candelight & You she gives us another glimpse into pyche of men and women in deep relationships. "Valentine's Love" blends romance, passion, family and friendship, accompanied by a little folklore.

M. Schuster - "Wait For Love"

Wait For Love is an exciting story about a pro-ball coach Curt Bowden and interior designer J. Noelle Van Hook. Their story takes a few bumps and bruises before the real romance rolls around. The two met and were attracted to one another in college. Due to unforeseen circumstances they were both left disappointed but for different reasons. Their new acquaintance brings them together to decorate Mr. Bowden's new home. When they finally cease fire long enough to find out what happened all those years ago in college a budding relationship is on the rise. A mix of romance, strong family ties and a dash of intrigue, makes a "Wait For Love" a worthwhile read. 

L. Walters - "Seventy-Two Hours and Counting"

Morgan Collins is headed to a Mortgage Bankers conference with a number of things on her mind. The one thing that is forefront in her mind is networking with her coworkers, and spending some much needed R & R with her long time boyfriend Garrett Stanfield. Morgan is aware that there are some problems in her relationship with Garrett, but is taken back by his aloof attitude throughout the conference. In the meantime Danton Yearwood a successful owner of a mortgage company makes a play for the lovely Ms. Collins. Despite her misgivings about them having a personal relationship she relents to a date with Mr. Yearwood. Morgan suddenly finds herself at wits end to come to terms with what is of her relationship to Garrett. In a few hours she is dealt a horrible blow the day before Valentine's Day. Fortunately the loved triangle she thought herself to be in is beginning to look more like a exclusive one-on-one relationship. The ending to Seventy-Two hours and counting is the start of something extraordinary.