This Fun Summer Read Was More Than I Bargained For
I’ve been waiting to read Tempting Tait ever since I met Tait in Blessing Bentley…which I just realized I haven’t actually reviewed yet. #BecauseTooManyBooks. At that point, all we knew was that Tait dropped off Bentley’s radar when he got preoccupied with some girl staying at his house. That had to be trouble. And when you look at the cover, even if you’ve never read Chautona Havig before, you just know this is going to be a fun read. And it was. But it turned out to be so much more.
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Humor is Seriously Important
I spent this weekend at the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference. Virtually, at least, because “Uncle ‘Rona” aka COVID is still messing with all of our plans. Bill Myers talked about how we need to have some humor around serious topics. A little comedy helps us get at the tough issues through the back door, so to speak, rather than hitting them head-on. Those tough (or sometimes awkward) subjects sneak under our skin in ways that a 3 point sermon never well. This is the kind of writer Chautona Havig is – and the kind I hope I am, too. Ms. Havig is not afraid to tackle really tough stuff, or even go against the grain, and have fun doing it. I think every book of hers is a fun read (though to be fair, I haven’t read them all…yet), but each one has also challenged my thinking or opened my eyes in some way too.
Tempting Tait is no exception.
This book has us questioning how far we should go to be the good Samaritan, what pro-life might really mean, and even the “traditional” ways of finding a spouse. But it also has us waking up the neighbors laughing in the middle of the night. And Tait? The nerdy accountant who looks the part? Well, let’s just say he has more character in his fingernail than most guys I’ve met. Definitely swoon-worthy. Girls, there really are good guys out there. Just take Ms. Havig’s word for it.
If you love a romance that isn’t sure it’s a romance for the first half of the book, if you think awkward small towns and family stories are the best, or even if you’re just ready to see the whole dating scene turned on its head, you’ll love this book as much as I did.