Recently, I tried to get back into romance novels and was disappointed by the same ol, tired stories. But I met an interesting author by the name of Dellani Oakes, who has breathed new life into a very stuffy genre. In her newest release, “Dulcet” Dellani brings us the story of Cooper, a newly born again Christian with a sexually torrid past. Cooper, who is now comfortably at home in church finds himself in danger of backsliding when he meets Gloria, the church’s newest cantor. Instantly attracted, he fears the ghosts of his past pulling him back to his old womanizing ways.
None of this goes unnoticed by several of his friends and church family who are concerned for Cooper as well as for Gloria’s innocence. He is at odds with his old friend and spiritual mentor Barry– better known as Father Barry. Cooper is feeling like he’s being judge by those around him and to be honest, he is. What Cooper doesn’t know is that they only have his best interests at heart but it’s hard for him to see that because he’s still a wounded man. His life took a tragic turn in college when his fiance was killed in a car accident. This led to his inevitable drinking and womanizing. But Cooper’s new found comfort in church changes, when he starts unofficially dating Gloria.
However, not everything is as it seems, as it’s not only Cooper with secrets and a past. Gloria has a confession of her own and it will throw everyone for a loop!
Although a Christian themed romance novel, Dulcet is not your typical Christian book. Don’t let that pretty cover fool you. It does have strong language and adult themes in it. The reason why I loved this romance novel is because the main character Cooper, although a new Christian, has issues, real ones. Unlike your typical Christian romance where nothing happens and nobody says anything “unspiritual” this book has characters that are relatable and seriously flawed. We all know a Cooper, or have one in our family.
Dulcet, I believe will having romance fans laughing, crying and wondering what the heck!?! Dellani Oakes did a marvelous job with creating characters that are quirky and loveable. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and believe if you miss real romance novels, then you definitely need to give Dulcet a try.
I give Dulcet 5 stars ★★★★★