One of the things I want to accomplish as a writer is to create great stories that appeal to people in general, not just romance readers. Below is a review of Claiming Love by a typically non-romance reader. Here is what he thought:
Claiming Love, Sarah Kade’s first romantic novel, is an exotic tale of finding love and bringing forth one’s true nature amidst the constant struggle with time-worn conceptions of self.
Kades’ sensual story is set within an environment that allows her to draw from personal experience and insight resulting in a narrative grounded in truth and honesty. Her imagery is steeped in a life spent exploring nature – belying passion, humility and appreciation for beauty that exists in the world around us unbound by time. Claiming Love is thoughtfully layered in juxtaposed dynamics. The story balances long-standing mythic forms – those metaphysical divine energies– with the earthly surveyors of human history. Kades’ down-to-earth, protocol-bound, dirt-digging protagonist finds her world and self-image turned on its head by an ethereal hunk who materializes, seemingly, out of thin air as she heads skyward on assignment to dig dirt.
The ever-present union of heaven and Earth – mystic and human, is encapsulated in encounters of heated passion and longed-for embraces. Kades’ demonstrates her ability to fuse layers of reality, which at first glance appear disparate, into a plot that not only gains momentum from beginning to end but also twists and turns, in the throes of lusting embrace, as the characters come to more fully realize the way of the world, the nature of their self. Supporting characters provide light-hearted humour countering the inner-tensions bound within Kades’ hero and heroine. Kades wastes no time venturing into the erotic realm as her characters grow and evolve – blooming through release, dissolving long-fought inner struggles. Kades’ tale concludes through a universal demonstration that, regardless of origin and past, the acceptance of another and of one’s own potential for love, whether dripping from fingertips or buried deep within, can lead to finding true love – the Divine within ourselves and our beloved counterpart.
Ian Adam Smith MacNairn
Claiming Love is available at Amazon.