Cassi is the head buyer for a prestigious art gallery in California. Jared is a buyer for an exclusive New York gallery. Sparks fly as the two come head to head in a bidding war for a hideous but very expensive Indian Buddha from the Kushan period. Each is determined to win the statue, but others also want the Buddha—at any cost. Thugs, art forgers, the FBI, or Jared’s beautiful and alluring boss . . . who will end up with the statue? During a string of hair-raising exploits, Cassi and Jared are forced to develop a tentative friendship that deepens into romance. Will they survive long enough to see it through?
Best-selling author Rachel Ann Nunes has crafted a wonderfully intriguing and romantic drama in this fast-moving novel, bringing two idealistic people together from opposite edges of the continent and allowing them, in their own way, to find an unexpected connection to their faith and each other. In the end, their very lives depend on the trust they’ve developed. If you love romance and excitement, you’ll be captivated by A Bid for Love.
A fun, page-turning romantic suspense novel with non-denominational Christian faith elements.
Note: A Bid for Love was formerly entitled Love to the Highest Bidder.
The story would not have been terrible, but the author’s world view is hammered into the reader’s head in a way that supersedes any value the narrative holds. The storyline of an art dealer who gets caught up in a smuggling job is not sufficiently original to counterbalance all of the preachiness. Early on, one of the main characters speaks as though hearing an entire church sermon (all 20 minutes?) is the aspiration of her adult life. Different strokes - but when the same character, a pregnant woman who has previously borne four children, is overcome with panic and it is the appearance of a strange man that suddenly makes everything better, it starts to feel creepy. This tone continues with the large-family propagandizing, especially from an incidental character who says that people who don’t want large families are “too selfish”. Overall characterization is too weak to overcome the moral messaging. The heroine is described as being too spontaneous and impulsive, but there is little evidence presented to sustain that image. Both she and the hero are rather bland and plastic, beyond their stated religious beliefs and comfort with gun ownership.
In short, the story is suitable for people who hold the same world view and feel comforted by reading tales that confirm and reinforce it. For people who don’t, I think it is a vehicle to contain those ideas, and offers nothing deeper in the way of either enjoyment or reflection. Perhaps the author might write better stories if she wasn’t so focused on trying to convert her readers.