Lately, nothing in Garrett Nash's life has made sense. When two people close to the U.S. Marshal wrong him deeply, he expects God to remove them from his life. Not so. Surrendering to the Lord’s will, Garrett is the one who relocates to another city to start over, as if he were the offender instead of the victim.
Criminal attorney Shari Carmen is comfortable in her own skin, most of the time. Being a dark and beautiful African-American sister has its challenges, especially when it comes to relationships. Although she's a fireball in the courtroom, she knows how to fade into the background and keep the proverbial spotlight off her personal life. While playing tenor saxophone at an anniversary party, she is in the spotlight and grabs Garrett’s attention.
As God draws them closer together, He makes another request of Garrett, one to which it will prove far more difficult to say, "Yes, Lord."
The main characters in this novel share a love replete with sweet nothings, flowers, and shivers of joy and a connection with Christ. Simmons (Guilty of Love) highlights these aspects of the relationship with repetition that is charming at first but ultimately unsatisfying. Nash, a U.S. Marshal, courts Carmen, an attorney, despite being haunted by an abruptly ended relationship . The two begin a dramatic courtship in the church band that also sometimes spills over into the courtroom, prison ministry, and church, all places where the two characters spend time. Simmons ignores several opportunities to exploit narrative tension: Nash reveals the secret that haunts him and Carmen has no real reaction; a jarring scenario at the end of the book is implausible even to the faithful because it lacks a setup. As a fairy-tale romance centered on very chaste, church-approved love, the novel works, but just barely.