by Thom Lemmons

March 2007
ISBN: 978-1400071746
Reviewer Graphic Button Waterbrook Press
Trade Paperback

Dean of Faculty, Alexis Hartnett has loved Professor Joseph Barnes since the moment she met him. After all, what’s not to love? He’s attractive, intelligent, and successful and beloved by not only his peers, but also his students. Unfortunately, the university is facing budget cuts and Joe’s job is on the line.

Alexis is faced with tough decisions. If she should try and rescue Joe from the circumstances targeting Joe’s dismissal, would he love her for herself—or what she can do for him?

Blameless is a modern day retelling of the biblical story of Job. It is well-done and well-written, holding the readers interest. At times Alexis acts considerably less than professionally, and her secretary over-steps her boundaries routinely in the name of protecting Alexis from herself. Joe also has friends trying to guide his steps and decisions that he needs to make. I didn't appreciate some of the low morals that the characters had.

Blameless is the first book I’ve read by Thom Lemmons, and I'm sure it won’t be the last. Mr. Lemmons is a master at creating realistic characters that you do eventually grow to care for, and situations that you want to cheer them through, and hope they come out ahead. I barely noticed the faith message and had to go back through and look for it. Romance readers will not want to miss Blameless. Even though it is written by a male, the elements are all there and in place. Bravo!

Reviewed in August 2007 by Laura.

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