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Friday, November 11, 2011

In Sheep’s Clothing by Michelle Sutton

In Sheep’s Clothing by Michelle Sutton
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (91 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Poinsettia

When entrepreneur Stephanie Miller meets successful accountant Jacob Wells, sparks fly, but at least they're the good kind. Their initial attraction to each other is evident, and their business skills compliment each other. Unfortunately they've both had bad luck with love in the past, but this time God is part of their relationship. So what could go wrong with a match made in heaven? For one, Stephanie launches a business with a new friend without telling Jacob about it. Oh, and that friend just happens to be someone Jacob used to date; someone who wants to break them up for her own nefarious reasons. Will Stephanie listen to her new best friend, or will she listen to her heart?

Stephanie’s simple life just got a whole lot more complicated.

Just when Stephanie thought her life was back on track, everything goes wrong. Her relationship with Jacob was going well until tax season hit and he didn’t have any extra time to spend with her. Then Stephanie met Brittny. At first the two friends hit it off, but Jacob and Brittny have a past and a mutual dislike of each other. To make matters worse, it appears that Stephanie has a stalker who knows her deepest fear. With Jacob and Brittny pointing their fingers at each other, Stephanie must decide who to trust before it’s too late.

One of the things I enjoyed most about In Sheep’s Clothing was the romantic connection between Stephanie and Jacob. They have great chemistry and a desire to foster a relationship founded in a mutual faith in Christ. It was a pleasure watching them get to know each other. Both Stephanie and Jacob have decided to save sex for marriage, which is certainly a tough standard to maintain when they are so much in love. I liked the fact that Ms. Sutton didn’t shy away from describing the passion and heat of their relationship or their struggle to remain virgins.

Stephanie is a sweet heroine. She tends to see the best in everyone she meets, and I admire that. However, as the story progressed, I found myself being very frustrated with her naivety. From the moment that Brittny appeared in Stephanie’s life, it was clear that she wasn’t a good person to get involved with. Stephanie not only became Brittny’s friend, but started a business with her without a contract or legal details of any kind. Then when Brittny started planting seeds of doubt concerning Jacob, Stephanie actually believed her. I found this maddening. Even though Stephanie and Jacob are still in the beginning stages of their relationship, he’d never given her any reason to doubt him. I found it a little hard to believe that such a smart woman couldn’t see the facts right in front of her face.

Jacob is definitely the right man for Stephanie. He’s a man of principles who knows what he wants out of life. He did tend to be a bit rigid at times, but as the story progressed I thought Stephanie balanced that side of his personality out nicely. It was clear early on that Jacob cared deeply for Stephanie and had an overwhelming desire to protect her when he discovered she had made friends with Brittny. However, I admired the fact that Jacob let Stephanie make a decision about Brittny on her own. He simply answered her questions when she asked them and was there for her when she needed him. He is a hero every sense of the word.

Over all, I thought In Sheep’s Clothing was a good read. I truly enjoyed the romance between Stephanie and Jacob. Anyone looking for a sweet Christian romance with a dash of suspense should give In Sheep’s Clothing a try.