Review of Lancelot’s Lady by Cherish D’Angelo
As part of the CHERISH THE ROMANCE virtual book tour, Cherish D’Angelo (the pen name of Cheryl Kaye Tardif) granted me a copy of Lancelot’s Lady to read and write a review. I’m glad she did, because I loved LANCELOT’S LADY.
Rhianna McLeod is a faithful nurse to her father-like patient J.T. Lance. As a gift for her birthday, J.T. sends Rhianna to the Bahamas for a much needed vacation. Reluctant to leave the dying billionaire, Rhianna follows his wishes and instead of staying at a lush resort he promised, she finds herself on a remote island at a house which hasn’t had company in years.
It is there Rhianna meets Jonathan, the reclusive owner of the island and literally the man of her dreams. Complete with a bad attitude, Jonathan’s life remains shrouded in mystery until their first kiss begins several revelations, but also rehashes Rhianna’s tarnished childhood. On top of that, she still does not understand why J.T. sent her to the island without the owner’s prior knowledge.
In this romantic suspense, the romance is not present in the beginning, but Cherish D’Angelo leads with suspense – Tardif’s specialty – to carry the reader through. The first chapters of Lancelot’s Lady are important background scenes full of suspense to develop the story. Clues are inserted throughout the novel, revealing several previously unknown connections between the characters.
Lancelot’s Lady follows the story structure of a good romance, making the story seem predictable, but the ending came as a complete surprise to me and left me crying but satisfied.
On top of the romantic and suspenseful plot, this story also contains a dreamy private island setting and a well-rounded secondary cast of characters, including one bent on destroying J.T. and abducting Rhianna to use as he pleases, making Lancelot’s Lady a great romantic suspense.
Interview with Cherish D’Angelo (Cheryl Kaye Tardif)
Cheryl, thank you for taking the time for this interview when I know you are busy with your release of Lancelot’s Lady and I’m sure you have other writing projects on the go as well.
Before Lancelot’s Lady you wrote three other novels which have all been on Amazon.com’s bestseller list and a collection of short stories as a suspense author. What made you decide to write romance?
Cheryl: Thank you so much, Jessica, for hosting me during my Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour. I’ve wanted to write a romance novel for years. In fact, back in 2002, I started one titled Reflections. It was about a woman who is left stranded on a beautiful tropical island with a handsome recluse who isn’t too happy to find her there. Sound familiar?
When Textnovel announced a romance contest with Dorchester Publishing, I decided to enter Reflections in it. For the “Next Best Celler” contest, I had to gather votes from readers. As I rewrote the story, it changed and became more suspenseful. This led to a title change, and Reflections transformed into Lancelot’s Lady.
Why did you choose to write Lancelot’s Lady under the pen name Cherish D’Angelo? Will you tell us the significance behind the name?
Cheryl: I’ve always entertained the idea of writing under a pseudonym, so when I decided to change genres, I thought it was the perfect time. Cherish D’Angelo sounds like a romance author’s name. I chose “Cherish” because it’s close to my real name and means the same – beloved or loved one.
D’Angelo came from something close to my heart – angels and my collection of angel ornaments. Cherish D’Angelo almost seems as natural to me as Cheryl Tardif, my legal name. Even Cheryl Kaye Tardif is a pen name, by the way. Kaye is my maiden name, not my middle name as some think.
Did you have a different writing routine and/or mentality when writing Lancelot’s Lady?
Cheryl: Somewhat. I have to remind myself I’m not setting up a murder scene or killing people off, but instead exploring sweet sensuality, love and romance. Though I don’t really change my writing habits or drink different beverages and wear flowery dresses, I do seem to crave chocolate covered strawberries more when writing romance. And margaritas. Oh, wait. No, I crave those any time.
American Sign Language becomes an important aspect of the novel. Do you have any experience with ASL yourself?
Cheryl: Not really. My ASL training amounts to what I learned in Brownies, which was the alphabet. Incidentally, I can still sign the alphabet and my name. I’ve also picked up a few words from a friend of mine who knows ASL. She graciously taught me how to sign “friend”. And “bitch”. Both have come in handy at times.
Lancelot’s Lady has great characters including the secondary characters. Do you know the involvement of the secondary characters before you begin writing, or do they develop their role as the story progresses?
Cheryl: I usually have a good idea of the secondary roles in any novel, but Lancelot’s Lady surprised me. There were a few characters that made sure I “heard” them, and as a result their roles became so much bigger than what I’d first thought. And then there’s Winston. I knew he’d be a major secondary character, much like JT, but he grew so quickly and developed so fully in my mind that I literally cringe now when I think of him.
I can understand why. The end of Lancelot’s Lady was completely unexpected for me. Did you know the end before you wrote it, or did it change as your words filled the pages?
Cheryl: I am so glad the ending wasn’t predictable for you. That’s what I wanted and it’s one of the best compliments anyone can give me. Thank you. I knew how things would be resolved about halfway through, but I knew certain parts of the very end from the moment I started writing Lancelot’s Lady. I hope readers enjoy Rhianna and Jonathan’s journey as much as I enjoyed creating it.
Lancelot’s Lady ~ A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down.
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