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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
Venus Rising by Celia Kennedy is a contemporary women’s fiction romance. Professor Akshaya Bertrand is an art historian at a prestigious university on the east coast. Dr. Jared Harrison is a journalist/novelist and war correspondent coming to teach in the Political Science Department for a year. Both struggle with memories of past lives. Akshaya has always shied away from relationships, worried that childhood injuries, veiled by a beautiful face, will cause men to withdraw. Jared is instantly drawn to the Indian beauty and strives to know her better, despite all her perceived flaws. He is haunted by his war experiences and has buried them deep inside. Both feel passion for each other, but know they must take it slowly. However, when the relationship becomes too intense, will a trip to India to rediscover Akshaya’s past prove to be the event that brings them together in ways neither imagined?
Miss Kennedy, again, does not disappoint in this vivid, passionate novel. I devoured every page, enthralled by the ever-developing relationship of Akshaya and Jared, as well as the perfectly described scenery. I found myself really interested in learning more about Indian culture and I almost felt I could see the clothing and smell the food of the various locations. The author knows just how to draw a reader in and immerse them in a completely different world. I was impressed with the way she described their relationship and how each character came to grow into a better person. It was refreshing to read about characters with flaws who do all things possible to seek help, learn, and grow from them. Venus Rising is a perfect read and I cannot wait to read more from this author.