Series: Love and Art #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
“The bid is at five million dollars. Going once…”
This morning, I was waiting tables and dreaming of an internship at San Francisco’s most famous auction house. Now I have my paddle in the air, bidding more money than I can imagine for a priceless painting – and all because of him.
Charles St. Clair is a famous British billionaire, and the most seductive man I’ve ever met. I can’t get him out of my head, and he’s not letting me get away. He’s offered the chance of a lifetime, all I need to do is say ‘yes’.
“Sold, to the lady in the front row!”
Things like this don’t happen to girls like me – or do they? All I know is, I’m going to enjoy the ride.
I’m feeling a mixed bag with this one. So let’s break it down this way:
What I liked…
Well Charles to top the list! He’s British; he’s dashing; he has an air of mystery to him alongside a striking mix of down-to-Earth and lifestyles of the rich & famous all rolled into one. He’s a sexy gentleman; no hints of a manwhore here which was very refreshing.
I also liked the intrigue aspect of the story. While at first the details of the art world were bogging me down, once I saw the art mystery evolve, I wanted to keep reading to see where it went.
Which leads me into what I didn’t like …
This is not a complete story. I honestly didn’t know it was a serial till I received the ARC. I much prefer a stand-alone of some degree. As it is, this is kinda short and stops just when it seems to be taking off.
With that in mind, I hope the next installment, The Art of Stealing Kisses, has...well a lot more kisses for one! And a lot more sexy times as, again, this part stops just as it is heating up. I’m also hoping to see Grace stand up to that snooty bunch. There were enough instances in this one where I wanted Grace to get a bigger backbone.
For now, I’m interested to see where it goes. It’s fairly upbeat, plays on the Cinderella theme, and blends romance and light mystery. Told entirely from Grace’s first person POV, it has a bit of a chick lit tone to it, unfortunately; but the story has potential.
Stella London is a romance lover turned newbie author. After a childhood spent traveling in Europe, she now calls New York City her home - but still keeps a flame burning for those sexy foreign accents. She loves strong coffee, new shoes, and handsome men in a well-cut suit.