Friday, May 25, 2012

Brush Strokes by Dee Carney

Title:  Brush Strokes
AuthorDee Carney
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Tanya and Joe
Release Date: May 2012
ISBN: e-book

Publisher: St. Martins Press
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Tanya spends hours at a time painting renditions of the masculine—and very nude—glory that is Joe, her gorgeous blue-eyed model. The things an artist has to suffer for her craft. When he offers to help her learn how to improve her work, simple lessons in touching and learning his body, she’s willing to suffer that much more…for the sake of her craft, of course.

When tragedy strikes, her career is left dangling by a thin thread. The secret she’s harbored—that she’s been unable to finish her artwork—is exposed. Now she has little more than twenty-four hours to not only create the best piece of her life, but also finish it in time to be shown or lose everything she’s tried to build.

What began as erotic lessons in art becomes a study in love and perseverance that Joe will never let her forget.

My Review:
Whoa, this book starts off with a seriously erotic sizzle. I loved the way it just jumped right in there...that first scene was incredibly HOT! mmm, Joe....

Joe is a paid nude model for Tanya, an artist who works with paints on canvas. She's extremely serious about her art...she does it full-time, lives with little else besides art supplies, and she has a patron. It's hard to divert her attention away from it. When Joe realizes she's having issues getting her paintings to work for her, he suggests she take a different approach to his body...using her senses rather than her eyes to explore and define him. Yep, it gets pretty erotic pretty quickly from there and I loved it.

Joe has been fighting an attraction to Tanya which has been growing for months. What he doesn't realize is that she's fighting the same attraction. She stares at his gorgeous naked body for hours on end....there's definitely an attraction. But for Joe, it definitely goes deeper than just physical and he's trying to show that to Tanya.

The whole artistic side to this book was amazingly well written. Every scene and Tanya's process in creating her paintings, I could completely see in my mind's eye. It was really gorgeous exploring Joe's body through her in this book. There is definitely a sexual edge to it all, but beyond that, this book is truly a glorification of the male form. I loved watching Tanya's process as she painted and discovered Joe.

On the other side is Joe. While Tanya focuses on him in the purely physical side, he has hours on end to watch her with her passion and he likes what he sees. He is such a fabulous character. I loved his insight into her and his description of his favorite painting of hers. He's a fabulously sexy character....both inside and out.

This is a book about art and it has an artistic flair to it in the wording and the imagery. Overall, I really liked that feel of it, although I'll admit there were a couple of paragraphs at the end that almost seemed over the top in the way that they were worded. It was enough to take me momentarily out of the story there at the end. But overall, it was a really fabulous read. I fell in love with Tanya and Joe and now only wish that I could actaully buy one of her paintings of him. ;o)

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