Every starlet wants master painter Kenon Alavi to do her portrait…and more. But Kenon prefers firm to soft and sates his desires with the boyfriends of the women he paints, enjoying the diversity of many lovers but shunning any attachments.
Wallace Harte’s English degree isn’t helping him and working at a bar is the closest he’s gotten to being the Second Coming of Faulkner. Something’s gotta give soon, or he’ll be out on the street.
Kenon zeroes in on the bartender at an art exhibition, intending to add him to his long list of conquests, but Wally bolts, initiating a heated game of cat and mouse. Kenon delights in the game until he discovers what Wally is writing. Feeling betrayed, Kenon swears off all entanglements until he reads Wally’s story and discovers true love is sometimes between the pages and not the sheets.
Inside Scoop: This book contains hot, sexy scenes of M/M interaction of an artistic nature. Who knew having your portrait painted could be so hot?A Romantica® gay erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
** I received this book free for review from the author through the DBML (Don't Buy My Love) program in the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads.**
This was my first book by Kerry Adrienne and I am really impressed! Artist's Touch was a creative and fresh story that kept my attention from the very beginning. I thought the setting was splendid and added to the uniqueness of the book. Definitely a book that more people need to get their hands on!
Wally is a bartender, but more than that he is a writer fresh out of college. Wally has been unable to put pen to paper (so to speak) yet, but the need is there, he just needs to find his muse. Wally is working a job for an upper class client. He has no idea that his muse is about to walk through the door and it smacks him like a ton of bricks.
Kenon is a master painter that is used to getting what he wants, everything he wants. When he sees Wally he decides he wants him and will have him. Fortunately Wally gives him the slip which forces Kenon to chase him down.
I thought the slow burn that started between Wally and Kenon was so fitting. Kenon seemed almost cold at times and if it weren't for his inner dialogue we wouldn't have been able to tell what he wanted. It had to have been frustrating for Wally too. Wally on the other hand almost wears his heart on his sleeve. We get to see so much of Wally and how he feels in his writing it is very similar to Kenon's inner dialogue. I also loved the idea of G3 otherwise known as the Guild. I think that it was fantastic and has so much potential I really want to know more about the other characters within.
Overall this was a wonderful story and I am really looking forward to reading more of Kerry Adrienne's work, hopefully in the very near future. I would very highly recommend this book, especially for someone looking for likable characters and just a little something different.
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