Publisher: Carina Press
Date Published: February 25, 2013
BDSM, Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lil
Obtained via Publisher
Althea Grant is owner of Chalkstone Gallery and her business is struggling under a lackluster economy. The serene watercolors and sculptures she favors are not capturing enough of a clientele.
Bad boy artist, Steel, rides in on his motorcycle looking for a space to rent in order to work on his edgy, sexually focused metal sculptures and then bed down at night. He both attracts and disturbs Althea but the extra money is welcomed and a deal is struck.
They soon develop a mutual fascination. He offers a second and much more personal bargain for Althea. Is it just an intense fling or can he convince her that they can be much more? That she can be much more.
The hero’s impressive reputation with the ladies paired with his no poaching policy on relationships strikes the right balance of outrageous appeal and satisfying character. It was wonderful to see such a strong and tender guy crack the heroine’s shell. She has the unusual characteristic of being albino and has over time accepted living a watered down version of her dreams. She has for the most part done the expected things and has a relationship with the right kind of guy before Steel comes into her life.
He is down and dirty, scrambled up from a background that lacked privilege. He is larger-than-life sexy and readers will love how he can see through to the vibrant woman and appreciate her pale coloring as something rare and beautiful.
The way that Althea’s boundaries are pressed and redefined made for some wonderful reading. Scenes of their physical exploration were very erotic and showcased the development of their relationship. There was an occasion or two where Steel seemed to have too much power over the situation but Althea’s ability to move him was therefore magnified.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of the book.