Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: CARVED IN STONE by Donna McDonald (Book 1)

This is the first book in the Art of Love series, so, naturally, there are artists in here.

Will is a 50-year old bachelor, a father of two adult sons, and a sculptor of penis statues. Actually, they’re more like self-portraits. Jessica is a 46-year old art teacher that hasn’t worked on her art in years. When the two meet, it was a sizzling chemistry and the sexual innuendos begin instantly.

Readers feel for Jessica once you know the full meaning of her risqué sculptures. Still, I didn’t see how she could be a shameless flirt considering. Perhaps her art signified her own sexual exploration. But, then, what was Will’s excuse? Loneliness perhaps? Or was he compensating for what he lost in his most recent divorce? Well, the good thing about art is that it’s open to all sorts of interpretation.

The attraction is palpable between the two, but how could Will believe that this is “it” for him? Wasn’t too soon, especially since he just got divorced? I liked the conflict that the ex-wife played between the new couple.

And, although the story centered more on Will and Jessica, Michael (Will’s son) also had a romantic downfall with his one-night stand getting pregnant. Of course, he doesn’t think it’s so disastrous considering he’s in love with her. Another fool who thinks he’s in love. But, since Carrie can’t stand the sight of him for hurting her so many years ago, that just provokes him to offer her a business deal: Marry him until the baby is born and, if she chooses to leave, she can do so. Of course, his secret plan was to convince her to stay married to him. Interesting, huh? Obviously, this is a story that continues in Book 2.

There were a few typos here and there, and I didn’t quite get the nude art. Still, the characters were fun and endearing, and the story flowed nicely. It was a quick, simple romance.

My rating: 4 stars

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