January 5, 2014
Althea Grant’s Charleston gallery might be suffering from the bad economy, and her artistic aspirations have gone nowhere, but she’s doing just fine, thank you. When bad-boy sculptor Steel rides up on his motorcycle looking to rent studio space, his infusion of cash is more than welcome. But his art is raw, visceral, sexual—and completely inappropriate for her pastel world of watercolor landscapes.
Steel, fascinated by Althea’s rare albino coloring, sees in her the key to his next piece: a metal satyr designed for bondage games. Moving into her gallery basement is the first step; seducing the cool Southern belle into modeling for him is the second.
As Steel peels away her careful manners and
tasteful outfits, Althea begins to realize her life isn’t just fine at all—it’s as pale and washed-out as the watercolor paintings she’s failing to sell. Can she transform her life and accept her most secret desires?
Thea comes has been raised in true southern fashion with affluent parents. She owns an art gallery and shows water color paintings that can be found in any other gallery in the historic district. Business has been slow and she is afraid she is going to have to close until Steel walks into her life and she starts to see things in a new light. She is no longer satisfied with just going through the motions she wants more but will it be enough to save her gallery?
Thea is an albino with rare coloring. She typically wears pastels because bold colors tend to wash her out. She stays out of the sun and leads a quiet life. She has a boyfriend but when she meets Steel but when he asks her to break up with him she really looks at their relationship. She realizes that something is missing in her relationship with Brandon as well as her life and starts making changes.
Steel challenges her and starts pulling her out of her shell. He convinces her to model for him and starts to bring out the fire in her that has been hiding below the surface. I loved seeing her grow and come out of her shell and I think Steel was good for her. The sex scenes were super hot and ultimately Thea was always the one in charge. I think the author handled the scene when Thea used her safe word with Steel very well.
Overall I enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read the third one in this series. I give Platinum 4 Flaming Hearts.