Zane’s Art by Sara Daniel

ZANE
Zane’s Art by Sara Daniel
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (31 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

A high school art teacher must choose between her students and the artist she never stopped loving.

High school art teacher Julianne Truman’s last chance to save her beloved art department from budget cuts is to sell the old sketches that her former boyfriend—and now famous artist—Zane DeMonde drew for her. But is she prepared to let go of his artwork and the last traces of him in her life?

Desperate to save his artistic reputation from the exposure of his early works, Zane returns to the home town he wanted to forget. He accuses Julianne of profiting from his success and demands she take his art off the market and cancel the auction.

Their high school attraction flares back to life, forcing Julianne to choose between the students who count on her and the man she never stopped loving.

Julianne Truman hadn’t seen Zane DuMonde in over fifteen years – since he’d walked away from her and the future she’d thought they’d share. Zane insists she not sell some old artwork he’d given her, but determined to raise some much-needed funds for her high school art students, Julianne isn’t going to be talked out of it. A steamy kiss gets both their hearts racing – but who will win in the tug of war between Zane and Julianne, and what will happen to the sketches?

This is a spin on the old-style classic “bad boy returns home bigger and better”. I found parts of this story were somewhat clichéd – such as the whole school supported Julianne’s brother and turned their back on Zane for merely defending himself, or his leaving town without a backward glance determined to prove himself and become a great success. Despite this, I thought the chemistry between Julianne and Zane was believable and steamy and the conflict of auctioning off Zane’s art work kept the plot moving and stopped it from becoming too predictable. I got a few snickers from Julianne’s brother, too – and would definitely be interested to read more about that character.

With a smoking hot sex scene you might not want to share with your grandma, this is overall a good, short read. Aside from a few tiny things, I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it for a broad range of readers as this encompasses many tastes. Small towns, returning bad boys, steamy sex and conflict over ownership of some artwork – I expect this to appeal to many various readers, and personally I liked it too. Recommended.

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