Art of Sensuality

Art of Sensuality by Jax Cassidy
Publisher: Parker Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Other: M/F
Review by Violet

Art was not only a passion of Machiko Barrett, but also a destiny…a way of life she has known since her talent was discovered at three years old. Caught in a turbulent storm of celebrity, scandal and corruption, she disappeared from the art world only to re-emerge fifteen years later as an au pair to the two young children of renowned Parisian gallery owners. Her sheltered existence is disrupted when she is lured back to her one true passion: painting.

While Machiko struggles to find her own identity through her art, she encounters Caleb Holden, a sexy, unpredictable and irresistible neighbor with a penchant for collecting art, and women. As he discovers the girl within the woman, the secrets of Machiko’s past return to haunt her, revealing scars she never knew existed. She must learn to conquer her fears and allow him into her heart or risk slipping back into a cold, lonely world that once held her spirit captive. Through Caleb’s determination to educate Machiko about trusting herself and her abilities, he opens her eyes to the art of sensuality, and awakens the woman buried deep inside the broken girl.

Machiko was an artist, and a child prodigy at that. She has an awful secret that she is trying to run from but when she meets Caleb, her defenses are broken down.

Machiko Barret (Mac for short) was a confused woman It was either hot or cold with her, no in between. She shut herself off from the outside world and did not deal with people very well. At least not until she met Caleb Holden. Caleb was the quintessential gentleman until he was overcome with passion for Mac. And then, he was a downright smoldering man with needs that could only be met by one person–Machiko! Caleb intends to help Machiko get over whatever it is she needs to get over using the “Art of Sensuality.” Just when things start running smoothly, the story gets positively scandalous. Throw in a scorned ex-lover and watch the drama unfold.

Art of Sensuality is a bold, witty and humorous look into the lives of two extremely strong characters. Their relationship was explosive, sensual, comical, unpredictable and intense. I found Mac’s character a wonderful combination of sexuality and naïveté. I loved Caleb’s reaction to the paintings he found in Mac’s house, especially what comes from that finding. I really found myself absorbed into getting to know these two characters. Caleb’s character was sexy, funny and just downright yummy. And Jordan, oh my gosh, could I hate anyone any MORE than I did her. When it comes to eroticism, this book does not disappoint. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants an exciting, emotion grabbing and unpredictable read. Jax Cassidy earned my 5 cherry rating with this book and just became an auto-buy author. Truly excellent work.


  1. Comments (transferred from original post by LASR Admin):

    Sat, Nov 22, 2008 at 8:07 PM
    Your Name: Jim Burrows
    Your Comment: Going to have to read this on sounds very interesting.

    Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 6:39 AM
    Your Name: Dena Walton
    Your Comment: I liked the Blurb and review, it sounds like a great story. The cover is wonderful too.

    Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 5:00 PM
    Your Name: Angeleque Ford
    Your Comment: Wonderful review and it sounds like a fantastic read.

    Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 4:52 PM
    Your Name: Sage Burnett
    Your Comment: Sounds like a fantastic read.

    Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 4:31 PM
    Your Name: Alan Morgan
    Your Comment: If Nonny or I don’t win this, we\’re definitely picking it up first chance we get 🙂 Yay Jax 🙂

    Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 3:55 PM
    Your Name: Phoebe Jordan
    Your Comment: Love the cover. I’ve heard many good things about Jax Cassidy’s novels and have been meaning to buy a couple of her books when I get the money I’ve been save for books at the end of the month. This review has given me at least one book to put on my wishlist.

    Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 2:29 PM
    Your Name: Eden Bradley
    Your Comment: Love, love, love this cover!

    Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 11:41 AM
    Your Name: Sela Carsen
    Your Comment: Sounds like a great read!

    Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 11:10 AM
    Your Name: Crystal Jordan
    Your Comment: Jax’s work is amazing! I love her!

    Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 10:55 AM
    Your Name: Kristen
    Your Comment: Jax rocks!

    Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 10:49 AM
    Your Name: Diana
    Your Comment: Great review Jax. Hope you see lots more like this one. 🙂

    Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 9:08 AM
    Your Name: Rhonda S
    Your Comment: Wow, this sounds incredible. I’d love to win a copy!!!!

    Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 10:01 AM
    Your Name: Lexee Toste
    Your Comment: Great review. Definitely got my interest and did a good job on getting peoples attention and giving just enough of the story to make the person really want it.

    Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 9:01 AM
    Your Name: Karen Haas
    Your Comment: Sounds like this story has just the right mix of humor, love, emotion and sex. I’ve never read Cassidy\’s work before but I believe I’ll place her on my books to research and buy list.

    Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 2:06 AM
    Your Name: kh
    Your Comment: sounds good, first book i will read of her if i happen to earn a win

    Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 7:23 PM
    Your Name: Maggie Johnson
    Your Comment: After reading this Review, I want to read this book. It sounds really good. I have a feeling it will have me on the edge of my seat just to see what happens next.

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