Dark Muse by Lisa Carlisle
Chateau Seduction Series
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (107 pages)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid
It takes time before Gina Meiro warms up to people and her shyness is often misunderstood. She hasn’t had to worry about meeting new people at a remote art colony until a new resident arrives—a rock guitarist more suited for a billboard. Her carefree days of painting at the medieval-styled castle on a remote New England island are shattered when she stumbles right into his welcome gathering.
After a falling out with his band, Dante Riani wants nothing more at Les Beaux Arts on DeRoche Island than solitude to work on new songs. When a shy young painter asks to paint him at sunset, he’s tempted by the opportunity to be alone with her.
Someone at the colony claims to know what Dante is and asks for his help. Dante fears his plans are coming undone, especially as grows more drawn to Gina. Her scent and vulnerability are too difficult to resist. But he must stay away from her—she would never understand his secret.
Les Beaux Arts on DeRoche Island exists to assist artists in all forms to dedicate themselves to their art. Antoine Chevalier is the owner of the castle and offers residencies to painters, writers, musicians, sculptors and other devotees of the arts. Dante Riani falls out with his band and comes to DeRoche to concentrate on his muse. Gina is a young painter, painfully shy, who plucks up courage to ask him if she can paint him against the sunset.
Dante’s secret prevents him from getting too close to Gina, but when someone at the castle asks for his help he agrees and then wonders if Gina would understand the part of him he must keep hidden.
A wonderful continuation of the Chateau Seduction Series. Involves the previous characters, but definitely a stand alone book as well. I love the new (to me) aspect of the paranormal. I often find hot sex scenes are put in merely to enhance the scene, but in these books the romance and sex intertwine and fit perfectly into the story.
Well done Ms Carlisle, I’m now reading the third book.