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?
Gut instinct, this is near the top of the list of books I’ve read recently. Not just contemporary romance, but all the books I’ve read recently. And I read a lot.
But it’s been awhile since I read it (one week… but in my life that’s a long time) so I go to goodreads to check out what other people are saying. I don’t know why I do that. It only irritates me.
Apparently other reviewers have had issues with how quickly the main characters jump into a non-vanilla sexual relationship.
I, on the other hand, do not.
See, this is what you get when you read a smutty novella. A short book with sex close to the beginning.
And the middle.
And the end.
Like in all good (smutty) novellas though, you still get a feel for the characters and what they have to battle and overcome to be together.
In Platinum, you get the story of uptight Thea who is trying so hard to be what everyone expects her to be and it’s slowly killing the unique and special flower she actually is. Enter Steel, who shakes up her world and challenges her and shows her that it’s okay to not be a perfect little society miss. And he has to learn… okay I honestly don’t remember what he learns. It was probably the usual “you’re not as broken as you think and yes you can settle down even though you never thought you’d want to” that is pretty standard in contemporary romances.
Thea just resonated with me.
And she’s albino.
I’m all about the nonstandard main characters lately.
4 stars. It’s quick, it’s dirty, and it has to do with artists. Including a quote about how art can become a poison if you don’t let it out. Lord do I know that.
Kirliss captured her other wrist and held them close in front of her, his warm fingers massaging her skin, while he studied her face. The boat surged over a wave, disturbing her balance. Kirliss’s unusual eyes caught the light, boring into her.
“This is silly,” she tried.
“Do you want me to make you stay?”
“What?” Taylor choked. She couldn’t let him treat her this way. “No! You’ll do no such—”
She lost her breath entirely when he pressed up against her. Thinking he was trying to embrace her, she pulled away and found herself backed against the brass railing.
By the time she gathered her flustered thoughts, her wrists were handcuffed to the rail behind her. Mortified, a bit afraid and—worse—suddenly and wildly aroused…
A successful executive, M. Taylor Hamilton is on track with her ten-year plan. Too bad her personal life consists of hitting the gym and grocery shopping. Enter the seductive Adam Kirliss. They may have a working relationship, but everything changes at an office party when he handcuffs her to the rail of a yacht. Taylor writes the adventure off as too much champagne, but when Adam challenges her to a date, she agrees to meet up with him. And follow his rules. They share a night of exquisite intimacy, brimming with both pain and pleasure. But afterwards, fearful of losing her heart, Taylor pulls back emotionally. Adam is determined to prove that she longs for the loss of control he can give her – and the passionate release it provides. How can he make her see that he wants her, and not just her body?
Jeffe Kennedy took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. An erotic novella, Petals and Thorns, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Since then, an erotic short, Feeding the Vampire, and another erotic novella, Sapphire, have hit the shelves.
Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training.