Friday, November 20, 2015

The Artist by Shealy James

Book Description

Katherine “Kitty” Peters is done doing what Daddy says…
When Kitty rebels against her wealthy father, he issues an ultimatum. She has one month to agree with his plans for a suitable marriage, or find her own way without the benefit of all he provides for her.
Taking full advantage of those precious weeks, Kitty escapes her suffocating world for a more colorful one…where she meets a tattooed maverick who captivates her with one sexy smirk.
Adam Vaughn doesn’t play by the rules…
His good looks and bad-boy persona always get him what he wants, but he’s also an artist, a painter, and deeply sensitive. Lately, however, only one thing inspires him—the stunning Kitty Peters.
Passion flares, but a family crisis might douse the flame…
Adam needs help, and Kitty’s father has connections. As the end of her month approaches, Kitty’s deal with the devil is far more complicated than simply submitting to her father’s will.
Can she walk away from the man she loves in order to save him from pain?
Even if it means living the rest of her life without him?

AVAILABLE: Ocotber 20, 2015

Katherine Peters parents' raised her to be the perfect society wife.   The image of perfection and family "values" is important for her father's business.  After 28 years of being under her parent's complete control, she finally snaps and tells her father to fuck off.  He issues an ultimatum... She has one month to shape up and do as she is told or she will find herself without the benefits of her father's wealth.  

When she meets Adam Vaughn, she knows she only has a limited amount of time before her father comes up with some way to get her back under his control so she intends to enjoy the time she has with her maverick.  What she wasn't expecting was to fall in love with him.  And when her month is up and her father makes her an offer she can't refuse, she takes it to help Adam and his family and leaves for New York.  

In New York, Katherine is "promised" to a son of a congressman.  He is just as bad as her father, ughhhhh.  After several months, Katherine finally reaches her breaking point and leaves to go back home.  

But after months away, will Adam understand her motives for leaving and forgive her?!

I have a book hangover from this book.  On one hand I really enjoyed Katherine (a.k.a Kitty or Duchess) and Adam's (Maverick) story and how their romance/love progressed.  But on the other hand, Katherine's parent were so disgusting that my brain couldn't handle them.  It's crazy to me that a parent would use their child the way that they did... ick.  And surprisingly, I understood WHY Katherine went along with her parents (especially her father).  

The Artist is a book about discovering yourself, sacrifice, and learning that EVERYONE is worthy of love.  

*The Artist is a reissue.  The original title for this book was Whole Life Makeover.*

Rating: 4 out of 5

**I received a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**