Ansel Bray, an artist known around the world for his tragic hiatus from the canvas.
Ansel Bray, a broody, handsome man not known by me, at all.
Long dark hair, blue eyes, and dimpled cheeks. I’ve never met her, but her image is imprinted in my mind. An angel muse who inspires me to paint again.
There is something about him. Something that spurs a need to be as close to him as possible. A need to find out why.
There is something about her. Something that draws me in. Something that urges me to find out what her presence means.
Why does the girl in his painting look so much like me?
Who is this girl, and why can I see her so vividly?
I shouldn’t fall in love with him.
I shouldn’t fall in love at all.
But fate plays her hand.
But fate has other plans.
The lines of my life will blur.
The needs of my heart will change.
What a beautiful mess we’ve made.
4 Star Review by Ashley
Max Monroe has done something extraordinary with The Girl in the Painting. This book ht me on another level. It was tragic and heartbreaking and full of pain and loss and suffering. But it was also brimming with art and beauty and music and healing.
I liked Ansel a whole heck of a lot. He was broody and guarded but his art spoke what was truly in his heart. And when he finally got to feast his eyes on his Venus, he was stunned stupid for a moment. I loved how he was called to Indy. How she unknowingly inspired him. How he tried to do the right thing even when it wasn't what he wanted but what she needed.
Indy. That sweet and sad woman. There was something so beautiful about the way she carried her pain. She couldn't explain the reason why she was pulled to Ansel but she couldn't stay away. I loved that she was able to let her guard down and Ansel in. Seeing her laugh and light up and live for the first time in years changed the game.
And when the truth of just how Ansel and Indy were connected came out, it was a drama bomb and they were both thrown off kilter. The magic of Max Monroe struck gold again. There is just something so special about The Girl in the Painting. Was it a bit predictable? Yes. Did I mind? Not one bit. I was so wrapped up in the chemistry and romance and wonder between Indy and Ansel that I couldn't stop reading and I certainly didn't want it to end.
About the Author
Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than ten contemporary romance titles. Favorite writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half. This is their most favorite adventure thus far.