In Breathless, bestselling authors Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan will sweep you away—across continents and centuries, combining the best of all worlds in one unforgettable romantic saga.
She was “the Swan.” London’s premiere courtesan. Men want to be with her. Women loathe her success and yet admire her beauty, her riches, her independence. But when the jealous wife of her lover moves to have the Swan banished from her home on the high seas, she winds up crashed against Spain’s rocky coast with no shoes, no clothes—and no name. Taken in by a tortured, sensuous man known as The Artist, the Swan comes to know the woman she wants to be—her artist’s siren.
When Art Professor Brenna Anderson is in danger of losing her post at Harvard, the rule-following, prim professor is at a loss of how to salvage the shreds of her life. But when a new painting in the mysterious Siren collection is discovered in a dusty old house in France, Brenna does the unthinkable—hops on a plane to uncover the identity of the beautiful, enigmatic woman who is the subject of the paintings.
There’s just one hitch—the frustrating, irritating, bold and beautiful art hunter Fitch Wilder is also looking for the Siren. He’s been a thorn in Brenna’s professional side for years, but when their individual quests lead them to team up despite being enemies, a whole new sumptuous world of art and culture opens up for the two of them. And with it, they enter a realm of passion and love…
A happy collaboration by two popular romance novelists delivers a rich chiaroscuro of two love stories: one between a Regency period artist and his model, the other between a 21st-century Harvard assistant sociology professor and her nemesis, an art dealer. Facing an academic crossroads, tightly wound Dr. Brenna Anderson stumbles upon a previously unknown 1828 portrait of a woman. It is clearly part of a grouping called the Siren Series, classically erotic paintings by a mysterious artist. She would give anything to lay eyes on the other paintings, but they're privately owned, and the key to accessing them may lie in teaming up with freewheeling art dealer Fitch Wilder, whom Brenna detests. The pair form an uncomfortable alliance to search for more Siren paintings and uncover the true identity of the Siren. As their inevitable mutual attraction unfolds, it is counterbalanced by an account of the life of the 19th-century model and her love for the artist who immortalized her. This deeply satisfying genre-crossing story is certain to seduce fans of Regency and contemporary romance and women's fiction.
A Phenomenal Masterpiece! I was captivated by this well written story that swept we away, blending the past with the present and took the reader across continents in a unforgettable romantic saga. This is the first time I have read anything by these authors, and I loved every moment, while reading this beautiful story. I can’t wait to read more by this dynamic, author, duo of Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan.
The beauty and the emotions that fill this story were beautifully, staggering. It was filled with sweet longing, intrigue, sensuality, crackling electricity, and a gamut of emotions, in two beautiful love stories, that had a blistering blaze of true love and passion, creating a timeless tribute to love and art. My heart and soul soared, as I lost myself in this fantastic story. I have never read a story better than this one.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.