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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Flirting With Forever by Gwyn Cready

Flirting With Forever by Gwyn Cready
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, (Time Travel), Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (415 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Art historian Campbell Stratford is about to make a name for herself with her scandalously sexy tell-all “fictographies” of famous seventeenth-century artists, but she’s more iintimately familiar with her subjects than her eager readers can imagine. Thanks to a time portal she accidentally discovered, she has caused quite a stir in the Great Beyond. To save their reputations, the Guild protecting dead artists convinces playboy Peter Lely, portraitist to the king, to sabotage Cam’s latest project. A few hours posing on Sir Peter’s modeling chaise leads to a night of seductive passion—then Cam returns home and discovers his betrayal. But before she can turn her angry pen on her lover, Sir Peter makes a surprise visit to the future and transforms Cam’s twenty-first-century life into chaos of classic proportions.

She writes stories about artists and their works—fictographies. He’s not about to be the subject of a seedy book—even if his life story is a tad left of center. What happens when the two clash? They find themselves Flirting With Forever.

Ms. Cready writes a wonderful story. I felt immediately enmeshed in the seventeenth century world of the artist Peter Lely as well as the modern Pennsylvania. The plot twists kept me involved with the story because I had to see what would happen next. Yes, I stayed up and finished the book because I couldn’t put the thing down. I love stories with artists and the hustle and bustle of the art world. In that sense, this book doesn’t disappoint.

Although I wasn’t thrilled with her initially, Campbell is an interesting heroine. She grew through the story which upped the likability factor for me. She’s strong and determined, even when she comes across as a bit of a sham. I respected her desire to be truthful, even when she’d never reveal her true sources. And when she served as Peter’s model... whew. Hot, hot, hot! Made me think maybe modeling like that wasn’t such a bad thing.

And just when I thought this story was predictable, Ms. Cready and Peter threw a curveball that snagged me right back into my seat. I have a soft spot in my heart for artists. Peter, though a tad misunderstood, he’s a good guy. I loved his actions at the end of the book. So not what I expected, but totally how it needed to be. He’s just as strong-willed as she is and he’s darned handsome to boot.

If you want a fun time-travel story that will take you on the ride of your life, then you need to read Flirting With Forever.