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?
(can I just say, I really like this cover…)
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.