Τετάρτη, 5 Αυγούστου 2015

Illicit Canvas: political romance and stand alone romance by Joanna Mazurkiewicz **Review**


 Illicit Canvas 
***political romance and stand alone romance*** 

Twenty year old Arwen West thinks that she has everything figured out. She moved to Brussels to study art and to find her father, who abandoned her when she was only a child. The only lead that she has is an old painting that her father carried with him many years ago, the painting that was allegedly stolen. 

She starts to visit galleries, hoping to find someone who can help her with locating that last lost piece of art, but instead runs into Ethan. Older and enigmatic, Ethan elicits raw emotions in her, something that she has never experienced with her current boyfriend, Colin. 

The instant connection is undeniable, and when Ethan offers to be her guide, she is torn between her own desires and the need to gain closure on her jaded past. Ethan opens her eyes to a new world of eccentric art dealers and old art studios, promising the most illicit affair that she’d ever live through. 

Every affair has its consequences and if exposed, Arwen might not only destroy Ethan’s political career, but also jeopardise his aspirations forever.

Illicit Canvas is a stand-alone romance with intensive, political undertones that entwine art and sexual encounters. 

Book categories: 
political romance 
stand alone romance 
contemporary romance stand alone 
college romance with bad boys 
taboo romance novels 
interracial 
new adult



Arwen is a young girl who has moved to Brussels a few weeks ago in order to study art. Immediately she got herself a boyfriend, whose name is Collin. He seems to be attached to her, but she’s not seeing him as seriously as he is.

One day she visits a local gallery and there she meets an older handsome man, whose name is Ethan. Arwen has a mission though. She needs to find her father who abandoned her when she was 10 years old and she believes that she can find him through art and specifically through a painting that is a part of their family. Ethan seems that he has connections and he is willing to help her find him.

What happens when life is full of coincidences and things get messed up?

There is something really wrong with me. I'm forty-three, for Christ's sake; there are other women out there, but out of all of them in this world I want my elf princess.

I was really intrigued by the synopsis and when I started reading the book I was very curious. What was going to happen? Was she going to find him? What would happen with Collin and Ethan, especially after the big revealation.. (view spoiler) So many questions about the relationships in this novel and how they developed.

Sadly, the writing wasn’t really compelling and at moments it seemed choppy. I can’t say I felt connection to the characters and her secret wasn’t really a big one, since I had realized it from the first moment. Also, him calling her 'his elf princess' it got boring after the 100th time. I wish it had been better because it had potential and I liked a couple of scenes in the book. Other than that, it was just an okay read for me. Hopefully it will work more on others.

Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 


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