A sensuous, delightful romantic women's fiction novel from New York Times bestselling authors Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan!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 beher 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 unthinkablehops on a plane to uncover the identity of the beautiful, enigmatic woman who is the subject of the...
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Donovan (Sea of Love) and Bradley’s (Wedded Bliss) second collaboration and sequel to Unbound is a breath of fresh air and will leave readers Breathless from beginning to end. It’s a beautiful mix of romance and women’s fiction, and an utter joy for all the senses, a tale about courage, love, loss and starting over seamlessly told in the two time lines of present day and 1827/1828 with a richly detailed and atmospheric narrative from these two powerful voices. The diverse stable of authentic cha ...more
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Two similar and yet different romances told side by side is a cute premise. The contemporary couple discovering the history of another romantic couple was interesting. I couldn’t wait to find out more about the history and potential identity of ‘The Siren’ depicted in a much sought after painting series.
The problem with having two very separate and distinct romance plot arcs happening in the same book is that I was much more interested in ...more
4 Liberating Stars
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Years ago I read A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan. (also known as Unbound) One was an Historical writer, the other Contemporary. Together they blended their expertise into a captivating tale. The book worked from the premise of present day people discovering important new insights of a person from the past. The main characters from both worlds were involved in a romance of their times and by using the ...more
Review to come on June 18th as part of the blog tour.
I received Breathless by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan by NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. This is a past/present story that intertwines two romances and their growth.
In the past, The Swan was a premier London Courtesan until she took the wrong man as a lover. Kidnapped and forced onto a ship, she is at a loss of what to do. When a storm takes control, she ends up on Spain's coast hurt and with no past. She is taken in, and taken care of, by The Artist, who is himself a tortured sou ...more
I love romance, I love historical fiction, and I love mysteries set in the art world, so I wanted to read Breathless as soon as I've seen the blurb. And I am happy to say that this book did not disappoint. Sometimes I find dual timeline books hard to enjoy because I get invested in one story and one set of characters and don't really care for the other story and set of characters, but with Breathless I loved both timelines. I couldn't get enough of The Artist and his Siren's story, but I also re ...more
Dr. Brenna Anderson is damn good at her job. A Professor of Sociology at Harvard, she knows a thing or two about how art reflects the best and the worst in humanity. But she always thought that The Siren Series communicated so much more.
To her, the mysterious paintings are more than just art. They are a breathtaking example of feminine power and erotic heat. She would recognize the hypnotic technique of the one and only Le Artiste anywhere – even when it was hanging unexpectedly in a friend’s b ...more
Breathless by both Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan is a book unlike any other. A contemporary romance that brings a story about erotic art paintings to life. In this story, I got to learn more about this modern like art that would appear to be just sexual in form to me. But to those who really know art, it really wasn't about the sex appeal. It was more than just that. That's where an academic woman scholar and a sexy male art hunter come together to find out more about The Swan paintings. The ...more