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Thursday, December 31, 2015

4/5 Review: The Muse by Anne Calhoun

Arden MacCarren can’t afford to lose control. Her family’s investment house has failed, their professional reputation is all but destroyed, and it’s up to Arden to hold the line. The only distraction she allows herself is a weekly drawing class where she can forget everything. Then she meets Seth Malone. When he poses in her class, strong, mysterious, and unbearably sexy, she can’t resist him. The only thing she can do is keep it purely physical—no emotions, no strings, and definitely no telling.

Seth understands responsibilities, both Arden’s and his own. During his last tour as a Marine he lost his best friends to an IED. He has a duty to look after his buddies’ survivors. All he allows himself is the stolen moments with Arden. But as he’s drawn into Arden’s battle with her demons, he comes face-to-face with his own. Seth will have to choose between a duty he can’t ignore and the longing to inspire Arden’s every desire—mind, soul, and body…

Arden MacCarren's life has been turned upside down, she's constantly in the public eye and they paparazzi are just drooling to get her in a vulnerable position. Her panic attacks won't go away so her friends decide a drawing class is the answer. There she meets Seth, the sexy former marine who just so happens to be the nude model for their private drawing class. Seth is all Arden can think about despite the crisis in her life, and Seth can't get Arden golden hair out of his mind. Together they become each others muse, for their art, their passion and their lives, but is that enough? 

This book had promise, and I was looking forward to reading it, however the first 50% of the book was almost boring. There were so many pointless details that I felt like the author just wanted to make the book longer. Hell, the main characters had only been in the same room three times!
But I was determined to finish. And I'm glad I did. The second half finally got better,  not as many tedious details, and more of Seth and Arden together. The story line pulled me in and made me want to finish it to see if they got their happily ever after. 

If you're looking for a quick read, this is not for you. But if you're patient, I think you'll enjoy thus book. The second half is what earned this book that extra point in my mind.

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