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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Master and The Muses by Amanda McIntyre

Publisher:  Spice/Harlequin
Pages:  416

(Release Date: June 1, 2010)

From the Cover:   Icon, rebel, unabashed romantic...with a single look, painter Thomas Rodin conveys the ecstasy of creativity-the pleasures awaiting the woman who can fuel his artistry. As fate would have it, he finds that inspiration not in one woman but three: an apprentice milliner, a prostitute and the daughter of a stableman. What follows are three transcendent tales of women bewitched by a master of seduction-a slave as much to his art as to his boundless passion.

***May Contain Spoilers (though I try to avoid spoilers, beware)***

Thomas Rodin is a man of many talents and many pleasures.  He finds it hard to refuse himself, after all he is the master of his domain, the master artisan.  He's passionate to a fault with his muses, trying to be what they all want as they try to conform to his life.  He is a true artist, able to see the beauty in the world around him, as well as the not so pretty world that in reality, he must live in.  The Royal Academy has seen him as a thorn in their side for far too long, not that they were ever tolerant of someone who resides outside the bounds of proper society.  But, no one likes to be criticized, least of all Thomas.  He's always been a bit disdainful of the Academy, but in reality, he'd like nothing more than the acceptance of that snobbish crowd, to gain their respect.  In doing so, he may have to grow up to be the man that his muses need him to be.

The Master and The Muses by Amanda McIntyre is a book told in three inter weaving stories centered around the artist Thomas Rodin and his muses.  The muses are the women that inspire Thomas to be more than he is, to create an everlasting portrait of life, love, and he hopes, future happiness.

The Book of Helen:  Helen is a red-headed muse who is not at all of the temperament described by her red locks.  She timid, raised to be a refined lady, steady fast in her beliefs, but young enough to be tempted by fate.  William Rodin is what fate brings to her door.  He's spies the young beauty realizing she would be a perfect muse for his ever searching brother.  But, can William let Thomas possess what he most desires?

The Book of Sara:  Sara is a headstrong raven-haired beauty who is willing to do whatever it takes to make her own way in the world.  Even if it means leaving the quiet comfort of her uncle's farm to explore the city and what it has to offer.  Little does she know that on her adventure to the Globe Theater, she's playing into fate's hands as well.  Upon meeting the rakish Mr. Rodin, she is destined to become his next muse.  But she has always desired an adventure, can she takes want fate offers without asking for more?

The Book of Grace:  Grace is one of the lost souls, misused and taken for granted.  She's stolen away as a young child to be bought and sold for the pleasure of a cruel master.  When an escape from her life is seen, she grabs it, even if it means a life on the streets.  But she's strong and smart, able to live by her wits and her body if necessary.  Thomas Rodin is what fate brings to Grace's door, but will he be enough for this lost soul or will he refuse what is before him in his need to bring new muses into his life, denying that he might have one true muse?

The Master and The Muses was an enjoyable read full of erotic romance, intertwined lives, and the mysteries of the artist and of life.  As I began to read The Master and The Muses, I wasn't at all sure if I was going to be able to tolerate Mr. Thomas Rodin and his attitudes.  He was a kind and gentle man, but a rogue and a user of women.  He never raised a hand in anger, never abused the women who became his muses, but as he grew tired of their affections, he left them to their own devices to find love and life.  He wasn't a bad man, just a man who liked women, wanted women to like him, and in his own way, he made sure each of his muses had their desires fulfilled, even if it wasn't by him.  By the end of the book, I once again loved Thomas with his wild little boy ways, tantrums, and wild passions.  There is no other way to describe Thomas except as a man governed by his passions.  The one revolving character throughout the book is Grace, she's the glue of the story, holding the pieces together.  But, she comes to realize that unless Thomas can give as much as he expects to receive, then she'll have to learn to live without him.

The Master and The Muses is very much an enjoyable read with many twists and turns.  The erotica is told sometimes with humor of the unexpected and always told as a love story.  It is a red hot romance, both fun and sophisticated.  The cover art of this book is probably one of the best I've seen in a while, it depicts Thomas Rodin almost perfectly especially his eyes and tousled curls.  I recommend this book to lovers of historical romance who don't mind steam with their romance.  This is definitely a tale told with erotica, so be prepared for the level of sensuality.  If you haven't tried Amanda McIntyre, give this book a try, it was well worth my time.  For a little taste of Thomas and what's in store for his muses, click here.  If you'd like to pre-order this book, click here or at Amazon, here.

Here's a peek at the awesome book trailer.



I received this book from Spice/Harlequin and Net Galley for review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

12 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

Great review Dottie.
I think I would feel the same thing, cos he does sound a bit, like an ass. But I am glad one starts to like him :D

Ladytink_534 said...

Grace sounds like the most interesting character so I'm glad she's so integral to the story.

Mandi said...

Nice review..I LOVE the cover. So eye catching!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Eye catching cover love those electric blue eyes.

Good review Dottie!

Amy C said...

Hey Dottie! You read this one. That's awesome! You know what I love about it...it's different. I loved Mr. Rodin in Diary of Cozette, and I loved him in this one too. He's real, you know. I thought it was nice to read about a man who wasn't perfect and also not a tortured macho hero. He's a man with a passion for art and women his focus. I like your honesty regarding not sure if you were going to like him and am glad that you did in the end :).

Wonderful review, Dottie!

Cecile said...

Hey Dottie!! Love the review! You did a great job at giving it to us straight!
There is nothing that can be said about this cover that we do not already know about... this has to be hands down one of the most awesomest covers I have ever seen!!!!
And I simply cannot wait to get my hands on personal own copy!!!!!!!
Hugs to you hon!

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi B!

Thomas Rodin was such a rogue, lol, but you had to love him, especially by the end of the book.

Hope you get a chance to read!

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi LadyT!

I wasn't sure I was going to like Grace either, but she turned out to be one of the most important characters and saves Thomas at the end. She really kept the story going.

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Mandi!

I love the cover too, it really does remind me of Thomas Rodin and his wild ways!

LOL

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Sia!

The cover is amazing and his eyes really are an electric blue, love it!

Thanks Sweetie!

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Amy!

I love Amanda's sense of humor, LOL!

This really was an excellent read. It was different, roguish, and Thomas Rodin was a bad boy, but I have to say, his persona fit the story perfectly. He was imperfect, but I think it made the story better, and breaks out of the mold that some historicals fall into. I'll have to pick up Diary of Cozette and try it too!

Thanks Amy!

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Cecile!

I think you'll like Amanda's story, Thomas Rodin is the perfect persona of an artist. And a bit of a bad boy, but he doesn't try to be a bad boy, he doesn't fall into the typical stereotype and the story is good and well worthy read. Hope you enjoy it!

((hugs))

Dottie :)

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