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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Flirting with Forever by Gwyn Cready

Publisher:  Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster
Pages:  415




From the Cover:


Art historian Cam Stratford is about to make a name for herself with her sexy tell-all "fictographies" of 17th century painters, but she's more familiar with her subjects than her readers can imagine. Thanks to a time portal she's discovered, she has caused quite a stir in the Great Beyond. To protect their members' reputations, the Guild representing dead artists convinces playboy Sir Peter Lely, portraitist to Charles II and a man with his own dark secrets, to sabotage Cam's project. A few hours posing on Peter's modeling chaise lead to a night of seductive passion--then Cam returns home and discovers his betrayal. But before she can turn her angry pen on her lover, Peter makes a surprise visit, transforming Cam's 21st century life into chaos of classic proportion.

Cam is up to her neck in trouble.  Her publisher wants her book yesterday, someone is trying to sabotage her chances to become the museum new curator, and her ex-fiance is trying to horn his way back into her life in more ways than one.  And she doesn't even know everything that he has done and continues to do while trying to woo Cam into complacency.  To appease her publisher, Cam decides to write a fictography, part fact, part fiction account of a subject close to her heart, painters of the 17th century, her field of expertise.

What Cam doesn't know is that when she tries to access certain information, she'll be thrown thru time, and will land on the doorstep of one of those artist, painter Peter Levy.  She's curious as to how she traveled to this place and time, to the very artist that recently capture her attention, especially when she sees a painting that could be her twin.

Peter Levy has been ordered by the Guild, a body of governing artist no longer of this world, to ruin Cam Stratford, by any means possible and to stop the publication of her book, and he does.  What he doesn't count on are the stirring of forgotten feelings, feelings that haven't been roused since the death of his wife.  And now, Cam comes strolling in, and turns his life, otherworldly or otherwise, on it's ear.  He doesn't know if he can forgive himself for what he has done or what he's about to do.

Flirting with Forever by Gwyn Cready was a fast paced sensual romance, part historical and part contemporary.  I found it hard to put down.  Cam Stratford has had to accommodate her life to suit her parents, her sister, her ex-fiance, and now said sister is about to push into Cam's life and steal her dream job, right from under her nose.  And all Cam can really do is sit back and watch her life play out.  If she tries too hard, she'll seem needy, if she pushes her sister back, she'll appear bossy and pushy (and the museum board wants none of that), and when she meets Peter Levy, her senses go wild and she could really give a damn about anything else.  When she forced to tell him the truth, she's a time traveling would be author/museum curator, Peter's taken aback, but can he really say anything, after all, he's a time traveling Guild member out to put the brakes on Cam's career.  And when these two come together, when they push passed all the circumstances trying to keep them apart, the romance sizzles on the pages with smoky desire.

Flirting with Forever has aspects of a paranormal romance laced between a historical and contemporary romance.  Cam is shoved into Peter's reality, and he finds himself ready to take a chance with Cam, until he learns her secrets.  When Peter jumps through time to find the wayward Cam, he can't seem to get over her, but he has to be very careful, to leave part of himself behind in this foreign appearing landscape would trap him in this time and place.  But can he resist the abundant charms of Cam Stratford?  Does he really want to?  This book was plain fun to read, I don't read a heck of a lot of historical or contemporary romance, but sometimes, they just hit the spot and Flirting with Forever is one of the books that satisfied my need.  If you enjoy a time traveling romance full of fun, I recommend picking up Flirting with Forever, I don't think you'll be sorry, I very much enjoyed it.

I received this book from the promoter, and the author, Gwyn Cready.  All opinions expressed are my own.

9 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

I am glad you enjoyed this one, it does seem fun, and I never say no to time-travel

Cecile said...

I have learned to never say NEVER. If that would have been the case, I would have never read historical. This book is sitting on my TBR pile and I love her shoes!!!!!! =)
Great review Dottie!
Nice to have you around hon!!!!
Hugs to you and I hope all is well with the family hon!

Lea said...

Excellent review Dottie! Really great.. *g* I love, love the cover art and premise for this book. And, now, thanks to your awesome review, I want to read it.

Thanks so much for sharing..

((hugs))
L

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi B!

It really was a fun story to read, and it had a sensual love story to boot. I really enjoyed it.

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Cecile!

Glad to see you have this one waiting in the wings, lol. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I would definitely read the next in her series.

Hope you're doing great!!

Dottie :)

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Lea!

It was fun reading this one, I loved Cam's character, she could have been anyone of us, she seemed 'real'. I really enjoyed it!

Dottie :)

Ladytink_534 said...

This sounds really neat! I like the cover too and how those shoes just come out of nowhere.

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

LOL! The shoes are the only thing that travels in time with her *wink*

I loved it!

Dottie :)

Dokemion said...

Flirting is fun because it not only fulfills some of your instinctual needs to interact with others, but it also demonstrates to others your degree of interest in them. Likewise, the response to your flirtation indicates the degree of interest in you.

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