The Artist’s Touch book 1 by S.H. Pratt
Exhausted, disillusioned and disgusted with her life in Los Angeles, Clarice “Rissa” Daniels leaves a successful acting career for the comforts of home in Olympia, Washington. Embracing a simpler life without the overabundance of testosterone that she’d dealt with in California, she works to recover and rebuild her life without the “Hollywood craziness”, away from the toxic presence of her ex-boyfriend, and far from the paparazzi. When a walk in the park drops her into the lap of Spencer St. George, she finds herself drawn to his quiet, unobtrusive demeanor, but Rissa quickly realizes that there is much more to the bespectacled middle-school art teacher.
Spencer St. George prefers the quiet life far from the hassles created by his family. Known as “Saint” to his students, he creates his own sense of peace with a paint brush in his hand while standing behind an easel. When Rissa Daniels crashes headlong into his life, Spencer is sent reeling. Unsure of her intentions, but drawn to her gregarious personality, he finds himself stepping out from behind his easel and daring to hope for more than his quiet life.
But as Spencer and Rissa grow closer, history threatens to destroy them. Met with righteous reticence from his family and stubborn pride from hers, the couple sets out to discover the events that turned their families against each other. As the past begins to surface, the present becomes dangerous, creating an uncertainty that could bind Spencer and Rissa together… or drive them apart forever.
I enjoyed reading this book so much I couldn’t stop until I reached the end. I love how the author plotted the getting to know each other stage of the story. It may sound taboo to some cultures (mine included) and not the normal to even most love stories but I really think the author did a wonderful job in writing that part in a way that is not offensive or off. In fact, I’ve been waiting to read a story like this. There was one I read ages ago from a local author and I’ve been longing to read something that involved a female lead that thinks the one way Rissa did. And for that I thank SH Pratt for writing a story like this.
The family secret was played well. And since the story is not finish yet, I only hope that with all the excitement and eagerness the author made me feel as I read along, I do hope that what lies beneath would not disappoint.
I’m looking forward to how this book will come to an end that I wish the next book is out already.