Thursday, June 21, 2018

Breathless by Celeste Bradley & Susan Donovan

Author (s)
Celeste Bradley & Susan Donovan

Publication Date 
12 June 2018

Women's Fiction 

In Breathless, bestselling authors Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan will sweep you away—across continents and centuries, combining the best of all worlds in one unforgettable romantic saga.

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 be—her 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 unthinkable—hops on a plane to uncover the identity of the beautiful, enigmatic woman who is the subject of the paintings.
There’s just one hitch—the frustrating, irritating, bold and beautiful art hunter Fitch Wilder is also looking for the Siren. He’s been a thorn in Brenna’s professional side for years, but when their individual quests lead them to team up despite being enemies, a whole new sumptuous world of art and culture opens up for the two of them. And with it, they enter a realm of passion and love…

4 Stars

This fascinating story is a quest about discovering the history of a series of paintings known as the Siren. An art professor and an art hunter are archenemies, seeking the mystery behind the paintings for different reasons. An interesting read! 

Brenna is an art professor at Harvard. She is fascinated by the Siren series of paintings. When her job is at risk, she takes a chance and goes after the history of the mysterious artist and his fascinating subject. 

Fitch is an art hunter who has just uncovered one of the Siren's paintings and is now on a quest to discover the location of the remaining paintings. 

Brenna has come across some information which might lead her to the identities of the artist and his alluring subject. Upon arriving in London, she meets non other than Fitch, her sworn enemy. Underneath her "apparent" loathing, she goes weak at the knees whenever she comes into contact with him, but she doesn't believe in love and relationships. Fitch, himself is quite besotted by her and intends to get into her good graces. 

When it becomes apparent that they have information which could prove useful to both of them, they call a truce and pair up to follow the breadcrumbs to the origin of these paintings. They embark on an exciting journey and as they spend time together, feelings change. Besides, Brenna has been going on assumptions about Fitch and now that she knows the truth, things are different. The problem is that he slips up and might ruin any of his chances. 

Together, they uncover the truth about the Swan, a courtesan whose disappearance has been a mystery. The love story from several hundred years ago is bittersweet and runs parallel to Brenna's and Fitch's story in the present day. It's  beautifully crafted and the characters and events are captured vividly. 

I like the storyline and its uniqueness. It's emotive and captivating. Well worth reading.

Celeste Bradley 

Celeste Bradley is the author of Fallen, which was nominated for a RITA in 2002, and The Pretender, the first book in the Liars series. According to Bradley, the best thing about writing is that she finally gets to use the brain full of trivia she's collected over a lifetime of living in eight states, residing in over twenty homes, and changing her major five times. "It was research for my writing career! That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!" For now, she lives in Tennessee with her journalist husband, her two divas-in-training, and the smartest dog in the world.

Susan Donovan 

SUSAN DONOVAN's novels have won accolades for being witty, sexy, and entertaining. A former newspaper reporter with journalism degrees from Northwestern University, Susan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose novels have been translated into dozens of languages. Susan is a two-time RITA Award finalist, and her novel TAKE A CHANCE ON ME was named Best Contemporary Romance of 2003 by RT Book Reviews magazine. She lives in New Mexico with her family and dogs.