3 out of 4 stars
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Noah Stone is a no-nonsense college art professor committed to helping his students succeed. One night, when this by-the-books instructor catches Charlotte Porter snooping through the art building, he finds himself surprised by the medical student's motive for breaking in after-hours. He continues to be intrigued by the fiery redhead and realizes her spirit has reawakened a passion for art that he forgot he had. Will her determination be the miracle required to save the day when Noah receives some devastating news?
The Artist’s Muse, by H. Taft N. III, is a short contemporary romance suited for all audiences. With no profanities or erotic scenes, the sweet tale is a clean, feel-good read.
I enjoyed many aspects of this short story. In particular, I loved the characters that the author created. Charlotte is wonderfully vibrant, and I loved her passion and determination. Noah, on the other hand, is quiet and reserved. As the story alternates from the third-person perspective of each character, the reader learns the backstories and what motivates these two dynamic people.
Further, through the short, progressive chapters, Taft crafted dynamic scenes with heartfelt emotions. The love-at-first-sight trope may feel a bit cliché, but the story within the pages remains fresh through the use of the present tense. While present tense is not typically my favorite tense to read in, I enjoyed how it was used to bring the reader right into each moment as the emotions of the relationship blossomed.
Although the story felt familiar and predictable, I still found myself fully engaged as the plot developed, and I was satisfied with the conclusion. The Artist’s Muse makes for an excellent one- to two-sitting read—depending on your reading speed—and does not contain any shocking or unsettling scenes. I did not find anything to dislike about the story except for the numerous editing errors. As tends to happen while writing in the present tense, the verbs occasionally slipped back into the past tense incorrectly, and there were also a few other minor grammar errors.
Overall, The Artist’s Muse is well written with a straightforward storyline. Readers looking for a quick and cozy read will be well rewarded by choosing this romantic tale. For this reason, I rate the book three out of four. A one-star reduction was required due to the editing errors.
I noticed that The Artist’s Muse is listed as book two of The Calculation of Love series, but it is not necessary to read the previous story to enjoy this tale. Book one features the development of a romantic relationship between two engineers working on the same project. An office romance story that steps outside the box, The Calculation of Love sounds unique and exciting. I certainly enjoyed the second installment enough to be enticed toward the first one in the series!
The Artist's Muse
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