The Artist's Touch
S. H. Pratt
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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.
The Artist's Touch is a great beginning to what I believe will be an epic tale! Spencer St. George is a quiet, introspective artist whose life is turned upside down when a beautiful woman, Rissa Daniels, is thrust into his life unexpectedly. What begins as an unlikely pairing soon develops into an intense and wonderful relationship in which they discover that both of their families have ties that span decades...and the history between the two families appears to be rocky. When Spencer and Rissa meet resistance from their families as to the history, they decide to embark on an investigation of their own
S. H. Pratt does an amazing job developing her characters and weaving her stories in a way that keeps the reader engaged and invested. She uses impeccable detail in her work without being overly wordy, and her romantic scenes are hot and steamy without raunchiness. The Artist's Touch is a fantastic beginning to what promises to be an amazing story of romance, intrigue and love.