Thursday, June 16, 2011

Review: The Reluctant Nude by Meg Maguire

Title: The Reluctant Nude
Author: Meg Maguire

Read copy: eBook
Published: April 4, 2011
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 1609284194
ISBN-13: 9781609284190

Chipping away at her resistance, one touch at a time...

Fallon Frost’s late foster mother had done so much to heal the wounds of her damaged childhood. So when a lecherous developer plans to bulldoze her old home to make room for a strip mall, the practical, ordered life Fallon has built for herself is threatened.

Then he makes a twisted proposal. He’ll leave the land alone if she poses nude for a sculpture that’ll end up in his collection. Seeing no other choice, she heads for Nova Scotia—only to find something totally unexpected. A sexy, hot-blooded, infuriating sculptor.

Guarded, sexually detached Fallon is a challenge Max Emery can’t wait to tackle. Yet with each tap of his chisel, he uncovers a woman who rekindles a dream he thought lost. Home, family…love. And the closer he gets to her core, the harder it becomes to accept that he’s carving her naked body for another man’s eyes.

As progress on the sculpture almost grinds to a halt, their fragile fantasy world collapses under the weight of reality. Threatening Fallon’s one chance to save her foster mother’s land…and any chance she and Max have to find love.

My rating:

Oh, wow. My first Meg Maguire book and it blew me away. I'm still stunned, really, at Ms. Maguire's wonderfully masterful touch when it comes to characterization. Fallon and Max were so vivid in my mind's eye, so utterly perfect in their imperfections, they truly seemed real.

An amazing story of self-discovery and self-discovery, teaching us all a lesson of trying to be open, no matter what. Sure, bad things come along, but if we're so walled up afraid to let bad things in, good things will be left out as well. That's what Max, in his cryptic, weird way taught Fallon, and the reader alongside her.

And I'm probably speaking for many normal, (im)perfect women out there—I want me a Max. 😉

As I wrote before, this was an amazing little story and I cannot wait to read more by this talented author.


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