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Rough Canvas

(Nature of Desire #6)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  3,488 ratings  ·  444 reviews
When his father dies, Thomas is forced to abandon a burgeoning art career in New York. As difficult as it was to give up his lifelong dream, it's nothing next to walking away from the man he loves. Marcus taught him to embrace who he is, a sexual submissive who responds to the touch of only one Master. But why would the sophisticated Marcus need some farm kid from the Sout ...more
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Published September 12th 2007 by Ellora's Cave
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5+++++ intense and evocative stars.*****Re-read June 2013. Review edited June 9, 2013

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Marcus said to Thomas' mother:
"Accepting what people are, what they can't change and loving them with every part of yourself anyway. That's what love is about." He glared at Elaine. "You take that away from him, you make him believe that kind of love doesn't exist…
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Book is......AMAZING, WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, EROTIC, INTENSE, FABULOUS and so much more.......This is an excellent read, please don't be like me and wait to discover the awe inspiring Author that is Joey W Hill.


I started reading this book and was immediately drawn into the pages by the excellent writing of JWH, her prose flows beautifully, painting a vivid picture, immersing you into the book, grabbing tight and not letting go. Even when you have read the very last word and closed your
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Well this was going to be a 2 or 3 star read for me when I was about 40% in. Then it all sort of changed and I fell in love with the whole story. I did already love the characters a little bit but the writing became more poetic, the scenes became more special, the characters became more real.

The writing was truly beautiful.

Wheat colored grass, flowing, rippling like a lover’s muscles. Green flowing into the gold like interlocking fin
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
5+ Utterly Brilliant Stars

No matter what happens, I can tell you this. I will always love you. No matter what you feel you need to be, where you need to go, I’ll always know you’re mine. I understand that now.

How do you go about reviewing a book that touched you on such an emotional level, you're still trying to work through it?






Hands down one of THE best MM Romances I have had the pleasure of reading to date

In a word...


Having read a few bo
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Rough Canvas

"What therefore God hath joined together,let no one put asunder."

"It was easy when I thought it was sinful,something to do with the flesh.But what I'm seeing is more than that.It's love,and love isn't a sin.So how can God be so cruel as to give that feeling to two men or two women if it's a sin?"

Thomas is working in his family's hardware store in a part of rural North Carolina.It's of course very far away from New York City where he,a God gifted rising artist had resided for the last
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* by: Sammy Loves Books

Rough Canvas is one of the best books I’ve ever read and it’s also my first M/M read. I am going to try my best to make justice to this AH-MAZING book with my review…

This is the story of Marcus & Thomas. They had been together in the past but they took different paths about a year ago.

Marcus is the Dom but he is also my favourite character in the book. You think he is strong, he knows how to control every situation but he is NOT. He’s got a heart too and you will end up loving him. He is also a
Blacky *Romance Addict*
This is one of the best books I have read this year! The quality of the writing and the depth of emotion got me by surprise, I really didn't expect it to be this good. But WOW! Photobucket

If I had to describe this book with one word, it would be - EMOTION

It's there. All the time. In every sentence, in every scene. When they are together. When they are apart. Even with other characters. Just simply amazing.

I was hooked just with that first chapter. Thomas is dealing with his melancholy and memories of the
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: MM Lovers, looking for a outstanding read!
Shelves: favorites, m-m
I tried not to spoil this book for anyone, but sorry if I did. My review consist of my opinion and feelings on this book. NOT the story line...that's what the book is for and also most of the awesome reviews featured on GR :D


Where do I begin with my feeling and thoughts on this book. . .this story that pushed me out of a safe place. Protecting myself from words written in books that can tear my heart, instill feelings within me for characters that may seem fiction to others, but oh so real to me
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Please pardon me while I have a "moment"...


Joey W. Hill, new to me author, writes like an artist. This book felt like I closed my eyes and was listening to a masterpiece that rolled over me, harshly grabbed me and pulled me under as I was drowning, and then gently brought me back up for air.

The emotions in this book were felt so acutely in my heart, in my gut, in my fingertips, in my...ummmm...well, you know...

The first half of the book I fel
I have heard so much about this book and I always put it aside for one fine day, but that day came early because I was "molested" by several GR friends to finally read it :D
I never read the blurb, but I read lots of reviews of my GR friends and all of them were high rated (mostly 5 stars).

The reason I was "afraid" to read it was one character - Thomas - because I was afraid he would remind me of one other character which I seriously didn't like and annoyed me.

You know that "pressure" when you kn
Shannon The Show Stopper
Wow! I don't even know where to start with this book. I don't think I could ever come up with words to do this book justice...If I could, I'd be a writer....It's just that good. So should I try to be serious?

It dawned on me while reading this at some point...

Now let's be clear so you're not confused...

Yeah this book really had me all tore up in about a million different ways. My emotions were running as high as my libido. This was a first for me where if you'd taken away the sex, the book would
It was emotionally raw and completely mind-blowing story... Complex, beautiful, artistic...








So too much and So not enough...

Insanely good!
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is going right on my favorites shelf. Fantastic book. Heart wrenching, loving, spectacular. I can't say enough good things about this. MC Thomas is a sexual sadist, so if that isn't your cup of tea, you may want to skip this one, but the author does a great job of showcasing Thomas and his Master Marcus in a loving, concentual, committed relationship.

If you like high drama, deeply felt family issues, secrets waiting to be revealed, and a soul shattering passionate love between two men, I ca
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: MM fans
Recommended to Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ by: Baba ♥♥♥ Marcus, Tyler, Tate, Dan, Ty, & Hunter
Shelves: m-m

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Oh my goodness. Such a compelling, intense, emotional, carnal, hot crazy ride! The love story of Marcus and Thomas. Marcus, the dominant rich, scarred soul in love with the simple artistic farm boy unwilling to own up to his feelings or commit to his love of another man. The writing was exquisite. It brought out the feelings and raw emotions between these two men. The sexual tension and scenes were scorching hot. This is my first read for this author but definit
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Eda** by: Baba ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
Shelves: favourites

** 5+ “hold me together” STARS **

“But…who takes care of you?”

“YOU take care of me, pet. Just by breathing and existing, you take care of me in ways you can’t imagine.”

Oh wow... No words, man.

This was such an emotional rollercoaster for me. I am exhausted and suffering from a massive headache right now, but it was so worth it!

Marcus Stanton, you sexy, affectionate, broken beast!


6 Rough Stars!!!

Wow! Amazing. Intense. Erotic. Deep. Profound. Emotional. Hot!!!

Spoiler free Review

This book blew me away. Hands down the best M/M book that I have ever read AND an important one! Every ignorant pigheaded asshole who likes to throw the Bible at love needs to read this book!

Marcus and Thomas are one of the best love stories I have ever read. Joey W. Hill is a genius!!!

"“Sometimes when you lose everything, the last thing you want to do is remember. And telling is rem
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Richa by: Dd

Our love is a rough canvas
With jagged ends and rugged depths
So let's paint a picture together
Paint me in,
Paint you in
Paint the first time we met in
Paint the intensity, the fierceness that pulled me in
Paint the love, the lust, the passion that burned as bright as a fire in
Paint the fears, the pain, the vulnerabilities that tore us apart and brought us closer than ever in
Paint the time we were together in,
Paint the time we were apart in
Paint that sexy smile, that beautiful laugh in
Paint the prec
Sammy Loves Books
I was blown away by the intensity of these characters. I felt a myriad of emotion along this journey of love and discovery with Marcus and Thomas. Joey Hill's writing is BEAUTIFUL and RAW!!


Thomas' abs

Thomas, the beautiful soulfull artist, raised on a farm in North Carolina. Thomas' outward beauty is just a reflection of his inner soul. He's respectful, kind, loyal, and unbelievably talented. He values family and is willing to sacrifice his own needs and desires, to ensure their happiness. Thomas is u
Duchess Nicole
This book in one word: Passionate
From Merriam Webster's dictionary:
a : easily aroused to anger
b : filled with anger : angry
a :capable of, affected by, or expressing intense feeling
b : enthusiastic, ardent
swayed by or affected with sexual desire

Talk about running the gamut of emotions...Marcus and Thomas pulled them all out of me, whether I liked it or not. I can't say that I enjoyed every aspect of this story, but I CAN say that each scene, each word, seems calculated in such
This is my first and certainly not my last Joey W. Hill read. I hope that I can do the beauty of this book some justice with this review; but I am already prepared to fall short - because you don't come across a story with this kind of intensity, love and depth every day.

Rough Canvas tells a story of deep love. It is erotic at its core but if you want a story that is going to touch you physically alone this is not that kind of book.


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The artist... the farmers son... the lover.
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! I love you Marcus and Thomas.

This book was an emotional journey. It made me feel



AND A BIT OF ANGER (with the prejudice)


Marcus is domineering, protective, cultured, loving, determined to have his own way and guarded

Thomas is committed, loyal, loving, caring, creative and was able to see people's hidden depths

Together their love grew and their commitment to each other broke down the barrier which existed in their relationship.

Awilk -never sleeps-
I only have a few things to say about this book that I just could not put down.
1. Wish I was a male.
2. Wish I was gay.
3.Wish I was submissive.
If these wishes could come true, all I would need to die of happiness is a Marcus of my own.

Now my thoughts on this book. I liked what I saw of Marcus in the first book of this series, Holding the Cards(?). Lot's of my friends said this one was brilliant. Turns out I have very clever friends. I locked myself away from a houseful of teenagers, started to re
Reread. I can't believe how I could forget the power of this book. Especially the second half. So, so good.

Original review:
Wow! Let me start by saying that BDSM isn't really my "thing" to read, but I saw so many compliments about this book, so I decided to take the dive. I'm so glad I did. The BDSM starts fairly strong at the beginning, which explains why Marcus and Thomas are in lust with each other, each giving the other what they crave with their intimacy.

However, the BDSM begins to take a b
***Re-read May 2017. This is my absolute favourite love story ever with BDSM, and yes, I have got that the right way around. The BDSM is not the be all and end all of the story, it's a LOVE story first and foremost. The writing is truly beautiful, sublime. It's almost poetic and flows so smoothly, the MC's Thomas and Marcus are to die for and the secondary characters make you want to shout at them and then hug them. It makes me happy, it makes me sad, it's damn hot BUT sooo romantic. It's a very ...more
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Intense, Ruthless, Relentless, fucking Fantastic….

My first read of Joey W. Hill work, and what I felt while reading it and when I think of it, is like walking in a museum of erotic art and admiring every single piece, and become with a sense of wonder and beauty, and a breathless excitement!!! Truly a love masterpiece story, a moment of magic through those written words…

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The “Art Pieces”

“Strong, sexy exterior and a steel core, with a generous, shy heart “
“A man as irresistible
It's just me Shelly B
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is about Love and Acceptance.......

"Accepting what people are, what they can't change and loving them with every part of yourself anyway. That's what love is about."

If I had to describe this book in one word it would be.....DELICIOUS! It was simply beautiful from start to finish. Even through their struggles and hard times, I was still so in love with these two characters.

This book is about Marcus and Thomas' and their journey to find love, trust and acceptance. Acceptance not only wi
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Isabel by: Eva
I was intensely mind-blowed by this book! It was written by Joey W. Hill’s artistic hand! It is unforgettable, intense, and it’s absolutely beautiful! It’s about much more than sex, than dominance/submission, much more than passion or friendship… It is about devotion and love, between two men, Marcus and Thomas, destined to be together!

This book is a real piece of art, it is so well written! I was inside the book, experiencing such intense feelings! Every time that Marcus said to Thomas “breathe
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

I stumbled upon this one looking at some lists on Goodreads. Clearly I am late to the game. I tend to shy away from books with BDSM elements but so many recommended this one, depsite having those same feelings.

At first I wasn't sure this one was going to be for me. All the way up to the scene at the club, honestly. But then everything sort of changed. And I ended up really loving this.

The writing was great - and only got better as the story went a long.
Thomas was frustrating at time
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio 4 stars. I was hesitant about getting the audio because it’s an M/M narrated by a woman. Turns out the narrator did a pretty damn good job. She nailed Marcus’ arrogant and sarcastic tone. If she had given Thomas the southern accent that his character called for, I would have rated the audio 5 stars.

Story – 4 stars. I can’t give 5 stars to a book that gave me a headache from the amount of times I banged my head from wanting to choke the MCs and certain members of Thomas’ family.
This book ri
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This was high-grade combustible, so insanely erotic, I wouldn't recommend anyone reading it in public. If you want lots of kink and smexy scenes and intense screwing, look no further. If you like angst and drama and emotional rollercoasters, this one's a keeper. But it drained me. There was so much emotional baggage and so much back and forth, back and forth, and arguments and not feeling worthy that I need a few shots just to settle my nerves. ...more
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