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Flirting with Forever

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  280 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
In RITA® Award–winning author Gwyn Cready’s fun and sexy new time-travel adventure, an ambitious writer discovers that bad-boy painters are as timeless—and irresistible—as their art...

Art historian Campbell Stratford is about to make a name for herself with her scandalously sexy tell-all “fictographies” of famous seventeenth-century artists, but she’s more intimately famil
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
Divertido, sexy… uma aventura que não vai querer perder. Não teria dito melhor.
Este é um romance que recomendo vivamente, tanto pelo romance em si, como o humor vivo e inteligente presente, como a cultura aqui inserida eficazmente. Principalmente esta última, que é tão subtil mas ao mesmo tempo tão importante tanto para o desenrolar e a riqueza da história, que acabamos por nos aperceber que a temática da pintura é o que de melhor há nesta obra.
A sinopse fez que com o inicio me surgisse um pouco
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I read Cready's second book, Seducing Mr. Darcy , on a whim and was treated to an absolute delight of a novel - witty, intelligent, exciting, sexy. Since one of my biggest complaints with Romance novels is the weak writing - which encapsulates everything from poor character development to clichés to insufferable dialogue - I was thrilled to find a writer of Romance I could trust, relax with and enabled me to enjoy the story.

This is the second book of Cready's I've read, and her newest release,
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestado
Tenho antes de tudo que dizer que para mim esta sinopse é muito enganadora. A ideia que transmite dos acontecimentos e da viagem no tempo não tem nada a ver com o que realmente acontece no livro. Eu nunca na minha vida estaria à espera da linha de desenvolvimento que as viagens no tempo tomaram.
Em relação ao livro em si, há vários aspectos que gostava de focar. Se por um lado a história é simples e o livro é de fácil leitura, por outro lado ao início achei a escrita da autora bastante confusa. N
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
From my blog...[return]Flirting With Forever is an intriguing twist on time travel, romance and a healthy dose of art history. Peter Lely the successor to Van Dyck as the royal portraitist is quite trapped. The Executive Guild, which manages artist department of souls passing through the afterlife, needs Peter's assistance. Mertons, the time-jump accountant has discovered that a person by the name of Campbell Stratford is writing a book, which they view as an embarrassment to Van Dyck. The Guild ...more
Gostei bastante da sinopse do livro, um historiadora de arte, uma pintor, uma viagem ao passado e um regresso ao presente, para mim os ingredientes perfeitos para uma bela história.

Apesar da minha apreensão inicial após ler as primeiras páginas que se revelaram um pouco confusas, o restante livro apresenta uma leitura fluída com bastante humor e peripécias pelo meio. Na viagem ao passado somos cativados pela acção decorrida no interior de um atelier de um pintor bastante atarefado com a resoluçã
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
woman, art historian and museum curator, accidentally travel back in time to a sexy artist. sexy artist is actually a plant by some time travel policing agency, he's supposed to stop her from spilling the sexy beans about some other fancy artist.

Problematically they're both too stupid to live. She doesn't seemed to be worried by much after time travel, except if she can get cell phone reception amd if she can get in sexy artist's pants. he doesn't seem suspicious at all of this obviously out of
Mar 15, 2010 rated it liked it
This was my first time reading Gwyn Cready and for me it was an entertaining read. Ms Cready has a very nice writing style. I loved that humor was blended in with the romance. I did think the way that Cam got to the 16th century was a bit odd, but very creative. Flirting with Forever was a light, fun read. Full of romance and mischief. I don't read too many time-travel stories but this was a good read. If you like a bit of humor and time-travel with you romance - you'll enjoy this one.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not just an engaging, witty story, but one requiring flame-proof panties. Wow!
Jean Mc
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Cute little time travel fantasy with a real life artist as the fantasy hero.
Paranormal Romance
While researching history on the artist she's using for her book- a book that's sure to push her into her dream job as curator for the museum she works for-the heroine unwittingly discovers a time port through Amazon of all things and finds herself in the 1600th century. There, stark naked and horribly confused she realizes soon enough that not only has she traveled back in time but she's in the presence of the lesser known artist Peter Lely. Instantly she's captive by his cool sexy attitude and ...more
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a wacky time-travel romance. I know, what a premise, you think something like that would be doomed from the start. But Cready actually pulls it off. I admit I enjoyed Seducing Mr. Darcy way more than I expected to, and I was intrigued to see just how many stories in the same vein she could pull off. I definitely enjoyed this one, though it was a little less for me than Seducing Mr. Darcy .

In this novel, art historian and curator Campbell Stratford (Cam) is in line for a promotion at t
Lillie Roberts
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Cam is up to her neck in trouble. Her publisher wants her book yesterday, someone is trying to sabotage her chances to become the museum new curator, and her ex-fiance is trying to horn his way back into her life in more ways than one. And she doesn't even know everything that he has done and continues to do while trying to woo Cam into complacency. To appease her publisher, Cam decides to write a fictography, part fact, part fiction account of a subject close to her heart, painters of the 17th ...more
Apr 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2010
This review was originally posted on my review blog :

Campbell Stratford is sure to make a name for herself when she releases her sexy tell-all "fictographies" of famous seventeenth-century artists. What her readers don't know, is that she is more intimately involved with her subjects than they could ever imagine. It's all thanks to a time portal she accidentally discovered while in a frantic rush for information to make her book that much more memorable. Th
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
True confession time: I don't normally read time travel novels. I like contemporary novels and I like historical novels, but rarely do they come together in a way that works for me. Flirting with Forever cheerfully grabbed those assumptions with a tissue and threw them in the garbage, and for that I am definitely grateful.

The writing style in this book is hilarious; there's truly no other way to describe it. I was reminded of Douglas Adams and Janet Evanovich (the first nine or so Stephanie Plum
Apr 05, 2010 rated it liked it
I'm not really a fan of romance novels, but I was in the mood to read a cheesy one. Not a super cheesy one where the people get busy in every chapter and there's a photo of a half naked guy on the cover, but something more tasteful. Sadly, I was kind of embarrassed to be hanging out in the romance section, but whatever. I picked this one because I liked the cover and because it's a mix between present time and 1673, which at the time sounded interesting, but it confused me a little.
Cam works at
Wendy Hines
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Campbell "Cam" Stratford works in an art museum and the director is about to retire. Cam wants the job badly and she her only competition is her sister. She knows she would be a shoo-in if she was published, but the deadline is drawing close and Cam is no where near ready with her book.

Peter Lely is dead. He was the portraitist to the king, and was renowned for his well-endowed paintings of many women. When artists pass, they are monitored by the Guild, who makes sure their reputations stay repu
Silvana (Por detrás das Palavras)
A primeira palavras que me vem à cabeça para classificar este livro é: confusão. Uma história com um início um pouco desorganizado, falta de uma apresentação coerente de aspectos importantes, um final um pouco apressado onde apesar de conclusivo ficou uma ponta solta, ponta esta que está associada a grande parte do conteúdo do livro.

A própria sinopse dá a entender que as coisas vão decorrer de uma forma e quando lemos o livros não é bem assim. Por exemplo, na sinopse está escrito que Peter apare
Christine Dahl

I love time travel stories. This one was somewhat entertaining. Some plot twists but too trite for me. Just my opinion.
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading Gwyn Cready and I really enjoyed her funny voice and interesting characters. She did an especially good job with the hero Peter Lely and I felt like we understood him much more than we did the heroine Cam.

For all of Cam's good points – and there were many – I questioned why she didn't realize her boyfriend was a scumbag or why she allowed her sister to constantly put herself in Cam's way. Somehow those two things didn't mess with the rest of Cam's personality and
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
I've never really read a time travel romance and I think Ms. Cready has opened my eyes to a whole new genre. I really like the way the time travel bit is done in this story. I think there was good development when it came to both the 17th century and the present time. I never found myself confused or disoriented as to what time frame I was in. I'm sure there was a lot of homework done by Ms. Cready to accomplish that with such vivid details.

I have to admit that it had a slow start for me but onc
Sarah Sammis
Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
The Blog Critics Books post sums up my feelings about Flirting with Forever by Gwyn Cready perfectly: I should have read the pitch more closely. The pitch didn't have cover art, which would have made it obvious that it's a bodice ripper, so I went on the time travel description alone. Big mistake.

In the present day there's Campbell "Cam" Stratford, an art historian and author, with a scandalous "fictographies." Then in the afterlife there's Peter Lely, once famous artist, who is now tasked with
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I love time-travel romances, I have always had a special place in my heart for them since I read Teresa Medieros' 'A Touch of Enchantment' so when I get the opportunity to read a new one, I definitely go for it. As I started reading this book there were a few things that caught me off guard from the beginning, the cover, OMG I love the cover, it's beautiful. Next, the names of the characters, Ms. Cready definitely doesn't fall back on the old standbys...there is a guy in the book named Jacket fo ...more
Mar 12, 2010 rated it liked it
The Executive Guild is in charge of supervising the afterlife of artist. They have learned about Campbell “Cam” Stratford. Ms. Stratford aims to release a fictography about the famous artist, Van Dyck. What Cam is saying about Van Dyck could ruin his reputation as people knew him. The Guild wants Peter Lely to stop Stratford from releasing the fictography.

Cam was working on the Van Dyck piece, when all of a sudden she felt a weird sensation. The next thing she knows, she is nude. Cam realizes t
Heather Pearson
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Time travel, romance, art history and kick ass shoes, what more could I want in my summer reading. This book has it all.

Art historian Campbell Stratford wants to clinch a major promotion and determines that the best way to do it is to secure a substantial donation to the museum and to publish a tell all book about 17th century Felmish painter Anthony van Dyck. In the midst of her research she inadvertantly ends up in the studio of Peter Lely in 1673 London, England. From this point the story tak
May 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Suspend belief.
If you do this is a delightful time travel romance. Especially for an art history major like me. Don't worry, though if you are not. It is written in a way to bring everyone to the easel as it were - whether you know anything about Restoration art or not. It is fast paced, joyful and full of lots of great details for those of us that do love art history.

If you like time travel novels (and I do) this is a fun read. Our hero, painter Peter Lely is brought back into his life to stop
Barbara ★
This is the first book I've read by Ms. Cready and it had it's flaws. As a general rule I love time travel novels but this one got on my nerves. The Executive Guild is an interesting concept but complicated and poorly explained. What are the chances that cell phone reception would be possible in 1673? None yet Cam gets text messages and is actually able to make a lengthy phone call. Unrealistic.

Cam doesn't get all bent out of shape having time traveled which again is totally unrealistic. And Pe
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it
This was the first time travel romance I've read and I was impressed. I was surprised at the the length of the book, but I came to the conclusion that this was because of having to pop back and forth in time. I assume in time travel romance that this makes attention to detail very important.
Even though it was a longer book (for a mass market) Gwyn's writing is excellent, so that wasn't a problem for me. This was a "carry around in my purse" book...I'm sure you all have those LOL! I would read it
Flirting with Forever will give an art novice a tantalizing view of the Artisan masters during the seventeenth century. Cam was a delightful character with witty dialog that held this story together with fun. Peter and his afterlife with the Executive Guild were a bit daunting and hard to follow at the beginning. However, as the plot developed you could feel the common thread between an artist, his subject, and the passion that a talented artist such as Peter brings to life on canvas and in the ...more
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-reads, romance
If The Girl With a Pearl Earring suffered a severe case of brain damage, it might come out something like this. Gwen Cready virtually dons a saddle on her third time out the gate, trotting out the same old tricks (thinly-explained time travel! hijinks! wardrobe malfunctions!) and covering virtually the same ground (only with artists instead of literary characters or pirates). There's niche writing, and then there's being a one-trick-pony, and this poorly edited mess puts Cready firmly in the la ...more
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Cam is writing a book about 17th century painters and she's calling it "fictogrophies". As an art historian, Cam does know a thing or two about the great artists she is focusing on. Some would say that she knows a little too much. What's a girl supposed to do with a newly found time portal?

At first I thought that this would be a tad bit corny - I like corny, so that was why I agreed to review this book. It wasn't quite what I expected, it was better. I wonder if Cam will show me this time porta
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