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Love's Portrait

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  977 ratings  ·  86 reviews
When Julia Westgard commissions a nude portrait of herself, the painting is much more than a rebellious act. It’s an attempt to regain her self-worth after years of a loveless, repressive marriage to her late husband. But the private portrait puts her directly in the path of Morgan St. Claire, one of the Marlborough Set’s most notorious seducers. A man who doesn’t take no ...more
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Published September 1st 2005 by New Concepts Publishing
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Hurry it up, you two. I mean it. Like seriously. Hurry.

Taking too long

I mean seriously. This couple took entirely too long to get to where they needed to be going. Chances are, since this was a shortish book, it really didn't take too long, they were just annoying.

Setting / Time / Genre: Regency

Series: Who knows....not I.

Sexy times: Well done, Ms Burns, well done. These were naughty, naughty for regency times. If the words "hot honey" and "cream" offend you unless you are reading an Alexa Riley, you best i
This was not a badly written book but the story was a bit lame and I found the characters lacked the depth and complexity that I have come to demand from my HR books.
Nitzan Schwarz
2.5 stars

It was decent, with some pretty steamy scenes, but some things just stopped me from fully enjoying it.

For one, they fell in love way too quickly, and I really didn't know why they fell in love most of the time. And then there was the whole sappiness... I don't know, maybe I just wasn't in the mood for "Oh, your loved saved me", "without your love I...", "I can't live without you", "you're like the air I breath".

Don't get me wrong, I love romances, and they're usually with those sentimen
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story, considering it was so short it portrayed a lot of emotion and angst that appeared very realistic.
I highly recommend it! The only negative I have about this book is that the hero says "Christ Jesus!" an awful lot. Once I noticed it, it cropped up everywhere and it really annoyed me!
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me interested until the end. Well written and I would recommend this book.
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Two years after the death of her abusive husband, Julia Westgard is ready for some reckless adventure to spice up her otherwise boring life so she posed for a portrait, in the nude. Though no one but her closest friends will ever view the painting, the thrill of doing something so naughty has left Julia needing to feel that same exhilaration. Julia devises a plan to steal a monogrammed handkerchief to sell at auction to help raise money for a local orphanage. She is sure the item would bring a t ...more
3.5 stars

Once again a book I picked up as a freebie has managed to completely surprise me. I have always loved myself an historical, and an historical erotic romance is all of my favourite things wrapped up in one big shiny bow. In fact if the editing wasn't so bad (this story isn't badly written just badly edited) this book probably would have made it to four stars.

Julia is trying to prove her independence after the death of a husband who controlled every part of her life. She is completely ad
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Love's Portrait is a sexy and sweet story about a woman who doesn't want to lose herself to another man and a man who has finally realized that what he has been rejecting all along, is something that he truly wants.

Julia's late husband was a controlling and abusive man. When he died, Julia vowed to never be under a man's control again. In the spirit of doing something daring, Julia posed for a naked portrait. No one is to ever see it. It is for her eyes only, a way to remind her of the independe
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is my introduction to the writing of Monica Burns and I'm so thankful to the fellow reader who pointed me in her direction.

I have always loved historical romance, and Monica definitely knows how to add just the right amounts of heat and passion to her stories.

The passion and emotion shared by her main characters, Julia Westgard and Morgan St. Claire, can be felt as you read this story, and that's one of the qualities in writing that will keep me coming back for more ~ if I can
Theresa Scarangella
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of Julia who lost her abusive husband and swore she would never marry. Morgan who was a womanizer who left his woman with a handkerchief after he broke up with them. Julia decided to steal one of his handkerchiefs and auction it off for the Little Angels orphanage.
I loved this story, it was well written and I didn't want to put it down. I wanted to find out what was happening next. You won't be disappointed in this story.
I have had the wonderful pleasure of meeting and having di
Esther Theodat
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it
I believe this book could've been better if it wasn't so predictable. I like the fact that Julia had to overcome everything that her bastard ex husband put her though and it made her an even stronger heroine because of it.

Morgan St. Claire was it for me. He was passionate, sweet, strong and persistent. He had to overcome his own hurdle do he can accept Julia and chase her like a dog with a bone.

All the Sweet Jesus's got to me and that's what made me give this book a 3 star instead of 4
Beckie Treble
Apr 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, this was something I was totally not expecting. Lots of sex, really really steamy sex. So if you like that sort of thing, grab this!!!

I just picked this up coz I wanted to try something different, and it was at a good price for kindle on amazon. So yeah. I don't know if I'll read something like this again, maybe in a few years time, but not now.

I was kind of expecting it to be more mills-and-boon-ey, sooo not mills and boon. But yeah, take away the sex and the story line was good.=)
I'll preface this review by saying that I simply couldn't finish this book. I was reduced to skimming the last third or so because I just couldn't take any more. This book is billed as a historical erotic romance. In my opinion, it's none of those three things.

Simply having the heroine wear a corset doesn't make a book historical. Anachronisms like the stereotypical red satin sheets on the man's bed -- Red satin sheets? Seriously? I laughed out loud -- made it seem like the story was a contempor
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book but the author could have done a better job at writing their past. Each character had a past that equated to why they were the way the presently were, yet I never got a good idea as to what exactly happened to them. I still enjoyed the story and liked the characters. I'd read this again, but I wouldn't put this in my permanent book shelf.
Mollie Sanders
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I likes the book but it needed better editing. The hero’s eyes went from blue to brown back to blue. The sheets went from red to white. It’s hard to keep a mental picture of how things look when the author can’t keep it straight herself.
Mrs J Akhurst
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow really good

I did not expect this book to be as hot as it was really great read would highly recommend it.
Stacy McKitrick
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining and very, very sexy.
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Two years after the death of her abusive husband, Julia Westgard is ready for some reckless adventure to spice up her otherwise boring life so she posed for a portrait, in the nude. Though no one but her closest friends will ever view the painting, the thrill of doing something so naughty has left Julia needing to feel that same exhilaration. Julia devises a plan to steal a monogramed handkerchief to sell at auction to help raise money for a local orphanage. She is sure the item would bring a ti ...more
Ambrosia Sullivan
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My First thought when I finished Love’s portrait was “well crap”. That was because I said I would not start a new book until after new years once I finished that one and well there is a bit of time left until New years. Pushing that aside..

Love’s Portrait introduces us to Julia and Morgan who are both strong and stubborn personalities. However they both have their pains and things that hold them back from the happiness they could both have. For Julia her now dead Husband Oscar forced her into su
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
I wasn't as keen on this as I was on others by this author. The others had more adventure. This one seemed to replace the action with another kind of action, and I'm just not into graphic sex scenes unless they're written just so.

Basic story: Julia was married to an abusive schmuck who made her feel horrible about herself. He's dead now and she's reviving her self-confidence by doing wild and crazy and very out of character things. Like posing nude for a portrait (which she's not going to let a
This book was a pleasant surprise. It is a re-released "improved" version of the novel. Not having read the original verions, I can only guess that the improvements really did improve the story because I really enjoyed it.

I instantly connected with and "liked" the main characters, Julia and Morgan. Both come with a ton of emotional baggage that makes them avoid the thought of marriage like the plague. What they can't avoid is the intense attraction that they have for each other. Once they act on
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
This was really good. I'm actually really surprised that this was a free read. Monica Burns is a talented author. Julia is a young beautiful widow who is struggling to overcome the results of years of her former husband's abuse. But when Morgan St. Claire comes around the gorgeous notorious rake she finds him impossible to resist.

I really liked the pace of the story and she stayed true to the era though there where some liberties taken but hell it's a romance not a history book so who cares in
Isabelle Morebooksthanlivros
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who like historical romances
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Cover: It' good cover. You can see it's a historical.

Characters: I really liked the hero. He had some baggage, but deal with it with maturity.
The heroine, was so-so. Yes she has had a horrible marriage before, yes she was trying to be daring, yes she played the hot-cold game that I don't usually like.

Plot: It had a good plot, with some great moments. Not the best book I've read from the author, but I was amazed that her book was for
Daisy Sloan
I debated between 3 stars and 4 stars before deciding on 3.5 stars. For the purposes of GR I've rounded up.

Love’s Portrait is the story of two people in love. Both are cynical against marriage for different reasons. Having lost a wager, Julia agrees to a night of passion with Morgan. However, by the end of the night Morgan wants more, he wants a lifetime. Julia refuses to give up her independence to man – again.

Morgan sets out to win Julia’s heart and who her that he can be trusted.

I enjoyed th
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reread
Honestly this book not only broke the spell I was under with Fifty Shades of Grey but it introduced me to an enjoyment of historical fiction. After reading the Fifty Shade trilogy , I wanted more of the same and waded through poor efforts with captions that read:
"if you liked Fifty Shades of Grey then you'll like...". Of those, there were none that satisfied. Then I discovered Love's Portrait. This book was a wonderful surprise and I absolutely loved Morgan St. Claire and his methodical seductio
Gina Folkersen
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but found a few things about it annoying or unbelievable so I only gave it 3 stars.

Julia's issues with her trust because of her deceased husband were annoying and I just wanted to say "get over it already!" Maybe if Morgan had done something to make her mistrust him it would have been more believable. Also his use of "Christ Jesus!" Was sooo redundant and very annoying. If I were Julia I would have been turned off by this. The ending was a bit hurried and abrupt. I would hav
Truthfully? what kept me reading was the explicit sexual content ;) The storyline was appealing, however Julia's battle with her trust issues was so repetitive throughout the entire story that it just grated on my nerves...yes, her dead husband was an abusive bastard and instilled these feelings of distrust but from the very beginning Morgan was nothing but tender and sweet with her, treating her gently, physically and emotionally, and telling her "I'm not like him" so it didn't make much sense ...more
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Roz is her own woman, finally free from an abusive husband. As an act of defiance, she commissions a nude portrait of herself. No one else is supposed to see it except the artist, herself and her best female friend. However, sometimes fate has other ideas...

Morgan is a successful businessman and a womanizer with a reputation of leaving his handkerchief on the pillow of his past conquests. One of those hankies might draw a tidy sum at an auction for an orphanage, but he will only relinquish a ha
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! It would have been perfect. The story line was a little different. Though the brooding sexy, dangerous looking male, was the same. The grammar starting off was really good. Someone could have proof read it catching any mistakes though the last four or five chapters the grammar and mistakes, misspellings were very frequent. It was like whoever edited this book got really lazy or tired at the end. And I'm no stickler for perfect grammar in ebooks. Though it was so often b ...more
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five was because of the battle they each had over their fear of marriage. While they were legitimate fears, their reasons for them were repeated over and over to the point where it became a bit annoying at times for about the first half of the book. After that the hero resolved his issues, but the heroine continued on for quite a while repeating to herself why she was afraid to remarry. Anyway, characters in novels with ...more
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An award-winning author of spicy historical and paranormal romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today.

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Her historical book awards include the 2011 RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice Award and the 2012 Gayle Wilson Heart of Excellence Award for Pleasure Me .

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