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The Demon Lover
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April 11, 2010
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Kate Collison’s father, a famous miniaturist, is slowly losing his sight, so his daughter agrees to paint the portrait of Baron de Ceteville for him. All hush-hush, of course, because of course women don’t possess the same talent as men.
But the Baron discovers the ruse and, lover of art as he is, agrees to pay their fee, and arranges for Kate to paint his fiancée’s portrait as well, presenting her to the Parisian society, cementing Kate’s reputation as a miniaturist. But the Baron has other plan
I don't particularly like beauty and the beast story lines and I didn't enjoy the book because of it. The hero wasn't very appealing to my senses. The writing is well done and the unconventional un-pc hero was fun for a while, but I wasn't interested in him enough as a hero to really appreciate the book fully. Hopefully I'll have better luck with my next VH. 2.5 stars
Definition time: according to Urban Dictionary: Bodice Ripper is “An historical romance where the heroine has lots of non-consensual sex, which becomes consensual. The book needs to have a gaudy cover with a woman with an extraordinarily long neck, heaving bosoms, and flowing hair, and a brooding man.”

The novel was a good gothic romance novel -- for the first third. The next section begins the "bodice ripper" part of the novel and that's when I stopped reading. Not for me!
May 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
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May 06, 2013 marked it as victoria-holt
Aug 03, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition