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Katie's Art of Seduction Paperback – Sep 1 2005
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Katie Wallace's schedule at Coffee Breaks allows her to earn a living and still have time to pursue her love of painting. When her boss and friend convinces her to display one of her self-portraits in the shop window, she is apprehensive, but elated when it sells--until she meets the portrait owner.
Katie finds herself captivated by Cain, the tall, mysterious man who lurks in the shadows and is obsessed with her self-portrait. And Cain is even more intrigued by Katie, as he discovers her painting is not nearly as sensual as the woman herself.
Cain's mesmerizing and commanding personality entices Katie into the shadows with him. But Katie is equally determined to uses all her artistry to seduce him back into the light of day with her.
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Katie Wallace is a sweet and reclusive artist working in a small coffe and pastry shop. With no family left, she depends a lot on her boss Lucas for familial support. Lucas displays a self-portrait of Katie in his shop window and it's not long before the shy artist's likeness is snatched up by an eager buyer. Cain Benjamin brings new meaning to the word reclusived and the dark brooding man is becoming more and more obsessed with the painting's subject. Determined to meet the woman in the painting, he follows Katie home one night from work. Part of the night, mysterious and dangerously cold at times, Cain nevertheless persues Katie with all the passion and emotion he feels capable of. But will his scarred past keep him from commiting to the beautiful and honest Katie, who has just as much at stake in their relationship? She's set on bringing Cain into the light with her, no matter the cost to her heart.
I loved this book in the beginning. It's very much a beauty and the beast type story. Cain's obvious pain and torment were heartbreaking to read about. I felt so much sympathy for his character, but also felt he couldn't have had it any better with a heroine like Katie. Passionate, caring and loyal, she's almost too good for the cold and detached man Cain often was. And that was the problem I ran into. I was waiting and waiting for Cain to quit being such a jerk at times, but he became so wrapped up in his pain and misery that he couldn't see what was right in front of him. Personally, I came to feel like he didn't deserve Katie, even after they reconciled. If you love dark brooding romances with sexy, but somewhat bent heros, pick up a copy and enjoy. I ended up disappointed in the hero though and it kind of ruined the rest of the book for me. I think the book may have been better, for me, if it had been longer and therefore given a better chance for the main characters to reach a more believable resolution. Three and a half stars for a wonderful heroine and very good first half.
Well...along comes Katie who has become an object of his desire and lust due to a self-portrait of her that he purchased from the coffee shop she works in. Of course she becomes his current challenge to get her into bed. However, he hasn't ever encountered someone like Katie - she meets him head on in his sexual whims and desires but she is also a pure loving soul who sees past his deformity. She's not out to get anything from him except his love. In the first half of the story, I was a little taken aback by how easily Katie fell into his sexual wishes so soon and sudden. Cain came across a bit like a stalker, lurking in the night - but it was understood that he preferred the darkness of the night so he could hide his deformity. He also came across as hot and cold and it was puzzling to Katie.
Of course since he doesn't believe he is deserving of her love, he initially pushes her away with cruel and cold words. But credit has to be given to Katie - she didn't slink away or let his mean words push her away..initially. I kept thinking that if someone said those means things to me, I would have been gone in a flash. But because she didn't let his words push her away, he started to see the relationship in a different light. But of course his demons kept coming out and eventually it did accomplish in pushing her away.
The second half of the story was simply a realization. It takes a true love to take you out of the darkness and into the light...but only if you can see it in yourself that you are worthy of being loved. Love isn't easy - when you find that love you have to hold on. And that's what Cain comes to realize in the end. The book started off with light BDSM and turned into a deeper story of love.
Cain was just a jerk, and Katie had to just take his abuse, and with a smile in order for there to be any possibility that they could ever work out.
If you like books about disfigured, cruel, vendictive, emotionally retarded men this is for you. If not keep on looking.
Aside from some of the stupid things that went on in this relationship, the hero had this way of blackmailing the heroine that I did not like. Also he's a poopyhead :P
But to sum up, the book is overwritten, and the main characters defy belief. Would not recommend.