Rating: 3/5 stars
Reason for Reading: Many of the characters were college students, and I’m looking for more fiction with main characters in their twenties.
I find myself pretty neutral with this book (hence the rating). Well, first, I should clarify that it’s a novella. So it was a quick read. I was happy to read a story about students in graduate school, so that helped it gain some delightful points. I have noticed that New Adult fiction tends to be centered around romance and sex, which I think is a real shame, but I’ll write a separate post about that one day.
Sienna is in her final year of earning her MFA, an aspiring artists that focuses on digital artwork. She’s in a class with two friends, working on painting human models. There’s this guy Dave who she doesn’t really care for but is part of a famous, prestigious family in the art world: the HighTowers. Dave wants to date her, she agrees to a date and talks about how being with him would be beneficial for her career.
Now enters Erik: incredibly handsome, mysterious, sweet talker, has all the ladies wanting to get into his pants. And he has his eyes set on Sienna.
Now, I don’t expect to love every character. I know that’s not possible. However, I didn’t care much for Sienna. Dave seemed to have some sort of romantic feelings for her (if we go by the crestfallen look he makes when she says she doesn’t for him), but after realizing she didn’t share any feelings for him, she still wanted to “date” him so that his aunt can get her a show. She’s annoyed by a number of his mannerisms, but when Erik shows some similar qualities, she can overlook it. Dave calls Sienna his girlfriend after one date, Sienna is disgusted and sees it as a final straw. Erik calls Sienna his girlfriend after one date and extreme heavy petting, Sienna is thrilled that Erik has shown she’s the only girl for him. And Sienna mentions how she’s overlooking things about Erik that would normally put her off. Her doing this, well, it’s off putting to me.
We don’t learn much about Erik or Harper or her other friend who I forgot her name (seriously, what was it?) or even Dave, in my opinion. Do I blame this on it being a novella, or is it the story itself?
And before I give my final thoughts, Kitsy Clare has written another book titled Private Internship (An Art of Love Book Novel 2) that’s supposed to come out at the end of this month.
Here is the summary on Goodreads:
Sometimes sugar isn’t so sweet and secrets can be deadly…especially with matters of the heart.
Sienna’s bestie, Harper warned her not to intern for famous bad boy artist, Casper Mason. After all, he just fired Harper who helped Sienna get the interview. But the moment Sienna sees Casper—or Caz—sweaty, practically shirtless and swinging from chains as he works on his sculpture, she’s hooked. He’s the richest, hottest artist in New York, and he lives in the fabulous Williamsburg Sugar Factory. But he’s also an incorrigible game-player, who seems to relish testing Sienna’s loyalty with a string of unsettling tests.
She knows she should get away fast. But by the time Sienna sneaks into his locked storage room and begins to unearth his dark and terrifying secret, she’s fallen way too hard for the handsome, charismatic Caz.
Sienna…Harper…Same characters? So, Sienna is going to break up with Erik. So much for that relationship.
Final Thoughts: My attitude toward Sienna is going downhill.
Reading Dates: September 11-14, 2014
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.