Tuesday, January 22, 2013

VBT: Review ~Zane's Art by Sara Daniel


High school art teacher Julianne Truman's last chance to save her beloved art department from budget cuts is to sell the old sketches that her former boyfriend—and now famous artist—Zane DeMonde drew for her. But is she prepared to let go of his artwork and the last traces of him in her life?

Desperate to save his artistic reputation from the exposure of his early works, Zane returns to the home town he wanted to forget. He accuses Julianne of profiting from his success and demands she take his art off the market and cancel the auction.

Their high school attraction flares back to life, forcing Julianne to choose between the students who count on her and the man she never stopped loving.

Title: Zane’s Art

Author: Sara Daniel

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance

Published by Musa Publishing

Released on October 19, 2012

Heat Level: Steamy

Word Count: 9,500

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“Cancel the auction.”

Julianne Truman’s head snapped around at the hard male voice. The stapler fell from her hand and cracked open on the floor, as she caught sight of the extraordinary face that went with the voice. Her knees shook as she climbed down the ladder. She hadn’t faced Zane DeMonde in nearly fifteen years. At one time she’d believed he’d be part of every single day of her future.

“Zane, I didn’t expect you to come.” She stepped toward him. His black hair was a little shorter than the last time she’d seen him, but at shoulder length it was still far longer than most men’s. Gone were the black hoodie and ripped jeans of his youth. Now he wore chinos and a sharply pressed blue button-down shirt, open at the neck.

The dark storms in his cobalt blue eyes were exactly the same as the day he’d walked away from her. “Cancel the auction. The sketches and painting are not for sale.”

She swallowed. “I own them. If I choose to sell them, that’s my business.” And it was breaking her heart to part with the only piece of him that she’d been able to hang onto all these years.

“When they have my name on them and you’re getting rich off me, it’s my business.”

Getting rich was so far from the truth Julianne would have laughed if her chest weren’t so tight. “It’s an honor to have you back in town.” At least her students would think so. Her brother would likely burst an artery. And she—well, she couldn’t even begin to process the mix of emotions she was feeling. “Do you have a minute to talk? I can explain what’s going on.”

“I know what’s going on.”

She hoped he couldn’t hear how hard her heart was hammering or sense how desperately she longed to wrap her arms around him and pick up where they left off fifteen years ago, as if he’d never left her. “Then you know that the arts are at the bottom of the school district’s priority list. To have supplies for the classroom, to restore the school mural, to give my students a chance to explore different mediums, the art program needs an alternate source of funding.”

“You’re the Dentonville High art teacher?”

She couldn’t help feeling defensive at his derisive tone. “Yes, and I love my job.”

“Do you? Or have you never moved beyond your high school life?”

About the Author:                                                                     

Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance and captivating small-town drama. She writes to entertain and to give people hope and a belief that everything can and will turn out happily ever after. On the personal side, Sara is a frazzled chauffeur, chef, personal assistant and slave to her children. She's crazy about country music and the drama of NASCAR. She has her own happily-ever-after romance with her hero husband. In addition to Zane’s Art, she is also the author of Construction Beauty Queen, The Wiccan Haus: Psychic Lies, The Wiccan Haus: A Man Worth Fighting For, Mr. Forever, More Than a Fantasy, and Wyatt’s Guilt (sequel to Zane’s Art).

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My Thoughts:

This book was pretty quick and I really liked the premise. Zane DeMonde is a famous artist who  was Julianne's boyfriend once upon a time. She has never stopped loving him but feels like she needs to part with the sketches that he drew for her. She wants to raise money for the failing art program at her school and auctioning of her treasures is the only way she knows how to get enough money and attention.

The attraction between these two smolders from the beginning till the end.

 Those looking for a quick steamy book to read may want to give this one a try.

I received a copy of this book from CBLS in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  1. +JMJ+

    I love the premise, too! It reminds me a tiny bit of The Gift of the Magi. =) I wonder whether Zane also kept something of Julianne's all those years or had to part with a treasure of his own as well.

    Anyway, I'm glad that the rest of the story, based on your review, also turned out great. =)

    1. I can't believe I forgot the question! Sorry!

      If Zane had a treasure it didn't say. I would guess that she was his treasure and he very much regretted leaving her.

    2. +JMJ+

      That's okay. =) It was easy enough to respond to the review and what you've shared of the book.

      Just out of curiosity, though, what would the question have been?

    3. I would have asked if you've ever kept a keepsake from a failed relationship and if so do you still have it?

    4. +JMJ+

      Interesting question! =D Actually, yes, I have kept something: a poem that an old beau wrote for me. I normally don't believe in hanging on to keepsakes from failed relationships and get rid of everything but books and CDs (because I don't like messing up my collections), but it just seemed wrong to toss that poem in the trash.

    5. I would have kept it too!

      I have a ring (not the important kind) from an old beau that I kept. Other than that nada.

      I met my husband early so I kept him. He's the only treasure that I needed (until my kids of course)!

  2. i love the premise too, it really attract the readers ( and yes he has the rights as the painter to decide if those drawing can be sold or not ^^;;) he seem to be quite imbu of himself from the excerpt oh he snap at her immediately

  3. Awesome!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  4. This sounds like a good book, thanks for sharing and for the excerpt!