A dark and brooding French artist.
An artistic collaboration.
A sizzling hot romance.
Praise for Drawing Lessons ...
"What a sigh-worthy tale! The relationship between Marie and Luc is a slowly growing burn. One that isn't an insta-love relationship, it builds with each lesson, making it much more romantic ... There are twists and turns in this story that one will not expect, which is a delightful surprise. Ms. Gabriel does an amazing job of making the reader want to turn every page and savor it." -- InD'Tale Magazine
"Drawing Lessons is an old fashioned romance with a bucket-load of modern problems. A great read for a chilly autumn night."--Happily Ever After Thoughts Blog
Thirty-year-old Marie Witherspoon has spent her entire life as an accessory to other people's political careers-first her father's, then her husband's. But then her husband-a United States Senator and rising political star in Washington-dumps her for his gossip blogger mistress, and Marie is left to build a new life that has nothing to do with politics or campaigns or keeping up appearances. When her best friend tries to cheer her up with a gift certificate for drawing lessons, Marie expects to rekindle an old hobby. Nothing more than that. She definitely doesn't expect Luc Marchand. Sexy. Gorgeous. Infuriating. French. His teaching methods are unorthodox, to say the least.
It's been twelve long years since professor Luc Marchand's life was shattered by a former student. Forced out of academia, he's walled off his heart and his career. He's been warned about his beautiful new student and her powerful family-but the more he sees her, the more powerless he becomes to resist her.
When the senator calls off the divorce to bolster his re-election prospects, Marie must hatch a plan to gain her freedom once and for all. But Luc has a few secrets of his own ... secrets that ignite a high-stakes political scandal neither Luc nor Marie see coming. As the noose of her former life tightens around her, will Marie find the strength to escape-without walking away from the only person who truly sees her?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Drawing Lessons, Julia Gabriel Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance. Well, I told myself “ no more books Jeannie, not til that list is down” but....the cover on this caught my eye. I’m an artist too as well as a reader, and it just drew me in. I rarely look at covers ( except to avoid any with Barbie pink and swirly gold writing!) but somehow this book wouldn’t leave me, and eventually I gave in and clicked “request”. I am so glad I did!! It’s one of those romances that start slowly, where the reader can see what they think is going on and is urging action – and it doesn't happen. Julia taunts us with promises of what could be, and then we get a second chance when the scene is set up once again. Its fabulous, perfect pacing, realistic romance and characters and a gripping read. First we’re taken along an art journey with Marie and Luc where his teaching methods are at times very... unusual....and at others very realistic. “Draw what you see not what you think you see” is something all students hear at some point. Then her other life, the one where she’s still a Senators wife, intrudes. Her pushy parents want a reconciliation, despite her telling them she doesn’t, how unhappy she was etc. etc. They really are cold people. Poor Julia and thank goodness she had such a great friend in Nishi. No wonder she blossomed under Luc’s warmth and attention – though there was more to their relationship than that, its easy to see how she was in the mind to need someone like him. He’s a real romance hero, good looking, wonderful accent, and of course so full of fabulous and sensual ideas. He’s got a dark past too, and was just perfect in his role. I loved him – who wouldn’t. Just when all’s going well, when she’s basking in Luc’s love the bomb drops, with Richard calling off the divorce. Her parents are ecstatic, she’s commanded to drop Luc by Richard, and the family move everything to get her back into position. Her love and relationship with Luc is passed off as a fling, and she’s dressed up and trotted out for the cameras. She’s trapped, can’t see a way out – she can’t just leave as Richard has shown her through some very dangerous ways that she’s vulnerable, and that he can ruin Luc too. The hallways of Power really are dirty and coming from that background she knows how easy it is to get dirty deeds covered up. How can she leave Luc, but then how can she not when she’s risking his life and career. Its a wonderful read, full of romance and emotion, drama, power plays, and so so believable. One of those that has the reader pondering what they would do, and thinking of ways for Beth to escape ( well that’s me anyway!) Its easy to say Beth should stand up to them but she’s been the dutiful daughter, the dutiful wife for so long and they hold all the aces. She’s trapped and distraught and I wanted to cry with her. Then there’s a sliver of light, a glimmer of hope.... Just when I was able to breathe a sigh of relief and relax for them, Julia gives an intro to the next book and ...dammit... I NEED that one now! Stars: Five, an incredibly moving and realistic romance and one to savour and re read. ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers
I thoroughly enjoyed the primary characters interaction along with their interactions with the public. The story was good editing was good it had a certain something that put it ahead of the crowd you will enjoy it.
This well written romance moved along at a good pace. The characters were interesting and likable. The story was more romantic because the relationship developed over time . I enjoyed reading this book and recommend. This is my first book by this author and I look forward to reading more of her work.