It’s not often contemporary romance merges with history so flawlessly. We don’t simply fall in love once — but twice. Two breathtaking plots fuse at the seams to create a focused, elaborate story. We follow Brenna and Fitch on their journey to Spain and learn of secrets and a deep love expressed vividly through art. Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan are masters of sculpting mystery, longing and that captivating bond all of us crave in romance.
Brenna Anderson is intrigued by a series of paintings of The Siren — more like obsessed! The Siren has been her primary focus throughout her erotic art career. But conservative donors have taken the reins at the university she lectures at and Brenna is under pressure to dilute her teachings to more “favorable” topics. She makes a wild decision to hunt down her inspiration, only to run into Fitch Wilder, an art hunter. There is already bad juju between these two. One is educated and polished, while the other is rugged and devilishly reckless. Their mutual passion for The Siren is the start of their bond, and together they travel to Catalonia, Spain, in hopes of finding answers. They learn the story of The Siren, how she came to be, and the unbreakable bond she had with her lover, The Artist, all while battling the love they surprisingly feel for each other. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jun., 384 pp., $16.99)