Tuesday, September 8, 2015

More than the Woman in the Photograph

The Woman in the Photograph by Dana Gynther
Gallery Books
August 2015
320 pages
The Woman in the Photograph is a fictionalized account of the life of Lee Miller - famed model who become a photographer in her own right.  Captivated by a photograph, she hunts down the photographer Man Ray for an apprenticeship.  Her beauty, wit, and fledgling knowledge of photography get her not only the apprenticeship but Ray's  romantic interest.
As she develops her skills and even sparks a new technique, Lee realizes that most people only see her as Man Ray's lover -- calling her his assistant when they are being polite. On top of that, Man takes credit for some of her photos and accuses her own feelings ungrateful for all the mentoring and jobs he gave her.  While her resentment increases, Lee starts looking for additional ways to get develop her own career.
Branching out on her own causes distress in her already troubled relationship with Man Ray.  He feels she should be appreciative of being part of the "Man Ray school' and attempts to stifle any outlets he cannot control. He is jealous of her newfound professional and personal contacts and become increasingly troublesome
Plagued with doubt regarding her solo career and her life with Man, Lee finally decides to branch out in both her career and her relationship. Leaving Man's shadow by shooting fashion collections and finally war reporting during World War II leads even Lee to see herself as more than the woman in the photograph.
It was a quick easy read.  Dana Gynther was able to create a fluid novel based that brought all the characters to life.  

**This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.  **

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Master by Kresley Cole
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: February 2015

Catarina Marin needs money now. Enough money to start again on the other side of the country. A random sighting of her estranged husband has her on edge and ready to run. Forced to live under the radar and deal with aplenty of people willing to exploit her, she decides to escort to make some quick cash. Her first "client" is a “drop dead gorgeous” Russian billionaire with mafiya connections. The one problem is she is not the girl he requested from the agency. She doesn't even work for the agency and fulfilled her friend's booking.

Cat only has the most basic idea about escorting and would really be doing anything other than catering to snotty rich dude. Max did not get the woman he booked but decides to go outside his comfort zone.  When Max thinks Cat is trying to trap him, he goes full mafiya on her. Now that she has a husband hunting her and a billionaire mad at her, we get a little more of Cat's back story and see how she ended up in her current situation.  We also learn more about Max and his family and why he reacts to her the way he does.  Gradually, we see them growing on each other and realizing that they have feelings for each other.

The Master was an enjoyable read. It gets sexually explicit very fast. Even though the book is called The Master, it isn't really any bondage or BDSM - basically it's not a 50 shades clone.  Compared to the pacing of the rest of the book, the ending seemed a little rushed. Granted the main male character being a billionaire helped the action along as he would have money to get all the loose ends tied up quickly.

Just a note, this is actually the second book in The Game Maker series and has spoilers of the first book in the series. You might want to read the first book to avoid being spoiled and have a full scope of the series.  Although based on the snippet in the book, the first book seems like a pretty good story of its own.

This review copy was provided by the publisher.