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Stroke of Genius (English Edition) par [Marlowe, Mia]
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Crispin Hawke, a brilliant sculptor, is revered by the ton. His works are celebrated in every fashionable parlor. And tales of his fiery bed skills whispered behind every fashionable fan.


Grace Makepeace is determined to wed a titled lord, but her Bostonian bluntness leaves much to be desired among the well-heeled London crowd. So to gain their acceptance, she commissions the incomparable Crispin Hawke—and asks for love lessons on the side.


Crispin agrees to school Grace in flirting and the delights of the flesh. But when she catches the eye of a marquess, he realizes maybe he’s done his job a little too well. And suddenly he knows Grace is the one masterpiece he cannot bear to be parted from.


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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good buildup but not the best in closure 3 juin 2017
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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While it has a bit of misogynistic hero who is very much an ass he returns himself later in the story and the heroine isn't a simpering moron but a thoughtful inquisitive American who goes after what she wants. These two together make an interesting blend with lots of sexual tension.
However the ending felt rushed and doesn't provide the type of closure you need. Especially with the deplorable offer of the other suitors. One of whom is basically forgiven without much thought for even thinking to contrive such a proposal and he basically goes alright when his plan falls flat. Not to mention that glimpses into the hero's pay which while rounds him out also falls flat in purpose since he never shares it with anyone so they were out of place and didn't provide any balance to the story. Overall the book missed a bit of balance and some rounding out of the characters but was still entertaining in a way.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful Historical Romance...Loved It! 7 mai 2013
Par JMAuthor - Publié sur
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I really enjoy reading books set in London during the ton. I find their ways to very prim and proper and yet, there is always so much lust and secret loving going on. I cannot imagine how much really went on during that time, but it is amazing the stories that come about.

I love the relationship between Grace and Crispin. There are sparks and much like other books, Crispin is the rake. This time, though, there is a unique angle to it... he isn't noble one bit. He is an artist. There's also a slim element of fantasy in that each have dreams that come true. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but I just loved that tiny aspect.

I loved that Grace was real and didn't take too well to being treated as an object. I also loved that they each saw the other for their true selves. And of course, I love when romance blossoms no matter how hard the H/H try not to allow it.

Beautiful historical romance. I really enjoyed it!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A light romance with likeable characters. Steamy. Easy to read. 26 novembre 2013
Par Reading as much as I can - Publié sur
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Grace Makepeace is the daughter of an American 'laborer' (meaning that her dad made his riches from working and is not of noble blood) she is in England because her mother is set on marrying Grace into a title.
Her mother commissions the famous artist, Crispin Hawke into sculpting Grace's hands.

Crispin is a 'commoner' who has been able to launch himself into becoming the most sought after artist in the Ton. He is not fatuous around them, instead he is arrogant and rude - which fans the fervor of his illusive and exclusive reputation.

The story launches into their attraction and the dilemna of how Crispin, a confirmed bachelor, falls in love with Grace, whose mother is committed to marrying her off to a titled man.
There are interesting plot twists and evil villains (not super evil, more annoying and rude).
This story has a nice happy ending. Has many steamy scenes - lots of chemistry between these two.
I loved Grace's dad. The rich American who doesn't buy into England's superficial need to elevate those that are born into a title, but don't do any work. He isn't rude, just a good guy.
The mother is also not a parody of the annoying, cloying mother that will throw her daughter at anyone with a title.

Crispin is a mix of the confirmed bachelor, pinch of alpha-male, hurt and insecure child, sex god and unconventional artist. He is the most interesting character of them all.
Grace is independent, sometimes insecure due to her height, sexually curious and interesting.
They both seem to be perfectly suited and you want to see them end up together. You can see how Grace 'chips away'at Crispin's hard exterior and eventually he gives himself completely to her.

This is definitely a 'light' romance novel. The storyline is interesting, but there is not enough depth to the characters to make it super remember able. Just when you scratch the surface of the main characters (and also the other characters), the book ends. And it does end abruptly. You feel a little cheated that you invested the time to read the book, with the ending equivalent to books that are written in a series that force you to scramble to read the next book. Leaving you a bit unsatisfied as well.

If I could make a recommendation to the author, it would be to have made the book a bit longer, to allow for greater character development b/c they truly are interesting. Richard almost could use his own book. Was finding myself wishing for him to get his HEA as well. The storyline of Crispin's past definitely could have been drawn out a bit more. More developed. The 'big reveal' was a bit lame and soggy.

The four stars according to amazon, is "I like it". I didn't love it. I did like it. Enjoyable.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good but Not Great (Minor Spoiler Alert) 18 mai 2013
Par Read2live_luv2read - Publié sur
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This book has a lot of potential. It's a decent story, but there are defects that detract from it overall. There are a few errors in the editing which could be easily overlooked. But there was/is an error in character name as well (our heroine Grace Makepeace was referred to as Grace Upshall at one point). These little things would have been excusable, but there was another annoyance that I found more than a little distracting. The chapters began with little quotes from "Pygmalion." If they'd been attributed to the story the heroine was somehow rewriting, it would have been appropriate, however, I don't think enough attention was spent illustrating this talent in the heroine, and it was supposedly a key trait of hers. In my opinion, something worthy enough to draw notice as a plot device should have been more than a passing mention in one line in an early chapter. But that is something every reader must judge for herself or himself. And another thing I found distracting...I found myself taking the time to go and actually read "Pygmalion" after gaining more interest in the quotes at every chapter beginning. For that reason the quotes detracted rather than enhanced the story for me. And the worst part to me was the truly disconnected blunt ending. Like climbing to a dizzying high summit expecting a thrilling, free fall ski slope and instead finding a plateau into a bunny slope on the other side of the climax. I found myself wondering what happened the interesting dowager marchioness and to Lord Dorset (both were more likable the more you saw of them and yet not given their proper due for resolution). I would love to know what happened to Richard and his practically mad mama, and also I was curious to know what became of Claudette and Brice Wykeham.
I will keep an eye on Ms. Marlowe's other work in the hope of finding out what became of the rest of this tale.
I would have given three and a was better than three but really not a solid four, but I gave the benefit of the doubt mainly because of the interesting characterizations. I genuinely liked Grace Makepeace, her bluntness was more genuine, unlike the way some blunt characters come across sometimes. And let me say that I liked the hero Crispin Hawke, but he was not as complete to me as he could have been. His disability wasn't harped upon, and yet it wasn't given fair description or explanation either. And the flashbacks to his youth were not developed far enough to give them authenticity as a characterization in general. I liked his dialogue more than I liked him. What I loved about Crispin (the aforementioned hero) was his sexual prowess on the page. And I actually applauded Ms. Marlowe's turn of phrase at one point with the line, "...she felt as if her heart had dropped to her pelvic floor." I actually found that a splendid way of putting to words that feeling we gals get when a guy lights our fire, so to speak. Bravo! In fact, the love scenes alone were worth a star and a half for me on their own merit. Real words, but delicately put when soft and tender was the intention, while graphic and clever when it wasn't! My real love of this work was the well-written love scenes.

In summary, if you don't mind a few mishaps with grammar and spelling (not the English usages, but misused words, SVA, and some minor typos) and you enjoy witty dialogue and very well written love scenes, this book is worth a look.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 a different love story 4 juillet 2013
Par Sheiglagh - Publié sur
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Historical romances has a tendency to be formulaic. But STROKE OF GENIUS stands out for many reasons, one of them being it is two stories in one and both are being told alongside each other.

An American heiress, Grace Makepeace went to London to find a titled husband due to the insistence of her mother who has blood ties with the English aristocracy. With her quest for acceptance by the haute monde, Grace's mother commissioned the notorious Crispin Hawke, favorite artist of the English aristocracy, who through his genius in art is accepted everywhere. Using his considerable influence, Crispin was able to get Grace invited at Almacks.

Emerging triumphant at Almacks should have been the height of Grace's success. But other forces were at play and Grace, together with her parents, Crispin Hawke and the Marquess of Dorset were in danger of being the center of the season's biggest scandal.

A great read! The characters are real and endearing.

Rated M of Mature due to sexual content
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