Thursday, March 31, 2011

Her Captive Muse

Title: Her Captive Muse
Author: Indigo Skye
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-60592-238-6
Genre: {M/F} {M/M} BDSM
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rogue Satyr

Brendan is a young, down on his luck, street punk with a habit. He answers a newspaper ad for a model to get some cash to feed his addiction. Morgan, a rich and famous artist, sees something she likes in Brendan. She gives him more money than promised, telling him she knows what it is like to be down on your luck. She also invites him into the main part of her house so he can warm up after being naked in her cold studio for hours. She gives him the first real meal he’s had in weeks. One thing leads to another and they find themselves in each other’s arms in her nice warm bed having sex. Has Brendan finally found what he is searching for? Can both of them keep their dark pasts from ruining things? Does Morgan want Brendan as a lover or just as her latest muse to help her painting?

Her Captive Muse is well written and has very complicated and believable characters. There are some very sweet scenes showing this. Early in the book, after their first sexual encounter, Morgan wakes up to find Brendan gone. She starts crying uncontrollably, thinking another man has taken advantage of her. She walks into the kitchen after smelling burning eggs. Brendan is there trying to make her breakfast in bed. She starts crying even harder.

She loves tying beautiful young men up in her bed, playing with them, sometimes using a riding crop, and then getting the canvases out and start painting them, leaving them helplessly chained until she is finished.

I liked Brendan a lot, a stray who is trying to survive his drug abuse and just wishes he can keep on the straight and narrow. I liked Morgan at first, but she becomes so unpredictable I began to wonder about her sanity. The sweet scenes at the start of the book are slowly replaced by darker more sinister scenes. The story finally takes a direction I wasn’t expecting, down a dark and depressing path.

This is really a book of how an artist can end up loving their art more than they can any person, even themselves. Art has consumed Morgan and causes her to try and do the same to Brendan, even though she loves him. Morgan is as much an addict to her art as Brendan is to drugs. Brendan sees what is going on, and despite his love for her, is sick of her mind games and tries to leave. However, he keeps returning to Morgan, like his mother did to his abusive father.

I like Her Captive Muse, but it is dark and slightly depressing. It says some unpleasant things about art and artists. It is full of heavy drug use that many might find objectionable. It has a scene with some light M/M elements. There is also violence and a big reveal that may upset many. Those wanting a happily ever after ending need to look elsewhere.

I also have to comment on the cover. Artist Fiona Jayde has done an amazing job, and has to be commended on a fantastic piece of art.

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