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Love is blind, but fate sees everything

The Girl in the Painting, an all-new standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Max Monroe, is available now!

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Ansel Bray, an artist known around the world for his tragic hiatus from the canvas.

Ansel Bray, a broody, handsome man not known by me, at all.

Long dark hair, blue eyes, and dimpled cheeks. I’ve never met her, but her image is imprinted in my mind. An angel muse who inspires me to paint again.

There is something about him. Something that spurs a need to be as close to him as possible. A need to find out why.

There is something about her. Something that draws me in. Something that urges me to find out what her presence means.

Why does the girl in his painting look so much like me?

Who is this girl, and why can I see her so vividly?

I shouldn’t fall in love with him.

I shouldn’t fall in love at all.

But fate plays her hand.

But fate has other plans.

The lines of my life will blur.

The needs of my heart will change.

What a beautiful mess we’ve made.


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My Review

I was pulled in from the start with the wonderful intro that sets up for terrific romance with some intrigue. It was fairly obvious from the beginning where the story was going but it was the journey to building an intriguing love story. I loved the sexy, broody artist, Ansel and his rock star brother. Their relationship was full of snark and brotherly love. Ansel’s seemingly charmed life changed in a flash and then the miracle happened which lead him to Indy, his muse. Like the guys, Indy and sis Lily are terrific characters. Opposites but really lovable. It took awhile to get to the full story of Indy’s tragedy and the tie to Ansel. Oh, the push/pull. The twist was not a surprise and definitely requires a suspension of reality. Still, I was cruising along and loving it until about halfway when our couple is getting to know each other and it was emotional and angsty. I thought okay, they are YA characters and it’s expected. Then I said whoo, WTF, these are two thirty-plus adults. I mean Ansel is thirty four/five! For me, the cutesy was eye rolling. The behaviors, actions and conversations between Ansel and Indy at this point were immature for their age, their life experiences, and their career achievements. Annoyance aside, the story had me and I wanted the ending even if I knew the “surprise.” I will say that through all the angst and emotion Ansel’s treatment and care of Indy was a thing of beauty. I don’t know how she didn’t see what was staring right at her! I liked the writing, the fabulous characters and I can even go with the far-reaching scenario but the age vs actions thing was off putting for me. Hope we get stories for Bram and Lily.

About Max Monroe:

A secret duo of romance authors team up under the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling pseudonym Max Monroe to bring you sexy, laugh-out-loud reads.

Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than ten contemporary romance titles. Favorite writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half. This is their most favorite adventure thus far.

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