Artistic personalities make grand heroes and heroines.
Here are some wonderful Painters from Historical Romance for you to enjoy.
1. The Duke Of Shadows by Meredith Duran
Sick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiance's betrayal leaves Emma no choice. She must turn for help to the one man whom she should not trust, but cannot resist: Julian Sinclair, the dangerous and dazzling heir to the Duke of Auburn.
To the marble halls of London...
In London, they toast Sinclair with champagne. In India, they call him a traitor. Cynical and impatient with both worlds, Julian has never imagined that the place he might belong is in the embrace of a woman with a reluctant laugh and haunted eyes. But in a time of terrible darkness, he and Emma will discover that love itself can be perilous - and that a single decision can alter one's life forever.
Destiny follows wherever you run.
A lifetime of grief later, in a cold London spring, Emma and Julian must finally confront the truth: no matter how hard one tries to deny it, some pasts cannot be disowned...and some passions never die.
2. Beyond Seduction by Emma Holly
To avoid marriage, Merry Vance has concocted a sinfully scandalous scheme: to pose for Nicolas Craven, London's most sought-after artist. No man in his right mind would marry a woman who posed nude for this notorious rogue.
But Nicolas has his own plans for the fiesty young woman. And Merry has no idea how hot it can get in an artist's studio.
3. The Truth About Love by Stephanie Laurens
Gerrard Debbington, Vane Cynster's brother-in-law, is one of London's most eligible gentlemen. Uninterested in marriage, his driving passion is to paint the fabled gardens of Lord Tregonning's Hellebore Hall -- an opportunity that is now at hand...if Gerrard agrees to create an honest portrait of Tregonning's daughter as well.
Gerrard chafes at wasting his talents on some simpering miss, only to discover that Jacqueline Tregonning stirs him as no other. Certainly, she is beautiful, but it is her passionate nature that strikes sparks with Gerrard's own, igniting desire and sweeping them into each other's arms, convincing Gerrard that he has found his ideal soul mate -- the lady he must have as his wife.
But something is horribly wrong at Hellebore Hall. Evil and lies are reaching out to ensnare Jacqueline -- and Gerrard will have to move Heaven and Earth to protect the remarkable woman who, for him, personifies the truth about love...
4. Portrait of a Lover by Julianne MacLean
A picture of deception . . .
Annabelle Lawson knew nothing about the breathtaking stranger she met on the train—only that he'd make an ideal model for the budding young artist . . . and that she desired him more than she believed possible. But after she'd been seduced, she learned that she'd also been betrayed.
The man she thought she loved was really Magnus Wallis—a scoundrel like his father before him, the loathed cousin of Annabelle's benefactor, the honorable Earl of Whitby.
A landscape of love . . .
No longer the naively romantic girl who would tumble for a rogue, Annabelle cannot avoid a reunion with the despicable Magnus, who wants to include her portraits in his new London gallery. She means to show him her coldest face—but upon seeing him again, her every intention melts from the heat of his touch. It is clear that Magnus still burns with love for her. But is he still the villain he once was, or can he be reformed into a man Annabelle can dare to love
5. A Most Unconventional Match by Julia Justiss
Hal Waterman's calling on the newly widowed Elizabeth Lowery is the caring act of a gentleman. And with her household in turmoil and a young son to support, she is certainly grateful for his help. Hal finds Elizabeth even more lovely than when they first met, but knows that she will only ever see him as a kind and often taciturn friend.
Elizabeth finds comfort and companionship in Hal's caring of her. But then a tantalizing desire starts to simmer. His reassuring strength and presence have become so very attractive…so alluring….
6. Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley
Lady Isabella Scranton scandalized London by leaving her husband, notorious artist Lord Mac Mackenzie, after only three turbulent years of marriage. But Mac has a few tricks to get the Lady back in his life, and more importantly, back into his bed.
7. The Portrait by Megan Chance
The reigning master of the New York art world, Jonas Whitaker was brilliant and compelling, a man of dark passions and uncontrollable emotions. Terrified of his own dangerous nature, and scarred by the horror of his past, he hid behind his talent in a world of glittering emptiness--until Imogene Carter pushed her way into his life.
He discounted her on sight, seeing her as a colorless, fragile woman with no spirit and less talent. He could send her running with a word--and he intended to do just that.
But Imogene was not so easily frightened. She came to Jonas to learn from a master, and learn she would-everything he could teach her. She wanted his artist's secrets and his brilliant passion. She wanted to be swept up in his seductive, forbidden world.
Until she saw the terrible price he paid for his talent.
And realized it was impossible to catch a shooting star without being burned....
8. An Invitation to Sin by Suzanne Enoch
Seven marriageable daughters . . . And Lord Zachary Griffin is just the man to help them.
After all, what could be more tantalizing than teaching the beautiful Witfeld sisters all the special ways of driving a man into submission—and marriage? And leading exquisite Caroline Witfeld, the most spirited and least frivolous sister, to temptation would be wildly delicious.
Zachary doesn't realize that Caroline's longing gazes have less to do with attraction and more to do with admission—to a prestigious arts conservatory. If only she could set those high cheekbones, that aristocratic brow, and those powerful shoulders to canvas, her dreams would all come true. But Caroline is soon having dreams of a very different sort—ones that involve the charming rogue and some improper behavior hardly befitting a lady dedicated to her art . . .unless she becomes dedicated to the art of love.
9. About Adam by Stella Cameron
Adam Chillworth is a hard man. The mysterious and talented portrait artist of 7C Mayfair Square is passionately in love with Princess Desiree, though he has consistently refused her ardent adoration, convinced that he's too old and too worldly for her. And he is, after all, only a commoner.
But Desiree—returning after months away nursing a broken heart—has a plan. She'll show him that she has matured, that she's no longer given to childish infatuations. She'll treat him as an old friend. How unfortunate that each time she's with him she imagines passionate encounters.
But while audacious Desiree is pursuing the Plan, ruthless enemies from Adam's secret past are closing in on him, placing them both in desperate peril. As he fights with cool and deadly skill, Desiree discovers that Adam Chillworth is a dangerous man. Dangerous to hate—and to love.
10. Prelude to Heaven by Laura Lee Guhrke
Many in London society envy Tess Ridgeway, Countess of Aubry, for having snared the handsomest, most charming man in England, but after two years of marriage to the volatile earl, Tess knows there’s nothing charming about her husband and nothing to envy about her hellish marriage. Desperate, afraid for her own life and that of her unborn child, Tess manages to escape, fleeing to the southern coast of France, where she collapses, ill and exhausted, in the garden of the reclusive artist, Alexandre Dumond.
Alexandre, who savagely guards his privacy, resents this fire-haired beauty that Fate has brought to his doorstep. But he can’t turn his back on her, and when she proposes that he hire her as his housekeeper, Alexandre reluctantly lets her into his solitary world. There, they find an unexpected haven in each other’s arms, but will it last forever? Or will the dark secrets harbored by both of them tear their love apart?
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