Stunning New Release From LM Halloran

Title: Art of Sin
Series: Illusions Duet #1
Author: L.M. Halloran
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 7, 2019


Gideon Masters is a wild god.

Worshipped for his bold paintings as much as his divine looks, he’s the art world’s biggest celebrity. Under normal circumstances our paths would never cross.

But when his extracurricular activities threaten a high-profile business deal, I’m forced to take him as a client. My task: keep him out of the tabloids for six months.

But Gideon doesn’t want a publicist. He wants a new muse.

As I fall deeper under his sinful spell, a lifetime of secrets and carefully crafted lies unravels. Too late, I remember the truths they protect:

I am already someone’s masterpiece.

And the original artist wants me back.

My Review

A review is supposed to be about the book and the skill of the author who wrote it. This author always delivers authentic, endearing, multi-faceted characters and an evocative, poignant storyline, but after reading the last word of this one, I’m at a loss like I’ve never been before upon finishing a book. Confused. Dazed. Dumbfounded. Gob smacked. Awed. So yes, that’s about me, but it's a reflection of this book and the author's talent. 

This is the part where I usually tell potential readers a little about the characters. Deirdre is a publicist and Gideon is an artist, and also Deirdre's latest unruly, complicated client. But these descriptions are only a cheap mask or flimsy garments adorning these two characters. It’s like describing a tsunami as a gentle wave or a category four hurricane as a refreshing summer breeze. 

Both are profoundly complex and deceptively deep, but with Gideon, the depth of his still waters and his ability to see beyond the faรงade and break through walls make it easy to love the man behind the devil-may-care attitude, ruthlessness and bad behavior. Deirdre has survived things no animal should have to endure, much less a young girl. She has her past firmly locked away and has created a strong, successful woman since those days. Gideon puts some dents in her armor, but when the past intrudes, Deirdre finds out how fragile the ephemeral illusion she's created really is. She's beautifully, devastatingly broken and holds tightly to that girl who was unworthy of love, but Gideon sees beyond her barriers to the depth of her soul and the precious gem she truly is. 

If the amount of highlights in the read copy is any indicator of a book's brilliance, this one is easily worthy of five stars. If the beauty, depth, complexity and poetry of the words is a gauge, it’s worthy of far more than that. Halloran always gives us characters who are equally devastated and devastating, but she broke the mold with Deirdre and Gideon. They have so many layers, and their story has such depths, that even reading it a dozen times, I may not uncover all there is to learn, understand and experience. Deirdre and Gideon are truly unforgettable. Their dark story to this point lacks the typical hearts and flowers, and this book ends on a heartbreaking low, but that just sets up the next book to be even more phenomenal. These characters will live forever in my heart, and I can’t wait to read their stunning conclusion! 

You absolutely don't want to miss Gideon and Deirdre's story. Grab it and start reading so you'll be ready for Sin of Love, their unbelievable conclusion, available March 28th.  This one will blow your mind!!  And don't forget to scroll down for a fantastic giveaway.  Until next time, dear reader 

Much love between the covers,


*See my other reviews here.

Purchase Links

99c for release week ONLY!!


Free in Kindle Unlimited

Coming Soon

Releasing March 28, 2019


Author Bio

When not writing or reading, the author enjoys walking barefoot, subjecting her husband to questionable recipes, and chasing her spirited toddler. She's a rabid fan of coffee, moon-gazing, and small dogs that resemble Ewoks. Home is San Diego, CA, but her heart lives in Portland.

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