on May 17th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Staci Hart’s latest offering is a wonderful story about a meek scholar, Hyo-Rin Van de Meer, starting her internship at the Met and finding herself on a completely unexpected path. Set primarily in New York city and focusing on the planning of an upcoming exhibit managed by museum curator Court Lyons, Piece of work is about taking risks and making second chances happen
Told in alternating points of view, we get a good sense of who Rin is and what Court is all about. Rin really stole my heart. She’s a complex character going through a massive amount of change, both physically and emotionally. With a clothes and lipstick makeover, Rin really comes into herself and her confidence builds from that. She develops moxie and boy does she own it. This allows her to explore feelings for a certain museum curator, one who recognizes Rins’ knowledge and wit.OK
“But the stimulation of my mind was more dangerous than the one of my body. Bodies could be satisfied easily. Minds couldn’t. And hearts were impossible to slake.”
Court is a enigma. On one hand he’s an Alpha, who turns Rin’s research time into something all together different. On the other hand, when it comes to love he doesn’t trust himself, or anyone else. love is simply not for him. He suffers from something akin to PTSD as he’s been betrayed in one of the worst ways. It makes him a little indecisive and he wavers. His trust in it has been shattered and he’s simply never been inspired to move past the past.
“Trust. Such a simple word, one that I’d once believed might save me. If he trusted me, maybe he could love me. If I trusted him, maybe I wouldn’t feel so lost. And I couldn’t answer, not with words. So I kissed him instead and hoped.”
There’s plenty of tension, with adversaries from within and without. Yes, sometimes we are our own worst enemies and it takes a big shove from friends (Rin’s tribe is amazing – hoping for each one get their own book). How quickly it was that I looked for a certain confidence inspiring lipstick. Another fantastic read by Staci Hart!
~Review by Cyndi
Trust was the big theme for me in this book; trust in oneself, trust in others, and trust that things will work out. Hart did an impeccable job researching and including pieces of knowledge from the art world so that when Rin and Court spoke, it felt like we were truly delving into art academia rather than having a few factoids thrown at us.
Here’s another parallel to the art world: Rin’s last name is Van De Meer and she’s half Dutch, like the artist Johannes Vermeer. As I got to know Rin, she reminded me of Griet in the movie Girl with a Pearl Earring. They are shy girls on the verge of becoming women, looking for the strength within themselves and learning to trust themselves and others while navigating the world around them.
As much as I liked Rin and her transformation (hello butterfly), I never really got a good feel for Court. He was very closed off, distrustful, and made it hard to connect with…much like the character of Johannes Vermeer. Suffice to say, she stole the show as she exhibited her newfound strength and confidence.
I give this 4 of 5 stars.
~ Review by Loredana
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About the Staci
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.
From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.
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