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Publisher's Summary

Jeffrey Kuyper was a once-in-a-generation talent and I was his muse.

Jeffrey's death shocked the art world and upended my life. His last portrait is an intimate reminder of our final weeks together. Now it's up for auction and I want it more than anything. When a cold-mannered man in a dark suit outbids me, I'll agree to anything to buy it from him - even a weekend in his bed.

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©2013 Vanessa North (P)2015 Vanessa North

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The premise was great but the execution was poor!

Oliver Conklin inspired renowned artist / dom / lover, Jeffrey Kuyper to create amazing, explicit artworks until Jeffrey’s untimely death. Oliver has not moved on and competes for Jeffrey’s art at auction with the mysterious Dark Collector. When Jeffrey loses, the Dark Collector offers him the artwork in exchange for a weekend of sex. Neither anticipate the feelings that develop. What a let down! This could easily have been a much better story if there were fewer sex scenes and the ones that were there were longer, more involved, with more anticipatory build up - they were all over so quickly and perfunctorily! Did this book want to be romance or erotica - it couldn’t decide so didn’t do either genre justice. Toby Trail narrated the audio well but couldn’t paper over the cracks.

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  • AudioBookHoe
  • 20-04-2019

a great quick read!

I tried this book as a recommendation so wasn't sure what to expect. It was made brilliant by the narrator. He really captured the 26 yr old submissive who'd just love his Dominant in a car accident and was mourning his loss. His Dom was an artist, and he was the subject of much of his art. Since they hadn't married, he was willing to go broke to win his last piece at an auction. Unfortunately, a rich man buys it and upon asking for it back, the man offers it to him if he spends a weekend as "his". It was so sexy y'all, when I'd been rec'd this book, it was said as one of the best male submissives they'd read. I'm proud to say I can second that. I loved it, nothing felt forced or rushed despite it's 1 hr 28 min time frame. I almost wished their was a sequel!

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  • Ana
  • 26-08-2018

The narrator made a wonderful job

I listen to the audiobook. I was looking for something short to listen and I really didn’t expect much of the book but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. The narration was beautifully done. I got into the story very easily and I think it had a lot to do with the way it was narrated.

It was a lot of emotion in the book. It was easy to feel the grief and I didn’t liked how quick everything went out, but I did enjoy it and liked the emotions behind the words. I liked the BDSM elements of the story, but what I liked the most was how easy it was to get in touch with the main characters feelings, mostly Oliver.

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  • 23-02-2018

I like the story a lot; narration lingered with me

This story was hot and very powerful, despite being quite short. It has a haunting quality that pulled me in. I wanted to know more about the main characters and with there was more!

Originally, I thought the narration was just okay, it had a stilted, awkward tendency. The vocal pacing and pauses didn't always sound natural. But days later, I realized the raw feelings of the story was amplified by the narrator's style and the story and voice continued to linger in my mind. So I did find the narration a powerful complement to the story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-01-2018

Emotional Kink

A short story with a side of kink. Toby Trail did a very nice job. He really brought out the emotions of grief and lust. This audiobook could've been
another hour at least! Well done. Enjoyed.

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  • 10-07-2017

Narrator was perfect for this story. I hope he

does more, longer books. Good story, nice ending, good job all around. BDSM elements well handled.

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  • Trio
  • 14-07-2016

Amazing

I was totally blown away and not expecting this. Wonderfully intimate and touching, beautifully narrated - just a perfect story.

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