Artist’s Touch by Kerry Adrienne

 Every starlet wants master painter Kenon Alavi to do her portrait…and more. But Kenon prefers firm to soft and sates his desires with the boyfriends of the women he paints, enjoying the diversity of many lovers but shunning any attachments.Wallace Harte’s English degree isn’t helping him and working at a bar is the closest he’s gotten to being the Second Coming of Faulkner. Something’s gotta give soon, or he’ll be out on the street.

Kenon zeroes in on the bartender at an art exhibition, intending to add him to his long list of conquests, but Wally bolts, initiating a heated game of cat and mouse. Kenon delights in the game until he discovers what Wally is writing. Feeling betrayed, Kenon swears off all entanglements until he reads Wally’s story and discovers true love is sometimes
between the pages and not the sheets.

Inside Scoop: This book contains hot, sexy scenes of M/M interaction of an artistic nature. Who knew having your portrait painted could be so hot? A Romantica® gay erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Artist’s Touch tells the story of two starving artists, Wally and Kenon. Wally is an aspiring young author who works as a bartender in order to pay the bills as he struggles to find inspiration for his first novel – he is a perfect example of the starving artist. On the other hand, Kenon is a rich and highly sought after portrait painter who has the luxury of picking and choosing the commissions he accepts; yet he too is a starving artist, but Kenon is starving for a true creative outlet, an opportunity to paint a subject that inspires him rather than pays him.
I enjoyed watching the drama unfold as Kenon began his pursuit of Wally with the intent of engaging in a short-term affair. They soon become one another’s muse and this is especially important for Wally because we soon see his confidence grow as he finds himself writing productively. Wally’s increased confidence throws Kenon off-balance and makes for an amusing encounter or two. I found the relationship development to be well-paced and believable.
I will admit that I was surprised that it is well into the book (~75%) before Wally and Kenon finally have sex. While Wally’s writing includes fantasized sexual encounters, there are only two actual sexual encounters and though they were well written, they were not as hot as I would have expected from an Ellora’s Cave novel. This is not said as a complaint, but rather to illustrate that Artist’s Touch is more of a romance than erotica.Artist’s Touch was a well-written book and I enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more of Kerry Adrienne’s books.
Kerry writes about love in its many forms, and enjoys exploring the dynamics of relationships and the quandaries people get themselves into. She lives in suburbia, but is making plans to escape to the ocean and NYC, as both places hold a piece of her heart.