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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (July 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935670875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935670872
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,695,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Traci L. Slatton is a graduate of Yale and Columbia. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, sculptor Sabin Howard, whose classical figures and love for Renaissance Italy inspired her historical novel IMMORTAL. THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR is a tribute to her delight in the Old Masters and rich passions. FALLEN is the first in a romantic trilogy set in end times permeated with love, loss, and strange psychic powers. THE ART OF LIFE, written with Sabin Howard, is a book about sculpture and the philosophy and history of art; DANCING IN THE TABERNACLE is her first book of poetry. COLD LIGHT furthers the dystopian tale begun in FALLEN.

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This novel does have a bit of a slow start, but it is well worth sticking with it.
Julie_Kearns
Like Traci L. Slatton did with the entertaining complex Immortal, she paints a cerebral action-packed vampire tale of danger in the international world of art.
Harriet Klausner
Filled with action, and enough heat to singe without burning, The Botticelli Affair offers an amazing ride for any reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By vampreader921 on July 14, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Finally - a sexy, fun vampire book that's intellectually engaging and not geared toward 13 year old girls. I've read a lot of the popular vampire fiction out today, and I have to say that this is the best novel in that genre that I have come across in a long, long time. The writing is sassy and sophisticated, not too wordy (like slow-paced Ann Rice books), nor overly dumbed down and fantastical (Charlaine Harris). Even though I enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse books, I wanted something a little more mentally engaging and based in the real world (not all the fairies and rediculous plotholes, etc) while still being fast-paced, tender and...well, sexy. I found just that in the Boticelli Affair.

I loved Immortal, Mrs. Slatton's first novel, and I'm so glad she decided to branch out into Vampire fiction!!! This is a must read if you love art history, vampires, or just a solid page-turner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori Stone on July 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I never read a vampire book, until I read this one. Traci Slatton is such a brilliant writer, I trust her implicitly and if she writes it, I know I'll want to read it. Luckily for me, I was drawn in from the very first paragraph, and within the first two pages I knew I'd been transformed: now I read vampire books. I have told all my book club friends (and all my other friends!) that this is the best book I've read in years. It's exciting, tender, terrifying, fun, and wholly engaging. Laila, the main [human] character just a delicious and wonderful person; I'd love to be her friend. She is very much a unique character, with a particular voice. I find myself thinking about her, long after I finished the book.

The story is thrilling, and there were pages I nearly had to look away, I was so caught up in the action and afraid something was going to happen. That's the mark of a great story, I think -- the world is so real, the people so familiar, you the reader are right there, your heart pounding along with theirs.

I have my fingers crossed that there's another book to come, featuring Laila Cambridge. As I do with all my friends, I strongly encourage you to read this one, and as soon as possible!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YzhaBella's BookShelf on January 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Mystery, intrigue, lies, and danger; The Botticelli Affair has it all. Oh, and let's not forget the PNR prerequisite, hot blooded romance and corny clichés. Yes, I said it "corny". Perhaps I am being a bit harsh (and I do sincerely apologize for that), but it seems that this sub-genre has become inundated with more and more of the same old "boy meets girl" scenario that I find myself practically begging for something...anything that is even just a teensy bit different. Let's face it; it's all just more of the same! - Girl meets boy in bar, girl becomes instantly attracted to boy's manly magnetism and, almost instantaneously, becomes completely and utterly ensnared by him. Seriously? They only met a mere few days past and already their lives have become so entwined, so utterly interwoven...so completely predictable that the reader can practically write the rest of the story themselves. Ugh!

Now, the above is not to say that The Botticelli Affair is not a "good" read, because it is. This tale has just enough to create the escape and effortless adventure that readers generally look for when crawling between the pages. But, that's it...just good. Slatton delivers a tale that is good enough to keep the reader interested in reading through to the next chapter, but (most unfortunately) brings nothing to the table that would make many want to come back for more.

On a promising note, Traci L. Slatton has introduced a different twist to the main PNR vampire plot with a Dracula meets DaVinci theme. A new take on the everyday that just may have been salvation for The Botticelli Affair.

My apologies for this less-than-stellar review. I always hate to be a downer, but feel it is my duty as a reviewer to be honest. Please know that I mean absolutely no ill will towards Ms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bendingthespine on November 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a fan of Traci L. Slatton. I was very excited when I got asked to review The Botticelli Affair. Having said that, it took me a good 40 pages to get into it. I can't really pinpoint what it was that had me not connecting until that point, but I would find myself putting the book down and forgetting about it. Now once I got to, oh, I would say around chapter seven, The Botticelli Affair started to really grab my attention.

Laila Cambridge is a troubled and fun character to read. I liked the backstory that Slatton gives her and I felt like I understood Laila's love for art and why it was such a part of her. Some of my favorite moments in the book are when Laila is confronting her old teacher and the reason she is so great comes to light. I did feel like at times Laila's voice was a bit immature for her age. But, I did like her a lot. Laila had great support in the book.

Laila's best friend and roommate Fern was Awesome! She is one of those friends you know you will keep for life, through husbands and kids. (You know what I mean?) Then there is the sexy love interest, Bolingbroke, who may not be quite what he seems to be. Bolingbroke had the honorable hero bit down, and I felt bad for him for reasons I won't spoil, but I wanted just a little more emotion out of him. At times the art itself felt like a character, much like the artifacts being chased in the National Treasure movies.

I enjoyed all the new takes on the vampire world that Slatton explored. I always like it when author's take something old and make it their own. In this case Slatton created a world in which a painting that most believe doesn't even exist could change the fate of many. I enjoyed reading it.

Happy Reading,
Rebecca
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Traci L. Slatton is a graduate of Yale and Columbia. She lives in Manhattan, and her love for Renaissance Italy inspired her historical novel IMMORTAL. THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR is an art history mystery vampire romp. THE ART OF LIFE, written with Sabin Howard, is a book about sculpture and the philosophy and history of art; DANCING IN THE TABERNACLE is her first book of poetry. FALLEN is the first in a romantic trilogy set in end times permeated with love, loss, and strange psychic powers. COLD LIGHT furthers the dystopian tale begun in FALLEN, and FAR SHORE is Book 3 in this romantic cycle. THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE is a bittersweet romantic comedy that addresses the question: What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate? BROKEN is a sensual and spiritual historical novel set in occupied Paris from 1939-1942.

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