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The Art of Sin Paperback – April 14, 2015
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"llusion is the first of all pleasures."- Oscar Wilde
No matter how you describe, stripping is an art and it is meant titillates the senses of the viewer. Whether it is the illusion created by the stripper or the primal desire elicited by viewing a partially naked body, stripping is an art. The Art of Sin.
Our characters Grady and Allison are somewhat lost in the seedier reality of life. It is the result of all the obstacles and losses they have experienced in their lives. Betrayal, suicide, overdoses, abandonment are but a few. They both have lost so much in their lives that they have become very cynical about "happily ever after" and trust.
Grady is spending his life stripping for a living because he does not know what else to do with his life. After his divorce, he has been drifting through life without an anchor or without any desire to think about his future. A graduate of Yale, he lost his job as a financial advisor during the economic downturn. Now, he has no idea what he is worth or what he is qualified to do in life. All he knows in that he is judged every time he tells people he is a stripper and treated like he is scum.
Set in New Orleans, our author Alexandrea Weis paints with words the world few get to experience. These are the people at the edge of life as we normally know it. Those who have settled for getting by making a living entertaining by using their bodies to amuse our whims.
Although this story is dramatic and exposes the underbelly of our society, it is also uplifing. The triumph of love and rediscovering the joy of life is to be celebrated.
"...the true art of sin, my friend, knowing how far you are willing to go before you know you are about to go over the edge."
I will be the first to say I love Grady. As a college student Grady danced to pay his way through school. The events of 911 sent the young investment consultant back into that world, destroying his marriage in the process. Given his wife's infidelity, Grady has had a string of meaningless one night stands, thinking he can never trust a woman again. He travels the country as a guest stripper in clubs and lands in New Orleans and in Alison Wagner's apartment house. Weary of traveling and the groping of female fans, Grady longs to leave the road. When he meets his landlady he believes she may be the key to changing his life. Allison on the other hand tries to discourage Grady at every turn. The banter between the two is natural and entertaining.
As with all of Ms. Weis's books, the road to HEA is a complex twisted journey. The readers emotions are all over in this book.Read more ›
One thing I didn't get from this book that I was expecting was some detailed Magic Mike style dancing. We didn't really see much of Grady on stage, but we did see a fair amount of behind the scenes action at the club. Honestly, that was probably more entertaining than descriptions of the dancing would have been anyway.
This story is told in first person, mostly from Grady's perspective, but we get a few glimpses from Little Al's POV too, which helps to give us a more rounded view of the events.
What I really liked about this story is that it was a slow burn romance and not a sprint to the bedroom. The relationship between Grady and Al took time to develop, and she didn't make anything easy for him. Rather Al made Grady work for every inch he gained into her life, and her bedroom. When she did finally let him in, it was quite steamy.
If you enjoy slow burn, tantalizing romances, this is definitely the book for you.
Reviewed for Just Another Girl and Her Books blog
At first meeting, you could tell that there was serious physical attraction between Grady and Allison but because Allison is Grady’s landlord she doesn’t even go there. Allison also has this cocky attitude that kinda made me what to just tell her to shut up. Grady’s relentless pursuit of Allison was just purely awesome and the chemistry between the two was almost too much for my e-reader to handle. Whoowee!!
Allison was super relatable with her ‘woman scorned’ attitude. And Grady was also easy to relate to because of his job loss and ‘what the eff do I do now?’ portion of his life. The passion was smokin’ hot and the intensity level gets ramped up by suspenseful events –that WILL NOT be divulged in this review. (Hehehe)
Definitely a great read and worthy of your most precious free time. C’mon. Take a chance already.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story was nothing less of what Alexandrea can write...I enjoyed the story line. Very unique and easy to read. Lots of sexual tension. Read morePublished 7 months ago by jess
Grady stripped to pay his way through college, got a real job then lost it due to the economy. Back to dancing he books at clubs all over the states for a limited run. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Teresa T
Just like a lot of people said on here, this is a great book which is why it got recommended to me!! Lots of mystery which i liked. Read morePublished 10 months ago by C.Cee
Allison and Grady. Grady is a former executive that lost his job and now works as a stripper. From the first time he meets Allision she was attracted to her. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Art of Sin....only a truly talented stripper can turn sin into an art, I would say that Grady is a truly talented striper then. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nadine
**ARC provided by publisher for honest review***
He found his Melch! YAY!
Main Characters: Grady & Allison
Thumbs Up: YES
New... Read more
Grady Paulson isn't your average stripper. He's a Yale grad that is down on his luck after Lehman Brothers went under. Read morePublished 13 months ago by S.Pie
A burnt-out stripper falls for his commitment-phobic, feisty, older landlady.
I was pleasantly surprised that the story turned out the way it did. Read more
The Art of Sin by Alexandrea Weis is wonderfully placed in New Orleans. Even if I did not yet have the chance to visit that city personally – the author managed to create a picture... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeri T. Ryan