- Series: Arabesque
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Arabesque; Original edition (November 22, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583142843
- ISBN-13: 978-1583142844
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,144,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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True Devotion (Arabesque) Mass Market Paperback – November 22, 2002
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Marti Allgood leads an uncomplicated life as a sign painter until a friend sells one of her most personal paintings to wealthy, reclusive art collector Kenyon Williams. Marti only makes art as a release for stress and personal turmoil, and this particular painting is an outpouring of the grief she felt after her mother died, and she hates the thought of a stranger possessing it. Kenyon believes that he has found the next true African American master and wishes to commission Marti to paint his portrait, but when she goes to his mansion outside Atlanta to retrieve her work, she ends up charged with felony theft and ordered by the court to paint Kenyon's portrait. As the two develop a tricky, personal relationship, gorgeous Kenyon's dark secret about his family threatens to shatter their romance and drive a permanent wedge between them. Humor and well-drawn friendships make Louise's an exceptional romance, and the reader will look forward to forthcoming romances about the other Allgood sisters. Patty Engelmann
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The pain of broken love affairs and lost loved ones has shaped Marti Allgood into a gifted artist who paints for healing, not for profit. But fabulously wealthy art collector Kenyon Williams believes Marti may be the next great African American woman artist--and he means to prove it. As Marti's career blossoms, so does a romance with Kenyon. Soon, she discovers she is pregnant. But for Kenyon, the news is anything but happy. Instead, it's a painful reminder that his wealth stems from a shameful family secret. Convinced that his past will destroy their love--and their child's future--Kenyon ends the relationship. But the price of letting go may be too high for even a rich man to pay. . .
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Marti Allgood in her mind is an "amateur" painter. She believes that all her paintings come from some kind of pain in her life and that's the only reason why she can paint the way she does. But who wants to go through something painful to create art? So she holds closely those pieces that remind her of something tragic. In a test of her ability for herself she lets some paintings go to be hung at an art gallery but not sold. Unfortunately an important one gets bought. The situation goes from bad, to worse, to "oh snap", to "oh no he didn't!" all equaling a hilarious start to the book.
The painting is sold, that's bad. She goes to try to get it back from the buyer Kenyon (who is the deep, sexy, dark chocolate, naked brother from the pool) but he won't take his money back, that's worse. So Marti thinking that it's hers and she can take it back if she wants, drops the money on the table and takes the picture back before he notices, that made me say "oh snap!". Next day Kenyon has her arrested, in her home, for stealing his painting. Yeah that made me say "Oh no he didn't!". Couldn't stop from laughing!
What can I say the rest of the book just followed suit. Strong willed woman up against a strong willed man. Trouble is when two people are as stubborn as those two were it just makes from incredible sparks. Really an excellent read. Love this series so far...