Saturday, January 12, 2013

Rough Canvas (Nature of Desire, #6)Rough Canvas by Joey W. Hill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ISBN - 9781419912498
Book Length -  Super Plus Novel
Publisher - Ellora's Cave Publishing

Format - Ebook

Line: Spectrum
Series: Nature of Desire
Series Number: 6
Themes: Male Male 


5 Amazing Stars

Book Description/Review Below:

When his father dies, Thomas is forced to abandon a burgeoning art career in New York. As difficult as it was to give up his lifelong dream, it's nothing next to walking away from the man he loves. Marcus taught him to embrace who he is, a sexual submissive who responds to the touch of only one Master. But why would the sophisticated Marcus need some farm kid from the South?

Then Marcus shows up and offers him a way to continue his art career and help his family. There's only one hitch-he asks Thomas to spend a week with him in the Berkshires. Thomas knows he should refuse. But he's never been able to say no to his Master.
Two slaves to Fate, awaiting its lash.

THIS, this is what I'm looking for; to be grabbed and taken. Take me on a journey, show me things, change my mind, drive me to my knees and pull me back up. I want this experience when I read.

Rough Canvas is a torrent of emotions and want and need and desperation, brutality and passion. Every one of those reactions are stirred up in the reader and explored deeply by the characters. I had no chance here; no chance to hold back and critically view this work. Instead I was pulled in completely and overwhelmed with the intensity of these two main characters and the absolute stunning quality of the writing and the beautiful journey that this story took me on.

I am so grateful that I was recommended this book by deirdre and then harassed :) into finally getting to it by so many others. I can't say thank you enough.

"Art is that which touches us down to the soul, tells us what life's about."


I guess you could say that you're placed right in the middle of this love story. It has a past, present and future and you are exposed to both. This gorgeous romance explores the relationship of two men who can't seem to have what they want or need. Submitting himself to Marcus' Dominance may completely destroy Thomas, but only because he knows when he ultimately has to leave he will be leaving his soul behind.
And the power of a submissive's trust could blow away anything a Master had to offer.
Marcus has this one week to convince Thomas that he belongs to Marcus body and soul. But Marcus hides a dark past from Thomas. It's fascinating watching him learn to expose himself, to trust.


The best thing about this book is the quality of the characters. Ms. Hill's knowledge of her characters is astounding throughout the book. They remained true to the original impression even while growing and evolving.

Marcus Stanton- An art gallery owner.

"You see into the souls of others more easily. It should make me want to close all doors against you, because my soul is the last thing I want anyone to see."

Thomas Wilder- A gifted erotic artist.

The click of the cuffs locking had been an answer to a question in his soul he'd never been brave enough to hear, let alone ask.


When an accomplished dancer grabs you, holds you tight and leads you across the floor, they take you where they want you to go. You have no choice but to follow, overwhelmed with the sweeping movement and solid confidence that allows you to just enjoy the experience. That is exactly the kind of control this author has with her words. She steered me the way she wanted me to go. Giving me the confidence to just let go and be absorbed into the story. What a wonderful experience that is.

His skin was brown from the Southern sun, the muscles on the rawboned physique nevertheless rolling beneath it like the powerful curve of a waterfall at the break point.

Joey Hill's astonishing application of word arrangement and usage is a pleasure to read. She was able to illicit the intended result without breaking stride. She gripped me with intense emotional internal dialog. She made the characters memories so vivid it just drove home how deep their emotional connection was. And most of all, she had me completely in love with both protagonists.

Honestly, if I wanted to I could point out a few missteps, but I don't want to. There really wasn't anything that didn't work for me here.


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