The Medium of Desire

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Brett is a successful young artist with a world of talent living in Richmond. Olivia is a rising star in the world of finance, determined to break the glass ceiling in New York City.

Olivia stands up to her demeaning, sexist boss after he steals her hard work and passes it off as his own. She quits her job, but a non-compete clause in her employment contract prevents her from immediately flying to California for a new start. Instead, she goes to Richmond to spend the summer with her parents. Olivia begins questioning her life choices and the person she’s become.

Olivia and Brett’s paths cross nearly by accident. Brett agrees to take Olivia on as a student, and art lessons commence the next day. They discuss techniques and style. Over the next few days, Olivia’s long-neglected skills blossom. Brett finds himself enjoying the lessons, too, and is attracted to Olivia, though he doesn’t want to overstep his bounds as her instructor. Olivia finds herself falling hard for this artist, and her mother deeply disapproves. Yet the more she gets to know him and the more she paints, the happier she is. The two kiss after a visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Olivia inspires unprecedented passion and productivity in Brett’s painting.

Then, one misunderstanding after another threatens to destroy their young relationship. Can their relationship withstand the scourge of misunderstanding, parental disapproval, a quest for identity, and poor decisions? Can Brett be strong enough to hold out for the woman of his dreams despite temptation, or will he settle for mediocrity? Will Olivia learn to trust again and follow the path to her true happiness? Will she find out who she is and what she really wants from life?

The Medium of Desire by Alex McGlothin is a fun summer romance. The plot is fast-paced and engaging. Olivia and Brett are likable characters whose backgrounds and motives are well thought out, though both are nearly bipolar in their choices and actions. One second they are happily in love, the next, fighting threatens to destroy it all. Olivia’s wildly swinging moods and Brett’s inability to resist an ill-fated hook-up leave the reader with a case of whiplash.

I wish that McGlothin had spent more time fleshing out secondary-characters Cleo and Paco and had worked through Olivia’s complicated relationship with her mother. The book started out strong but lost a lot of depth as the drama heated up and the characters made hasty, emotional decisions. That’s not to say it’s a bad read. This reviewer just wishes it had more substance and the main characters were not so rash. I loved the art and painting terminology woven into the story. If you’re looking for a very light, poolside read and you’re an artist at heart, you may enjoy this romance.

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Author Alex McGlothlin
Star Count 3.5/5
Format eBook
Page Count 215 pages
Publisher MountainLion Press, LLC
Publish Date 2018-Jun-01
ISBN 9780989048800
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Issue May 2018
Category Romance
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