Thursday, May 29, 2014

S.E.X. Review~ Apollo's Curse by Brad Vance

All Dane Gale ever wanted was to be a successful writer. After a few sessions with his new friends Rose and Sherry at a romance book club, well, the more romances they read, the more they're convinced they can do better. And do they ever! They join their creative forces to become "Pamela Clarice," self-published romance novelist. When they look for a cover model for their first book, Dane sees the photos that will change his life. 

Paul Musegetes is the world's most popular romance cover model, and the most secretive. Dane soon finds himself obsessed with this supernaturally handsome man, and when he meets Paul at the Romance Writers' Ball on the Summer Solstice, he and Paul connect for one night of passion...

After that night, Dane's a writing machine. He can't stop writing romances, and every story he touches turns to gold. But he also finds that he can't write anything but romances. And soon he's spending every waking moment of every day writing another after another...

Then Dane finds out that this Midas touch has a heavy price. When the year is over, he'll never write again. Not a romance, not a serious novel. Nothing. Not even a grocery list. And that leaves him with only one option - find Paul, and get him to break the curse. But before he can do that, he'll have to track down Paul's equally mysterious photographer, Jackson da Vinci...

Apollo’s Curse was a nicely done mixture of Grecian and modern eras. Cursed by a cover model at the start of his career, Dane begins a year long journey of writing and self-discovery. Dane soon discovers the price of fame and fortune as his career rises but his life spirals.

A quest with elusive photographer Jackson finds the men on a remote Greek island searching for the object of his quest and the knowledge to break the curse. What Dane ultimately realizes is that he is the master of his own destiny and no story shall remain unwritten when he can design the ending.

Brad Vance told the tale of a man at the apex of his career, everything turned to gold as his fingers flew over the keys. Unfortunately with success the piper must be paid. The tale was sensual and romantic as Dane wrote tales of others love life but never truly his own. What Dane learned was he lived his own romance with a man of flesh and blood, not of fantasy.

Mr. Vance’s style of writing drew me in and kept me intrigued and entertained. The lack of sex held no bearing on the sensuality and journey –Dane traversed the waters of self-discovery by the eventuality of helping others.

A very enjoyable read.
A three and a half handcuff review

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