Anyone tired of reading cliche romances should check this book out I ve never read one like this before and I probably never will DARK doesn t begin to de Loved this book I really get into those damaged heroes and this one holds top rank Dark and disturbed hero falls for emotionally abused heroine who has lived in the shadow of a beloved and deceased sister Hero has Bipolar Disorder which is depicted pretty damn realistically even if it s the worse case scenario She is supposed to be his angel of mercy who saves him from the darkness in a time of no lithium The ride was exciting angsty anxiety provoking and utterly satisfying Our heroine Imogene Genie is shipped off at her reuest to study under a brilliant and talented artistshe wanted to learn to be an artist as good as her sister Our hero Jonas Whitaker has been coerced into accepting her a Wow What a ride this book was New York 1885 Jonas is a brilliant artist who suffers from manicbi polar episodes He is scarred mentally and physically he is missing a hand Imogene comes to Jonas studio as a student but she does not know that Jonas was forced to take her on by her godfather who is his patron He deeply resents her being there and does all he can to get her to uit We can see that he is heading towards an episode I felt like a deer caught in the headlights watching it play out It becomes apparent that they are two very very lonely people who have both suffered much at the hands of people who were supposed to love them As he goes through the beginnings of his episode he is hit with a sort of epiphany about Imogene and starts to become obsessed with her all the while fighting it so not to hurt her She is also becoming obsessed with him and ou believe her falling in love with him as no one has ever showed her this kind of strong positive in a manic sort of way attention Jonas sees something in her through his manicartists eye Something no one else can see especially not herself He sees her as a goddess as a butterfly as a rare beauty and tries to force everyone else to see it He believes she is supposed to be his masterpiece as Galatea to his Pygmalion This was an incredible book and going on my to read again shelf Wow I gotta say this book is unlike any historical romance I can remember reading I m going to use the word dark simply because I can t think of another at the moment but I m not sure it fits THIS REVIEW IS KINDA SPOILERISHThe Portrait is extremely well written Not only can the author create heart breakingly beautiful imagery but I m thinking she either spent a LOT of time researching bipolar disorder or she has some first hand experience with it Her portrayal of the Hero s cycle he s ok he s WAY up then down is so realistic I felt uncomfortable through parts of the bookIt would be SO hard to love someone with this disorderI found as I was reading the book that I was drawn into the story as a whole than I was connected to either the Hh It felt to me as though the author simply dropped The Pavement Arena you into their world at a particular point in time andou followed along from there No big build up no history or backstory Most of the time this annoys the crap out of me I like to be told a BIT before I m shown but the writing here was so strong that before I had time to get too annoyed I was pulled in and held there by itGood thing because I wasn t sure WHAT I thought of the main characters Jonas was fairly easily understood he s Dungeon your basic tortured Hero with some extra angst The thought made his chest tight Not seeing her again not touching herIt was absurd how desperate it made him feel But there was no choice and he knew it He knew what happened to the people who stayed with him God knew he d seen it a hundred times before He could picture it in his mind knew that eventually he would see a painfully familiar look in her eyes the same look he d seen in those of his family of his friends The dull expression the fear the pain And finally the good bye They say they loveou and then they leaveWell it was true It had always been true And he suffered for it not just because he was losing them but because he knew he d beaten them down because by leaving they were only trying to surviveSo so sad and aloneImogene on the other handhmm I m still not sure what I think of her She didn t strike me as having any s She was looking at him as if he were God and in that moment he felt as if he were He was God and she was his Eve perfect than Adam had ever been interesting The book about a tortured but brilliant artist who takes pleasure in humiliating his new student the h seemed like just the book to read What I dint know beforehand was that the H actually suffered from MDP and was not just another tortured soul Handling such mcs with care knowledge and sensitivity is essential and here the author delivers exceptionally well Her portrayal of the H and his moods rages and despair raised this book to a level rarely seen in the romance genreThe book starts out amazingly well and I was spell bound by the completely novel characterizations and premise The H is a completely self centered inward turned genius who connects with people selfishly and then only with those who spark his art and genius the mistress being the only exceptionHe initially resents "The H As She "h as she forced on him by his patron her godfather and he uses intimidation and humiliation to scare her awayThe H lives in an alternate reality his mind a caged genius seeing things from a perspective that the h earns to get a peek into He goes from bright incandescence to roiling rage from seeking inspiration to finding one in the h putting her
a pedestal no one else can see not even herself Now to the h For all his bipolar issues it was the h who had the complex and hard to understand psyche A peculiar passive aggressive personality full of inadeuacies and a silent seething resentment making it difficult to like her or relate to For all her diffidence she secretly envies and thus dislikes almost everyone for being beautiful charming or gifted She wants toon a pedestal
be with such people and absorb their ualities or even emulate them be it her dead sister her sister swith such people and absorb their ualities or even emulate them be it her dead sister her sister s the H other people she meets socially Someone needed to tell her that there s nothing wrong with mediocrity as the majority of the world is just that way She apparently spends her whole life trying to see herself from other people s eyes to decipher herself Sadly towards the middle the novelty wore off the narrative and the incidences became contrived even farcical The author dangles some past secrets and incidences to hold interest otherwise th. This historical romance was first published in 1995 The reigning master of the New York art world Jonas Whitaker was brilliant and compelling a man of dark passions and uncontrollable emotions Terrified of his own dangerous nature and scarred by the horror of his past he hid behind his talent in a world of .
Ere wasn t much in the way of development or romance The H s friend the charming Rico not only provides a foil to the H but also knows how to handle him in his violent rages But truly he was the impresario without whom the hH story might never have held together as he tagged along and tugged along the h who constantly tries but fails to comprehend the mind of the genius Imo he was important to the story than anyone elseThe book flared sporadically brilliant like the H the shooting star I hate to say it but I had to push myself through the middling chapters but I am happy I did so as the later 3rd rallied and wrapped up this flawed romance in a poignant but befitting communion and coming together What do ou want a guarantee There aren t any People say they love ou and then they leave They say they ll stay no matter what happens But they don t He paused feeling the pain well up so strongly inside him that he spoke the last in a whisper They never do Many incidences of irrational and psychotic behavior dissuades the reader from believing in his ability for normal functioning or in a traditional hea for that matter For instance when he drags her in a disheveled state to a respectable restaurant and when people stare at her he feels elated that they see his artistry not understanding their disapproval or her chagrin It was as embarrassing as it was poignant and distressing She had been a part of that upper class respectability and he d changed her Already he d changed her She was his creation now vibrant and alive a laughing beautiful testament to his talent Although despite his tremulous hold on reality I felt that he loved her as he was ready to sacrifice and let her go for her own good Her feelings stemmed from him making her feel needed important and alive for once in her life So they were both flawed imperfect characters I felt happy that he had her and was not alone or ended up in bedlam You made me beautiful she whispered Now let me do something for ou Let me keep ou safe I have read very contradicting reviews about the book Apparently this is not a book for everyone I was very curious about Jonas the bi polar artist hero in this book So even though I found Imogene the heroine rather dull from the excerpt I read I wanted to find out about JonasJonas is one of the few truly dark heros I have read Granted there have been dark heros and some of them were poignantly portrayed But Jonas predicament is on a whole different level of darkness he was disturbed Jonas was a tormented soul trapped between his talent and mental illness A character with a lot of depth It was very interesting to read about him observe his mood swings I think one has to have a similar disposition to have an inkling of what a person with such a volatile personality would go through in an emotional crisis It might read a little crazy but I have to say it is only too real I think Imogene the character was the right pick for Jonas uiet demure but unfailingly resistant to failures and criticism It takes a generous soul to deal with Jonas and his emotional struggles And I think Megan Chance picked the right archetype for Jonas That being said I feel that Imogene s character had less depth than I desire for Jonas heroine Their interactions did not mentally prepare me for their relationship She was first an inconvenience an annoyance a student then a necessity a muse and a lover But the transition lacked some emotions for me to accept that Jonas found some solace in her She was supposed to demonstrate some sensuality considering that Jonas was a rather sexual creature But I couldn t feel that Imogene felt rather cold to me and I had trouble picturing her as Jonas sensual muse I was very intrigued by the premise and character setup but the execution left me a
little disappointed I suppose to accompany a great artist is a precarious journey Very often such rare talents have a waydisappointed I suppose to accompany a great artist is a precarious journey Very often such rare talents have a way self destruction and they bring down everyone around them when they fall Isn t it a ingenious premise for a love story Alas it seemed to me that the heroine was not able to hold up her end This is a Jonas book all the way They say they love ou and then they leave O lord have mercy on my romantic soul what a stroke of genius W sensitivity pinpoint accuracy MC captures the unflinching snapshot of Bipolar aka Manic depressive disorder U can tell she has done her homework She illustrates so elouently the harrowing experience the symptoms manifestations of this illness thru the visions of Mad Jonas those around him Compulsive shopping check Uncontrollable rages check Volatile mood swings check Restless desperation check Severe depression check It s a fascinating character study it s bleak haunting poignant heartbreaking capped off w an achingly sweet ending The book shows how the debilitating disease takes its toll the wear tear on friendships relationships are not watered down Yep I d consider this 1 of DIKs worthy of risking my Rhino skin running back to a burning house for Jonas is a temperamental mental being the operative word painter doesn t have a support system other than his BFF Rico who s stood by him thru the ups downs Rico even fesses up that he needs to escape to Paris once a ear to preserve his sanity Scheduling mapping out his life is a foreign concept to Jonas cuz he doesn t know what s gonna happen today tomorrow He doesn t have the power to switch his illness on off Nobody does When it strikes it s like a train w failed brakes U sense the dread the ominous feeling that when the shit hits the fan those in the vicinity had bettah take cover cuz Jonas becomes a menace to himself "Whoevah Is Win The "is win the of fire 1 moment he s there the next we witness from point blank view his headlong descent into 1 of his vicious tummy flipping cycles In a pit of despair Jonas thought the only way out was to end it all himself hence his missing left hand He s still a whisker away from giving in to the awning abyss U can search every nook cranny of romancelandia U ll nevah find a soul butchered than Jonas s Genie has always been branded as a perpetual failure a
misfit her entire life She grew up in an oppressive environment where favoritism was aliveher entire life She grew up in an oppressive environment where favoritism was alive Being excluded ignored belittled derided has been her daily penance Nuffink she did was evah good enuff even after her sista Xpired from Cholera she still came up short Her sista s fianc was a user who only wanted Genie as his bed warmer She s always on the outside looking in invisible a non entity In a desperate bid to score higher in daddy dearest s over critical eyes she s determined to learn paintin. Littering emptiness until Imogene Carter pushed her way into his life He discounted her on sight seeing her as a colorless fragile woman with no spirit and less talent He could send her running with a word and he intended to do just that But Imogene was not so easily frightened She came to Jonas to learn fro.
Megan Chance Þ 5 Free downloadG under the tutelage of Jonas Just like all lifelong abuse victims Genie s dad has hammered her self esteem Unbeknownst to Genie her Godfather Jonas s patron coerces Jonas into accepting Genie as 1 of his students Watching Jonas gradually consumed by Genie is a thing of a beauty MC puts us in Jonas s shoes in a fluid concise matter of fact way the perilous journey to HEA is not simply a straight point A to point B MC doesn t veer away to preachyville doesn t go overboard in depicting his madness All along the well constructed road to HEA we re made to feel the agony taste the tangible fear as we watch his wretched existence his unpredictable lapses his struggle in picking up the bits pieces in the aftermath Hh don t exactly click on their initial meeting His 1st impression of her is this non descript chick s simply a waste of his time talent He utilizes all kinds of arsenals in trying to shoo her away to no avail He acts like a nasty SOB picks her apart launches not so constructive criticisms employs intimidation tactics mockery ridicule condescension flirtation etc Genie is flustered by his attentions but soldiers on She surprises intrigues him w her tenacity She shows him she s made of sterner stuff she s not going anywhere despite his sneaky ways It unsettles infuriates Jonas that Genie s not a uitter doesn t shrink away from the challenges he throws her Esp after Genie inadvertently sees his missing left hand she starts to look him as just a vulnerable man he loses his aura of intimidationLike a bolt of lightning ding ding ding Jonas realizes she s the it gal his muse his Goddess his butterfly becomes obsessed w her He finally catches a glimmer of hope that maybe just maybe he can have a future lead a normal life have a wife kids The palpable longing for what seemed impossible before is a gut wrencher Genie is the light in his darkness even tho she s ill euipped in diffusing the uncomfortable situations Jonas puts her thru She doesn t know how to keep his madness bay halt his downward spiral All she can do is being there when neededFor the 1st time in her life Genie feels needed Jonas shows to her in ways than 1 that there s to her than meets the eye cue Xtina Aguilera s sappy ballad Beautiful After witnessing 1st hand Jonas in the grip of his manic episode Genie starts to 2nd guess herself wonders if all the adulation is just his disease talking if this disorder has colored his perception of her she gets her answers by the verra end She can relate to Jonas s pain isolation she s been a sacrificial lamb all her life trying in vain to mold herself into someone she could nevah be just to win approval In the end she realizes that she can nevah compete w Chloe s memory no matter how hard she tries It s pointless anyway cuz her father is dead set on seeing her as a 2nd fiddle to Chloe She finds herself a cross road A She can take charge of her life prove how indispensable she can be simply by loving Jonas or B She can nilly willy go back to Nashville w her father resume being her father s mental punching bagThis timeless masterpiece is like manna from heaven as I luv an Xtra dark romance filled w a tortured hero a heroine worthy of being his lifeline a message that hope springs eternal It makes U count A Dirty Wedding Night: A Dirty Rockstar Romance Collection (Dirty, Book 2.5) your blessings that we live in this day age where Insurance covers for meds there s a plethora of pro active treatments How amazing it is to realize how muchour uality of life depends on a healthy mind This disuieting romance was engrossing from the get go has a healthy dose of realism The ending shows there s no insta cure for the paralyzing disease Jonas s health sanity may be dented but w Genie s unconditional luv he
can survive anyfink The Portrait was dark angsty and riveting At times I wasn t sure that I liked Jonassurvive anyfink The Portrait was dark angsty and riveting At times I wasn t sure that I liked Jonas I came to see that his initial cruelty towards Imogene arose out of his despair his hopelessness about his life People are often cruel out of self defense He felt a sense of powerlessness about 45 starsRarely do I think of a book as a seductive read This story was THE PORTRAIT
WAS DEEP DARK AND DELICIOUS IT SUCKED ME INdeep dark and delicious It sucked me in a journey into madness Jonas Whitaker was an anti hero Throughout the first half of the book there were not many nice things New Menopausal Years you could say about him He was mean rude crass amoral and vindictive He was also brilliant insightful and imaginative beyond reason He was an artist he painted with emotionBut this was 1855 New York a city known for its crime dirty streets and despair It was also long before there was the term manic depressive or what we now know as bi polar People with this condition often were institutionalized or committed suicide At the very minimum they became alcoholics or drug addicts The condition hadn t been identifiedet And so Jonas s sanity with its highs and lows played out daily and affected everyone and everythingBy the end of the first chapter Jonas was expected to teach a new student to paint Imogene Carter was the goddaughter of Jonas s sponsor At their introduction she appeared to be meek Jonas was going to give her a reason to uit the class He was going to enjoy making her suirm until she could no longer abide his taunts Except nothing went as plannedWhat he didn t know was that Imogene had already been demoralized by her own family Twenty six ears old and plain looking she thought before she spoke At all times she was careful of what she said Because of this she sent people mixed messages people were unsure of her But during one of Jonas s elated moments he felt he understood her Genie saw Jonas as a savior If she could complete his classes if she could learn his secrets if she could be accepted by his circle of acuaintances then and only then did she believe she would finally attain happinessThat said this story is not for everyone Jonas could be very crude especially with his actions toward Genie At times his behavior had erotic overtones but I never thought of it as an erotic read Instead It was very sensual Jonas was like glass smooth but could easily break And break he didI could tell there was something very wrong with him but like Genie I accepted his character I was captivated until the last page I had to know where his thoughts would take them I finished this book several days ago but I still think I could continue with their story if the author wrote a seuel Beware THE PORTRAIT will take ou out of our comfort zone Full review to come 5 starsAside from one extremely offensive line and the inclusion of the much hated at least by me Big Misunderstanding Things Left Unsaid ploy this book was unbelievably wonderfu. M a master and learn she would everything he could teach her She wanted his artist's secrets and his brilliant passion She wanted to be swept up in his seductive forbidden world Until she saw the terrible price he paid for his talent And realized it was impossible to catch a shooting star without being burne.