Punishing the Art Thief

Security guard James Tannen has drop dead good looks and could have any woman. Melissa Dwyer, his former art history professor, is that woman. But she didn't seem to notice him in her class three years ago, so he just fantasizes about her in his mind. When he spots her crashing his employers invitation-only art viewing he makes a judgement call and lets her stay. Big mistake.

Melissa can't believe her favorite painting done by Rembrandt is hanging in this man's house. Stolen years ago from a museum and never found, she gives in to her impulse to steal the painting for herself. What's he going to do; call the cops? Hardly. What she doesn't count on is the hunky security guard coming after the painting and making his own demands. Demands she doesn't mind meeting.

Melissa and James both have secrets about their sex lives, but they seem to open up to one another without hesitation. Probably because James stumbled on Melissa's books right off the bat, and was obviously into it. With normal constraints removed they jump right into things James loves and Melissa has only dreamed about. A match made in heaven? Hardly because what brought them together is going to drive them apart. Can Melissa let go of her ill-gotten booty? Is James more important to her than the painting?

I really enjoyed the beginning of this story, as well as James' lack of reticence in telling Melissa how he really felt about her. While it kind of shocked her, to James they have been having a relationship for quite awhile. In his mind, he knew her but in actuality all he knew was the fantasy woman he built. As they spend time together her weaknesses are revealed and he still falls in love. Melissa was the stick in the mud when it came to the relationship moving forward.

I had to set the book aside for a few days and when I came back it seemed the tone of the story altered a bit and was more about the BDSM aspects and James seemed a bit more withdrawn. James and Melissa have a different relationship to be sure, and the cat and mouse with the painting added some fun. While the ending was sweet I had some logistical problems in my mind that the author didn't address, but this is fiction. A good entertaining read with some danger and edgy sex thrown in to keep it moving.

Book Blurb for Punishing the Art Thief

Security guard James Tannen feels no shame in blackmailing the beautiful Melissa Dwyer in exchange for his silence, after she crashes a private art unveiling at his employer's house -- then costs him his job by stealing a priceless painting that’s been missing for decades.

His price? Sexual surrender.

His technique?

Straight out of the BDSM erotic romances Melissa loves to read.

This 21,000 word novella by bestselling erotica author Shoshanna Evers was originally published by Ellora's Cave Publishing in September 2010 under the same title.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2011 3.50