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REVIEW: The Artist's Touch by S.H. Pratt

Series: The Artist's Touch

Author: S.H. Pratt

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: Nov 20, 2015

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Rissa Daniels leaves Hollywood and a violent ex and literally runs into Spencer St. George one afternoon. Rissa decides to be the chaser and refuses to take no for answer when asking out Spencer. While getting to know each other, they find out that their families know of each other but refuse to say how. While Rissa and Spence continue getting to know each other and trying to figure out the family secret, Rissa's ex Cal is bound and determined to get his hands on Rissa and take Spence out of the picture. Will they figure out the secret and will Call get his revenge? I liked the concept of the story and I really liked the characters of the book. At times I though some of the scenes were filler and so I found myself skipping over them to get to the meat of the story. This is the first I've read of Pratt, and I did enjoy the story.

Exhausted, disillusioned and disgusted with her life in Los Angeles, Clarice “Rissa” Daniels leaves a successful acting career for the comforts of home in Olympia, Washington. Embracing a simpler life without the overabundance of testosterone that she’d dealt with in California, she works to recover and rebuild her life without the “Hollywood craziness”, away from the toxic presence of her ex-boyfriend, and far from the paparazzi. When a walk in the park drops her into the lap of Spencer St. George, she finds herself drawn to his quiet, unobtrusive demeanor, but Rissa quickly realizes that there is much more to the bespectacled middle-school art teacher.

Spencer St. George prefers the quiet life far from the hassles created by his family. Known as “Saint” to his students, he creates his own sense of peace with a paint brush in his hand while standing behind an easel. When Rissa Daniels crashes headlong into his life, Spencer is sent reeling. Unsure of her intentions, but drawn to her gregarious personality, he finds himself stepping out from behind his easel and daring to hope for more than his quiet life. But as Spencer and Rissa grow closer, history threatens to destroy them. Met with righteous reticence from his family and stubborn pride from hers, the couple sets out to discover the events that turned their families against each other. As the past begins to surface, the present becomes dangerous, creating an uncertainty that could bind Spencer and Rissa together… or drive them apart forever.

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I'm a native Montanan living in Washington state and the youngest of seven children. I moved to Washington in 1998 and have lived there since. I'm the mom of three profoundly gifted children who challenge me and frustrate me in equal measure.

I began writing in high school, completing my first novel on a Commodore 64, saved on a whole lot of floppy disks. I stopped writing to pursue my education but quickly realized I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up... I still don't know. In the pursuit of a "real job", I tried everything from a barista, to a restaurant manager, to a purchasing agent, and an administrative assistant to the owner of a fire truck construction company, plus a few things in between. I finally got serious about writing a few years ago. By the time I worked up the nerve to attempt self-publishing, I'd amassed a stack of rejection letters and seven complete manuscripts.

I prefer to write steamy contemporary romance with a heavy emphasis on psychology and the emotional side of my characters. I feel that if my reader can feel what the character feels and can identify with it, I've done my job.


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