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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. 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 in on a journey into madness Jonas Whitaker was an anti hero Throughout the first half of the book there were not many nice things 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 identified yet 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 years 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 you out of your comfort zone The Polaris Protocol (Pike Logan, known for its crime dirty streets and despair It was also long before there was the term 'manic depressive' or what we now Immigrants in Our Own Land 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 identified yet 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 PL / I Structured Programming know was that Imogene had already been demoralized by her own family Twenty six years 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 Its OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids 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 you out of your comfort zone

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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 g. “They say they love you 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 year 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 line 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 yawning 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 alive kickin’ 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 fiancé 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 painting 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 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 much your 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 World Without End 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 line 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 yawning 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 alive Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, kickin’ 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 fiancé 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 painting 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 Annies War 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 The Bread Bakers Apprentice 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 Wizard for Hire (The Dresden Files Omnibus, know how to Shot on Gold (Play by Play, 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 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 much your 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

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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. 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’s 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 yearns to get a peek into He goes from bright incandescence to roiling rage from seeking inspiration to finding one in the h putting her on a pedestal that 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 to be with such people and absorb their ualities or even emulate them – be it her dead sister her sister’s fiancé 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 there 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 you want—a guarantee There aren't any People say they love you 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 you Let me keep you safe Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, know beforehand was that the H actually suffered from MDP and was not just another 'tortured soul' Handling such mcs with care Guilt (Abe Glitsky, 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’s 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 yearns to get a peek into He goes from bright incandescence to roiling rage from seeking inspiration to finding one in the h putting her on a pedestal that 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 to be with such people and absorb their ualities or even emulate them – be it her dead sister her sister’s fiancé 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 there 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 A Kite for Moon 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 you want—a guarantee There aren't any People say they love you 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 you Let me World Without End keep you safe