Drawing Lessons by Julia Gabriel

Drawing Lessons

By Julia Gabriel

  • Release Date: 2015-01-16
  • Genre: Contemporary
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The estranged young wife of a Senator.

A dark and brooding French artist.

An artistic collaboration.

A sizzling hot romance.

Praise for Drawing Lessons ...

"What a sigh-worthy tale! The relationship between Marie and Luc is a slowly growing burn. One that isn't an insta-love relationship, it builds with each lesson, making it much more romantic ... There are twists and turns in this story that one will not expect, which is a delightful surprise. Ms. Gabriel does an amazing job of making the reader want to turn every page and savor it." -- InD'Tale Magazine

"Drawing Lessons is an old fashioned romance with a bucket-load of modern problems. A great read for a chilly autumn night."--Happily Ever After Thoughts Blog

Thirty-year-old Marie Witherspoon has spent her entire life as an accessory to other people's political careers—first her father's, then her husband's. But then her husband—a United States Senator and rising political star in Washington—dumps her for his gossip blogger mistress, and Marie is left to build a new life that has nothing to do with politics or campaigns or keeping up appearances. When her best friend tries to cheer her up with a gift certificate for drawing lessons, Marie expects to rekindle an old hobby. Nothing more than that. She definitely doesn't expect Luc Marchand. Sexy. Gorgeous. Infuriating. French. His teaching methods are unorthodox, to say the least.

It's been twelve long years since professor Luc Marchand's life was shattered by a former student. Forced out of academia, he's walled off his heart and his career. He's been warned about his beautiful new student and her powerful family—but the more he sees her, the more powerless he becomes to resist her.

When the senator calls off the divorce to bolster his re-election prospects, Marie must hatch a plan to gain her freedom once and for all. But Luc has a few secrets of his own ... secrets that ignite a high-stakes political scandal neither Luc nor Marie see coming. As the noose of her former life tightens around her, will Marie find the strength to escape—without walking away from the only person who truly sees her?


  • Learning to draw and so much more

    By Arieslady52
    I received an ARC of this book from eBook Discovery, and here is my independent, voluntary review: Drawing Lessons is the loveliest romance I've read in quite a while. It's tender, steamy, interwoven with angst and anger, and peppered with moments of danger. When dutiful daughter/wife Marie's ambitious politician husband dumps her for his mistress, she recovers quickly and is glad to move on - it was a Washington DC dynastic marriage, love had little to do with it, and her controlling jerk husband ruthlessly suppressed her. When a friend gives her drawing lessons as a gift, Marie has a chance to resume an old favorite pastime. Lucas, her teacher, has a hidden past, is an accomplished artist and lover, and they begin a pleasurable sensory exploration which morphs into a steamy love affair. Luc paints Marie - she's lover, muse, inspiration and everything to him - but nude portraits of a senator's estranged wife have unforeseen political consequences. Those consequences fall heavily on both Luc and Marie, forcing them to either give up their love, or find a way to escape Marie's nasty husband and conniving parents. No spoilers, but this is a riveting and suspenseful domestic abuse thriller, a political thriller, and a highly sensuous erotic romance, all in one book, and I couldn't stop reading till the end. Julia Gabriel's snapshot descriptions and detailed characters breathe life into every page. Her plot steams with sensuous sexuality, and it enrages with depictions of the myopic greed and selfish evil of the Washington political scene.