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Marcus is more than Thomas’s lover and Master; he also owns the gallery where Thomas’s artwork was supposed to be included in a showing. Thomas’s return to North Carolina changed all that but Marcus found a way to include the pieces Thomas had left behind in a recent showing and then pays a visit to his small town to bring him a check for his portion of the sales. The check isn’t his sole reason for visiting Thomas. There are issues unresolved and Marcus intends to use whatever means necessary to save Thomas from his ‘good intentions.’
Being raised in a small community with an extremely religious mother makes it difficult for Thomas to show who he truly is; only in
Marcus is still every inch the Master that Thomas remembers. He’s calm, collected and always immaculate. Marcus offers Thomas the opportunity to remain in
Joey W. Hill’s ROUGH CANVAS is the sixth book in her NATURE OF DESIRE series and I’ve got to tell you this book is just as intense and powerful as the predecessors. Marcus and Thomas are larger than life characters whose relationship presents a myriad of emotions and quandaries that will have readers eagerly reading through the pages wondering just how their relationship will turn out. At first Thomas’s issues appear to be the main problem between them but as you read you realize that Marcus is just as vulnerable – if not more so, but he’s had far more practice in covering up his insecurities than Thomas has. I especially loved revisiting some of the characters from previous books in this series and enjoyed meeting new ones who are so vital in these men’s lives. This is a wonderful addition to the NATURE OF DESIRE series and does contain strong BDSM elements (as do all the books of this series). If you loved the rest of the books in this series, I’d highly recommend this one – though it really isn’t necessary to have read the others in order to enjoy ROUGH CANVAS.
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