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"rich language and erotic imagery"

Autumn Maguire is painting Paris red. Well, maybe more a tad blue, since her fiancé jilted her and she's used her honeymoon tickets to get there. Determined to have a good time, she answers an ad for an artist's model and discovers how awakening for the spirit it can be to pose nude, even if the artist is less than inspiring. While exploring his studio though, she discovers the self- portrait of a long dead artist and it awakens in her the passion she thought she lacked. When the clothes come off and a little wicked black magic folds in, Autumn finds herself in a most unusual situation. It's a different Paris she awakens to—the darker, naughtier side. Cue the devilish grin.

In nineteenth century Paris, Paul Borquet, a most scandalous artist at the time, discovers a wondrous Titian- haired beauty in his studio. Never so assured of a masterpiece in his life, he must paint her. And never having found so beautiful and intriguing a woman, he entertains a riveting lust for her as well. When the overwhelming influences of the sensual culture confound her, Autumn flees and entrances the sexy Paul in her wake. Concerned for her safety, he pursues. When she catches the eye of a notorious lord, it will be all he can do to assure she comes to no harm in the unfamiliar world that is the baser side of Paris.

No more than the first two chapters in, I felt the allure of Ms. Bacarr's Paris, the rich language and erotic imagery she evokes too powerful to resist. If this were chocolate, it would be whatever the richest, most decadent piece you've ever consumed is. And that, in a nutshell, is what this book is—decadent. From the studios of the famous artists to the opening days of the Moulin Rouge, Naughty Paris embodies the sexual power that the city thrived on at one time. Autumn discovers a part of herself that she never knew existed and Paul recovers a piece of himself that he'd begun to lose amongst the seedy and disreputable back streets. Bacarr's use of the paranormal element of time travel was cleverly done and the ill will surrounding Autumn and Paul because of it sent chills down my spine. Paul is a sigh-worthy hero, strong and passionate, and certainly ranks in my top ten most memorable. This was a late-night binge reading pleasure that I've since picked up more than once. Glad to see this author keeping me on my reading toes!

Reviewed by Kenda Montgomery
Posted April 29, 2007

SUMMARY

After being jilted by her fiancé, Autumn Maguire uses her nonrefundable honeymoon tickets to explore Paris on her own. Eager to experience the true bohemian lifestyle, she answers an ad for an artist's model. When she exchanges her clothes for the artist's lush red cloak, something strange happens—a feeling of intense sensual reawakening overcomes her. Suddenly lightning strikes and through the power of black magic she's thrust back into—

—the nineteenth century where the scandalous painter Paul Borquet is insisting she become his Titian-haired muse. Between everyone's strange clothing, the claustrophobic Parisian streets and the overpowering pull of sexual desire, Autumn can't process—just where the heck is she and how did she get here? And frankly, with Paul's expert caresses imprinted on her body, does she really care about going back to present day?

 

Naughty Paris
by Jina Bacarr

Harlequin (Spice)
July 1, 2007
ISBN #037360517X
EAN #9780373605170
400 pages
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