Carina Press is still popping out good ones. Like many of their titles I’ve read, ‘The Canvas Thief’ is a highly original, well written story that combines action and romance in just the right amounts.
Maya is an artist who in order to live a normal life, hides the fact that she sees through the glamour of paranormal beings. She created comic strip characters from an early age, two in particular, Benjamin Black, a sexy thief and Adam Richards, the cop who in her stories is out to get him.
One night someone who looks like Benjamin Black breaks into her home and she soon discovers that he is her character come to life in the real world. He’s been living in it for 10 years but now he wants his drawings so he can destroy them and get back to his own world. The world Maya thought she created. They fall in love making Maya his reason to stay in this world.
Adam Richards, is here too, but instead of a cop he is now a ruthless crime lord, who wants to be immortal. He needs Maya to draw more characters to work for him but she needs to get rid of him before he hurts her loved ones to force her to cooperate.
The problem is, the men are inextricably linked through Maya’s drawings. Ridding the world of Adam means Benjamin disappears from Maya’s life forever…
Ben is a lovely character, a thief with ethics and a good heart. Maya is an easy character to like while the antagonist Adam soon garners our distaste despite his good looks, but my favourite character is Ben’s vampire friend whose, sometimes humorously, abrupt manner belies the fact that he does care.
The ending is one befitting a romance but unexpected in its detail. The sex is explicit but not excessively so, though I did feel that the last encounter didn’t need to be in such detail. I enjoyed this book a very much and give it 4 stars.
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