The third book on my GMMG to be read pile is Julie Reece's THE ARTISANS. Check out this cover.
Pretty cool, right? Here's the blurb from Goodreads:
They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Raven Weathersby gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.
To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.
Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad's drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.
But Raven's stepdad's drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she's ever known out of jail, or worse.
Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries' clothing line, signing over her creative rights.
Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can't imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.
But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?
Shivers, right? :D
Why I want to read it: The first reason is because I met the wonderful Julie Reece at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in May and want to support her work. The second reason is because I'm intrigued by the book's synopsis. Will Raven be able to stand up to Gideon, even as she's figuring out who he is?
Why I'm nervous about reading it (lol): Because I've read that it's kind of spooky and I'm not big on spooky. But, I've decided I have the perfect antidote to that. I shall read it on the beach this summer! In the bright sunshine. While the waves are crashing on the shore and people are building sandcastles. And not on a chilly and rainy Autumn afternoon in a historic mansion. Not that I have one of those, but I think you get what I mean. :D