Bryce Schoene wasn’t having much luck
getting her paper written and the knock on her door wasn’t a
welcome interruption. On her doorstep was a very strange
woman who called herself Percy and who insists on dressing
Bryce in her “uniform” - a linen sheet and a strange charm
bracelet. Then Percy disappears, leaving Bryce to extricate
herself from the uniform and the strange visions it seems to
Her attempts to remove the toga and
bracelet instead result in her falling through some rose
bushes and landing on the patio of her handsome neighbor – the
very one she’d constantly been watching and fantasizing
about. And he’s out on the patio.
Galtero (Walt) Diaz has been lusting
after his next-door neighbor for months but she’s barely given
him the time of day, always seeming to be in a hurry to get
away from him. Now Bryce is naked on his patio. Maybe he
could convince her to let him paint a portrait of her – nude.
Reluctant Muse is a hot and fast-paced story
that brings two people together who previously only watched
each other from afar. Both Bryce and Walt have baggage that
threatens to leave them lonely and alone, but the intervention
of the mysterious Percy changes the way they view the world
and their own future.
I found some of the premise of Percy and
exactly what caused her to appear, as well as her mythos to be
a bit confusing, but Bryce and Walt’s characters and
interaction quickly distracted me from that. At one point I
was so irritated at Walt that I yelled at him – always a good
sign of immersion in a story. Reluctant Muse
made me wish I could find a hunky local artist to paint me!