by Kim Louise

December 2002
ISBN: 1-58314-284-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

Marti Albright is horrified to discover that one of her paintings has been sold to Kenyon Williams, a wealthy art collector. When Marti attempts to get her painting back, Kenyon has her charged with theft and thrown in jail. After meeting her court appointed attorney, Marti realizes that the only way to stay out of jail is to accept Kenyon’s wild offer: he wants her to paint his portrait!

As Marti gets to know Kenyon she discovers he is not the callous person she had mistaken him for; instead she finds a caring, sensitive man. Soon, the two of them fall in love. When Marti discovers that she is pregnant, Kenyon rides to the rescue. But when his family’s secret is revealed, Marti must come to terms with who Kenyon really is and what his family’s wealth was built upon.

Kim Louise’s True Devotion is a moving story of love, redemption, and the power that the past hold over all of us. I enjoyed the intensity that characters created in this novel. Kenyon throughout the novel is attempting to make reparations for the horrible things his family had done in the past. Marti wants a life that is her own and refuses to be Kenyon’s pawn in any game he has planned. In fact, she is horrified to discover her true feelings for him. The difficulties that these two characters face make this a very interesting read.

The romance between Kenyon and Marti was well developed for the most part. I found Kenyon to be a bit unsettling as a character and I had a difficult time liking him for most of the novel. However, he does redeem himself toward the end of the book. I also found the conflict over the painting to be a bit, well, stupid, and could think of thousand ways it could have been more realistically solved. Overall, this book was a wonderful way to spend and afternoon and well worth my time.

Reviewed in March 2003 by Jen.

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