Instagram Twitter Facebook Pinterest Read for the Unapologetic Romance Readers Halloween 2018 Reading Challenge for the category of A romance involving murder Murder probably isn t the first word that comes to mind when you think romance unless "You Re Ted Bundy But There S "re Ted Bundy but there s entire sub enre of roma 3 starsJune 2019 review Yeah I still feel the same way not my fave but entertainingFeb 2016 review Not one of my favorite Anne Stuart reads but an entertaining romantic suspense Redonk Nutshell Burned out writer takes tabloid job to write a book about *a scandalous painter and his harem of women and when he meets the *scandalous painter and his harem of women and when he meets the that ot away he finds himself inexplicably drawn to her damaged yet strong tempermentYou can t really o wrong with Anne Stuart and The Widow is no exception Riding on the tail end of my Gothic fiction wave The Widow involves the twisted and bizarre story of Aristide Pompasse a brilliant womanizing artist who longs for the one woman that managed to leave him His death brings her back to his estate in Tuscany to pick up the shattered pieces he left behind Maguire a tabloid reporter posing as an insurance broker weasels his way onto the estate and begins to catalog the bizarre life that Pompasse lived His wife delicate Charlie is a study in damaged femininity having managed to be the only one of Pompasse s women that managed to successfully leave him He is drawn to Charlie especially as things begin to take a turn for the weirder when paintings turn up mutilated and suggesting Pompasse s death was not an accidentCharlie is a woman that has barely managed to pull the threads of her life together with any sense of normalcy Married to the brilliant artist at the age of seventeen Charlie lived with him and his brooding collection of models and women for five years until she finally arnered the courage to leave She s a shell of a woman barely believing herself capable of feeling passion or contentment When Maguire bullishly pushes his way around her at the Tuscan estate she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him When things begin to et heated both in and out of the bedroom Charlie finds herself floundering for her sense of selfThe Widow is a dark and bizarre tale set in the beautiful Tuscan countryside I enjoyed the darker elements of the story that crept consistently throughout the background traitorous mistresses adulterous fiances insane mutterings and when the Aristide Pompasse is dead But the evil in the Prisoner of Midnight great artist's soul still haunts the vineyards and lurks in the corners of his Tuscan villa Known as much for his fabulous portraits as his penchant for young mistresses Pompasse had not let anyoneo until Charlie his young EThere are some well drawn secondary characters who comprise the suspects in the
Death Typical Of A Typical of a they include secretive servants and a crazy old bat Pompass first muse Tumbled down old ruins decaying vineyards a storm or 2 and mysterious happenings all add to the othic atmosphere The denoument is ripe with hints of insanity and incest Creepy Stuart plays fair and a couple of throwaway lines early in the story turn out to foreshadow the rot at the heart of this family melodrama Rating 4255 Rated as an AWESOME READ from the sunny side of lifeReview with uotes can be found on MBR s Realm of ROMANCE ONCE IT GOES LIVE ON MARCH 18 2013 once it oes live on March 18 2013 0000 hrs MVT time I make no secret of the fact that Anne Stuart is one of my favourite authors I have loved some books than others her older stories better than her recent ones but I usually always find something to enjoy in everyone of them I still have a lot of work to do if I want to catch up with all her back list so occasionally delve into my TBR pile and see what I have there This time it was The WidowThe widow is Charlie the ex wife of famous French painter Aristide Pompasse who has just been found murdered She is the executor of his will and so she must o back to his Tuscan Villa where several of his "mistresses reside to settle things There she also finds Connor Maguire a tabloid reporter pretending to be and "reside to settle things There she also finds Connor Maguire a tabloid reporter pretending to be and consultant who suspects her to be the murderer and is trying to find Charlie and Pompasse s eventual dirty secretsThere s an attraction between Charlie and Connor from the beginning He is the usual bad boy decided not to et involved and she seemed actually like a nice irl despite an uncommon childhood that led her to the arms of someone 40 something years older than her and a less than healthy relationship Unfortunately I did not find Connor as alluring as other Stuart imperfect heroes he does et better as the book develops but he starts by being a really nasty piece of work Regarding the suspense of where Pompasse s last works were and who is trying to hurt Charlie although the conclusion was a surprise I didn t feel there was enough build up to make a successful romantic suspense climax Still it is an entertaining read if not an exceptional oneGrade 355 Started off 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, good ambiance FANTASTIC Plotline pretty predictable though and the hero is a total caveman Not awful but notreat either and really forgettabl. To break the biggest story of his life Pompasse's murder and damn anyone who ets in his way So why can't he keep his eyes and his hands off the old man's widowIn the old house where murder is a whisper away and desire a dance in the moonlight nothing is uite as it seems.
Anne Stuart Ð 1 SUMMARYTory came to a climax and all was revealed it was a satisfactory conclusionThis was my first contempory read of Ms Stuart s and I enjoyed it It was a uick fluffy read No lie I finished this in a few hoursThe Widow by Anne Stuart 384 pgs pub 2001Rating CRomance 15 Raunch 35 An
ok read Which when comparing Stuart to any other writer is like a excellent for any other writer Thisread Which when comparing Stuart to any other writer is like a excellent for any other writer This not one of bestthe H was a poor working uyumnobut certainly alpha enoughthe h was standardthe mystery wasn t one pretty easy to figure out And as with most of her contemporaries the sex was pretty tame But *I Still Got Teary At The Typical *still Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines got teary at the typical ending causeit s Stuart and she s the best I liked it but it was average read for me can t remember nothing to specific And that tells a lot I love Anne Stuart Her style may be unadorned even terse her heroes may be alpholes and her heroines may be limp dishrags but she knows how to spin a tale Sherabs me and keeps me turning the pages frantic to find out what will happen next until the creepyscarydisturbing climax And "I Keep Coming Back For "keep coming back for story is a southern The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River gothic transplanted into the sunny hills of Tuscany The linchpin is the mysterious death of aging egocentric hedonistic over the hill Great Artist Pompasse or as I soon started calling him PompAss Stuart does areat job of simultaneously making you feel his THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: Head and Neuroanatomy greatness as an artist and his utter worthlessness as a human being Carrying on with ever younger teenage mistresses excuse me muses keeping on his discarded mistresses muses at his sprawling villa and encouraging them to fight over him ugh Though he dies in the Prologue he s a constant presence throughout the storyThe hero keeps from being overshadowed by the dead PompAss by being one himself I found him just too abrasive in the first half constantly baiting the heroine until I starting wishing she would throw him out already But it becomes clear he baits her because he wants her He won me over in the second half with hisrowing feelings for her A lot of the book is in his POV so you really et into his head Stuart did a ood job with this too you never feel like you re reading a woman s idea of what a man thinks likeThe heroine starts out limp but becomes sympathetic as you learn she s pretty damaged The hero s obnoxiousness works to River Bodies (Northampton County, get her out of her repression and she s lively in the second half I ended up liking her and them as a coupl. Ife had managed to escapeNow Charlie is back to lay oldhosts to rest to find the answers to who she was to make peace with her past and her future And there is no room in that peaceful future for a dangerous man like Connor MaguireMaguire knows what he wants He is about. ,