The Genius and the Muse

Title: The Genius and the Muse
Published by: Elizabeth Hunter
Release Date: April 26, 2012
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Every love story is a unique work of art.

Kate Mitchell thought she knew what she wanted: to finish her art degree and break into photography on her own terms. Just when she thinks she has it all figured out, new insight into an iconic photograph by her artistic idol will lead her on a journey through the past. 

A photograph. A painting. A love lost in time. One clue leads to another, and Kate learns that pieces of a stranger's past might leave marks on her own future, leading to a completely unexpected love. 

Finding the story behind a single picture becomes Kate's obsession, but learning its secrets will challenge everything she thought she knew about life, love, and inspiration.

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“Hello?”

“Katie?” A deep voice, rough from sleep, answered her. She gaped, suddenly unsure of what she wanted to say.

“Javi?”

Of course it’s Javi, you idiot.

Kate heard him take a breath and exhale. “Yeah?”

“Did I―did I wake you up?”

There was a pause. “Yeah, I guess so. I―” He cleared his throat. It worked a little bit, but his voice was still a rough growl that sent a shiver down her spine.

“I’ve been working for a few days.” She heard him release another deep breath. “Hmmm, what time is it?” he murmured.

Her heart rate picked up. She had woken him, and a picture of him lying bare-chested in bed leapt unbidden to her mind. She had only peeked at the intriguing tattoos that covered his thick muscles, but somehow in her mind’s eye, she saw his richly decorated chest and arms laying against a white background as he spoke to her.

“It’s… uh, it’s around eleven in the morning.” She swallowed and willed the image away. “On Thursday. I was just going to leave a message for you. I figured you’d be working.” She squirmed, still trying to erase the mental picture from her mind as he replied.

“Well, you’ve got me now. What did you want?”

“I―um, you know, just call me back when you get a cha―”

“I’m awake now, Kate,” he voice was clipped. “What do you need?”

You. She almost said it before thinking. Wait, what?

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