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The gentlemen with the wicked brown eyes - the beautiful young man whose image had been immortalized more than two centuries before by the artist's brush - seemed much more than pigment and paint and canvas. When best-selling author Rachael Lafferty sees the painting on the auction block, the beautiful young man captures her heart and her writer's imagination. She knows she has to have the painting. It would make the Victorian townhouse she was restoring complete...more complete than she ever could have guessed. 

For, when she brings her prize home and lovingly hangs it on the wall, Dorian Gray's trapped soul steps out of the painting and into her life.

Cold. Dark. His much-deserved hell. Those were the only things Dorian had known for more than a century. But now, impossibly, he finds himself in his own home once more, though a century has passed. He feels warmth once more. And love - his love for Rachael makes him corporeal to her. A love that just might redeem his jaded soul, make him into a new man...

Make him alive again...

But his presence in the house stirs jealously. Someone dear to Rachael wants the ghost gone from Rachael's life - someone who knows just how to get the job done.

And that person won't stop until Dorian Gray is again banished from this earth.

©2020 Beth A. Freely (P)2020 Beth A. Freely

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Is there redemption for Dorian Gray?

I’m a fan of the original Dorian Gray but not a purist (unlike with Sherlock Holmes, I will forgive creative license!) so I was curious what direction the author would take and I’m really happy with the result.

The portrait of Dorian Gray is purchased by a successful romance author, Rachael, who hangs it up in her Victorian townhouse which, of course, turns out to be HIS house in an earlier time.
He steps out of the portrait and thus begins the love affair between Dorian Gray and Rachael Lafferty – Gray learns what it’s like to be devoted to another person and have their best interests at heart.

What I appreciated is that all the while, he’s still a bit of a d*ck. He’s heavy handed, selfish and arrogant – he gets a bit better but those qualities don’t make him inherently evil. It did get a bit sketchy about halfway through when the lines were a bit blurred between whether or not Rachael was consenting to his involvement in her life or if he was being abusive but it just about veered back into the safe zone. I recommend caution if this is a sensitive topic for you.

This book is an interesting look at toxic relationships and deeply flawed people, all of the characters are a bit awful in one way or another but I did feel sympathetically towards at least half of them!

I had feelings about the narration of this book – FEELINGS. The narrator has an absolutely gorgeous voice but could have had a bit more energy to it, a book featuring Dorian Gray is calling out for a bit of decadence. That said, I would absolutely listen to more of his work, particularly in partnership with this author!

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WOW!

The narration, it's amazing. Each word just dances its way into your ears. But the story... The story is where the real magic is at. I was instantly sucked in!

Many times, I have found myself digging a story, but I could easily predict where it was leading. Not here. Here I was far too entranced to bother with guessing at the plot.

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A Wonderful and Erotic Story

This is the first novel I have read by Beth A. Freely and I was spellbound from the first chapter. Beth has written a wonderful story that can break your heart and make you happy from beginning to end. Rachael and Dorian are a love for the ages and their story is timeless. Chapter five is worth reading twice. Max Brown narrated wonderfully. NOTE: There are places where the audio wobbles and has some gaps between paragraphs. It may be a little distracting at times, but does not affect the story.

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  • 01-31-21

Gothic Continuation of a Classic Tale

The fascinating tale of Dorian Gray continues in the 21st century with a hot love story and some supernatural obstacles that the hero and heroine of this book need to conquer. The story is entertaining and easy-listening, read with beautiful enunciation by Max Brown. Occasional little hitches in the audio quality and reading do not really take away from the story. The plot itself was surprising to me (which is a good thing!) in that I did not expect some of the twists and turns. I particularly liked how the author really stayed true to Oscar Wilde's vision of Dorian Gray - the haughty elegance of the character shone through, not least in the way he expresses himself. Overall a very enjoyable listen that can be recommended to anyone looking for an easy listening experience with a touch of gothic.

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  • 01-30-21

The Ghost of Christmas is sexier than ever

Max Brown's soothing voice brings the author's characters to life. An erotic supernatural love. A new look at Dorian Gray's character. Was he the vane villainous man portrayed by Oscar Wilde? or is there more to him, just waiting for the right person to find out?.

I could hear a few background noises, but nothing that ruined the experience.