Title: Portrait of a Forbidden Love
Series: The Rebellious Sisterhood #1
Author: Bronwyn Scott
Genre: Historical Romance
Date Finished: January 1, 2021
The Earl’s heir and the rebel artist Artemisia Stansfield has four months to prove herself to the Royal Academy of Arts. When she finds out that aristocratic art critic Darius Rutherford has been snooping in her studio, she’s furious! Sparks of anger turn into flames of desire, but one lapse in judgment could give Darius all the fuel he needs to ruin her, as a lady and as an artist! Unless she trusts him enough to take the risk… (x)
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A lot of times, a woman has to use the weapons at her disposal to succeed where men would have an easier path to victory. Sometimes that weapon is in fact a man, though. Until Darius shows her ways she can undermine the Academy, Artemisia is willing to give up her dream. But this isn’t a case of a man swooping in to save the day. He has to risk his reputation as a viscount, as well. They truly are in the fight together, even if Darius has to prove this to her time and again.
I thought Darius was absolutely wonderful. Not only is he super supportive of Artemisia and her dreams, but he’s also supportive of current and future women’s dreams—and he does something about it. He’s more than his words; he puts them into action. I quite loved him.
Artemisia (named after Artemisia Gentileschi—if you don’t know her story, check it out here) has to fight for recognition and the renown she deserves. The men in the Royal Academy refuse her a place with them. They tell her she should be satisfied (read: complacent) with being allowed to be just an associate with them and not a full member. All because she’s a woman. Together with Darius she figures out how to make her mark in the field that wants to shun her, and it’s satisfying to watch her do so.
I’m guessing her sister Addy is going to get her own book because the story with her man was very vague, and I wanted to know more!