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Anyone tired of reading cliche romances should check this book out I ve never read one like this before and I probably never will DARK doesn t begin to describe this one Jonas Whitaker is a brilliant artist who also struggles with bipolar manicdepressive disorder He has been left by people who could not contend with his mental illness his whole life He is lonely isolated and on the brink of madness Imogene comes to him as a student wanting to learn from a master She has been overlooked her whole life and seeks to find approval from her uncaring father through learning to paint Jonas is at first unimpressed by Imogene but over time develops an obsession for her She becomes his muse and through his eyes Imogene begins to see herself as beautiful This book brings Imogene and you as the reader through one of Jonas s mood cycles The fictional depiction of a manicdepressive cycle is as real as it can get You are swept away during his manic phaseyou feel the energy the activity and the creativity Imogene is drawn to Jonas and call him a shooting stara typical description of an individual in a manic phase Jonas s tumble into depression is also captured You feel the despair the hopelessness the fatigue It is a fictional masterpiece of the cruelty of this mental illness The love story is sweet and touching Imogene vows to stay with Jonasno matter what I found myself wondering how it would all work but Imogene made me believe that she was the one person that could endure the better or worse the in sickness and healthtill death parts them It is a beautiful love story Loved this book I really get into those damaged heroes and this one holds top rank Dark and disturbed hero falls for emotionally abused heroine who has lived in the shadow of a beloved and deceased sister Hero has Bipolar Disorder which is depicted pretty damn realistically even if it s the worse case scenario She is supposed to be his angel of mercy who saves him from the darkne Wow What a ride this book was New York 1885 Jonas is a brilliant artist who suffers from manicbi polar episodes He is scarred mentally and physically he is missing a hand Imogene comes to Jonas studio as a student but she does not know that Jonas was forced to take her on by her godfather who is his patron He deeply resents her being there and does all he can to get her to uit We can see that he is heading towards an episode I felt like a deer caught in the headlights watching it play out It becomes apparent that they are two very very lonely people who have both suffered much at the hands of people who were supposed to love them As he goes through the beginnings of his episode he is hit with a sort of epiphany about Imogene and starts to become obsessed with her all the while fighting it so not to hurt her She is also becoming obsessed with him and you believe her falling in love with him as no one has ever showed her this kind of strong positive in a manic sort of way attention Jonas sees something in her through his manicartists eye Something no one else can see especially not herself He sees her as a goddess as a butterfly as a rare beauty and tries to force everyone else to see it He believes she is supposed to be his masterpiece as Galatea to his Pygmalion This was an incredible book and going on my to read again shelf Wow I gotta say this book is unlike any historical romance I can remember reading I m going to use the word dark
simply because I can t think of ANOTHER AT THE MOMENT BUT because I can t think of ANOTHER AT THE MOMENT BUT M NOT SURE at the moment but I m not sure fits THIS REVIEW IS KINDA SPOILERISHThe Portrait is extremely well written Not only can the author create heart breakingly beautiful imagery but I m thinking she either spent a LOT of time researching bipolar disorder or she has some first hand experience with it Her portrayal of the Hero s cycle he s ok he s WAY up then down is so realistic I felt uncomfortable through parts of the bookIt would be SO hard to love someone with
this disorderI found as I was reading the book that I was drawn into the story as a whole disorderI found as I was reading the book that I was drawn into the story as a whole I was connected to either the Hh It felt to me as though the author simply dropped you into their world at a particular point in time and you followed along from there No big build up no history or b She was looking at him as if he were God and in that moment he felt as if he were He was God and she was his Eve perfect than Adam had ever been interesting The book about a tortured but brilliant artist who takes pleasure in humiliating his new student the h seemed like ust the book to read What I dint know beforehand was that the H actually suffered from MDP and was not ust another tortured soul Handling such mcs with care knowledge and sensitivity is essential and here the author delivers exceptionally well Her portrayal of the H and his moods rages and despair raised this book to a level rarely seen in the romance genreThe book starts out amazingly well and I was spell bound by the completely novel characterizations and premise The H is a completely self centered inward turned genius who connects with people selfishly and then only with those who spark his art and genius the mistress being the only exceptionHe initially resents the h as she s forced on him by his patron her godfather and he uses intimidation and humiliation to scare her awayThe H lives in an alternate reality his mind a caged genius seeing things from a perspective that the h yearns to get This historical romance was first published in 1995 The reigning master of the New York art world Jonas Whitaker was brilliant and compelling a man of dark passions and uncontrollable emotions Terrified of his own dangerous nature and scarred by the horror of his past he hid behind his talent in a world of .
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Peek into He goes from bright incandescence to roiling rage from seeking inspiration to finding one in the h putting her on a pedestal that no one else can see not even herself Now to the h For all his bipolar issues it was the h who had the complex and hard to understand psyche A peculiar passive aggressive personality full of inadeuacies and a silent seething resentment making it difficult to like her or relate to For all her diffidence she secretly envies and thus dislikes almost everyone for being beautiful charming or gifted She wants to be with such people and absorb their ualities or even emulate them be it her dead sister her sister s fianc the H other people she meets socially Someone needed to tell her that there s nothing wrong with mediocrity as the majority of the world is ust that way She apparently spends her whole life trying to see herself from other people s eyes to decipher herself Sadly towards the middle the novelty wore off the narrative and the incidences became contrived even farcical The author dangles some past secrets and incidences to hold interest otherwise there wasn t much in the way of development or romance The H s friend the charming Rico not only provides a foil to the H but also knows how to handle him in his violent rages But truly he was the impresario without whom the hH story might never have held together as he tagged along and tugged along the h who constantly tries but fails to comprehend the mind of the genius Imo he was important to the story than anyone elseThe book flared sporadically brilliant like the H the shooting star I hate to say it but I had to push myself through the middling chapters but I am happy I did so as the later 3rd rallied and wrapped up this flawed romance in a poignant but befitting communion and coming together What do you want a guarantee There aren t any People say they love you and then they leave They say they ll stay no matter what happens But they don t He paused feeling the pain well up so strongly inside him that he spoke the last in a whisper They never do Many incidences of irrational and psychotic behavior dissuades the reader from believing in his ability for normal functioning or in a traditional hea for that matter For instance when he drags her in a disheveled state to a respectable restaurant and when people stare at her he feels elated that they see his artistry not understanding their disapproval or her chagrin It was as embarrassing as it was poignant and distressing She had been a part of that upper class respectability and he d changed her Already he d changed her She was his creation now vibrant and alive a laughing beautiful testament to his talent Although despite his tremulous hold on reality I felt that he loved her as he was ready to sacrifice and let her go for her own good
feelings stemmed from him making her feel needed important and alive for once in her life they were both flawed imperfect her feel needed important and alive for once in her life So they were both flawed imperfect I felt happy that he had her and was not alone or ended up in bedlam You made me beautiful she whispered Now let me do something for you Let me keep you safe I have read very contradicting reviews about the book Apparently this is not a book for everyone I was very curious about Jonas the bi polar artist hero in this book So even though I found Imogene the heroine rather dull from the excerpt I read I wanted to find out about JonasJonas is one of the few truly dark heros I have read Granted there have been dark heros and some of them were poignantly portrayed But Jonas predicament is on a whole different level of darkness he was disturbed Jonas was a tormented soul trapped between his talent and mental illness A character with a lot of depth It was very interesting to read about him observe his mood swings I think one has to have a similar disposition to have an inkling of what a person with such a volatile personality would go through in an emotional crisis It might read a little crazy but I have to say it is only too real I think Imogene the character was the right pick for Jonas uiet demure but unfailingly resistant to failures and criticism It takes a generous soul to deal with Jonas and his emotional struggles And I think Megan Chance picked the right archetype for Jonas That being said I feel that Imogene s character had less depth than I desire for Jonas heroine Their interactions did not mentally prepare me for their relationship She was first an inconvenience an annoyance a student then a necessity a muse and a lover But the transition lacked some emotions for me to accept that Jonas found some solace in her She was supposed to demonstrate some sensuality considering that Jonas was a rather sexual creature But I couldn t feel that Imogene felt rather cold to me and I had trouble picturing her as Jonas sensual muse I was very intrigued by the premise and character setup but the execution left me a little disappointed I suppose to accompany a great artist is a precarious ourney Very often such rare talents have a way of self destruction and they bring down everyone around them when they fall Isn t it a ingenious premise for a love story Alas it seemed to me that the heroine was not able to hold up her end This is a Jonas book all the way They say they love you and then they leave O lord have mercy on my romantic soul what a stroke of genius W sensitivity pinpoint accuracy MC captures the unflinchi. Littering emptiness until Imogene Carter pushed her way into his life He discounted her on sight seeing her as a colorless fragile woman with no spirit and less talent He could send her running with a word and he intended to do ust that But Imogene was not so easily frightened She came to Jonas to learn fro. ,Her feelings stemmed from him making her feel needed important and alive for once in her life
Ng snapshot of Bipolar aka Manic depressive dis The Portrait was dark angsty and riveting At times I wasn t sure that I liked Jonas However I came to see that his initial cruelty towards Imogene arose out of his despair his hopelessness about his life People are often cruel out of self defense He felt a sense of powerlessness about his mental illness and his dependence on his patrons to keep a roof over his head and to be able to do the one thing that had meaning for him to pursue his art As the book progresses I saw that Jonas was a man who was very much capable of loving Imogene a man that love could change for the better merely by giving him hope and by having one person who saw him truly who would not leave him or give up on him even through the bad times That was ImogeneImogene saddened me at times Her lack of self esteem and lack of belief in herself However it was soon clear why she felt that way Her father was ust awful He put his one daughter on a pedestal and barely noticed the other when he wasn t putting her down and inflicting emotional cruelty on her She d spent most of her life feeling like she was inadeuate to her family feeling her mother s disgust and hatred Always below the mark of comparison to her sister Chloe When her father sends her to New York City to study art she is determined to make a good artist out of herself to make her father proud Instead she meets Jonas a brilliant painter who treats her cruelly at first but captivates her and causes her to fall in love with him Imogene wasn t a fool She went into the love affair with Jonas with her eyes open She had been used by a man before not measuring up and she didn t think that this larger than life artist could really love her for who she was She was wrong In Imogene Jonas saw a masterpiece a hidden beauty But he also loved her for who she was For her love and acceptance of himI love dark and angsty romance but I was afraid this was going to be too dark for me I m glad to see that I was wrong I loved the message of hope in this story Jonas mental condition was not an easy fix Many people with bi polar disorder don t fare well particularly in the past when they didn t even have a diagnosis and no good way to treat this mental condition With this story I know things won t be easy for Jonas or Imogene but they have their love and their commitment to each other to help them through the dark times Imogene has seen Jonas at his worst and it didn t make her run away She only left because she thought he didn t love her or that she didn t matter But she came back because he was the one for her her true love She would stay by his side forever no matter what knowing that he truly wanted her Thankfully Jonas loves her for who she is AND THAT S WHAT SHE ALWAYS NEEDED IN HER that s what she always needed in her As this book ends I felt a sense of hope that made this dark read ust my kind of story I could believe that although life won t be easy they will have a happy ending together And that s why I love romance novels Thanks to Denise for kindly loaning me this book for my Kindle 45 starsRarely do I think of a book as a seductive read This story was THE PORTRAIT was deep dark and delicious It sucked me in on a ourney into madness Jonas Whitaker was an anti hero Throughout the first half of the book there were not many nice things you could say about him He was mean rude crass amoral and vindictive He was also brilliant insightful and imaginative beyond reason He was an artist he painted with emotionBut this was 1855 New York a city known for its crime dirty streets and despair It was also long before there was the term manic depressive or what we now know as bi polar People with this condition often were institutionalized or committed suicide At the very minimum they became alcoholics or drug addicts The condition hadn t been identified yet And so Jonas s sanity with its highs and lows played out daily and affected everyone and everythingBy the end of the first chapter Jonas was expected to teach a new student to paint Imogene Carter was the goddaughter of Jonas s sponsor At their introduction she appeared to be meek Jonas was going to give her a reason to uit the class He was going to enjoy making her suirm until she could no longer abide his taunts Except nothing went as plannedWhat he didn t know was that Imogene had already been demoralized by her own family Twenty six years old and plain looking she thought before she spoke At all times she was careful of what she said Because of this she sent people mixed messages people were unsure of her But during one of Jonas s elated moments he felt he understood her Genie saw Jonas as a savior If she could complete his classes if she could learn his secrets if she could be accepted by his circle of acuaintances then and only then did she believe she would finally attain happinessThat said this story is not for everyone Jonas could be "Very Crude Especially With His "crude especially with
toward Genie At times his behavior had erotic overtones but I never thought of it an erotic read Instead It was very sensual Jonas was like glass smooth but could easily break And break he didI could tell there was something very wrong with him but like Genie I Full review to come 5 starsAside from one extremely offensive line and the inclusion of the much hated at least by me Big Misunderstanding Things Left Unsaid ploy this book was unbelievably wonderful. M a master and learn she would everything he could teach her She wanted his artist's secrets and his brilliant passion She wanted to be swept up in his seductive forbidden world Until she saw the terrible price he paid for his talent And realized it was impossible to catch a shooting star without being burne. ,his toward Genie At times his behavior had erotic overtones but I never thought of it