A Painter’s Price by Kira Stone
Publisher: Changeling Press
Length: Short (37 pages)
Rating: 4 cherries
Review by: Tiger Lily
Erik the Painter once lived a life of decadence and debauchery, sparing no thought for the turmoil his wanton behavior created in the households where he stayed. His callousness earned him a visit from the King's mage... and the curse that keeps him alive through the centuries. He now exists solely to create. He has no mortal needs or concerns, save for the one night a year when he must sacrifice a piece of his soul to survive... until he has nothing left to give to his art.
Jason has studied not only the work of Erik the Painter, but everything he could learn about the elusive man. When his dream to meet the artist and the chance to discover the secret behind his centuries-long career comes true, Jason isn't prepared for the powerful erotic feelings the artist provokes in him. Yet his need to touch Erik slowly overrides every other, until there is nothing he can do but surrender, mind, body and soul. Together, in a magical journey, they learn the true cost of A Painter's Price.
His lust for life and sex is insatiable until one night of debauchery turns his life upside down. Then, for one night, his lust for another evolves into love. Can it last? Or is Erik wiling to pay A Painter’s Price?
Ms. Stone writes a spicy short story laced with beautiful sensuality. Although Erik is punished for his lascivious lifestyle, the reader can feel his pain and loneliness. Ms. Stone writes what could’ve been a very depressing theme in a sweetly indulgent fashion. The reader can also identify with Jason’s struggle to come to terms with his attraction to Erik, despite the fact that he’s engaged to another. We think we know what we want until something new comes along to enlighten us. As Erik and Jason explored each other, I could feel their passion and rooted for them to find their happily ending.
If you want a steamy story with exploration and compelling characters, then pick up a copy of A Painter’s Price and lose yourself in the rich descriptions and moving storytelling. I give this short story 4 cherries.