Art Criticism

Celeste Spettro
Art Criticism
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Less Than Three Press
Release Date
May 2014
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

James has no idea what he's going to do with his art history degree, but for the moment he's managing as a lowly gallery assistant... until he has to deal with an aggravating photographer. Turkish is a lot like his photographs: vapid, popular, and over the top—the perfect target for James' snarky criticism, but somehow James is unable to reject the man as easily he rejects his art.

Book Review by Pat Henshaw (author,reviewer)
Jun 07, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
206 people found the following review helpful
An art gallery assistant and an annoying but popular photographer butt heads in this cross-cultural romp.

San Francisco art school graduate James wants to become a curator someday and knows the bottom rungs to the ladder start in private galleries as assistants. So he's at the Melissa Anderten Gallery (not Anderson as he keeps telling patrons) getting the experience he needs before moving on.

Although his jobs, from billing to making coffee, are often tedious, he's able to cope fairly well, except when he must deal with the wildly popular photographer Turkish whose work James thinks has peaked and whose pieces were somewhat derivative anyway.

Lately, however, Turkish has been acting even odder than ever as James puts together the photographer's new opening. Turkish has changed the title of one of his pictures after the brochure has been printed and now wants different, more expensive frames on a few pieces.

Since Melissa has put James in charge of hanging the show, James realizes this is his big chance to show his capabilities, but every time he's around Turkish, the man seems to be thwarting him.

One of James' friends suggests that Turkish is just being awkward around James because the artist is smitten with him. When Turkish asks James out, James is flabbergasted. The assured people person whose bohemian looks and cosmopolitan nature attract buyers can't be attracted to unsophisticated, fledgling James...

Although he's annoying at first, James will grow on readers. His snarky manner, particularly to the hapless Turkish, hide his nervousness as a beginner in what he at first hopes will be his ultimate career. His honest comments spur Turkish on to hone his photos and get inspired.

Turkish, for his part, is a charming foil for James. While he's been in the limelight and fawned over too long, he needs the bits of reality that James' acerbic tongue gives him. What emerges when Turkish is given a glimpse of how flattery has gone to his head is a completely likeable human being.

Also appealing in this novel are Celeste Spettro's spot-on observations about San Francisco. Readers who live there or who have lived there recently will be tickled by how well the author knows the foibles of the city and the people who live there.

If it hadn't been for James' annoying personality at the beginning of the book, this would be a perfect romance.
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