Won a book at the Cobblestone Press chat last night, Vargas Girl by Kris Eton. What a fun book! From the website:
To Tyler Jameson, the sexy pop art of Alberto Vargas is modern genius. Gorgeous, stylized paintings of beautiful half-naked women. What’s not to love? He has a whole living room covered in Vargas girls.
To Sasha Rennik, Vargas girl paintings are about as artistic as a centerfold spread. Trashy, demoralizing, and misogynistic.
But when they vie for the same Vargas painting at auction, who will be the highest bidder? Or will the clash of hearts win out in the end?
Turns out Alberto Vargas is a real guy! See what I learn when I read fiction? He was a noted painter of pin-up girls and erotica. He worked as an artist for the Ziegfeld Follies and for many Hollywood Studios. His big claim to fame was the WWII era pin-up girls for Esquire magazine which came to be known as “Varga Girls.” I had no idea… (learned all this from google, by the way, but would never have known to even check it out if I hadn’t read Kris’ novel!)
Now, back to the novel! The story starts off with a big grabber and pretty much carries you through the whole book without a break. (I’m big on breaks since I’m such a slow reader but didn’t get up and do anything until I finished this one!) I loved Ty–who couldn’t love a guy who falls in love with a redhead? Even though I recently decided to go blond, I always loved being a redhead. And who wouldn’t want to imagine themselves as a Varga girl?
The writing is clean, humorous in many places, and just plain fun! The friends of our main characters have large parts in the story and are just as much fun as the hero and heroine.
Do yourself a favor and go pick up a copy! Can’t wait to see more of Miss Kris Eton’s stuff!