Performance Artist, Argyle Brink, lives his life as one big art exhibit. No matter if he is hatching from a gilded egg to show his emergence as a new persona, or donning a suit of mirrors to reflect reality back to his audience, he never misses an opportunity to take a chance and stand by his convictions. Only one thing has eluded him…fame.
In order to save her family’s estate, Malone Summersfield must never return to England. After conning an art critic into taking her across the pond as his fiancée, she thinks her life will be smooth sailing. However, when the man’s wife enters the picture, she realizes the con is all on her, and she needs to get married now. When the strange, yet handsome, performance artist offers to marry her for the price of co-starring in his reality show, she figures she’ll give it a go and become a living art piece.
The show takes on a life of its own, gaining ratings from the sparks between the two stars. Airing everything from their dirty laundry, to public sex in an abandoned zoo, and even living off the grid in a micro house, nothing is off limits. However, when the INS decides to investigate their marriage further, and Argyle uses their predicament to broaden his art, Malone wonders if she will ever come first in his life.
With their marriage, their show, and her citizenship at stake, the two must decide if the ultimate truth lies in the art or in their love.
This was most definitely a romance. I don't say that as a criticism. I am used to reading books where there is romance in the book but romance is not main flavor of the book. It was actually a lot of fun reading this style of romance too because it wasn't the romance books I remember reading in my teenage years...the mushy hallmark types (those are fun too, but I need to be in the mood for them). Plus, this was more gritty, witty, and quirky. And, I really enjoyed the author's writing style - unique and cohesive. Both Malone and Argyle are unique, cool, and fun. Although this story seemed to move rather quickly, it was better than reading a slow-moving story where I feel as though I am trudging through mud just to get to the next checkpoint in the story. All in all though, it was a really good read and got me re-interested in reading romances again :)