Series: Art of Love Book #2
Author: Kitsy Clare
Genres: New Adult
Release Date: September 30, 2014
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About Private Internship:Sometimes sugar isn’t so sweet and secrets can be deadly...especially with matters of the heart.
Sienna’s bestie, Harper warned her not to intern for famous bad boy artist, Casper Mason. After all, he just fired Harper who helped Sienna get the interview. But the moment Sienna sees Casper—or Caz—sweaty, practically shirtless and swinging from chains as he works on his sculpture, she’s hooked. He’s the richest, hottest artist in New York, and he lives in the fabulous Williamsburg Sugar Factory. But he’s also an incorrigible game-player, who seems to relish testing Sienna’s loyalty with a string of unsettling tests.
She knows she should get away fast. But by the time Sienna sneaks into his locked storage room and begins to unearth his dark and terrifying secret, she’s fallen way too hard for the handsome, charismatic Caz.
The main reason I wanted to read this book was because I didn’t really like the first book in the series, Model Position. I don’t like when I don’t like books and their characters. Books are glorious, and I just want to love them all! I’ve gotten pretty good at choosing what books to read, so normally I do end up liking the book. But I didn’t really like Model Position and wanted Kitsy Clare and her characters to redeem themselves.
Good news! They kind of did. But only kind of. Gah! Cognitive dissonance! It’s the worst!
My main issue with Model Position was the characters – literally all of them were unlikeable. In Private Internship, the only real carryover is Sienna and Harper. Dave Hightower, Lydia Hightower, and Erik have very small parts and are mostly replaced by Caz, who was more tolerable. Sienna’s other best friend was oddly, completely absent. What happened to her?
Also, Sienna seemed much more mature in Private Internship. Unfortunately, Sienna didn’t, but that’s actually a source of conflict. It was very realistic to see two friends sort of argue about differences in maturity levels, or when one matures more quickly than the other.
However, Sienna was still kind of immature. Her and Harper were still very fame-hungry and kind of shallow. They seem more caught up with how famous Caz and his art are, instead of appreciating the person and the art on their own. In the first book, Dave Hightower was definitely the shallowest, so his smaller part made the book as a whole a lot less shallow.
Sienna and spoke about love as though a middle schooler would. It was just kind of hard to believe that she was a twenty-something with the way that she talked. One example: she only ever referred to having sex as “making love.” I really don’t think she ever called it anything else, although other characters did.
So I know it’s starting to sound like I hated this book, but I really didn’t. Caz was a likeable character that added balance to the rest of them, and his past, and he in general, was very interesting to read about. And his art seemed so cool. I wish the book came with photos in the back, because some stuff I was having trouble visualizing. But in a cool way, because I’ve never seen anything like what was being described. 🙂
And the sugar mill was an awesome backdrop for the majority of the book.
Overall, the cast of characters were better developed and more tolerable, and there was a lot more depth (as the first book didn’t have any). But I still just had so much trouble liking Sienna, and I usually need to like the main character in order to like the book.
About Kitsy Clare:
Kitsy Clare hails from Philadelphia and lives in New York. A romantic at heart, she loves to write about the sexy intrigue of the city, and particularly of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her paintings here before turning to writing. Model Position, her new adult novella is about artist Sienna and her friends. Living in a Bookworld says: “Beautifully written! We get to learn things about art & painting, which is refreshing. A colorful story from a promising new adult author.” The next in her Art of Love series, Private Internship launches in September with Inkspell.
Kitsy loves to travel, draw, read romance, speculative fiction and teach writing workshops. She also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was a finalist in YA and Sci-Fi in the USA News International Book Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna, launches fall 2014 with Evernight Teen. She’s a member of SFWA, RWA and SCBWI.