I really enjoyed The Work of Art. Philly and Arthur's relationship was sweet and loving. I loved that Philly was so honest with Arthur so avoiding unnecessary misunderstandings. Highly recommend to Regency lovers.
When Philly's grandfather died, her uncle inherited the estate and was kind enough to take Philly back to London with him to give her a season. But things are not always what they seem. Her first ball is specifically chosen to be an event that the Duke of Moreland, 'The Collector', will be attending, and it gradually becomes clear that Philly's unique eyes, one blue and one amber, are intended to attract the duke, who is known to pay highly for anything unique - and to take vengeance on anyone who thwarts him in a desired object. But very little time spent with the duke shows Philly that the man is heartless and at times vicious to those in his power, and she decides that she must escape. One of her uncle's business partners, Captain Arthur Heywood, is the only man she feels comfortable with in London, and she begs him for help - only to be astonished when he offers a marriage of convenience, as the only way of escaping from the duke. But will their marriage really keep her safe? And is Arthur's past destined to keep them forever apart?
I really enjoy this author's writing, and this did not disappoint. The characters felt real, as did their struggles, and the bit of mystery fitted in well without feeling overdone or forced. All in all, this would have been a five-star book for me but for a couple of pages which, though I'd probably still call them clean, gave me a bit more information than I was quite comfortable with about Arthur and Philly's marriage night. No, there was no problem with their actions, but I don't really want to know even that little. Most people probably won't be bothered by it, and some will doubtless be disappointed at how little information is given, but I would have been happier with less. Other than that, though, I really enjoyed the book.
Note that I received an ARC from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review and this is my personal opinion of the book.