Grady Paulson spends his nights pleasing a lot of women.
The bump and grind of being a male stripper is getting old for Grady, and when his cross-country tour takes him to New Orleans everything changes. He meets Allison Wagner; a smart, successful woman who is all wrong for him, but Grady just loves a challenge.
Sparks fly, and soon Allison has Grady rethinking his future. He wants to get out of the stripping game and settle down, but Allison is hiding a devastating secret that could threaten his plans.
Will Grady finally break free from his seedy, sequined world or will her troubled past forever seal their fate? On Bourbon Street, temptation is the name of the game for all those who practice the art of sin.
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“When I saw you two dancing together, I knew it was only a matter of time before what was going on vertically went horizontal.”
“We’re two people so chewed up by life that when someone wonderful comes along, we only wonder what we did wrong, instead of being happy that he finally did something right.”
“That is the true art of sin, my friend, knowing how far you are willing to go before you know you are about to go over the edge.”
The Art of Sin is an interesting, moody, and well-written piece that is rather difficult to define as it crosses many genres. There is an interesting mix of characters such as a Yale educated male stripper who quotes such deep thinkers as Hemingway, C.S. Lewis, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Shakespeare; a corrupt city, a strip club owner with underworld ties and a wandering wife, a plastic surgeon, nurse, and other New Orleans French Quarter regulars. New Orleans itself is prominent character in the story, which also involves drama, suspense, crime, sex, romance, infidelity, murder, lots of booze, suicide, revenge, love, redemption, and multiple levels of sin. I have an intense urge to check flight rates and dig out my luggage.
Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.