This is the first Daisy Whitney book I’ve read. I was attracted by the gorgeous cover, the romance, and the art. I love the way she depicts the magical aspects of the paintings, how she vividly paints the scenery and people so that they appear before you. I agree that it’s refreshing to have a male character as the lead in a romance, and I also particularly liked weaving in the Muses. Popping in and out of paintings, visiting Monet’s garden, strolling over bridges, kissing under a starry night, all of those excursions seemed perfectly at home and quite romantic.
I did feel that a lot of the description seemed more apt for a female lead. Loose tendrils, cobalt-blue morning light, dreamscape of water, eyes etched in pools of radiant blue. Gorgeous phrases, but do teenage boys think that way? And since Julien IS a teenage boy, I imagine he’d be much less restrained with Clio during their makeout sessions. There were also periods of formality with the dialogue that felt out of place. And I wasn’t sure why she called the book Starry Nights since it’s all about The Girl in the Garden.
Those few negative comments aside, I would recommend the book. It’s a fun romp, a quick read, the descriptions are wonderful, I loved the smartphone in the catacombs, and I seriously want to investigate behind the paintings. Maybe I can call up Julien and ask for a tour.