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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
Natasha Blazic’s Painting Her Thoughts is about Unna Turner’s journey of discovery and love. Unna spent three years working on her thesis for Professor Raveley. Raveley made it a point to put down Unna’s work and claim her IQ wasn’t enough to earn a doctorate. Unna shared a flat with Tiago, who worked at the Higher Arts Gallery and shared a crush on Rom Cabrey. Brian Schulz was looking to fund grants at the university when he approached Unna. He asks her to join him on his yacht to discuss her thesis topic. She accompanies Brian to an art exhibition only to find herself facing Rom, the boyfriend who broke her heart after she posed for his famous painting. Rom and Tiago come up with a business deal involving Unna posing for Rom on his private island.
Natasha Blazic labeled each chapter with a timeline and location, which made it easy to follow Unna. It’s obvious that Unna has resentment towards Rom, but he seems oblivious to her disdain. Tiago disappointed me with his selfish actions. I was stunned by Brian’s offer to Unna in the beginning. Unna’s self-esteem was low because her mother disliked her intelligence; I could understand why Unna didn’t stand up to Raveley. Every page held intrigue, and the unpredictable twists had me spellbound. The revelations and manipulation by other characters were just as shocking to me as they were to Unna. The vivid details of Unna’s thoughts and actions revealed how hurt she was by the betrayal. Readers who enjoy stories that offer hypothetical questions and experiments, slow-burn romances, and scientific discoveries will enjoy Painting Her Thoughts.