Dark and moody artiste. Man of mystery. Brooding yet fiery, a man of deep passions, yet also deep secrets. Not rich in land, title or resources, but overflowing with raw talent. His own worst enemy, needing someone who can match him yet be all that he needs, so he can give all that he has….
In Mary Robinette Kowal’s fantasy Regency romance, glamor is the gentile artistic ability to “reach into the ether” to magically manipulate shape, light and color, sound and sensation, in order to create panoramas, tableaus, and other gentile decorations. Mr. Vincent is the master glamor artist who is hired by the affluent (and eligible) Mr. Dunkirk to teach his younger sister, Beth, but ends up mentoring (and finally declaring his affection for) the modest and matronly Jane, the heroine of Shades of Milk and Honey. He is full of mysteries and secrets, is volatile and immensely talented… and is unabashedly romantic – without the lace.
I would have said that Mr. Darcy was my literary crush, but I imagine I’d be one of many, and I don’t like competition. And actually, I like artists. So I’m going with Mr. Vincent, and am glad to do so. Gloriously, deliriously glad to do so.