(book)review: THE ART OF US by Hilaria Alexander

The Art of Us
Hilaria Alexander
Publication Date: January 26, 2018

Two years ago, his kiss left her reeling, but she pushed him away and they never spoke of it again.

Lena Andrews is bad at love, and has no intention of getting better at it.

Men are good for one thing, and love isn’t it.
She’s perfectly okay with finding happiness in her job as a comic book artist.
Yet, she can’t shake the memory of her coworker’s kiss.

Amos St. Clair has stayed the hell away from Lena Andrews for the last two years.

Work has filled his time and he’s on the cusp of making a name for himself. When an opportunity to complete a project that’s dear to Lena’s heart presents itself, Amos seizes the opportunity – even if it means being with the woman he’s avoided all this time.

Through their mutual passion for art and each other, their love blooms like a lotus flower out of a dark, muddy pool. But, is their love strong enough to withstand the challenges posed by the most important job of their careers?

The Art of Us is by far my favorite from Alexander. It was a surprising story that sucked me in, reading from cover to cover in one sitting! I will admit the beginning was a bit rough for me. There was a lot of flashbacks to establish history, but once that history has been established, the story picks up and took me places I did not expect. Lena and Amos are two interesting characters. They are both strong people who have their own agendas. When they are forced to work together, the tension is high and it makes for a delicious story.

I was not expecting to jump in the world of a comic books artist like this and be as fascinated as I was. I thought it would be a side theme of the love story but instead it was a central theme that connected every single character we met. To get a bird’s eye view of the comic world both states side and internationally was everything I loved about this book. Learning more about the different styles and the ever growing fan base made me curious. That fact coupled with the slow burn between Amos and Lena made this story a winner!

The chemistry was obvious between Amos and Lena, but outside factors keep them apart. Miscommunication plays a role and when the moment comes, the book takes a turn. Lena and Amos evolve so much together through this story: enemies to co-workers who admire one another to longing friends to lovers. It was well paced and so well done! The Art of Us is a new level to Alexander’s writing and I cannot wait to see what she has coming up next!

 

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