Author: Kindle Alexander
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/01/2017
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Gay Romance
Artist Kellus Hardin let love and loyalty cloud his past decisions, a mistake he definitely won’t make again. Now, lost and alone, he’s left to pick up the shattered pieces of his broken heart while facing the truth of his reality.
Arik Layne exudes power, confidence, and determination. But when an encounter with the guarded artist shakes him to the core and alters all his future goals, he finds more than just his heart on the line.
For Kellus, opening himself to love isn’t an option.
All Arik wants is to make the artist his.
Can love create a masterpiece when it’s painted on your heart?
This book has been a real conundrum for me. The best way I can describe it is that it felt like two books. The first 30% of this story is slow – extremely slow and it really didn’t move the story on. The middle part and the ending of the story finally felt like we were getting somewhere both with the storyline and the characters and was a much better pace that kept things moving.
Kellus Hardin is an up and coming artist who is on the brink of bigger and better things if he can just keep juggling his out of control and viciously spiralling private life. His lifetime best friend who is also his ex-lover is a low life drug addict who seems hell bent on destroying Kellus but Kellus keeps giving him just one more chance even after being left in a precarious position with his health.
Enter Arik Layne with wealth beyond your wildest dreams who forces himself into Kellus’s life like a tornado when Kellus meet him through his friend and mentor Gage who happens to be Arik’s cousin. Arik’s behaviour towards men and dating changes completely overnight and he goes from magnetic manwhore to planning his future with a picket fence. His attraction to Kellus is really that strong but with his wealth and means he comes across as a bit of a stalker who just needs to throw dollars at Kellus’s problems.
Painted On My Heart just didn’t pull on my heart as much as previous Kindle books have. The characters aren’t ones you will necessarily fall in love with immediately but by the end I was invested in them and their relationship. There were some beautiful moments of intimacy between them when Arik was pushing and Kellus wasn’t drowning in his guilt.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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