Author: Hilaria Alexander
Release date: January 26, 2018
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from The Next Step PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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?
One moment, one kiss. Is it just a kiss, or does it mean much more? The Art of Us tells the story of Lena and Amos, who did have one moment two years ago. Nothing came of it back then, but now they might have a second chance. I love this story!
“Too intense. Too strong. It was too much. It was too much for me to bear. His kiss was a dangerous weapon. It could be my salvation, or it very well could be my destruction.”
Lena is happy with her work as a comic book artist, her friends and casual hook-ups. Love is not in the cards for her – something she firmly believes – so she isn’t looking for Mr. Right. When she’s ‘forced’ to team up with coworker Amos, Lena is not happy. They had a very brief moment two years ago, a moment she just can’t forget. Spending time together, although strictly professional, is not a good idea.
Amos is excited to about the opportunity his boss gives him, even though it means he has to work together with Lena. Amos doesn’t know what he did wrong, but for some reason Lena has been avoiding him since the kiss they shared. Keeping her in the friendzone is the smart thing to do, but the heart can’t be fooled forever.
“Lena?” “Yes?” “You have no reason to be nervous about this. This feels right, and you know it does. Stop overthinking it.” “You make it sound so easy, Amos.”
I love The Art of Us and I was so happy Lena was finally ready to let Amos in. She had feelings for him for a long time, but somehow, she didn’t allow herself to have those. For such a confident woman she sure made a mess of her love life. Amos is an amazing guy who just went through life, until he saw the one woman who was special. I love how Lena and Amos start as coworkers, slowly become friends and end up as a committed couple.
I enjoyed the storyline of The Art of Us. It was interesting, it felt real and I want to know more about the other characters. Since a large part of the story is set in Japan, there’s a lot about Japanese culture in the book, it’s interesting to read about a culture similar, but yet so different from ours. I love the way the author has written the story of Lena and Amos; their relationship feels realistic and isn’t rushed in any way.
“We had each other. He was my home, and I was his.”