The Art of Living (Natosha’s Review)

Title: The Art of Living (Arts & Hearts #2)
Author: Cassidy Ryan
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Genre(s): Gay romance, stalker ex
Page Count: 88 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

It’s time to stop running and start living again.

Gus had been living life under the radar, hiding from ex-turned-stalker Michael. He’d been running for a long time, and had had to cut ties with everything and everyone he knew—including his family.

It was a lonely, frightening existence, until he met the guys at the studios. With his dog, Zephyr, and his new, makeshift family, he has found some kind of peace. Though his new life is far from perfect, he is content.

Then he meets Brodie, and soon Gus wants to shake things up and take back his life.

But Michael isn’t ready to give up on Gus yet, and he isn’t going to let anybody stand in his way.

I have to take a second and say that I am such a fan of this series even though they are short stories. I love short stories but I normally do not read them if they are a series because it feels like it takes forever to get the next book even it doesn’t. But with this series so far I just could not resist and had to read it after reading of the description of first book one and now book two.

Gus is scared out of his mind and very cautious of everything but he has a right to be that way because his ex is a seriously disturbing individual who does not give up even after all this time apart. Because of his ex Gus has changed his name from Ewan to Gus and he has cut all contact with his family and precious friends in hopes to not be found again.

Brodie has done everything he had to do to follow his dreams and become successful and he has accomplished that with his mother and later on his step fathers encouragement. Once he meets Gus he feels immediately attracted to him and wants to get to know him better.

Gus decides to finally quit letting fear rule his life and take a chance for the first time in a very long time. And Gus thinks that Brodie is just the person to take that chance on. Things are going good until Gus’s past returns once again and this time someone may not walk away from it if Gus’s ex is not stopped in time.

I really enjoyed this read as I normally do with anything I read by Cassidy Ryan. The only thing I would have liked to seen some more of would have been what the ex put Gus through previously because I think that is a big part of Gus and I would have also liked to see how Gus’s friends reacted to Brodie since they are so tight knit. I felt as if it ended abruptly and that is why I gave this book a four for a rating.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.