The Art of Living (Steph’s Review)

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Title: The Art of Living (Arts & Hearts Book 2)
Author: Cassidy Ryan
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 69
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.63 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.

Three years. Yes, over the last three years Ewan Templeton kept running from his past. A past by the name of Michael Finlay. Who knew at first glance, that his date with a ‘smiling, funny guy’ would change his life; and not in the good way. Scary and possessive from the start, Michael turned Ewan’s life upside down. Leaving him no choice, but to run and run he did. He even went as far as changing his name to Gus Anderson.

His last move, about a year ago when Michael found him, brought him to Glasgow, where he found an amazing group of friends. He was as happy as he could be for someone in his situation; always on guard. That is until he meets Brodie through one of his friends.

Things click between them. Gus feels relaxed around him, and wanting more. Gus starts to let down his walls and in turn Brodie empowers him. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for Michael to find him once again. This time however, there is more at stake. When he realizes the threat Michael leaves at his apartment, he rushes over to Brodie’s house hoping to stop him. In the end, the bad guy is caught and Gus and Brodie get their HEA.

Please keep in mind that this is a very short read…only 69 pages. With that said, the author did keep my attention; however, I do wish it was a bit longer since it felt rushed. It would have been nice to have more of a background of Brodie.

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I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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