Friday, 26 January 2018

Release Promotion Tour - The Art of Us By Hilaria Alexander {Review & Giveaway!}

Hello guys and welcome to the official Release Day Promotional Tour for The Art of Us by Hilaria Alexander! Make sure to read my thoughts on it and enter the Giveaway at the end of this post!
*Title: The Art of Us

*Author: Hilaria Alexander

*Publication Date: January 26th, 2018

*Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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?

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Lena is a tortured soul who's carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders, because of an accident that changed her life and made her afraid of getting close to people, in fear of eventually losing them. She's a famous comic book artist who's passionate about her job and met Amos through it. The kiss they exchanged once was never spoken of again, even though it left them both hungry for more. Amos is also a comic book artist and when the opportunity to work with Lena presents itself, he decides to stop avoiding the woman he's had a crush on for years and go through with the project. It's the most important job of their careers and they have to leave everything behind in order to complete it and make a name for themselves, without letting the challenges they'll undoubtedly face get in their way.

It took me a while to get into this one and found some parts to be a bit slow for my liking but, overall, I enjoyed it! The plot was interesting enough to keep me reading and I really enjoyed how it progressed. The writing was also great and I've always been a fan of dual perspectives so, I was really excited to discover that the story was told from both Amos and Lena's points of view. This is clearly a romance driven story so, it was really nice to get a glimpse into their way of thinking and how they felt for each other, even though they were scared to admit it. 

Moreover, the fact that the novel itself follows the lives of artists was extremely intriguing because it's something I haven't personally come across often in books of any Genre. I could definitely see myself in their place as a comic book artist because I love drawing and that made them even more likable than I had expected. Seeing how the life of an artist is through The Art of Us was a different experience and witnessing how they both felt about drawing made the experience of reading the book a bit better, since I do have the same thoughts or a regular basis, even though I'm not technically a professional artist. It was easier to connect with them in that aspect. 

Moving on to the characters. I could definitely understand the reasons behind Lena's behavior but, at the same time, I got extremely frustrated because of it. Her inner battles were perfectly understandable and her upbringing did not help with how she perceived relationships in general but, I couldn't relate with her way of thinking most of the time. I appreciated her development throughout the novel though and the fact that she finally let go of what weighed her down and allowed people to get close and love her unconditionally. I really enjoyed the parts where she let herself go! Her fun and caring nature shined through, which made it even easier to connect with her and realize how far her heartbreak went.

Amos was a great love interest and their chemistry was obvious from the very beginning, even if it took them more than half the book to admit it to each other. He was everything Lena needed to leave the past behind and focus on her present. I also really appreciated the fact that he gave her the time she needed to come to terms with her feelings and was patient enough to wait until she was ready. That's true love, folks!

Overall, The Art of Us was a nice story about love and acceptance, which I would definitely recommend if you're looking for a quick and easy read. It goes deeper than the romance aspect and explores how the past can weight your life down and prevent you from pursuing true love and happiness. Both Amos and Lena balanced each other out perfectly and even though they let their pasts weigh them down for a while, they finally realized that life is worth living and each moment is meant to be cherished! The ending was quite satisfying and I enjoyed how the author decided to wrap things up.
Hilaria Alexander never thought she’d be a writer one day. Reader? Yes. Book hoarder? You betcha. Then, she started reading romance - that’s when she felt the need to write a story. Unfortunately, she didn’t listen to her gut, and talked herself out of it A MILLION TIMES. She finally gave up a few years ago, when the urge to write was stronger than self-doubt. She loves funny, sexy romances wrapped with a huge happily-ever-after bow at the end. Her inbox is always open if you want to chat about one of her books.

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