The Art of Love by Leslie Pike

 

 

Title: The Art of Love
Author: Leslie Pike
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 23, 2019

 

Blurb
Posing naked in front of strangers isn’t the worst job.
Besides, artist Oliver London doesn’t have the luxury of being shy.
Being a figure model is how he keeps his artistic dream alive.
He’ll do whatever it takes.
Get naked, exist on bare necessities, live in a dingy apartment.
A relationship? Not likely.
The only woman he ever loved was sixteen the last time he saw her.
Stori Ryder’s unstable childhood has given her a drive to succeed.
She’s laser focused on Whiskey River, Manhattan’s hot speakeasy.
Distractions?
They don’t fit in her five year plan.
But the truth is your first love lasts forever.
You don’t forget the one who changes the way your heart beats.
When old friends invite them on a French Riviera wedding cruise, it all comes rushing
back.
Her kiss, his touch, the love that’s been sleeping deep in their hearts.
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The Art of Love is a standalone and was previously released as
Sexceptional. There is a new cover, title and blurb but no new content.

 

My review:

Oliver is a struggling artist, working as a figure model to help pay the bills and help his parents with his sister’s medical care. After one modeling session, he is approached by a benefactor who is renowned for making artists a success. Stori is the owner of a successful Manhattan speakeasy, on the verge of purchasing the property outright and securing the future of her family and her employees. Stori and Oliver were high school sweethearts, but when Stori’s father is sent to prison she and her mom move away and she loses touch with Oliver. The reconnect when their best friends get engaged, and bring them on a weeklong European cruise and destination wedding. But can their relationship survive the real world once they return from paradise?

This was a good book. It wasn’t heavy on relationship drama, but there was “real life” drama. I loved all the characters. And the karaoke contest on the yacht was amazing. The book is entertaining and easy to read, but isn’t a light and fluffy book. It has depth, and heart.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

 

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Author Bio
USA TODAY bestselling author, Leslie Pike, has loved expressing herself through the
written word since she was a child. Her passion for film and screenwriting led her to Texas for eight years, writing for a prime time CBS series. Leslie lives in Southern California with her Pom-Poo, Mr. Big. She’s traveled the world as part of film crews, from Africa to Israel, New York to San Francisco. Now she finds her favorite creative adventures taking place in her home, writing Contemporary Romance.
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