20 Books of Summer Book 10 Review – Love, Art and Other Obstacles

Title: Love, Art, and Other Obstacles

Author: Sadira Stone

Genre: Romance/Erotica

Goodreads Rating: 4.57

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Source: ARC

Synopsis:

She’s a free spirit. He’s a one-woman man.

Rejected by her family for her bisexuality, graphic artist Margot DuPont yearns for a life with no fences, no limits, and no family ties. Between college, work at Book Nirvana, and an art competition, she barely has time for her part-time girlfriend much less a flirtation with her competitor.

Dumped into the foster system at a young age, ceramics artist Elmer Byrne craves a big, loving family of the heart. His artist family almost fills that need, but something is missing…until Margot. But when he offers his heart, her thorny defenses shatter him.

Thrown together in an art competition that could jump-start one artist’s career, but not both, their irresistible attraction forces them to reconsider the meaning of success.

My Review:

This is book 3 in the Book Nirvana series however it is the first book of Sadira Stone’s that I have read. I read this as a standalone and found the story really easy to follow, I have a feeling though the other stories are worth checking out for some of the reoccurring characters and back stories.

I really enjoyed this story and read the book within a couple of days. I loved the art element and the Rainbow Centre. I’m always fascinated with that level of creativity and admire pottery work in particular. The children at the Rainbow Centre were funny and sweet, they often gave me the giggles with the different projects they were working on, in particular the film!

I sometimes find with erotica books that authors go heavy on the sex scenes and lose the story which for me isn’t very realistic. However Sadira Stone found the perfect balance between sex and romance making those scenes more enjoyable to read.

Whilst the ending was slightly predictable I enjoyed the journey to that point. Seeing how the two main characters developed and adjusted to changes in their lives was interesting and I couldn’t help but love Margot and Elmer. Darcey was a character I instantly disliked and couldn’t wait for other characters to see it too. For me it was the secondary characters that made the story, Laurel, Doug, Olivia, Charlie and of course Maxie all helped steer our main characters on the right path. It’s because of these characters that I wouldn’t mind checking out the first two books in the series.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to Sadira Stone for introducing me to her writing. I look forward to reading the rest of the Book Nirvana series.

This means I am officially half way through my summer reading challenge and have completed my purple cover for Read a Rainbow. I know that the book isn’t technically purple but from the TBR it was the closest I had.

How’s your summer reading going?

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