Art-Crossed Love (Second Chances, #2)

Art-Crossed Love (Second Chances, #2)

by Libby Rice

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Can love be more than a four-letter word?

Lissa Blanc is a painter on a mission. She filters the world through a lens of color, line, and form and hides her ambition behind a delicate smirk that lets her critics believe life comes easy. To her, art isn’t what she sees. It’s what she feels. Few know that behind the glitz of a prodigious upbringing, she’s driven to emerge from the shadow of painful memories that insist she’ll never be a renowned talent in her own right.

Cole Rathlen is a photographer on the mend. A crippling grief has stifled his once-rising career and compromised his creative instincts. Knowing he can’t stagnate forever, he seeks a twisted absolution in the form of a woman whose paintings give life to the emotions he won’t let himself imagine, let alone feel.

When the two partner for a prestigious project that will pull them from the mountains of Colorado to the palaces of India, Lissa quickly realizes that more than diverging ideals hinder their search for success and salvation. Was Cole’s life upended by a tragic but unavoidable choice or something more sinister? While Lissa can’t delve into the mystery but not the man, Cole can’t resist a tenacious soul that refuses to leave him chained. As the truth closes in on a project finally sprouting wings, will Lissa sacrifice her chance at success to set Cole free? Or will Cole shrug the chains of lingering regrets to prove that those who love the most, love again.

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BN ID: 2940151705288
Publisher: Libby Rice
Publication date: 01/26/2015
Series: Second Chances
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 706 KB

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Art-Crossed Love (Second Chances, #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
csingh More than 1 year ago
From the moment I read the blurb for this book I wondered how it was going to be possible for Cole and Lissa to find love. I didn't think they were ever going to be able to get past everything and just be together. Cole was seeking absolution and Lissa was looking for validation and both of them were hoping to have things go their way without taking a look at why they needed it.   The forms of expression Cole and Lissa chose to take might have been different, but it was clear their pasts had a huge part in driving them.  Cole was tortured by something he thought he'd caused to happen and Lissa just wanted to fit in and have her art appreciated.  I didn't find it very hard to like them both or understand why it was they acted around each other they way they did.  Cole was sometimes cruel, and he knew it, but it was his defense mechanism and he knew Lissa made him want again. I loved Lissa's attitude.  She refused to back down when faced with a challenge, whether it was getting Cole to appreciate her style of painting or looking for answers when things didn't add up. The chemistry they had was wonderful. Not only did their artistic goals push them, but so did their desire for one another.  I loved seeing them spar, but I didn't like it when Lissa was hurt as a result.  It was interesting seeing them fight their attraction for one another.  I also loved seeing how tight nit and caring the small Rathlen family was.  I fell in love with Kent and Trevor, Cole's uncle and brother.   I also enjoyed at how detailed Libby made Lissa and Cole's trip to India.  It honestly is like that; a clash between the modern and past with marble buildings alongside shanty towns.  She did a great job at showing the contrasts and how beauty and ugliness co-exist side by side.  I could feel Lissa's fear as she got onto that train and then the fear they both felt when they were lost.  I also felt Lissa's rage and frustration at being taken advantage of.  It honestly felt like I was there with them. While I thought this story was about finding love again, it was also about finding the truth and accepting that not all was as it seemed.  This wasn't just about Cole and Lissa, but also Kent, Trevor, Rhea, and Kate. It seemed everyone had a secret or two hidden.  There were a number of twists, some of which I hoped wouldn't be true and others that blindsided me.  I was reeling by the end of the book.  There's no way I can share everything I'd like to without giving away much of the story.  This is a book that needs to be experienced.  It starts slowly but soon you'll be turning pages quickly while devouring the story. It's raw, passionate, and gripping.  I can't wait to read the next book in the series and find out how Libby will surprise her readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Love Me Later, I was psyched to read this second book.  Art-Crossed Love has a much different story than Libby Rice's first book in this series, but it is still totally in line with the series and her writing!  Libby Rice is not an author that writes the same characters over and over again.  Cole Rathlen has had a couple rough years and is just trying to make it through each day, and Lissa Blanc won't let up.  She has her own demons that compromise their work and romance, but she sees the worthy heart beneath Cole's stoic exterior and keeps at Cole until he's putty in her hands. Not only are the characters interesting, there's also an intriguing mystery, a realistic take on the tortured mind, and a very clear glimpse of northern India.  It's obvious that the author writes places she knows.  India came alive for me. I started this good on a busy family Sunday.  I had to send my kids off with husband because I knew there would be no stopping till the end.  I read straight through to the last page.  I wanted to know who dunnit?  Could Cole and Lissa really fall in love?   Could this be one of the hottest books on record?!  For sure!