I should have known that kissing the new guy would be nothing but trouble.
Of course, it doesn't help that I'm terrible when it comes to relationships. In fact, avoiding men is what I would call my forte. In my personal experience, they're good for one thing only, and love isn't it. These days, working as a comic book artist - my lifelong dream - is the only thing that keeps me happy.
That is, until I remember about my handsome co-worker Amos St. Clair and the kiss we shared once, before I pushed him away like the coward that I am.
Just as I find out that there's no way for us to be together, fate keeps bringing us closer, offering us both the work opportunity of a lifetime - in Tokyo, Japan, a place that harbors many memories, good and bad.
How can I avoid falling in love with Amos when we're supposed to work side by side every day? How can I guard my heart when he's all I never dared dreaming of?
The Art of Us is a standalone romance inspired by a true story. It is intended for readers 18+
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About the Author
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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Art of Us by Hilaria Alexander was an interesting take on a theme I hadn't really known that I would enjoy. The Art of Us follows the story of Lena and Amos, who work together and while there is attraction there it is dampened by frustration, heartache and deep mistrust. Lena, who is a manga graphic artist has been hurt in the past, making her come off as jaded and obtuse. What was great about Lena's character is that she has a career of her own, is working on getting her life together, and is wanting to be the woman that a guy like Amos could see himself with. What she doesn't realize though is that Amos wants her in all her glorious mess, but is willing to wait until she is ready to come to him. The story between these two will keep you guessing, on the edge of your seat and falling in love with each new chapter. The added touch of graphic art, manga and anima was something that I hadn't really thought I would like (this had almost turned me off to the story since I wasn't all that familiar with the concept) but I am so glad that I stuck to this story. The art was great to read about and I can't wait to learn more about this topic. Alexander has really opened my eyes to a different form of art work. This is the first book by Alexander that I have read, and I can't wait to start reading her back catalog. This book pulled me in from the first page and didn't let go until the final page. This is a fantastic book if you are looking for a perfect snowy day (or any day kind of read).
The Art of Us by Hilaria Alexander is a culture romance that is engaging and heartfelt. I have enjoyed this author's other books and I enjoyed this one as well. I know what I am getting when I open one of her books. Her writing style is easy flowing and her characters are well developed. They make you feel as if you are right there with them. They took me on an emotional journey of romance mixed with culture. This book took a little bit to get into for me but once it did, it took off like a rocket into space. This is Lena and Amos's story. Lena believes that men are meant for one thing and it is not for love. She has one love in her life, art. She has a past of a broken heart so she has very little attachments. Amos is Lena's coworker and he has done his best to stay away from her for the past two years. But when an opportunity comes up to work right along side of her, he takes it. They both have feelings for each other that they have been hiding but they both share the love of art. Through friendship they grow into something more but are they strong enough to stand the test of life? These are two characters that I enjoyed watching their relationship grow throughout the book. They bring life to the story with heart. They are both strong, tough, independent characters. Lena is full of attitude, the sassy, opinionated kind that makes her interesting. Amos is full of patience and I enjoyed watching him waiting in the back ground until he was ready to make his move on Lena. They are sweet together and I found myself hoping that they would get their happy ever after. The secondary characters are just as enjoyable. They add to the story to keep it engaging. I highly recommend this book. Find out what happens to Lena and Amos and if fate will allow them to have a happy ending.
The Art of Us by Hilaria Alexander is a vivid, culturally immersive story about two graphic artists given the opportunity of a lifetime, working side by side on an iconic manga in Japan. It’s the story of Lena, the “loner” who distances herself as a protection mechanism, and ever patient Amos, who sees right through her and just bides his time. Brought together under extraordinary circumstances, they slowly and at times, poignantly come to terms with their feelings for one another. It’s a story of bittersweet endings and budding beginnings, and watching it unfold was both my pleasure and tremendous joy.
Not one word I am about to write will do this beautiful, uplifting and surprising story justice. Hilaria Alexander has written a poignant and moving story of love and healing. The story is utterly emotional and breathtaking. Lena is perfectly imperfect and a true representation of a Heroine. She is snarky, sassy, independent and broken. She is real and true. Amos is... Amos is everything you want in a partner. He is kind, sexy and intelligent. He is caring, sweet and cocky. He is the yin to Lena's yang. Amos and Lena's story, which takes us from the wet road of Portand to the neon street of Tokyo, is moving and astounding. It's a story of healing, acceptance and growth. It's the story of two halfs becoming whole. Hilaria is an amazingly talented author. He words are ripe with emotion and beauty. The Art of Us is, in my opinion, her best work yet and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next! Cheers and FIVE stars to Hilaria and The Art of Us!