Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Art of Living
Author: Cassidy Ryan
Series: Arts & Hearts #2
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 69 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: It’s time to stop running and start living again.
Gus had been living life under the radar, hiding from ex-turned-stalker Michael. He’d been running for a long time, and had had to cut ties with everything and everyone he knew—including his family.
It was a lonely, frightening existence, until he met the guys at the studios. With his dog, Zephyr, and his new, makeshift family, he has found some kind of peace. Though his new life is far from perfect, he is content.
Then he meets Brodie, and soon Gus wants to shake things up and take back his life.
But Michael isn’t ready to give up on Gus yet, and he isn’t going to let anybody stand in his way.
This was a slow-burn short story concerning a man with a mysterious past. Sounds kind of impossible to imagine a slow building story in a novella, but it worked. Gus wants love but he’s been burned badly in the past and has some serious trust issues. His story takes a while to unravel, and “relationship” is not even a word he will consider…until Brodie. Brodie seems to have it all, but now he wants to add Gus to that list. Too bad Gus keeps running from him.
These are two very different, but very likable guys who come from different backgrounds. Together they confront and then learn to put that past behind them and create a new normal and brighter future. There is nothing earth shattering to reveal and the character development is minimal, but that’s expected in a short story. Regardless, it was enjoyable and I liked checking in with the guys, Theo and Asa, from book one.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*