Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Painted On My Heart
Author: Kindle Alexander
Heroes: Kellus Hardin/Arik Layne
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 392 Pages
Publisher: Kindle Alexander
Release Date: January 1, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Artist Kellus Hardin let love and loyalty cloud his past decisions, a mistake he definitely won’t make again. Now, lost and alone, he’s left to pick up the shattered pieces of his broken heart while facing the truth of his reality.
Arik Layne exudes power, confidence, and determination. But when an encounter with the guarded artist shakes him to the core and alters all his future goals, he finds more than just his heart on the line.
For Kellus, opening himself to love isn’t an option.
All Arik wants is to make the artist his.
Can love create a masterpiece when it’s painted on your heart?
Review: Oh, how I adored Kellus. He is probably one of the most genuinely good guys I’ve read about in forever. But he’s sometimes too forgiving, too easy to get over on, and too hard on himself. I wanted so much to wrap him, his studio, and his art in bubble wrap to protect him from the evil that followed him, but he was the master of his own destiny and can you say Hard-Headed? This man, such a good, decent person, just needed to be knocked upside his head. But, in the end, it all works out, but man does he, and Arik, have to work hard for it.
Arik is a bossy, bossy man. He has built his empire and has no plans for love or commitments, ever…until he sees Kellus. He is stunned stupid and wants to get to know the sexy artists. He’s always been inspired by the man’s art, but the man himself puts that art to shame. To Arik, Kellus is a masterpiece. Arik is a man with excess money to burn, and man does he want to burn that money on Kellus…but did I say Kellus was hard headed? Oh yes I did. And stubborn and mule headed and I just wanted to smack him a couple times and tell him to “accept Arik’s help”. What is it with men? Ugh!
I saw some reviews where they thought Arik was too controlling or they didn’t like how he ignored Kellus’s wishes and did things for him anyway. I saw that as a man who had the means to protect the one he was falling for, not a man who disregarded his lover’s feelings. Okay, so he did hide a few things, but he never lied. When confronted he manned up and owned it…and then asked for forgiveness. I totally get that. If I had the means, I would do the same thing.
Now Kellus’s issue and history with John was hard to read sometimes. I kind of knew how this would end, but a part of me was hoping for a kinder resolution. I understand how this was the best ending, but I think the softie in me wanted to hear him apologize to Kellus, and mean it. Oh well, at least John’s parents came through at the end.
So, yeah, typical Kindle Alexander book with alpha males, hot sexy times, and angst out the ying yang…but for me, that’s a winner. The only thing I would do differently would be to reduce a few pages in the beginning…it was a little long and took a bit for Arik and Kellus to actually meet. Otherwise, near perfection. Highly recommend.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*