The Art of Loving (Picture of Love Series book 1) by S.H. Pratt
Synopsis:Adam Green knew women. He knew them to be cold, cruel, and heartless… and he knew that he didn’t want that particular brand of misery. He scorned his twin brother, Austin, for yearning for the warmth of love and scoffed when Austin followed his girlfriend back to Montana. When Adam finds himself alone and fighting for life in the hospital, the only person who refuses to leave him is the one woman who makes him the most uncomfortable.
Angie Hartman was a hopeless romantic wrapped in a pretty package, tied up with a ribbon of realism. She was thrilled for her best friend, Fiona, when Austin Green showed that love was something Fiona could have, but was terrified that he was pushing her back to Montana and the horror that lived there. When Austin’s brother, Adam, lands in the hospital, fighting to live, Angie’s past threatens to overwhelm her. Unable to bear the idea that Adam is alone, she ignores his obvious mistrust of women and resolutely stays by his side.
As Adam and Angie build a tenuous friendship, Adam finds himself reassessing his belief that women were only there to serve as a one night stand and nothing more. Angie tempts him with her sugar spun kisses, quiet strength, and willingness to see past the growling, grizzly bear behavior that has kept women away in the past. In an unguarded moment, Angie sends Adam into a terrified panic while pushing her into a dangerous depression. Can Adam overcome his own past and repair his relationship with Angie before it’s too late?
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Meet Adam, Austin's twin brother, and Angie, Fiona's best friend. Adam and Angie do not hit it off straight away. But when Adam is left hospitalised and alone, Angie refuses to leave him, pretending to be his fiancée to be able to go with him. Adam hasn't had a proper girlfriend before and he doesn't much know how it works, how to be in a relationship. Adam's ugly past rears its head, just as Angie decides she wants more. Can Adam let her in, and save their relationship?
I wasn't sure, for a long time, if I liked Adam or not! He is a grumpy soul, nasty and short tempered. So unlike Austin who has endless patience. But as the story develops, and you get to see WHY he is a grumpy so-and-so, and he tells Angie of his past, you get to see him in a different light. Still very different to Austin, but still a much nicer soul than at first it seems.
Angie and Adma's relationship moves along and develops at an even pace, both of them reluctant to to toally give into the toher, and bare their darkest secrets and fears. Something happens and Angie lets Adam in, but it takes s imple sentence from Angie for Adam to run, and then for him to finally FINALLY admit, that not all women are the same as those who hurt him.
There is some overlap between this and Austin's second book, This Crazy Heart. And I think you'll get the fullest picture of everyone involved, if you read those two books first. Much is recapped here, but personally, I think that reading Austin's books will give you a better picture.
I can't quite stretch to five full stars, simply because Adam was so mean and stubborn at the beginning, it was very nearly four, but he did redeem himself somewhat, and my heart broke a little for him, when he told Angie why he ran.
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