Title: Art of Appreciation
Author: Autumn Markus
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: December 17th 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
What they say: Abby Reynolds is burned out.
Since clawing her way into a great position at a Boston museum, she’s been saddled with a scheming intern and a nagging boss. She’s scuttled her own painting dreams, her cat refuses to be box trained, and now the most boring man on the eastern seaboard just told her, “It’s not you, it’s me.”
Her bestie Sarah offers a much-needed escape: a summer of sand, sea, and younger men in Santa Cruz…
Hot young bike racer Jason is sexy, unattached, and completely ready to spend a summer in uncomplicated flirtation. Since Abby has decided love is off the table, he seems like the perfect match.
Then she meets Matt. Sculptor, surfer (and age appropriate), he’s everything she gave up wanting and then some. He’s a grown-ass man with his own life issues: does he want to sculpt for love or for profit? What about that twentysomething model who’s always clinging to him? Is he ready to let a woman invade his Fortress of Solitude?
Abby has to decide whether she’s satisfied with leaving behind the idea of Mr. Right and settling for Mr. Right Now.
Grown up love. It’s complicated.
Autumn Markus traveled far and wide as a military brat, but her heart was always in the American west, where she was born. She hikes, reads and writes there still, along with snuggling her husband, four children, and a horsedog. She freelance edits for other authors, reviews Women’s Fiction for the New York Journal of Books, and is the author of the contemporary romances Cocktails & Dreams and A Christmas Wish. She is currently at work on her next novel.
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What I say (review): Abby is in a rut, she's just been dumped by a guy she didn't really like but was safe. Thankfully her best friend Sarah has a plan; escape to Calfornia for the summer and meet hot guys.
Abby meets Jason the young sometimes life model, sometimes racer who is both hot and available. Abby also meets hottie surfer and non-toyboy Matt. Matt's a sculptor who is creative and driven. Art of Appreciation follows Abby as she tries to decide whether she wants a bit or summer fun or a lasting relationship.
Abby and Sarah's friendship was one of my favourite parts of the book. I loved how they teased, yet supported each other. Although at times she has questionable taste in men *ahem* Tyler, Sarah was good at pushing Abby into action and saw what Abby didn't always see herself.
I enjoyed Abby's struggles with both guys and she made me laugh when I considered her age. It was interesting to see how she acted when she was with Jason or Matt or sometimes both of them together (not like that, get your minds out of the gutter people).
Often when there is more than one potential love interest I end up not liking one of the guys but in this case I actually liked both Jason and Matt.
3 - 3.5 Stars in the Sky!