Title: Painted On My Heart
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: January 2, 2017
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.
“Arik and Kellus captivated me and kept me glued to my kindle.” - 5 Star Shh Mom’s Reading
“Another fabulous book that will steal a piece of your heart. Loved Arik and Kellus.” - 5 Star Becca the Bibliophile
As I began to delve into the M/M genre, one name that kept popping up was Kindle Alexander. But due to money constrictions, I never got the chance to read any of the duo’s works. So I was super excited when I finally got the chance to dive head first into Painted On My Heart. And I have to confess, it fell flat for me. This was a long book and there were parts that seemed to drag too long and other’s moved a little too quickly—the pacing just felt off a little bit.
Kellus was a sweetheart. My heart broke for him; I’ve been in a similar situation as he’s been in with his ex with a loved one. So I know all about the feelings he’s going through. He’s stressed, feeling guilty, and depressed. Arik, on the other hand, I just couldn’t connect to. He came off as an alpha male but on the side of the alphas that I have a hard time swallowing. He was a little too demanding, pushy, in your face for me. He came off as way too much little rich boy stomping his foot when he didn’t get his way. And as Kellus gave in to him more and more, I ended up losing some of my connection with him as well. Plus I just didn’t feel the chemistry between the two of them. But overall, the characters were pretty complex with flaws and insecurities that made them realistic.
Another thing that made it difficult for me was the whole lack of depth in Kellus’ backstory. You get glimpses here and there but they are only just snapshots. There was a lot of material that could have been delved into and it left me wanting more. When Aris and Kellus’ conflict reached critical mass, I was hoping for a better explanation than we got.
Now there were parts I did enjoy, I loved Arik’s family. I thought they were freaking hilarious. I love that kind of banter and playfulness. It definitely made me giggle. And there were a few points in the book that did make me tear up; there are some emotional moments in the pages.
There were hints of brilliance in the book, so I’ll definitely look at Alexander’s work in the future. It’s just this one book didn’t work for me. But if you’re a fan of the duo, definitely check it out. -Peace and love, Buxom J
Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It's always a surprise to see what's coming next!
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it's true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women's hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life - I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations - regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal... I don't want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I'm going to tell you about Kindle.
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I'll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died - weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn't have to be alone.
That time in my life was terrible. It's everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness - it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn't a time she wasn't there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It's its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn't be here today without her.
Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org