Sierra Andrews has one hard and fast rule: Never fall in love. Because history has taught her that no attachments equal zero heartache. If she only could suppress this pesky suspicion that perhaps there is someone she could trust. Thankfully she’s a realist, which means a relationship with Matt Howard would only end in disaster. Why?
He’s a rat-bastard.
He’s her roommate.
He’s her best friend.
Or he was her best friend until he decided to bump uglies with his advisor. Now Sierra and Matt can’t seem to get along, and their friends can’t handle the tension between them.
When Matt starts looking into his past, he’s forced to make some hard choices—with or without Sierra. Follow the clues where they lead him or leave well enough alone. And when forced to confront the growing tension between them, will Sierra break her cardinal rule for him, no matter the results? Because taking a chance on love might be the best decision of their lives.
Lily has been writing and reading stories since she was in grade school. After finishing her Ph.D., Lily had a stint in Academia as an evaluation researcher. She teaches sociology part time and may drop a concept or two into her writing. When she’s not teaching or writing, she’s frolicking in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, two children, and two furry friends.
I don’t typically comment on book covers – I need them to be something I can tolerate sitting on my nightstand – but the cover of Portrait (book two in the Arts Series) by Lily Kay warmed my heart. A grayscale image of a couple taking a selfie with a Canon camera speaks to the happily ever after to come.
No spoilers here, happily ever afters are a requirement for romance novels.
Portrait isn’t a straight up romance however. Like Compose, the first book in the series, the story centers around two in a group of friends, this time Sierra and Matt. Roommates turned lovers turned something else entirely, each have their own demons to deal with. The reader learns Sierra’s tragic backstory in the first chapter, long before she trusts sharing it with Matt. Matt’s complicated life takes longer to unveil, leaving the reader (and Sierra) wanting to know his secrets.
Once again, Amazon bestseller author Ms. Kay is able to capture the new adult scene with all its angst and at times ridiculousness. Generation Z readers will pick up this book and feel an instant connection. The issues that Ms. Kay’s characters are facing are all very real, at times heartbreaking, and in the end uplifting.
Review by Kimberly Livingston for Love Books Group
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