Wendy reviews Painted on my Heart by Kindle Alexander. Self published, January 1, 2017, 420 pages.
NOTE: I was provide a copy of this to BETA read by the author, but was gifted a copy from J.S Lewis in exchange for an honest review, so a big THANK YOU to both.
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?
Why I read this book: Kindle Alexander is an auto-buy for me and has been for years now. I have been looking forward to this book for what seems like ever!
Well, they did it again! Kindle Alexander wrote an EPIC story with tons of feels and a grab you right away plot and superior writing. They tackled some very heavy social issues with understanding and grace as well. I really can’t say enough about this book, but I will try to do it without giving the story away.
I fell hard for these characters right away, especially Kell. I love him so much! He’s my favorite type of character… the broken man. He’s someone that you want to comfort and protect from anything that life will throw at him (and it does seem to be an almost unending game of dodge ball for him at times), but at the same time I found myself wanting to shake him into seeing what he had right in front of his face! I’m contrary like that. I can tell that the Kindles put a lot of thought into him and did a fantastic job of covering all of his many facets.
Arik was just exactly the way he should be. Nobody can write the “Power” characters like Kindle Alexander! He goes the extra mile in everything he does. A very intense character, who embraces his vulnerable side just as easily as he exudes confidence. I love how he loves with everything he has. I think that was my favorite thing about him.
I am thrilled that there are characters from other Kindle Alexander books showcased in Painted, it made the story IMO, to include them and make them such an important part of this book. This is a stand alone novel, but if you read The Current Between Us 2nd edition it has new scenes that will bring everything you read in Painted up to date. You can read my review of The Current Between Us here
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Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in the male/male genre. 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.