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
If you want to find out why Kindle Alexander is on my auto-buy author list, all you need to do is read Painted on My Heart. These characters…I just love these characters. They just reach right out and grab your heart and do not let go—especially Kellus. He didn’t just grab my heart—he crawled right inside and made his home there, and I don’t ever want to let him go. Arik was wonderful and I loved how caring and supportive he was, but Kellus…Kellus was simply stellar.
This story had a bit of a few different elements with a bit of an age gap, wealthy businessman/starving artist, difficult past to overcome, and those exes who just won’t go away. Each of those things on their own would have made an okay story, but put all together with Arik and Kellus and the phenomenal writing and I was completely pulled in (I would have read it in one sitting but sleep overruled me). Getting to see some of my favorite characters from this author's other stories was a huge bonus as well...Gage and Trent from The Current Between Us and Colt and Jace from Double Full...I've missed them so I loved seeing them here in this story.
Arik was totally smitten from Kellus the moment he laid eyes on him, and that was exacerbated by the connection he already felt through the pieces art Kellus had done that Arik already owned. Some may say it’s insta-love, but there’s really more to it than that thanks to that connection. It’s hard to explain, but once you read the story, it will be easier to understand. Kellus…the feels this man produces…my heart was overflowing for him, and the more I read the tighter that hold he had on my heart became. He is such an amazing, giving, caring man and I couldn’t agree with Arik more that Kellus deserved so much more that what he had been dealt in life.
The two of them together result in a rollercoaster of a relationship-one that Arik doesn’t give up on no matter what happens. He can’t imagine any ending other than the two of them always together, and the further into the story I read, the more certain of that I also became. They balance each other perfectly, and Arik is an unmoving pillar of support for Kellus in every way. Physically, they burn up the pages together-and even that is complicated thanks to Kellus’ ex. While Arik’s ex is more of a nuisance and fodder for teasing him, Kellus’ ex is the source of much of this story’s tension and drama, and it will keep you on your guard as you read wondering just how he’s going to affect the two of them at every turn.
I can’t emphasize enough how much Painted on My Heart moved me. Kindle Alexander’s stories have always been some of my absolute favorites, and this one is no exception. It is a fantastic 5-star read, and it’s joining the rest of this author’s stories in my re-read yearly list of books. This story is one I highly recommend to any M/M romance fan, and it is clearly meant for readers 18+ due to adult language and subject matter, and explicit M/M sexual content.
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 email@example.com