LOVE, ART, AND OTHER OBSTACLES

LOVE, ART, AND OTHER OBSTACLES              SADIRA STONE

She’s a free spirit. He’s a one-woman man.

Rejected by her family for her bisexuality, graphic artist Margot DuPont yearns for a life with no fences, no limits, and no family ties. Between college, work at Book Nirvana, and art competition, she barely has time for her part-time girlfriend much less a flirtation with her competitor.

Dumped into the foster system at a young age, ceramics artist Elmer Byrne craves a big, loving family of the heart. His artist's family almost fills that need, but something is missing...until Margot. But when he offers his heart, her thorny defenses shatter him.

Thrown together in an art competition that could jump-start one artist's career, but not both, their irresistible attraction forces them to reconsider the meaning of success.

MY REVIEW:

This is a totally different book than I have read before. But totally interesting.  Love is love. What you do in your bedroom is not my business what I do in my bedroom is not yours.

Margot is a bisexual, young graphic artist, still in college. Her highly religious family has said she can come back home only if she goes through a conversion therapy program.  As to not be bi any longer. Alright?!

Anyway, Margot ended up in a very unhealthy relationship with Darcy her now so-called ex-girlfriend.  She, however, is still co-dependent on her. I say so-called because Darcy moved to California and Margot is still in Oregon, only coming home every so often to get her jollies off and with Margot online too.

When Margot and Elmer make their art connection, she especially starts to question some of the things Darcy has been feeding to her over the years about relationships with men. But when a dear friend to both Margot and Elmer dies.  Margot calls and texts Darcy and she never calls her back even after knowing about Maxie’s death.

It is Elmer that gives her comfort, this really tells and shows her what Darcy’s true colors are.  But when she is around her, she doesn’t have the will power to tell her no. So, she keeps her around. When Elmer is there days after to check on her and she still hears nothing from Darcy, she is thinking Elmer is the guy she needs to date.

The ending seems anti-climatic almost, yet, for a girl who is just figuring out what a chosen family can be, I guess it is the only way you hope for them. 

This book though has in the body of the story a lot to offer.  Self-discovery is good but not at the expense of someone else's feelings. Margot had to learn that she had Elmer's feelings to consider too. Being young and feed the wrong info can do that so having a good chosen family brought her around. Maxie is a fun character and the love she leaves behind along with the families of choice makes it a good book of unconditional love.

I give this: 4 stars. Provided by netgalley.com. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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