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Eighteen-year-old Charlee Parker met the love of her life in a parking lot—a leggy brunette with a valedictorian medal hanging from her rear-view mirror and an attitude as biting as a Boston winter. Alexandra Woodson was guarded, a nineteen-year-old orphan set on a bright future in hospitality administration. She never imagined an art student with a penchant for cheesy pick Eighteen-year-old Charlee Parker met the love of her life in a parking lot—a leggy brunette with a valedictorian medal hanging from her rear-view mirror and an attitude as biting as a Boston winter. Alexandra Woodson was guarded, a nineteen-year-old orphan set on a bright future in hospitality administration. She never imagined an art student with a penchant for cheesy pick-up lines and stealing parking spaces would crack her rigid exterior and claim her heart. For four years, theirs was an enviable love—evergreen and growing. Unbreakable… Until it broke. Now, after five years on the opposite side of the country, Alex’s work brings her back to Boston. When, by chance, they meet again, Charlee and Alex are swept up in a whirlwind of heart-rending history, tossed between past and present, and lovers old and new. Will their lingering connection be enough to convince them that some loves are meant to last? Or should the past remain in the past? 79,500 words


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Eighteen-year-old Charlee Parker met the love of her life in a parking lot—a leggy brunette with a valedictorian medal hanging from her rear-view mirror and an attitude as biting as a Boston winter. Alexandra Woodson was guarded, a nineteen-year-old orphan set on a bright future in hospitality administration. She never imagined an art student with a penchant for cheesy pick Eighteen-year-old Charlee Parker met the love of her life in a parking lot—a leggy brunette with a valedictorian medal hanging from her rear-view mirror and an attitude as biting as a Boston winter. Alexandra Woodson was guarded, a nineteen-year-old orphan set on a bright future in hospitality administration. She never imagined an art student with a penchant for cheesy pick-up lines and stealing parking spaces would crack her rigid exterior and claim her heart. For four years, theirs was an enviable love—evergreen and growing. Unbreakable… Until it broke. Now, after five years on the opposite side of the country, Alex’s work brings her back to Boston. When, by chance, they meet again, Charlee and Alex are swept up in a whirlwind of heart-rending history, tossed between past and present, and lovers old and new. Will their lingering connection be enough to convince them that some loves are meant to last? Or should the past remain in the past? 79,500 words

30 review for The Art of Us

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    'Ylva-Publishing ARC provided in exchange for a honest review' 4.5stars! A remarkable grit filled work of good penmanship in an emotionally charged romantic love story of performance in its own right,this book is a vivid and powerful rendering of the unparalleled lives of both extraordinary leads. Some readers will also enjoy certain parts of this storyline which dealt with art and peek into the mind of one of the leads who's preeminent style was an echo or focus in this book because of her passio 'Ylva-Publishing ARC provided in exchange for a honest review' 4.5stars! A remarkable grit filled work of good penmanship in an emotionally charged romantic love story of performance in its own right,this book is a vivid and powerful rendering of the unparalleled lives of both extraordinary leads. Some readers will also enjoy certain parts of this storyline which dealt with art and peek into the mind of one of the leads who's preeminent style was an echo or focus in this book because of her passion and love that she shared both on her canvases and towards the only 'ONE' person that she ever truly loved. The real strength of this story is the great storytelling,their P.O.V, the exceptional writing,the good chemistry,the support of their friends & family and also the author's other ideas etc. Ms.Hughes delivers the most probing,well-rounded cast of characters,free-flowing dialogue,fast-paced,insightful relationship,family & friendship biography to date in this seemingly endlessly and surprisingly winner/book-- a story that is truly both a heady intellectual study of lives with ups & downs problems but eventually coming back as one and also a literary page-turner for everyone because its that good!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    Edit: I am changing my rating to 4 1/2 Stars. I originally only rated this 4 stars, but I keep thinking about this book and I think my rating was a little too low. This was really good and emotional. I’m not kidding about being emotional; I lost track on how many times I was flat out crying. I love when a good book can make you feel, and this book definitely did. What happens when you run into your soulmate after being apart for five years? Charlee and Alex are about to find out. That’s it, that’s Edit: I am changing my rating to 4 1/2 Stars. I originally only rated this 4 stars, but I keep thinking about this book and I think my rating was a little too low. This was really good and emotional. I’m not kidding about being emotional; I lost track on how many times I was flat out crying. I love when a good book can make you feel, and this book definitely did. What happens when you run into your soulmate after being apart for five years? Charlee and Alex are about to find out. That’s it, that’s all you’re getting for a summary. It’s the main storyline in a nutshell and I don’t want to spoil anything. I have read other books where characters supposedly found their soulmate. I have never quite believed it as much as this book. Wow, talk about a connection the two mains had. The chemistry was just off the charts. You knew without a doubt that these two were meant to be together, you just don’t know if they would be together. I have never read Hughes before, but damn she can write. This book was so emotional and heart wrenching in places. But it was also warm and about being a family, blood and otherwise. The characters where all so incredibly fleshed out. They were realistic and you felt their emotions and what they were going through. Even the secondary characters were wonderful. Actually, they were some of the better secondary characters I have read in a while. Anyone who has read a chunk of my reviews knows a pet peeve of mine is flashbacks. I honestly can’t stand them. This book is filled with them. Did I mind them? I can’t believe I am saying this but no I did not. They were well written and added to the story. This story could not have been told correctly without them. This is one of the first times I can recall flashbacks being so meaningful and necessary to the story. Romance fans that are looking for a good emotional read don’t pass this book up. This book was way better than I expected and I have a feeling others will enjoy it too. I feel like now I have to run and read another of Hughes’ books. (Netty, I know you have been telling me to read Popcorn Love for over a year, I’m finally listening now.) If Hughes’ others books are anywhere as good as this one, I know I will enjoy them. An ARC was given to me by YLVA, for a honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pin

    I enjoyed The Art of Us very much. Once I started, I just could not put it down. I even reread some parts right away, and it went straight into my favorites. Bravo KL Hughes! 5 stars Nov 3, 2017

  4. 4 out of 5

    Farah

    My second book by the author, the first one was Popcorn Love, I found it too cheesy. The Art Of Us however was a second chance romance written superbly right. The first time Charlee met Alex, they got into a serious argument over parking spot, the insults and banters were grins and highlights worthy. The second time they met, the banters were followed with sex. What??? They had sex after the 2nd meet, oh noooo.. Instant much? I didn't mind such scene though because kudos to Ms.Hughes, the story My second book by the author, the first one was Popcorn Love, I found it too cheesy. The Art Of Us however was a second chance romance written superbly right. The first time Charlee met Alex, they got into a serious argument over parking spot, the insults and banters were grins and highlights worthy. The second time they met, the banters were followed with sex. What??? They had sex after the 2nd meet, oh noooo.. Instant much? I didn't mind such scene though because kudos to Ms.Hughes, the story was interesting from the start, their tale was told from the past and present + they did it in the library. *hides my face, sorry dad and sis... both are librarians* Anyways, they were in a relationship for 4 years then Alex got a career opportunity so she moved and they settled to a long distance relationship but it failed and left both brokenhearted. After 5 years of separation, Alex returned and now the wonderful, magical world of romance began. They were both in relationships with other people but onced they accidentally saw each other again at Charlee's art exhibition, it was like Mission Impossible's lighting the fuse scene+the theme song. I absolutely love this story, Alex and Charlee had the spark, the bite, the chemistry+biology and physique that I usually looked for in a couple. Vinny [Alex's sister] Cam [Charlee's bff] Gabby and Drew [Charlee's parents] formed a bond when Alex and Charlee became a couple. Choosing a/two favorite character was impossible, I loved them all. This book is pricey, USD9.99 and not available on KU. I still consider myself as a Lesfic virgin but the love scenes I've read.. I can still blush.. Anyways just get the damn good book already and lets gush over it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    I know this is an older book, and most of you have already read this, but DAMN. I loved every minute of this read! Yes, it was a touch juvenile at times with the drama, and yes, quite a few issues could have been ironed out faster or avoided altogether if the MCs would have just communicated, but I don't care. This book is a rollercoaster of emotions, and I'm putting it in my favorites list so I can come back for the ride again sometime in the future. Solid 4.5 stars!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Luce

    5 Stars. I don't do angst. I don't mind it in small doses but I generally don't gravitate to it. Unless it is as well written as Hughes has done in this fabulous book. At first I thought I would breeze right through the book it was so good. But I couldn't. I had to read a chapter or two and take a break. Because, you know, I don't do angst. And there are flashbacks. I don't mind it, but I know some readers do not. But wow. This story goes back and forth to college years to present to post college 5 Stars. I don't do angst. I don't mind it in small doses but I generally don't gravitate to it. Unless it is as well written as Hughes has done in this fabulous book. At first I thought I would breeze right through the book it was so good. But I couldn't. I had to read a chapter or two and take a break. Because, you know, I don't do angst. And there are flashbacks. I don't mind it, but I know some readers do not. But wow. This story goes back and forth to college years to present to post college to break up and back again. The timelines are running parallel. But somehow you know within a sentence or two what time period we are in. Only once or twice I had to reread a bit to figure out where we were in the timeline. I was amazed just how well Hughes was able to navigate this mode of storytelling without it being confusing. It was effective in her hands. The main characters, Alex & Charlee were great and all, but I LOVED Charlee's parents, especially her mother, Gabby. They embraced Alex and her sister Vinny and Charlee's BFF, Cam into their family. Gabby was as much a parent to Alex and Cam as she was to Charlee. Makes my Top 10 list for 2017.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Netty

    I swear i inhaled this book it was absolutly excellent, i really really loved it and without a doubt be buying the paperback as soon as it's released, Alex and Charlee are the sort of characters your instantly drawn to, so you cant help but root for them, also the supporting characters are great, cam especislly she made me laugh a time or two, i don't normally like all that flashback stuff in books but they actually make this book, one of the best romances i've read this year, i'm slapping it in I swear i inhaled this book it was absolutly excellent, i really really loved it and without a doubt be buying the paperback as soon as it's released, Alex and Charlee are the sort of characters your instantly drawn to, so you cant help but root for them, also the supporting characters are great, cam especislly she made me laugh a time or two, i don't normally like all that flashback stuff in books but they actually make this book, one of the best romances i've read this year, i'm slapping it into my favourites, i did find it a bit angsty for my usual liking but its totally worth it, and the sex is nice and steamy. I could be a bit biased because KL Hughes is one of my favourite authors but "so what" i admit it so it doesn't count ;) Top marks from me and i'm sure i wont be the only one.... ARC for an honest review

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tiff

    When you pick up this book be prepared for your heart to be ripped out of your chest. This book knocked me flat out more than a time or two. You can literally feel your heartbreak right along with the main characters. A fantastic emotional ride that is chock-full of angst and emotion. Charlee and Alex meet early on in college. There is an instant connection, and they spend the next years blissfully in love, head over heels. When school ends Alex is offered an amazing career opportunity on the opp When you pick up this book be prepared for your heart to be ripped out of your chest. This book knocked me flat out more than a time or two. You can literally feel your heartbreak right along with the main characters. A fantastic emotional ride that is chock-full of angst and emotion. Charlee and Alex meet early on in college. There is an instant connection, and they spend the next years blissfully in love, head over heels. When school ends Alex is offered an amazing career opportunity on the opposite coast. They thought they could overcome the distance, make it through this intersnship, but instead, it broke them. Five years later Alex has returned to NYC. she thought she could handle being back but the emotions and loss of Charlee are overwhelming. Everywhere she goes brings back a flood of memories of better times. The book flashes back between Charlee and Alex's romance to current day. When Alex and her lost love meet back up the chemistry pops right off the page. Tension, angst, romance this book is deliciously full of it all. I'm not kidding when I say this book pulls at your emotions. A felt my heartbreak with them, I felt their joy, their pain. KL Hughes takes you on one hell of a ride. So good!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sprinkles

    This here is an angsty, longing, frustrating, brilliant read. In fact, even reading The Art of Us took me longer than usual because the feelings get TOO REAL. Especially for those who've had significant exes or are dating people who broke off from something deep. It puts an uncomfortable layer of insecurity to the read. Somewhat painful, but effective. Totally what KL Hughes wants from me, I'd reckon. Or, at least it'd make her feel great to cause these feelings. I'd say for my personal taste, th This here is an angsty, longing, frustrating, brilliant read. In fact, even reading The Art of Us took me longer than usual because the feelings get TOO REAL. Especially for those who've had significant exes or are dating people who broke off from something deep. It puts an uncomfortable layer of insecurity to the read. Somewhat painful, but effective. Totally what KL Hughes wants from me, I'd reckon. Or, at least it'd make her feel great to cause these feelings. I'd say for my personal taste, this has a much higher dosage of pining and relationship-based angst than I'd care to partake. I believe Alex and Charlee's love runs deeper and more convincing than sooooo many books of lesfic's past. I appreciate it. I'm glad I read it because KL Hughes is an AMAZING writer. God, it's so well-written and clever. Characterization and theme were certainly on point. She's the author of Popcorn Love, an all-time favorite and I'm honored to read more from her. For the sheer talent of Hughes, I'll bump this to a steady four stars. Give it a read. It'll affect you, I'm sure.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Agirlcandream

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “I want to do it right, because loving her is the purest thing I’ve ever done. It’s the purest thing I’ve ever had.” Soul Mates. The Art of Us takes the concept of soul mates to a whole new level. I don’t think I’ve ever read an angst-filled read quite like this book. Five years after Alex left for the coast and they drifted apart, Charlee cannot sleep at night but spends all her time painting beautiful memories of her true love and soul mate Alex. Alex returns to Boston with girlfriend Kari in “I want to do it right, because loving her is the purest thing I’ve ever done. It’s the purest thing I’ve ever had.” Soul Mates. The Art of Us takes the concept of soul mates to a whole new level. I don’t think I’ve ever read an angst-filled read quite like this book. Five years after Alex left for the coast and they drifted apart, Charlee cannot sleep at night but spends all her time painting beautiful memories of her true love and soul mate Alex. Alex returns to Boston with girlfriend Kari in tow and struggles with her own memories. The opening scenes grab you and force you to fall in love with Charlee and Alex. Of course, there can be no one else. Be gone eight-month relationship Chris. Haul your unsuspecting ass outta here. Kari? We barely knew you but you’re smart enough to notice the emotional detachment and distance Alex has for you. Sorry you had to fly all this way. Once Alex locks eyes on Charlee it’s game over for anyone remotely connected to these two and what they still mean to each other. I found myself overwhelmed to the point of numb by the three-quarter mark of this novel. The crying, the emotions on their sleeves, the crying, so much crying over their love lost. The reluctance on Alex’s part to renew what they had for fear of losing it once again, it was all so exhausting. And then K.L. Hughes pulls reality out of this swamp of emotions and memories of a love so pure nothing and no one could compete with it. She laughs at her own drama-llama offering. She uses Cam and Vinny to pull our lovestruck couple back to earth. Cam lets Charlee know that the world is carrying on and no, she is not the centre of the universe and yes, she has been ignoring the other people in her life. Vinny is much blunter with Alex when she tells her that “Dehydration is a bitch.” Enough with the crying already. I loved it and it pulled me back into the story. I love an angst filled romance, I do. The Art of Us might have exceeded even my love for drama but it is written so well that I couldn’t look away. I had to know all the details of this couples long overdue HEA. Wow, what a read. ARC received from publisher with thanks for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Starsandsun18

    I admit that I’m not really a fan of popcorn love but after reading this I will give it a try again. Goodness! This book will give you so much feels. From the first page I already got a vibe that this will go straight to my favorites. Is there more of this? Nice execution of second chance storyline. So, if you’re a fan of those I would totally recommend you this. Charlee and Alex will be added to my top ten fav couples. You just have to read this to appreciate it. Lots of crying. Cheesy lines. Flas I admit that I’m not really a fan of popcorn love but after reading this I will give it a try again. Goodness! This book will give you so much feels. From the first page I already got a vibe that this will go straight to my favorites. Is there more of this? Nice execution of second chance storyline. So, if you’re a fan of those I would totally recommend you this. Charlee and Alex will be added to my top ten fav couples. You just have to read this to appreciate it. Lots of crying. Cheesy lines. Flash backs. I wish there’s an Epilogue. :( If this will be made into anmovie I will be the first one to buy the ticket. Re-Read: I was surprised to know that this is a Clexa fic. Another reason for + 3 stars 😂👌🏽 4.5

  12. 5 out of 5

    Corporate Slave

    Well that's a good start for the year! Unbelievable chemistry! You can't miss reading this one ..

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rosi

    This one has been pretty strong. Although it is basically a story of love, separation and reunion, there are many additional ingredients that add distress and sorrow to the already sad situation. The story is developed through flashbacks that link past situations with similar ones of the present. This is the way the author explains to us the past of Charlee and Alex, through these flashbacks. And the story always has that really sad background even in its happy moments. But I particularly enjoyed This one has been pretty strong. Although it is basically a story of love, separation and reunion, there are many additional ingredients that add distress and sorrow to the already sad situation. The story is developed through flashbacks that link past situations with similar ones of the present. This is the way the author explains to us the past of Charlee and Alex, through these flashbacks. And the story always has that really sad background even in its happy moments. But I particularly enjoyed it and I really recommend it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jane Shambler

    Whoa! I am seriously exhausted. This book in a single word has to be EMOTIONAL. The feelings this book extracts are so real. You feel everything. It felt like my heart was being ripped from my chest. Also, because of that I am seriously having trouble writing this review. How Hughes managed to write it I don't know. But she did and she managed to blow me off my feet. To help you understand I found that one minute I'm happy, cheerful even. Then the next sad and angry even. Then I feel this need to Whoa! I am seriously exhausted. This book in a single word has to be EMOTIONAL. The feelings this book extracts are so real. You feel everything. It felt like my heart was being ripped from my chest. Also, because of that I am seriously having trouble writing this review. How Hughes managed to write it I don't know. But she did and she managed to blow me off my feet. To help you understand I found that one minute I'm happy, cheerful even. Then the next sad and angry even. Then I feel this need to curl into a tight ball and hide under my duvet never to show my face again. But then I feel this urge to hurl my kindle out of the nearest unopened window. Now anyone who can generate that much emotion through words on a page deserves to receive a 5 star rating. Maybe this book should have some kind of warning. I say that with a pinch of salt. It doesn't just feels like it. I really wanted to put the book down but I couldn't.It was always just one more page. Now that I have finished it I just want a week of uninterrupted sleep. I feel exhausted. If Hughes wanted her readers to feel then I'd say she succeeded. It is really well written. It is some of the best writing that I have had the pleasure of reading. Enjoy! *ARC provided by publisher via Ylva Publishing*

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ted

    Liked it despite the boat ton of the sads and bad feels. Doing twin story arcs via flash backs is a tricky beast. I was confused several times when a scene change happened with no nudge that a shift in time happened as well. A simple 'Then' and 'Now' accompanying the scene separator would have insta fixed that. It's really a story of second chances. Didn't fall in love with it (see the above sads and bads) but I liked it well enough.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    Cue Barbra Streisand singing "The Way We Were". No I'm not reminiscing about an ex, I'm thinking about a few years ago when I read the fan fiction version of this and bawled my eyes out. Exceptionally well written, this story will no doubt tug on your heartstrings if you ever had your heart broken and especially if you're not over that certain someone yet. Though it's angsty there are some great secondary characters who bring some much needed levity every now and then. There's not much else I can Cue Barbra Streisand singing "The Way We Were". No I'm not reminiscing about an ex, I'm thinking about a few years ago when I read the fan fiction version of this and bawled my eyes out. Exceptionally well written, this story will no doubt tug on your heartstrings if you ever had your heart broken and especially if you're not over that certain someone yet. Though it's angsty there are some great secondary characters who bring some much needed levity every now and then. There's not much else I can say that hasn't already been said about this story. If you haven't read it yet make sure to at least add it to your to read list because even though you'll need a box of tissues, it will be worth it. The only minor issue I had were the constant flashbacks, which I'm not a fan of. Overall rating for this emotional roller coaster is 4,5*.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alealea

    This book gave me a headache. So thanks Joc for suggesting it, because I can at least knock it off my TR-list. In another way though, it's a multiple no-thanks for a lot of other reasons, here are the top 3 : > Flashback Bombing : the writing keep jumping from present to past and so on. > the five-year-long grieving widows : I'm confused by the sheer stupidity of the two mains and I don't think I had the answer to that one question that I kept asking myself all the time : why hasn't the artist F This book gave me a headache. So thanks Joc for suggesting it, because I can at least knock it off my TR-list. In another way though, it's a multiple no-thanks for a lot of other reasons, here are the top 3 : > Flashback Bombing : the writing keep jumping from present to past and so on. > the five-year-long grieving widows : I'm confused by the sheer stupidity of the two mains and I don't think I had the answer to that one question that I kept asking myself all the time : why hasn't the artist FOLLOWED ? you can paint anywhere! > Way over the top love / love drama : so much so that it was a relief when both mains are put straight by their relatives. But still I can't help but wonder why it took them so damn long ??? It's a very irritating story , but well-written, with most of the secondary characters nicely done.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Les Rêveur

    This was probably one of the most angst ridden novels I have read all year. It literally kicked the wind out of me more than once with this heart breaking tale of second chance love. Charlee and Alex met in college and fell madly in love and knew they had met their soul mates. Unfortunately when Alex is offered an important job at the other side of the country they just can’t make the long distance work. They both love each other enough not to ask the other to give up on their dreams but they kn This was probably one of the most angst ridden novels I have read all year. It literally kicked the wind out of me more than once with this heart breaking tale of second chance love. Charlee and Alex met in college and fell madly in love and knew they had met their soul mates. Unfortunately when Alex is offered an important job at the other side of the country they just can’t make the long distance work. They both love each other enough not to ask the other to give up on their dreams but they know they will never truly get over the love they have for one another. They struggle to get on with their lives and can’t seem to make it work without daily pangs of love for one another. When Alex’s work moves her back to Boston and they bump into one another it’s obvious to them both that they never stopped loving one another. But can they have their second chance? And how do they tell their now partners about their undeniable love without hurting them. This is possibly the most angst filled book I’ve read this year. It swept me up and made my heart ache so bad that I cried more reading this book than I have in a while. Both Charlee and Alex don’t want to hurt anyone and their honourable and caring nature just endeared them to the reader more. They had chemistry that made the air leave the room and it just added to the angst and foreboding when they didn’t give in to their needs. I think they fact that these main protagonists never hated each other after their break up made their reconnection even more explosive. I did feel that the scenes jumped back and forth between past and present with no clear line of definition of where in their relationship you are at that time. There were moments I thought that they had finally followed their feelings only to find out in fact they had but it was when they were together the first time round at college. The secondary Characters were fantastic and in particular Gabby, Charlee’s Mum. She was warm, and generally caring and her moments in the story made me want these characters to make it more than ever before. I’d also love a story about Cam or Vinny because those two rocked their character personalities and I’d definitely be friends with them both. Great book that I look forward to rereading again very soon. 4 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    MJS

    ARC provided by YLVA in return for an honest review. I wanted to read this story because I enjoyed Popcorn Love and this had good reviews. I was hesitant though, because past/present romances are not a favourite of mine. This isn’t a ‘fun’ book, in that it’s very angsty and there’s a lot of pining. Also, there was no separation to show when a flashback was starting within a chapter, (by that I mean use of italics or some other formatting) which did make this hard to read, because the majority of ARC provided by YLVA in return for an honest review. I wanted to read this story because I enjoyed Popcorn Love and this had good reviews. I was hesitant though, because past/present romances are not a favourite of mine. This isn’t a ‘fun’ book, in that it’s very angsty and there’s a lot of pining. Also, there was no separation to show when a flashback was starting within a chapter, (by that I mean use of italics or some other formatting) which did make this hard to read, because the majority of the characters appear in both the past and present, and sometimes the time jumps weren’t immediately apparent. The other problem I had was that, while the flashbacks showed how Alex and Charlee fell in love and built their relationship, the present was just them pining for each other, whining to friends and family, and being in completely wrong for them relationships. That both of them had other partners to get rid of didn’t help, as that was always going to be the outcome, but it dragged on (for Alex anyway) way too long. I did enjoy the backstory, and I loved the secondary characters (probably more than the leads to be honest, at least in the present) but the present day angst was too much for me, I was with most of the secondary characters and just wished they’d clean up their mess and get on with it. I did appreciate that Hughes didn’t feel the need to make either of their other partners ‘bad guys’, just people that they didn’t quite fit with but had settled for. This is well written and Hughes does a wonderful job of making you feel the longing and pain of their separation and the immediacy of their feelings once they are back in one another’s orbit, she also gives attention to how difficult a break up can be on family and friends, especially when there’s no real ‘bad guy’. I give it 3.5 stars but have rounded up.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cristina

    This is an emotional book where the past and the present are interlaced and it’s impossible to understand the present without the past. Both characters made each other and it is also impossible understand Charlee without Alex, and vice versa. This is a passionate and sometimes sad book about people who deserve second chances.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    5- "It's beautiful." 5- "It's beautiful."

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I listen to this one over and over. One of the best audible credits I have ever spent. 2nd Listen -- took a long road trip with my wife, she hadn't read the book. She really enjoyed it but she thought the ending was a bit long.. I still love it and think it is worth picking up either in ebook or audiobook form. ** 1st listen -- I pre-ordered this on audible and started it the moment it notified me it had been downloaded. This is a book I could listen to over and over again. I typically only buy I listen to this one over and over. One of the best audible credits I have ever spent. 2nd Listen -- took a long road trip with my wife, she hadn't read the book. She really enjoyed it but she thought the ending was a bit long.. I still love it and think it is worth picking up either in ebook or audiobook form. ** 1st listen -- I pre-ordered this on audible and started it the moment it notified me it had been downloaded. This is a book I could listen to over and over again. I typically only buy audiobooks I have read and loved. It was also narrated by Abby Craden. She always does a great job of narrating. The choice of narrator can really make or break the audio version of a great book. This is such an awesome book. If you haven't done so already pick it up. Audiobook was great so if you have a long drive it would be perfect. 1st Reading - Wow... this book was a fantastic read. I can see Hughes becoming one of my favorite authors. It is too soon to tell, but both of the books I have read have been really good reads. I enjoyed her first book, but loved this one. I highlighted more moments in this book than any other book I have read. It has several laugh out loud moments, and a few crying moments. The range of emotion Hughes delivers is what makes this book memorable. This isn't a book that will quickly fade from your memory. I put it on my favorites list, and will reread in the future. I really hope we see a couple of follow up novels in the future. I wouldn't mind checking in with Alex and Charlee and reading about a couple of other characters finding their loves. This book is so worth your time. ARC provided by YLVA Publishing for honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    This is my first novel from this author. It’s a book full of strong emotions and it pulled me in instantly. The combination of the past and the present in this story was excellent written. And KL has a wonderful way, to make you feel everything the characters are feeling. And she also describes, explains and draws everything and everybody in a perfect way. You really can imagen Charlee’s art or the loft where she lives or as they struggling with all the emotions. Charlee and Alex meet again after This is my first novel from this author. It’s a book full of strong emotions and it pulled me in instantly. The combination of the past and the present in this story was excellent written. And KL has a wonderful way, to make you feel everything the characters are feeling. And she also describes, explains and draws everything and everybody in a perfect way. You really can imagen Charlee’s art or the loft where she lives or as they struggling with all the emotions. Charlee and Alex meet again after a few years apart on either side of the continent. They were together for four years and drifted apart because of work and work chances. They never had really broken up. And after Alex comes back again and they met randomly, everything is coming back. They struggles with old and new feelings, disappointment and the actual partners. I was laughing and one or two times crying during the journey of Charlee and Alex. It’s a precious tale about love, family (chosen and related), friendship and chances. The second characters are a group of people everybody want’s to have in their life, warm, loving and supporting people. They are well developed with own issues to fight. The whole story is realistically. And I very much loved the conversations and the wit. It makes me often smile or laugh. And as another plus were the steamy and wonderful love scenes. I’m really looking forward to another story from K.L. Hughes. My rating 4,5 stars. Thanks to Ylva for receiving an ARC for a honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Della

    The Art of Us follows the lives of Charlee and Alex who met at college, fell in love, graduated and followed their separate dreams. Ms Hughes creates an homage to love. She writes about love with such delicacy you are drawn into the characters and their story. When Alex, who is a woman of few words,speaks of love it takes your breath away. We learn that a love story is more than two people in love. Friends and families are intertwined in their story and affected by the ripples of Charlee and Alex’ The Art of Us follows the lives of Charlee and Alex who met at college, fell in love, graduated and followed their separate dreams. Ms Hughes creates an homage to love. She writes about love with such delicacy you are drawn into the characters and their story. When Alex, who is a woman of few words,speaks of love it takes your breath away. We learn that a love story is more than two people in love. Friends and families are intertwined in their story and affected by the ripples of Charlee and Alex’s decisions. I am reminded of the Romantic period in literature where love was the character driving the poems and stories. Ms Hughes captures this for me. I highly recommend this novel and am excited to read more of her books.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joc

    Truly beautiful but not easy going. This could have been over the top angsty but Hughes builds up an incredible cast of supporting characters around Charlee and Alex that holds the whole story together. It's very powerful and deeply moving.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jo reece

    Left me wanting more....

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anja

    It's was an okay read, it didn't blow me away. I didn't like the constant jumping between past and preent (sometimes I was confused if it's now or if it was when they first were together). 3,5 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Much better than Popcorn Love, the only other book I've read by this author.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    This book captured me from the beginning and didn't let go until the very last word. I haven't felt so moved, so captured, such raw depth from characters and a story in a very long time. Excellent job K.L. I can't wait to ready more of your work.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linh Nguyen

    Good writing, some very emotional moments. Too much crying though :P

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