Now some of you have probably noticed that I don't rate books on Goodreads and I don't know if that may change further down the line or not, but as it stands at the moment, I don't really feel comfortable rating my fellow authors' books. Hopefully folks will understand and respect that. That doesn't mean I won't chat about books that I've enjoyed, or post about them on my blog, because although I'm an author, I have been and always will be a reader. When I come across a book I've enjoyed, I'm happy to gush about it.
Originally I had picked up another MM book on Thursday night before I picked up Art of Death, but it started off with a lot of sexy sex, and I just wasn't in the mood. I know what you're thinking, and no I'm not running a fever. At least not that I know of. I wanted to read something that would draw me in and just make off with my brain. Well, Art of Death did that. I was completely swept away with the murder/mystery and the characters wondering what was going on, and what was going to happen next. I was up until very late Thursday night, and had to read the book in two sittings only because I had started it in the late evening, otherwise I would have easily read straight through.
Art of Death is not your typical MM Romance. In fact the story really isn't about the romance at all. This is a wonderful, plot heavy book about Riley Burke--a starving artist, and the series of gory murders he finds himself mixed up in. I'm really excited to know there's going to be a second book, because I really enjoyed reading about these characters. Riley especially reminded me of people I've known over the years, even a little of myself. He's hardly the perfect prince, but his flaws were very real. There are occasions when you think he's being an insensitive jerk, but I liked the fact that we were seeing a part of him that maybe wasn't so pretty, because hey, people can be insensitive at times, even if they don't mean to be. It's something we've all experienced at some point, and I like that the author didn't shy away from those uncomfortable situations.
The sexual tension between Riley and Westwood was incredible, and although my heart went out to Nick--at first, I could understand Riley's actions. I don't want to give too much away, as it'll ruin the sweet little surprises you get throughout the book, but I will say: I loved Porter who was absolutely adorable, so much that I couldn't believe I was on a mini emotional roller-coaster with him until it was too late. Westwood intrigued me from the start, grew on me, and by the end I wanted to know a whole lot more about him. Coliaro was a fantastic villain, sophisticated, smooth, and creepy.
I found myself at times as confused as Riley, unable to decide between Nick and Westwood. Just when I started to make up my mind about one, the other would do something to make me reconsider. I was thrilled with the way it all unraveled. It was very well written, and personally I thought the author did a wonderful job in remaining true to the characters and the story. Definitely a great book to curl up with under a fuzzy blanket and cup of something hot and yummy.
Art of Death by Ana Bosch is 256pages, and available in eBook or paperback from Dreamspinner Press, and
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