Should they let love be more than a four-letter word?
Lissa Blanc is a painter on a mission. She filters the world through a lens of color, line, and form and hides her ambition behind a delicate smirk that lets her critics believe life comes easy. To her, art isn’t what she sees. It’s what she feels. Few know that behind the glitz of a prodigious upbringing, she’s driven to emerge from a shadow cast by painful memories that insist she’ll never be a renowned talent in her own right.
Cole Rathlen is a photographer on the mend. A crippling grief has stifled his once-rising career and compromised his creative instincts. Knowing he can’t stagnate forever, he seeks a twisted absolution in the form of a woman whose paintings give life to the emotions he won’t let himself imagine, let alone feel.
When the two partner for a prestigious project that will pull them from the mountains of Colorado to the palaces of India, Lissa quickly realizes that more than diverging ideals hinder their search for success and salvation. Was Cole’s life upended by a tragic but unavoidable choice or something more sinister? While Lissa can’t delve into the mystery but not the man, Cole can’t resist a tenacious soul that refuses to leave him chained. As the truth closes in on a project finally sprouting wings, will Lissa sacrifice her chance at success to set Cole free? Or will Cole shrug the chains of lingering regrets to prove that those who love the most, love again.
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Cole Rathlen is a mess, he is grieving over the death of his wife and he wont let family even try to console him. He is a brilliant photographer but the tragedy over his wife's death has put his creative mind to rest. He can't seem to find his creative instincts, and his career is coming to a halt.
Lissa is a painter, but being the privileged she is from, her talent is being shadowed. Everyone thinks she really doesn't care about her art, "that's just a hobby", so she hides behind false smirky smiles, and keeps her ambitions hidden. Cole and Lissa are paired up to paint and photograph the mountains of Colorado, Cole starts to be able see through his grief little by little.
Lissa comes more and more intrigued as she finds things and as she is told things about Cole and his belated wife. She is determined to figure out what happen and help Cole out of his grief and depression. There are several surprises that I didn't expect and made my eyebrows raise. There were plenty of steam raising scenes as well.
I give Art-Crossed Loved 3.5 Stars