Title: The Art of Loving (Arts & Hearts #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Cassidy Ryan (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 17, 2016 – 71 pgs
Does Asa have a life sentence doing time in the friendzone?
Asa has been in love with Theo since their art school days in London, but Theo has only ever had eyes for their straight friend Oliver. Two years ago, unable to take the pain of unrequited love any longer, Asa came home to Glasgow. He hasn’t seen Theo since, nor has he stopped loving him.
When Oliver marries Charlotte, Asa can’t come up with any reasonable excuse not to attend the wedding, so he returns to London. He isn’t exactly shocked when Theo doesn’t show up, but when he learns that the reason for Theo’s no-show is a car accident that has landed him in hospital, Asa immediately rushes to be with him.
Unable to leave Theo to fend for himself while he recovers, Asa takes his friend back to Glasgow with him.
There, secrets are revealed, and Asa learns more about Theo than he ever imagined.
I really enjoyed this book. If I had to describe it I would say that it is a book about unrequited love that one of the main characters has for his best friend but the best friend is in love with their other best who is getting married. This marriage sets in motion a chain of events that sets the course of the two main characters lives.
I actually felt bad for both Asa and for Theo both. They both loved someone who did not return those feelings and that made it hard to be a round that person because of it.
Asa is my opinion has done what he has needed to do to try and get over his feelings for Theo. He went so far as to move back to his hometown and had not seen him for two years in hopes those feelings would go away. But they didn’t and when Theo needed Asa he was there for him no questions asked even though at times he felt as if part of him was dying from not being able to be with the man he was in love with.
Theo in my opinion was never really in love with Oliver. It was a good excuse to himself to not get close to anyone by making himself believe he was in love with someone who would never return those feelings. I also think that Theo realized too late that Asa was the one he was truly in love with after Asa moved back to his hometown and it was too late to do anything about it.
Sometimes fate has a way setting right things that are wrong and I think that this is a book that describes just that. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to reading more books by Cassidy Ryan in the near future.
Cassidy Ryan lives and works in the West of Scotland, with Angel, the not-very-angelic kitty.
When she isn’t writing, Cassidy enjoys football, shopping for the perfect handbag, main-lining coffee and watching TV.