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The Genius and the Muse [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Hunter
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Book Description

"Refreshingly unique!"
--Vilma's Book Blog
"Truly amazing, crazy believable... the story kept my interest the entire time. Remarkable read. Absolutely remarkable."
--Mandy Anderson, I Read Indie Book Blog
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For Kate Mitchell, finishing her master's thesis on reclusive photographer Reed O'Connor was just another item to check off her list. She knew exactly what she was doing. Or did she?

There's just one portrait that doesn't fit. One portrait... and the passion she sees behind it. Finding the story behind O'Connor's picture becomes Kate's obsession, and the people she meets will challenge everything she thought she knew about life, love, and inspiration.

A single picture can tell more than one story. And in the end, Kate discovers that every real love story is a unique work of art.

Editorial Reviews


[Hunter's] writing is literate, evocative, and heartfelt; with depth to the stories and dimension to the characters.
--BamaGal, Goodreads reviewer
"The bottom line: if you're not reading Elizabeth Hunter's novels, you should be! Her plots and characters are fully developed and well-researched. The artspeak and technical parts of this book are a fine balance between informative and interesting yet not so technical as to turn off the casual reader."
--A Tale of Many Book Reviews
[It's] not about insta-love or merely just falling in love. It's about how love is lost, how sometimes life is not what you thought it should be, and how something broken can be fixed if you're willing to work on it. 
--Bending the Spine
"The Genius and the Muse is one of those stories which I just couldn't put down till I was done. The storyline the characters are all so compelling that when I started reading it at 4 in the morning I couldn't stop. I had to finish."
--The Nerd in Heels 

About the Author

   ELIZABETH HUNTER is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.
   She currently lives in Central California with an eight-year-old ninja who claims to be her child.  She enjoys music, writing, travel, and bowling (despite the fact that she's not very good at it). Someday, she plans to learn how to scuba dive. And maybe hang glide... but that looks like a lot of running.
   She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 368 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: E. Hunter (April 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y6IZWS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're not reading E.Hunter, you should be!!! May 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Elizabeth Hunter's The Genius and the Muse is a contemporary adult romance set in the art communities of both California and New York. This novel is what I like to think of as a "just one more chapter" book. In case you aren't familiar with this type of novel, allow me to explain. It's the book you're still reading at two a.m. when you know you should be sound asleep, but just want to read one more chapter. Before you know it, the sun is up, the book is finished, and you just can't bring yourself to feel bad about that.

Genius's plot revolves around photography graduate student Kate Mitchell. Kate has spent her academic career studying the fine art of photography and has focused all of her attention (and thesis, yikes) on the work of the immensely talented, world-renowned, and ultra-reclusive photographer Reed O'Connor. Kate intimately knows everything there is to know about O'Connor's work. That is, until the day she comes across a photograph that is absolutely uncharacteristic of everything O'Connor has ever produced. Like a dog with a bone, Kate can't let it go.

The bulk of the novel moves back and forth between the present and the past, following Kate as she tracks down O'Connor's friends and colleagues in an effort to understand the mystery behind the unusual photograph. What Kate discovers takes the reader and most of the novel's characters on an emotional ride through the past and into the private life of one of the world's most famous and misunderstood artists. Hunter has successfully overcome the sort of disjointed feel that novels of this type often have. In fact, Hunter has created a present and a past that are truly two inseparable parts of a whole; the time periods come together in beautifully cohesive way.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not PNR, but a well written love story May 19, 2012
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I am a new fan to Elizabeth Hunter's writing. Her elemental PNR series is a big favorite. When I discovered she'd written another book, I knew I wanted to read it. She always does a beautiful job making her characters believable, as well as developing a plausible story line.

While I loved the characters in this story, I didn't care as much for the jumping back and forth of the story lines. It took me awhile to get into the story, and I was far more interested in one story over the other.

That said, Ms. Hunter is such an exceptional writer that I know I'd read anything she publishes. Not my favorite book, but an okay read for me.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh February 27, 2013
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First let me say that I LOVE the author's Elemental Mysteries Series. LOVE it. LOVE her writing and character development and action scenes in those books.

So I went ahead and bought this one. Again, I loved the fact that the relationship building for each couple she writes about is different and very authentic. That has really, really impressed me so far. You read all these other New York Times best sellers that are cranking out series after series but their characters all sound exactly the same. That gets old really fast, so Elizabeth Hunter is really a breath of fresh air for the romance genre.

Now for the more critical section of my review. If your looking for a contemporary romance that echoes her Elemental Mysteries series, you're not going to get it. There is absolutely no action. It's simply a story. I personally felt that Kate's obsession with another couple's history was seriously bizarre. I also felt like Elizabeth could have gone into more detail regarding Kate and Javi's relationship building and sort of leave off the obsession with Reed and Sam. But that's sort of nit-picky. Elizabeth Hunter is an excellent writer of romance relationships, and this was overall a decent story, just not my favorite of hers. I will probably leave off reading her contemporary romance books, and stick with the paranormal romance.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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I stayed up later tonight just to finish The Genius and the Muse and it was exceptional, the fact that it was more of a character driven combination literary drama/love story and no PNR/UF in sight would usually make me run the opposite direction but this is one of those books that captured me shortly after I started and kept me enthralled until I was finished, while the ending was satisfying, you tend to never want books like this to end. It is a very long story of several friend with a main couple and a third young woman that is originally used to tell the story (which jumps back and forth in time in a pleasing manner) but eventually becomes a larger part of the story. While I am sure this review does not make you want to run out and buy it because my vocabulary just does not have the words to describe why this novel even managed to keep my attention somewhat eludes me other than the exceptional writing skill Elizabeth Hunter always displays that appeals to me. this is a 5 Star reading experience even though it is all drama and romance, no action to speak of but still absolutely addicting. Another job well done and hopefully some other reviewer can be more descriptive than I am for this exceptional effort.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, Inventive and Enjoyable! March 9, 2013
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I decided to read this book after loving Elizabeth Hunter's Elemental Mysteries series. I knew this was not a paranormal, but rather a contemporary, standalone romance novel. Nonetheless, it was not what I expected. I really liked it, it was just uniquely different and unexpected. This character-driven novel revolves around 24-year-old photographer and graduate student, Kate Mitchell. In the process of completing her thesis on a brilliant, reclusive and seemingly mercurial photographer, Reed O'Conner, Kate gets drawn in to a deep and complex story that begins to unravel at Kate's unrelenting insistence.

"To understand Reed O'Connor, you have to understand Samantha Rhodes."

And with those words, Kate begins her journey on learning more about the "extraordinary love" between Reed and painter, Samantha Rhodes. After a series of conversations with their tightly knit group of friends, she can't seem to figure out why they would break up, ending something so remarkable. She begins to find the pieces of the story and try to put them together as her curiosity about the couple grows.


"When Kate Mitchell decided to research the mysterious portrait in the student gallery, she had no idea how her life would change. She thought she knew what she wanted. She had a great boyfriend, a promising career, and a clear path. 
How could one simple portrait change all that? A photograph. A sculpture. A painting. One clue leads to another, and Kate learns that pieces of the past might leave unexpected marks on her own future, too. And how, exactly, did she end up in an irritable sculptor's studio? One portrait may hold the answers, but learning its secrets will challenge everything Kate thought she knew about love, art, and life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit!
Love Elizabeth and her superior level of quality writing. It's always a fresh breath of air reading her stories and work. She sets a high standard for indie authors. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kristin B
5.0 out of 5 stars I love how it went back and forth in the story
I love how it went back and forth in the story. I like the journey that Kate went through to find out what happen with Sam and reed. This was a great read.
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I didn't know a romance novel could be so well written and so riveting. Wow!
Published 11 days ago by Janelle Tague
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this book.
Published 19 days ago by Rochelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
I'm always fascinated by Elizabeth Hunter's ability to build characters you're both fascinated by and become attached to. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Teresa J. Reasor
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read and great love story
Wonderful and lovely. What a sweet and awesome love story that was really two love stories. Even better and just right in every way, balanced and beautiful reading!
Published 28 days ago by dfwolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book! I had a hard time putting it down.
Published 1 month ago by CBKdove
5.0 out of 5 stars This book enraptured me.
This book enraptured me. What a beautiful and intriguing story. I was drawn into this world of artists as Kate was trying to find out why Reed (the genius) & Sam (his muse) were no... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TamD
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching
I give this book a five star rating because the characters were richly designed and their friendships were so everlasting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Loren L. Robertson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Sweet read, not like the other Elizabeth Hunter books I've read.
Published 1 month ago by Angi
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More About the Author

Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly dwindling fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

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