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The Genius and the Muse [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Hunter
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Book Description

“Truly amazing, crazy believable... the story kept my interest the entire time. Remarkable read. Absolutely remarkable.”—Mandy Anderson, Twimom101 Book Blog

Kate Mitchell knew what she wanted: to finish her degree from Foothill Art Institute and break into the art world on her own terms. Just when she thinks she has it all figured out, new insight into a mysterious photograph by her artistic idol will lead her on a journey through the past. 

A photograph. A painting. Lost dreams and secret pain. One clue leads to another, and Kate learns that pieces of the past might leave marks on her own future, leading to a love she never could have predicted. 

One portrait may hold the answers, but learning its secrets will challenge everything Kate thought she knew about love, art, and life. A single picture can tell more than one story. In the end, a young artist will discover that every real love story is a unique work of art.

The Genius and the Muse is a contemporary romance novel for adult readers.


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[Hunter's] writing is literate, evocative, and heartfelt; with depth to the stories and dimension to the characters.
--BamaGal, Goodreads reviewer
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"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
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[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
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"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: 1580 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475119054
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: E. Hunter (April 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y6IZWS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 59 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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24 of 27 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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21 of 24 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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8 of 9 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.

Synopsis:

"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
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
I couldn't get into it. I was more entertained between Javi and Kate's story than Sam and Reed. It wasn't badly written, just didn't really captivate my attention.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Only if you have nothing else to read
Okay read, not your most exciting book. I kept expecting more from the characters and also the story. I gave it three stars because it was written well... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jay Watts
2.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, but other works by this author are ...
This book was just too predictable. Easy read, but other works by this author are much more entertaining.
Published 13 days ago by jennifer b
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, hard to put down.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
I enjoyed this book, although, if you have read Elizabeth Hunter's Elemental Series and expect this book to be exactly the same, you will be extremely disappointed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kris S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 2 months ago by Deborah Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Finally, a story with details the reader can sink her teeth into and descriptive character details. All this plus a satisfying ending.
Published 2 months ago by William F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really did enjoy this book. Far fetched plot, but very lovely moments.
Published 2 months ago by jz
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit sappy
It was an ok read, the main character was to emotionally exaggerated. It lacked that "it" factor for romance, or drama.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Artistic License
I loved the characters and the way their art is entwined in their lives. Makes you think about lighting, angles and planes and life and love, which aren't linear events. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carol Asher
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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 empty 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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