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The Genius and the Muse by [Hunter, Elizabeth]
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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 

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1380 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: E. Hunter (April 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y6IZWS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By coralreef on 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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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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I need to first say that I love every other book and novella by Elizabeth Hunter and have no idea how I will amuse myself until she releases her next work. So, I'm sorry I didn't like this book; I honestly tried hard to love it. I just thought that there were many aspects (from a human behavior standpoint) that were strange. It was weird that main character Kate was completely obsessed with the love life of two strangers (Reed and Sam). Ms. Hunter repeatedly tried to explain it as an artist's desire to understand the work of another artist, but it still came across as weird. Especially when Kate cried at different points in the book just hearing the story from friends of the couple. Also, it was weird that this couple's circle of friends were also somewhat obsessed with their relationship. Again, there was explanations about the energy the couple created that inspired all of the other's work, but still, it was bizarre. It was also very unbelievable that all of these somewhat eccentric artist friends of the couple immediately told a 24 year grad student details of their very private relationships. Some of them held back initially or called her nosy (thank god at least these efforts were made), but they quickly "softened" for what reason I have no idea.Read more ›
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