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Painted On My Heart

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,881 ratings  ·  364 reviews
Artist Kellus Hardin let love and loyalty cloud his past decisions, a mistake he definitely won’t make again. Now, lost and alone, he’s left to pick up the shattered pieces of his broken heart while facing the truth of his reality.

Arik Layne exudes power, confidence, and determination. But when an encounter with the guarded artist shakes him to the core and alters all his
ebook, 392 pages
Published January 1st 2017
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*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars

We may have had to wait awhile for this one, but it was well worth the wait. Another great read from the Kindle Alexander duo.

This one had all of the things I've come to love from a Kindle Alexander read:

--Slow build
--A possessive MC
--Off the charts chemistry
--Plenty of satisfying sexy times
--Low to no relationship angst

It does have a plot device I am not a huge fan of, which is a personal preference. But I was pleased with how everything played out. That's the only reason
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-love
Painted On My Heart was a sweet story that took me on an emotional roller coaster.

One minute I was all smitten and the next I was frustrated. It is probably one of my least favorites from this author. It was long and seemed to take forever to read.

It deals with something that I am not use to reading about but that wasn't even the issue. The problem was the push and pull from Kellus. I understand that he was hurt and had a lifetime of fear ahead of him but Arik was the kindest and most gentle ma
Nat ReadingAllNite
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, arc-read
An ARC was provided to me by the author for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion. A review was not a requirement.

2.5 Stars.
I know this will be an unpopular, minority opinion. Let me say upfront that this will likely appeal greatly to many readers, especially Kindle Alexander fans. I have greatly enjoyed several of their books but the last few haven't worked for me. Much of it is caused by a, " Its me not the book" situation. The authors wanted to surprise their readers with some o
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2016
5 Brush Stroke Stars

Some facts in evidence....
1. I love Kindle Alexander.
2. I love long books and characters that connect and interweave with other stories.
3. I am a SUCKER for a good romance.
4. I am all about usual names and odd spellings.
So add all those us and you've got....BAM! Painted on My Heart.

Arik is a rich guy who likes to increase his empire by building resorts. He is a loyal guy who is close to his family and close to those he in business with. His resorts are going high tech and
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Note: Though I finished reading Painted on My Heart the day before it was released, I withheld publishing this negative review because I am a reviewer for a blog that participated in the blog tour for its release. Now that the tour is over, here is my review.

2 stars – The writing team that is Kindle Alexander wrote the first M/M romance I ever read (Full Disclosure), and I have read a few others since then. So when the opportunity to read Painted on My Heart landed in my inbox, not only did I ju
Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing #mustclick #5stars #TopPick

So worth the wait for a new book from this writing duo
It is clear this writing duo took their time developing this complete wonderfully amazing story. Arik and Kellus captivated me and kept me glued to my kindle.
More to come as I gather my thoughts and work to express my love for this story and these characters and the engaging banter
Denise H.
*** This amazing story starts out in darkness,
but ends in the light !***

The story of Kellus and his ex, is a dark and tragic, and still affects him as he tries to move on. Kellus is an artist in demand and Arik is one of his most avid fans. His art speaks to Arik, a successful businessman, who has come home to be closer to his new project and his family. There is a lot of love in that family.
Kellus's family removed themselves from his life because he kept enabling and helping his worthless ex

*2.5 stars*


"I'm so disappointed I didn't love this. I mean this is Kindle Alexander!!! At first I was in love with the couple Kellus & Arik. Kellus was so broken. And yes their attraction to each other grew quick but I liked Arik's explanation to that.

I found myself attracted to you before I even knew who you were. Not to mention, I’ve always connected with your art- you know that - but since I’ve been exposed to your entire collection, I’m finding the pieces that matter the most to me are
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
I really like Kindle Alexander and always appreciate her work.
Not the one I preferred from this author, but a good read nonetheless, with good banter and sweet declarations.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5+ stars
Wow! This book was such an emotional, heartfelt, full, and rich story. It was told with such depth and feeling that I felt like I lived the story with them.

Kellus Hardin is a talented artist working with Gage Synclair in his new gallery in the Dallas area. He's quiet, guarded, and struggling with so much that he tries to keep hidden. He feels alone. He is sad, anxious, and stressed. He's conditioned to believe that he is not good enough and he undervalues himself. His past has had seri
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
To long and boring.

I never thought that i'll wrote those words with this author but sadlly i am and i must.
3,5 rounded up

This was my first book by Kindle Alexander and I was surprised how easily I got invested into the story. I enjoyed the writing but the book was pretty long. It also became wordy at times, but it kept my interest, and overall I really liked it.

Arik was beautiful, wealthy and unexpectedly sweet. The BT (boy toy) made me laugh so hard! Arik wanted only one night stands and was completely honest about it. But he fell hard for Kellus the beautiful but sad artist.

I thought the beginning
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Happy New Year Kindle Alexander!! Thank you for making mine that much more special with the release of this magnificent book. This different and unconventional relationship between Arik and Kellus was knee DEEP. NOBODY writes about difficult storyline situations like you do. I love the way ALL your couples are all in and all involved. This was a beautiful, as always heart touching story, with true meaning and purpose. I love your stories because I know they must
My Own Bookshelves
I love a tender romance. Not one with a lot of angst or drama for drama sake. And Kindle Alexander delivers a contemporary story that always delivers on those points for me.

Kellus and Arik are unlikely to find each other. But it's Kellus' artistic expression that speaks to Arik at a deeper level, and his pursuit is solely to find that intrigues him more. It's a beautiful story that reminds you that the person you give your heart to should always be the person who lifts you highest.

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Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I really enjoy Kindle Alexander's books and I liked this one too. I felt so bad for Kellus, but a lot of his angst was self inflicted. I was with Arik and did not understand his guilt about John. I absolutely loved Arik. He definitely knows what he wants and just goes for it. I'm glad that the drama did not happen like I thought it was going to and I was happy to see Colt, Jace, Trent and Gage again.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous book that will steal a piece of your heart. Loved Arik and Kellus. Full review to come.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
This was an emotional roller coaster. Kellus was a man surviving on grit and adrenaline as he tried to manage his life as an artist and as an ex to a strung out addict who was hell bent on destroying him. His friendship with Gage brought him to Aric who was hosting a new art gallery within his hotel complex. The story then begins with the dogged determination of Aric chasing after who he wants - which was Kellus. Kellus was at an all time low but realized love was something he had never experien ...more
Melissa Mcentyre
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Painted On My Heart by Kindle Alexander is an Epic story from them. The storylines are right out of the real world (you are lucky if one of them has not touched your life). Painted On My Heart is connected to some of their other books so We get to catch up with other characters we already know, but it can be read as a standalone.
Arick Layne is a power to be reckoned with, even in the families’ Layne Empire. His cousin, Gage Synclair has been in a loving back & forth with Arick their whole
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one. I really liked both Kellus and Arik and I really liked them together. I thought their relationship was sweet even though Kellus had a lot of baggage. Arik never gave up on him.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
I went to Rare 18 Roma and talked to so many great authors, but what I remember most was this book and the authors behind it. So nice 💖
I ended up starting to read it the same day and 😮 I’m happy I did.

This was a sweet, sad, lovely and empowering read. Why haven’t I’ve read more from this author....
Now it’s going to change.

This is what I loved about this story:

* Great storyline that progresses in a nice pace, background info on the characters are good.
* I felt like I knew the characters fairly qu
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ARC received for an honest review

It has been a bit of a wait for this latest Kindle Alexander, but it was worth every second of the wait.

The time it has taken this duo to release Painted On My Heart has not been idle time. This dynamic duo have created a wonderful, amazing story. It is full of beautifully developed characters, heartbreaking yet heartwarming story lines that kept me enraptured from the first word to the last.

I read this book between Christmas and New Year whilst staying with f
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you want to find out why Kindle Alexander is on my auto-buy author list, all you need to do is read Painted on My Heart. These characters…I just love these characters. They just reach right out and grab your heart and do not let go—especially Kellus. He didn’t just grab my heart—he crawled right inside and made his home there, and I don’t ever want to let him go. Arik was wonderful and I loved how caring and supportive he was, but Kellus…Kellus was simply stellar.

This story had a bit of a few
Jenny Wood
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I knew I was going to love this… I just knew it.

Kellus is an indie artist just trying to get by one day at a time. With a junkie ex that he can’t seem stop bailing out of trouble and an incurable disease given to him by said ex; his ideas about what he deserves is pretty much nothing. The ex is the epitome of baggage that nobody needs. Constantly stealing and breaking into Kellus’s house to take his things, showing up at the worst times to cause trouble. I truly, truly hated him for Kellus; he’s
Mandie Foxylutely
Full review to follow

I always look forward to a new Kindle Alexander release and this was no exception.

Arik Layne is a wealthy and enigmatic man, heading up a strong part of the Layne family business, he is a force to be reckoned with. Not a fan of relationships he keeps his needs covered by the way of casual hook ups with boy toys (BTs as he refers to them) Moving his home base brings him back in close proximity to his cousin who is more like a brother to him. It is through Gage that he c
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Bookgasms Book Blog
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy
Kellus Hardin is a lover. He’s loyal to a fault and has been known to put others needs and wants well ahead of his own. He’s been in love and his enduring loyalty has been tested over and over again. But he’s bound and determined to finally put himself first. Take care of his health and well-being and his business. He’s an up and coming artist—and art is his escape from his troubles.

Arik Layne is not used to hearing the word no. Especially not when it comes to wanting to get someone into his bed
Jessica Alcazar
FULL DISCLOSURE: I haven't been a fan of Kindle Alexander for quite some time.

That was then and this is now!!

What she did with this story was incredibly emotional and heartfelt. It captivated me from the very beginning and kept me hooked till the very end. There's quite a few different things going on in this story but they all worked very well together to bring us Kellus and Arik's journey. As I was reading I thought that it might be too much for one story/book, but I was wrong. It was just p
My third time reading this book, and it's still a solid 5 star read for me. Love these guys together, and their story to get to their HEA is heartwrenching and heartwarming all at the same time. Perfect.
Carol Flores
May 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
First of all, I read this book on an ebook format, which always takes me a little more time to finish it, but this took me a WHOLE month, and for me, that’s not a good thing.

Not only it has a slow beginning. I dare to say that the first 120-140 pages are not that relevant to the main story. I mean, I get that the authors wanted to tell us about Arik and Kellus lives, but c’mon, you don’t have to use almost a third of the book to introduce them to us. Honestly, I was about to DNF this book. But
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