Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Suspense
Published by Self Published on March 17, 2014
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Two Lives Torn by tragedy.
Eight-year-old Becca and twelve-year-old Hunter cling to each other and life after surviving a plane crash which stole their families.
Two Souls Seeking Love.
Each year, from the time she was old enough to travel on her own, Becca met up with Hunter on the island that altered their lives forever.
Until he stopped showing.
Her constant. Her link to the past. Gone in the blink of an eye.
Two Lives Bound by Secret.
Suffering more heartbreak, Hunter returns to the one place he’s always sought comfort, the island where he and Becca met. It was the place that stole from him, and in the same instance gave to him. He hasn't been back or spoken to Becca in four years.
Though he’s sure she must hate him for disappearing, Hunter discovers the girl gone, now a woman in her place. Hunter is determined to prove to Becca he isn’t the same twelve-year-old boy of yesteryear.
But someone isn't happy about their reunion...
Strange things begin happening. Letters start showing up in their hotel rooms and at home with cryptic messages.
Two Broken Hearts Heal as One.
With the mystery unsolved, Hunter convinces Becca to spend the remainder of the summer back home with him, both for safety and to give them a chance to discover the adults they’ve now become.
Will love get a chance to blossom, or will the past come back and tear the masterpiece of their love apart once and for all?
A Masterpiece of Our Love by Nikki Lynn Barrett was an overly sentimental tale featuring uninteresting lead and support characters, and a slow plot that seemed to come to a standstill at times. Most of the focus was on Rebecca and Hunter reconnecting, discovering their love for each other, and overcoming their own personal demons. However, I found the creepy incidents surrounding Rebecca and Hunter much more engrossing, like the cryptic letters they both received, the dead animal left on the porch, their boating accident, etc. The mystery surrounding the person terrorizing Becca and Hunter, added a much needed thrill of excitement to a plot that was bogged down by boring and excessive dialogue between the two leads.
In retrospect, I did enjoy Becca and Hunter’s connection. For Becca, Hunter was her inspiration, protection and the one person who encouraged her to pursue her dreams. For Hunter, Becca made him feel loved. Of course they had a few problems to work through, like Hunter’s nightmares, his secrets, his temper, and his inability to fully open up to anyone. Our hero and heroine also had to contend with Becca’s over-protective grandparents and her boyfriend. Plus, there was a psycho stalker on their trail, and some opposition to their relationship in the form of friends and family.
I assumed that all of their issues would be taken care of by the end of the book (they were slowly working their way through all of their obstacles) as it was a rather lengthy read, but boy was I in for a surprise when it ended on a rather disappointing and bewildering cliffhanger. Apparently, this is only the first book in what is to be a trilogy. I’m not sure why there’s a need to stretch this story out, but Becca and Hunter’s journey continues in book two of The Masterpiece Trilogy. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover)