The Genius and the Muse

The Genius and the Muse 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 in life She had a great boyfriend

  • Title: The Genius and the Muse
  • Author: Elizabeth Hunter
  • ISBN: 9781475119053
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 in life 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 thatWhen 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 in life 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 A single picture can tell than one story, and in the end, a young artist will discover that every real love story is a unique work of art.

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    1. I read this book a couple of years ago. I got an amazon gift card for Christmas so I ordered this book. I also ordered a pizza, because my druncle Mike got me a Pizza Hut gift card. I wanted to just sit on my couch and read a book and eat pizza. The pizza was really late so I called them and they couldn't find my house. I had to put the book down in the middle of chapter three and go outside and flag down the pizza guy. So chapter three was my least favorite chapter in the book, but only because [...]

    2. “To understand Reed O'Connor, you have to understand Samantha Rhodes.”What a gem of a book! The Genius and the Muse by Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary adult romance. It is my first book that I’ve read by this author and it most certainly will not be my last. I am still contemplating the beauty of the book that I have just read. Simply WOW!!!!!!!The plot to this amazing book revolves around 24 year old photography graduate student, Kate Mitchell. She spent her academic career studying th [...]

    3. This is another one of those books I never reviewed on my profile bc "authors aren't supposed to be on ," which is a rule I'm obviously ignoring now.I love this book. I love tacos. If you read this book, you'll understand the connection. Did I have a crush on a sculptor in college? Maybe. I admit nothing except deep and abiding love for JAVI.One of my favorite heroes EVAH.If you like kind of bulldog looking tattooed bald guys who are anti-social and will buy you beer and tacos then you'll like J [...]

    4. Update 5/24/2016: kindle freebie nowad on Sep. 2014. 3.5-stars #contemporary adult romanceThe plot ? Simple and original.The MCs? Artistic. Romance? Real.I enjoyed Ms. Hunter's Elemental Mysteries series a lot. The Genius and the Muse is not a long novel but is packed with two love stories that were written in an ingenious way. Kate, a graduate student in photography, was writing her thesis on a famous, reclusive photographer Reed O’Connor. This led her to learn the love story of Reed and Sama [...]

    5. 4.5/5Truly gorgeous. I'm reassured again and again that everything Elizabeth writes I love.This is a contemporary romance which is not my usual genre, and if Elizabeth hasn't enquired about my interest in her short novel, I would never have read this book otherwise.Seriously. The way she brings her characters to life makes you really root for them, all of them. I had my heart in my throat through most of the book and nearly in tears at some points.The Genius and The Muse has two major plot lines [...]

    6. It all started with a portrait. Kate Mitchell is a graduate school photography student and is completing her master's thesis. Her subject is the photographer Reed O'Connor who is renowned for his stunning and often controversial portraits. O'Connor is an alumni of her school that's why his early works are posted in the photography exhibit gallery of the Foothill Art Institute. Among his works, there is one portrait that intrigued Kate the most. When an advise was given to her by her professor (w [...]

    7. Someone once told Kate 'To understand Reed O'Connor, you have to understand Samantha Rhodes'. And that is exactly what Kate set out to do while trying to finish her thesis on Reed O'Connor. While talking to her friend and Professor, she learned that there was a story to Reed and she figured if she could find that story, she would understand a little more what make's Reed tick. She would be able to understand his work a little more too. What she didn't bargain for was the journey her own life wou [...]

    8. 06/24/2013 --Overall Rating = 4.5 Stars Book Cover / Book Blurb = 4 / 4 = 4 StarsWriter’s Voice = 4.5 StarsCharacter Development = 4 StarsStory Appreciation = 5 StarsWorth the Chili = 5 Stars [$1.99 on ] I forgot how much I like this author. I read this one in one sitting. Beach side. Love when you can find something to absorb you and spend a great day with all the things you like best sun, sand, drinks, and a great read.Here are the things I liked:1 -- The writing style or format for this on [...]

    9. 4.5 stars. I had this in my tbr pile for more than a year! A few posters on were recommending this book (mainly, Robin Wilson- thank you!). I am so happy that I pulled this out. It starts off present day, with the h, Kate a graduate art student (photography). Her thesis involves (one of the Hs) Reed, a renowned photographer from the same art school (10+ years before Kate). Kate gets involved with the friends/colleagues of Reed so that she can get the story behind the artwork. Reed's love intere [...]

    10. This is a beautifully written story. Even though it started on a very confusing tone to me, it kind of redeemed itself in the middle.The timeline, the pacing and even the multiple povs all have their purpose.Let's put it out there that this book is a story of TWO COUPLES. I'm telling you that now so that you won't be confused like I was at the start of the book. It has four different povs, which to me, were all gradually introduced, so he transition is quite good. Btw, I consider Kate and Javi t [...]

    11. This was an incredibly touching well written book! It tells the story of two different relationships at two different points in time, in the end syncing them both in current time - a very unique way to tell a tale. Kate is a photography graduate student in an small arts school in California working on her final thesis. She is writing it about internationally renown photographer Reed O'Connor, a famous recluse. Reed is also an alumni of her school and Kate has been very taken with his works displ [...]

    12. First let me say that I don't like contemporary romances very much. I find them boring. It's not the books, it's the way I am wired. But I LOVED this book! The present day story line of Kate's research and slow building budding romance juxtaposed against the wonderful and heartbreaking romance taking place in the past was amazing. I had watery eyes more than once and I found myself rooting for both couples. I enjoyed the splashes of humor thrown in throughout the story (mainly in dialogue betwee [...]

    13. Kate Mitchell is getting ready to graduate from Foothill Art Institute. Her final project is her thesis on well known photographer and alumni, Reed O'Connor. Reed is known as a genius in his field, but is somewhat of a recluse. She learns there is a link between O'Connor and her mentor on the project. Kate has been fascinated by one particular photograph that she is convinced is Reed and a woman. Her mentor tells her that she needs to understand the relationship Reed had with another artist, Sam [...]

    14. The Genius and the Muse by Elizabeth HunterMy rating: 5 of 5 starsI 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 thi [...]

    15. I'm a doofus. I'm a huge fan of Elizabeth Hunter's work, yet I never read the Genius and the Muse. In a reading lull, I picked it up. What a tremendous, emotion-packed novel! The two focal couples are so finely drawn, it's easy to fall in love with the characters Hunter so carefully crafts. I sure did. Javi and Kate stumble into their relationship, while Reed and Sam are damaged perfection. There's a mystery, too, concerning one of the couples. While this is a spoiler-free zone, the mystery adds [...]

    16. 4.5 stars!This was a surprise read for me, I didn't expect to like it so much or to finish reading it in 2 days (I have other priorities people =).Considering that the book contains 2 love stories you would think that for a 223 pages book it will be too cramped or that the stories may have suffered. But no, the author was able to weave and tell both stories perfectly. It goes to show that you don't need a thousand pages to tell a great story.I'm definitely going to check out the other books from [...]

    17. I've read "The Genius And The Muse" by Elizabeth Hunter for the first time nearly three years ago and it stuck with me ever since. So I decided to reread it and even the second time around the story sucked me in with its beautiful writing style, a perfectly woven tale of love, forgiveness and new beginnings. It's one of those books that's subtle and low-key in its plot, yet extremely artistic, poetic and full of beautiful symbolism. It's filled with hidden messages and life lessons, but most of [...]

    18. Elizabeth Hunter is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read and loved her Elemental Mysteries series which is a paranormal read. Elizabeth has this way of writing characters that you care so much about, you just can’t let them go even after you have finished the book about them. When Elizabeth emailed me to let me know she had a new book out that was contemporary I jumped on reading it… I am so glad I did!Kate thinks she has her life together for the most part. She is working on her final pr [...]

    19. *4.5 Very Happy Stars*When I started reading this book, I thought I knew where it would go - grad student heroine meets and becomes involved with "celebrity" hero - but the more I read, the more I realized this wasn't the typical love story. This is not just a story about Kate. Although she encounters some bumps in her own love life, she does get her own HEA but it's not what I expected. (view spoiler)[Kate does fall for a "celebrity" hero of her own, just not the one you might think. Her story [...]

    20. Elizabeth Hunter's Genius and the Muse, is another great book by the fantastic author! I laughed, I cried, I was completely lost in their world.Kate, the driven photography student, researches a famous alumni for her thesis paper. She is drawn to a photo that is his typical style, but somehow different. As she pulls the threads to understand Reed O'Conner, she is advised that to understand Reed is to understand Samantha Rhodes.Becoming almost obsessed with the relationship between Sam and Reed, [...]

    21. I rarely stray outside of my preferred genres, so this book has been languishing on my pile for quite awhile, but I am glad that I unearthed it when I was in the mood for something different. I really enjoyed the Genius and the Muse and the way that the story wove between photography student Kate Mitchell's present search for understanding of the renown photographer Reed O'Connor who is the subject of her thesis and the events that led to the loss of his muse - and great love - Samantha Rhodes i [...]

    22. Started the book today, finished the book today. Elizabeth Hunter has an incredible talent to acquaint the reader with the characters and allow the reader to suffer, rejoice, love, hate and go through all the other emotions with the characters. This talent has already been proven in her Elemental Series and continues through this contemporary romance that tells the love stories of two different couples in a perfectly entwined way. The characters have so much depth and are so realistic, you are t [...]

    23. If you are looking for an erotic book you won’t find it here. But you will find a sweet, surprisingly refreshing, love story that spans time. This is my first read by Ms. Hunter and I thought she pulled off the switch between the past and the present very naturally. This story flowed so well that I read it in one day. I look forward to reading more by this author.

    24. Very romantic, two stories mingled together in an original plot. It was a little distracting going back and forth in time, but it was a nonstop reading. My first book by this author and I loved her writing style. There are two heroes, both PerformersENES/CONTENT: few/mildGENRE/TONE: contemporary/lightLENGTH: 177 pages

    25. Not my favourite of hers, but still a good story about forgiveness and redemption. The setting of the artists colony in South Orange County was interesting.

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