Chase Holland spends his days painting Portland scenes to hang in local businesses, neglecting his own surrealist style. After twenty-five years as a full-time artist, he’s frustrated that his career has stalled, but churning out the equivalent of corporate art is better than getting a day job. Chase and Garrett have been together—off and on, but mostly on—for a decade. If asked, they would both say the source of their trouble is the seventeen-year age gap. The truth is less clear-cut. Life would be so much easier if Chase could make a living with his own art, or if Garrett held less conventional ideas about relationships.
Garrett Frisch has been watching their friends get married for the past two years, and it’s taking an emotional toll. When he proposes as a way to keep them together permanently, he thinks he’s being responsible, but Chase is ambivalent and hurt and can’t hide it. It doesn’t help that Garrett’s anxiety is out of control and he’s dealing with insecurities about his own art career. They will have to do their least favorite thing—talk about something more important than which food cart to visit—if they are to get the happy ending they both want.
Art House is the last book in the Buchanan House series and it delivers a lovely new story. Plus, it gives us a last hurrah with the rest of the couples. We get to see a little more of their journeys and how their love and friendships have developed over time. It’s nice to be part of their family.
As for this particular book, I have to be honest, it’s not one of my favorites but it’s the most real of them all. It is very depressing, but not because of the content. It’s because the reader becomes one with Chase and Garrett. Their troubles are palpable and the reader has no other option but to share the burden with them.
Don’t get me wrong, the book is interesting and hard to put down. The love and passion between the MCs are breathtaking and the extremes they go to keep each other from falling apart are incredible. Their relationship takes place within ten years but is not until the very end that they turned a new page and commit to their future. It’s not easy but it is exactly what they needed.
Everyone in this story plays an important part in Chase’s and Garrett’s happy ending. They are the bumpers that kept them from losing themselves in the darkness that followed them. Their actions, words, and encouragement are intense and hopeful. This was definitely the right couple to wrap-up this series.
The book has another perfect cover by L.C. Chase. It’s not only beautiful but it goes perfectly with the story and the covers for the rest of the series.
ebook, 254 pages
Published: August 21, 2018, by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English