The Art of Ethan
By Cara North
Grace Macpherson is in for the summer of her life! Megan, her cousin comes to visit with two men in tow. Megan's fiancé Chase, and his brother Ethan. Grace was born and raised in Beaufort, North Carolina where she intends to stay. No big city boy is going to change her mind about that! Ethan is a New York portrait artist who has women clamoring after him, even stalking him! It seems refreshing to have to chase a woman again, and Grace seems more than ready to make him work for her attention. A small town woman, a big city man, a stalker, a wedding...and so much more!
In The Art of Ethan ,Cara North writes a beautiful romance story in a slightly different format than what I'm used to. In this book I was astounded on how well and effortlessly Ms. North switched POV's throughout the story. Mainly we get perspectives on Ethan and Grace but there are the secondary characters that add vital flavor to this experience. Honestly, she made it work and this was a very fun reading experience.
Grace is a dynamic woman with a lot of baggage. She has emotional turmoil to wade through, truths to face and a love for Ethan growing despite how much she fights against it. My favorite quirk about her is her desire to be an author - she has the idea and the dream, but has a doozy of a writer's block.
Ethan is a yummy and desirable man able to reach past the barriers Grace puts up and finds a woman worth fighting for. Ethan comes with baggage too but his is a bit more troublesome. It not only follows him but endangers both Grace and the other passion he has. The baggage has a name, a face and an agenda. I'm not telling you anything more about that because its resolution is surprising and a clever twist of writing about human nature.
One of the secondary characters is Megan. She is Grace's cousin and plays a firm supporting role and helped me understand the complexity that is Grace. Hearing Megan's thoughts always occurred at the exact time I really wanted and needed to know what she was thinking. It only enhanced my connection to Grace.
Chase is Megan's husband and Ethan's brother. Getting his POV helped me get into Ethan's character and I enjoyed being able to experience the love between the two brothers. What I also liked was the humor and brotherly love that shone through their dialogue. I appreciated being given the privilege of getting Chase's side of things as he's an interesting character in his own right.
Even the villain gets their two cents in and it was creepy. It amazes me when a bad person can rationalize even the most stupid and heinous of acts.
There is so much richness in The Art of Ethan it is hard to condense all the many reasons I would recommend this story to fellow readers. The romance is dreamy, the tender and humorous dialogue between the primary and secondary characters left me feeling very connected and invested in their happiness. All of them.
It was a very fulfilling moment when both Grace and Ethan's internal and external conflicts get resolved. There is so much I want to say but I simply cannot wax poetic as I'd wish without resorting to spoilers and specifics. I am that enthusiastic about this book. I laughed at the ending; it was such a vibrant snapshot of the fun and silliness that these wonderful characters embraced at times throughout the book. I find Cara North has become a must-buy for me. She knows how to write romance.
Reviewed by Xeranth