{Review} A Masterpiece of Our Love by Nikki Lynn Barrett

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{Review} A Masterpiece of Our Love by Nikki Lynn BarrettA Masterpiece of Our Love by Nikki Lynn Barrett
Series: The Masterpiece Trilogy #1
March 17, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 290

Our Rating

4 Stars

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. 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 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. For safety and to give them a chance to rediscover 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?



ReasonsToReadTheir connection rooted in tragedy, Rebecca and Hunter meet every year at the site where they lost their families and nearly died in a plane crash.  For years, it’s been their chance to reflect, to remember with the only other person who could possibly understand.  But without a word, Hunter simply stops showing up.  One year without him stretches into two stretches into four.  And just when she’s about to give up on what she plans as her last visit, there he is.

But while their reunion may be a happy one, it’s also the beginning of something else, something they just can’t figure out.  Strange things are happening around them, mysterious notes are showing up, and while neither one of them has any clue what it means, they know it can’t be good…

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Judging CoversOkay, if I’m being completely honest, the cover was okay.  Not amazing, but okay.  It captured the setting well enough, but it didn’t really feel like it reflected the characters.  However, the real reason I almost passed this book up was the title.  I know, I know.  That’s kind of a stupid reason.  But the title seemed more like a Lifetime made-for-TV movie title than one for a great romance, and it wasn’t until someone else mentioned having read and enjoyed it that I went back and took another look.

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TheVerdictDespite my initial misgivings about the title, it turned out to be a great read.  Just the way these two came together and came to depend on each other is unlike any other story I’ve read, but there were some pretty realistic aspects of it all that also pulled me in.

Hunter was the one who pulled Becca from the wreckage when they were kids, but she didn’t come away unscathed.  Still, she handles her “shortcomings” well, and Hunter has remained her savior.  However, rather than being the stereotypical alpha male, he manages to be simultaneously sweet and protective, showing more genuine concern than overbearing testosterone, and even in the midst of a mystery, their friendship and romance is incredibly sweet.

As for that mystery?  Well, this is book one of a series, and since there’s much more to come, it’s not entirely solved in this one story, but surprisingly enough, it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger.  Nikki Lynn Barrett does a fabulous job of wrapping up this part of the tale while leaving room for plenty more.  That’s a rare find in series like this, and it made me love the story all the more.

A Masterpiece of Our Love is one part mystery and one part romance, with strong characters I couldn’t help but love and a wonderfully unique foundation for the story.  It’s everything I normally read romance novels for, but it has an entirely different twist that makes it so much more.  I’m sure there will be a bit of a wait before the next book comes out, but I’ve no doubt I’ll be grabbing it as soon as it’s available.
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About Nikki Lynn Barrett

Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She's an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade.
She is working on her next book.

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  1. You know, I’ve given or almost given books the pass up because of titles too sometimes 🙂 Glad you ended up giving Masterpiece a try and then enjoying it on top of that! Thanks so much for your lovely review and for being part of my tour!

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  2. Thank you for hosting today!

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  3. Nice review, Nikki, I have enjoyed your books.

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  4. Awesome review! I haven’t read this book but it is on my TBR list as the story line is so intriguing. Thanks!

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