Art of Us

Art of Us

Harper Higgins, art history professor and Vincent van Gogh scholar, doesn’t need a man. She needs an artist. Fast. The art show she’s counting on to secure her tenure is in trouble.So when she collides with a ruggedly handsome man carrying a basket of violets on a rainy night in Boston, she thinks she’s found her miracle. Cynical, brooding ex-soldier Tom Stone can paint. A...

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Title:Art of Us
Author:Teri Wilson
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ISBN:1944925198
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:364 pages

Art of Us Reviews

  • Donnajo
    Mar 09, 2016

    Read for honest opinion

    The Art of Us by a new to me author Teri Wilson. I really enjoyed this heart warming book once I got into it. Great character development and storyline. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.

  • Bette Hansen
    Mar 11, 2016

    This is a wonderfully written story that is filled with emotion. It had me laughing and crying, both happy tears and sad. Tom began painting as a form of therapy to deal with the issues he brought home from Iraq. Never does he expect to share his pictures with anyone much less with an art professor looking to display them in a show. Harper is desperate to find an artist to showcase. She needs this show to secure her tenure. Once she convinces him to give it a shot things really start to get twis

    This is a wonderfully written story that is filled with emotion. It had me laughing and crying, both happy tears and sad. Tom began painting as a form of therapy to deal with the issues he brought home from Iraq. Never does he expect to share his pictures with anyone much less with an art professor looking to display them in a show. Harper is desperate to find an artist to showcase. She needs this show to secure her tenure. Once she convinces him to give it a shot things really start to get twisted!! This is definitely a book I would recommend.

  • Shelagh
    Mar 12, 2016

    Poignant and touching, The Art of Us is a glorious story of two broken people and their journey to healing, joy and fulfilment together. As you might expect from the title, art is at the heart of this novel. Author Teri Wilson has written a beautiful story about Harper, an art historian classically educated in the Arts and Tom, a war veteran who paints to help him through those nights when he can't sleep.

    Harper uses her qualifications and her position as an adjunct professor at the Boston Colleg

    Poignant and touching, The Art of Us is a glorious story of two broken people and their journey to healing, joy and fulfilment together. As you might expect from the title, art is at the heart of this novel. Author Teri Wilson has written a beautiful story about Harper, an art historian classically educated in the Arts and Tom, a war veteran who paints to help him through those nights when he can't sleep.

    Harper uses her qualifications and her position as an adjunct professor at the Boston College of the Arts to justify her worth after a failed relationship with an art critic who belittled her efforts to establish herself as a painter. Tom just wants to live his life on his boat with Gunner, his German Shepherd, who is also a war veteran.

    When Tom and Harper meet, it is friction at first sight. They irritate the heck out of each other yet later they both find it,hard to forget the encounter.I loved the interplay between these two characters, the way they were pulled to each other despite fighting hard against the attraction. If you've read this far you'll know that I'm pretty taken with this book. I couldn't stop reading it once I started and now I've finished I just want to go back and do it all over again. This book is a keeper.

  • Janine
    Mar 14, 2016

    Two completely opposite people brought together by their love of art.

    Harper Higgins is up for a promotion. The success of a scheduled an art show is what she is depending on to help her get the job. When her artist suddenly ends up in jail, she scrambles to find a replacement. She soon finds out Tom Stone, a man she recently met, is an artist and she asks him to show his paintings in her show. Harper fabricates details about Tom's background to make him sound more interesting to impress her bos

    Two completely opposite people brought together by their love of art.

    Harper Higgins is up for a promotion. The success of a scheduled an art show is what she is depending on to help her get the job. When her artist suddenly ends up in jail, she scrambles to find a replacement. She soon finds out Tom Stone, a man she recently met, is an artist and she asks him to show his paintings in her show. Harper fabricates details about Tom's background to make him sound more interesting to impress her boss. Against his better judgment, Tom decides to go along with it to help Harper.

    Tom, an ex-soldier who lives on a boat in Boston Harbor and walks dogs for extra money, learned to paint while recovering in the hospital from an injury he received in Iraq. He paints as a hobby to relax and to forget. He had no intentions of ever showing his work to anyone until Harper came along. Will Harper and Tom be able to keep up with the story long enough to pull off the art show?

    This is an interesting and informative book. I admit I didn't know much about art before reading this book. The premise and book cover intrigued me. I thoroughly enjoyed Harper and Tom's story. It was a memorable romance.

  • BookSnuggle
    Mar 14, 2016

    "The Art of Us" by Teri Wilson is the story of Harper Higgins and Tom Stone, Harper is an art history professor and a Vincent van Gogh scholar who is trying to secure her tenure. At the moment she is in desperate need of an artist.

    Harper and Tom collide into one another on a rainy night. Well, actually Harper collides into Tom. Harper finds out that Tom can paint really well and thinks that she has found the artist that can help her secure her tenure. Their troubles really begin when Harper tal

    "The Art of Us" by Teri Wilson is the story of Harper Higgins and Tom Stone, Harper is an art history professor and a Vincent van Gogh scholar who is trying to secure her tenure. At the moment she is in desperate need of an artist.

    Harper and Tom collide into one another on a rainy night. Well, actually Harper collides into Tom. Harper finds out that Tom can paint really well and thinks that she has found the artist that can help her secure her tenure. Their troubles really begin when Harper talks Tom into pretending he is a long-lost descendant of van Gogh. As the art show opening gets closer things get really confusing.

    I am not really into art so I wasn't sure that the book would keep my interest. Teri Wilson did a great job of getting the reader's attention right away and keeping it. She had me laughing at times and crying at times. This is a funny, sweet, and emotional story. The chemistry between Harper and Tom was so real. You could feel their emotions. I especially liked her dog Vincent. Vincent was a mess or more like it, he was making messes or getting into trouble.

    This is an excellent read! I look forward to reading other books by Teri Wilson;

    I received a copy of this book from Tule Publishing for an honest review. FYI, contains mature content.

  • Maria
    Jan 24, 2017

    "Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review"

    This book is very well written and a beautiful story about two damaged and lonely people finding love and redemption. I was totally enthralled by the fictional universe Teri Wilson creates with talent, humor, lyricism and sensuality. I specially loved the gorgeous wounded hero, a softie beneath a tough appearance, the dance of mouths, lips, smiles – the poetry, eroticism and suggestiveness of it – all the imagery around the flowers,

    "Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review"

    This book is very well written and a beautiful story about two damaged and lonely people finding love and redemption. I was totally enthralled by the fictional universe Teri Wilson creates with talent, humor, lyricism and sensuality. I specially loved the gorgeous wounded hero, a softie beneath a tough appearance, the dance of mouths, lips, smiles – the poetry, eroticism and suggestiveness of it – all the imagery around the flowers, the paintings, the art, etc. And, of course, I loved the dogs. Really good secondary characters too.

    Teri Wilson is a new author to me and now I really want to read her other books.

    I'm grateful to the author, Teri Wilson, the publisher, Tule Publishing, and NetGalley for providing a free copy.

  • Hristina Petrov
    Jan 21, 2017

    This one is a quick read filled with art facts and nice chemistry between the characters. It's really cute, and I loved the story (thanks to fanfiction, I have recently learned that I have a soft spot for characters who are/have been soldiers, that's what really got me to request this title).

    I think I might read some of Mrs. Wilson's other work in the near future.

    Pre-review notes:

    I requested this title on NetGalley and was allowed to read it. But they archived it soon after and I didn't manage t

    This one is a quick read filled with art facts and nice chemistry between the characters. It's really cute, and I loved the story (thanks to fanfiction, I have recently learned that I have a soft spot for characters who are/have been soldiers, that's what really got me to request this title).

    I think I might read some of Mrs. Wilson's other work in the near future.

    Pre-review notes:

    I requested this title on NetGalley and was allowed to read it. But they archived it soon after and I didn't manage to download it.

    The thing is though, I don't like having my feedback percentage at anything less than 100%, so I spent the last of my money on the kindle of this book. Let's see what we've got going on here.

  • Marsha Spohn
    Jan 20, 2017

    The old adage of opposites attract could not possibly be more true for Harper and Tom. One an art historian, somewhat uptight and almost desperate to never be shown to make mistakes or admit to human frailties. The other a war veteran simply getting through the days, using his natural talents as an artist to ease the mental ravages and memories of war. Their paths might never have crossed except for a rainy day, an escaping one-eared dachshund and several misundersta

    The old adage of opposites attract could not possibly be more true for Harper and Tom. One an art historian, somewhat uptight and almost desperate to never be shown to make mistakes or admit to human frailties. The other a war veteran simply getting through the days, using his natural talents as an artist to ease the mental ravages and memories of war. Their paths might never have crossed except for a rainy day, an escaping one-eared dachshund and several misunderstandings.

    The Art of Us gives us two wounded people who while opposites in many things share one passion – art. When Harper’s scheduled showing of an artist’s work is in upheaval because of the artist’s arrest, not to mention her chance at tenure she comes up with an incredibly, unusual idea to save the day. Now she simply has to convince Tom to go along with it. What neither expected was to find a far different type of love… one that was worth all the risks, and might just be the saving grace for them both.

    Not all wounds are on the surface to easily see and identify with, some are hidden deep and take courage and support to ease that particular pain. Tom and Harper are a delightful couple who shouldn’t work but they do, their chemistry is off the wall and their banter is a form of romantic dueling at times. The Art of Us is a heartbreaking and a heartwarming romance that takes us along on this couple’s journey to a happier life together. With tears and laughter, hurts and healing Tom and Harper will overcome so much and find exactly what they each need – that healing love of the just right for them person.

    I completely enjoyed my time in this world, and would not hesitate to recommend this story to any Romance reader. It’s a touching, funny, charming journey that you’ll want to share.

    *I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

  • Heather
    Feb 04, 2017

    First off, I love the cover of this book. It is absolutely perfect for this story. I was drawn to the gorgeous simplicity of the cover and requested a copy of it from NetGalley based on the cover alone, before I even realized I was familiar with the author of the book.

    The premise of this book was really funky, and I wasn't sure how it would work without being totally ridiculous when I read the blurb, but I was happily surprised by how much I actually enjoyed the story. As someone who wouldn't k

    First off, I love the cover of this book. It is absolutely perfect for this story. I was drawn to the gorgeous simplicity of the cover and requested a copy of it from NetGalley based on the cover alone, before I even realized I was familiar with the author of the book.

    The premise of this book was really funky, and I wasn't sure how it would work without being totally ridiculous when I read the blurb, but I was happily surprised by how much I actually enjoyed the story. As someone who wouldn't know a Picasso from a paint-by-number (but who loves Bob Ross and thinks Harper should have worn the afro), I will admit to skimming a few times when Harper went on one of her art rambles, and to not being able to follow all of the art references that were made. Whenever an art piece was referenced that seemed important to the story but I wasn't familiar with – which was more often than I should probably admit - I would have to stop reading and do a web search to find out what painting the character was talking about. While it was a tad frustrating at times to have to break off from the book, I now know the name of the artist who painted “Nighthawks”, and what Dadaism is.

    This is the second book of Teri Wilson's that I have read, and one of the things that she does incredibly well is adding both obvious and subtle humor in her writing. I found myself both chuckling, and laughing out loud more than once while I read which is something that I love in a book. Another thing that she does well is create the kind of chemistry between two people that makes a reader's pulse pound. Despite the fact that I often found myself frowning at Harper, the chemistry that coursed between Tom and Harper was absolutely incredible. The slow burn, sexual tension was palpable at times and I absolutely loved it. Oh God, Yes.

    Full disclosure: I was not a fan of Harper for a good portion of this book. She was fine, I guess, but her art-snob personality and her single-minded selfishness didn't make her incredibly likable. BUT. That said, she definitely got better, and I loved who she became at the end of the book. (B eing vague on purpose so as not to spoil anything.) Her gesture to Tom before the art show was so sweet, and the fact that she was thinking so much about Tom as a person instead of a tool to her success showed incredible emotional growth on her part, but the art show really sealed the deal for me.

    Tom was such a great character. He was a complex mix of sweet and surly, and even though he was helping Harper perpetrate a con on people, he still had this underlying goodness about him. He was doing it solely to help out a woman who at that point, frankly, didn't really deserve his help because that's the kind of guy that he is. Yes, he needed money, but he could have gotten it by walking more dogs, he didn't have to help her out. That he did spoke a lot to his character. I loved his backstory, and his relationship with Gunner made my heart melt.

    This book is very art-term/facts heavy. If you're like me and know nothing about art, it might feel a little overwhelming (and Harper's snotty attitude about art might be a tad off-putting), but the story-line itself is really interesting, and it is full of both tremendous humor, and undeniable heat. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about opposites attracting, anyone who loves a good kind-of-friends-to-lovers story, or anyone who loves stories based around the art world.

  • Angela
    Mar 17, 2017

    Harper Higgins (what a great name!) is a reserved art history professor looking for tenure, until she literally bumps into soldier/dog-walker/artist Tom Stone and realizes she’s really looking for something more.

    Oooooh I just loved that Tom Stone. Talk about the perfect alpha … he’s an ex-soldier, doesn’t take crap from anyone, lives on a boat, doesn’t talk about his feelings but he HAS feelings, and shows his sensitive side when he’s supposed to.

    Harper is a pain in the neck who won’t get out

    Harper Higgins (what a great name!) is a reserved art history professor looking for tenure, until she literally bumps into soldier/dog-walker/artist Tom Stone and realizes she’s really looking for something more.

    Oooooh I just loved that Tom Stone. Talk about the perfect alpha … he’s an ex-soldier, doesn’t take crap from anyone, lives on a boat, doesn’t talk about his feelings but he HAS feelings, and shows his sensitive side when he’s supposed to.

    Harper is a pain in the neck who won’t get out of her head or out of her own way. But between her friends, her part time job teaching social art classes, and that handsome Tom Stone… well, Harper figures out a couple things that might do her some good.

    I liked the art discussions — I learned some fun facts! — as well as Frank’s flowers, the art classes (it’s a big thing where I live – go as a group to paint a picture while having a glass of wine), and the chemistry between Harper and Tom. The writing was fun and funny, even when addressing some serious issues.

    I even liked the villain, in that he tried to be tricky but really wasn’t smart enough to pull it off. As my teenager might say, “Oooh Lars, you just got burned.”

    The Art of Us is totally entertaining on many levels…

    NetGalley provided an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.