Book Review: Love, Art & Other Obstacles by Sadira Stone

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Love, Art & Other Obstacles by Sadira Stone
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: 354 pages
Book 3 in Book Nirvana series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 18, 2020

My Thoughts

**I received a copy of Love, Art & Other Obstacles, for exchange of an honest review**

When I began reading Love, Art, and Other Obstacles, I thought it was going to be another novel heavy on romantic content and not much else. I was pleasantly surprised at what I discovered! This story follows the tale of Margot and Elmer, two people competing for a top prize at an arts contest in Oregon. While they are in direct competition for this generous prize, they are also navigating the realm of relationships! Elmer is very flirtatious, yet his heart is thrown into a tailspin after his wild trysts with Margot. Meanwhile, attachment is the last thing on Margot’s mind as she is in a complicated long-distance relationship with her girlfriend Darcy (who’s equally interested in playing the field herself).

While this book is heavy on the romance, there is also the theme of a found family with both Margot and Elmer. Both people suffered difficult childhoods, and each found a respected community to thrive. Through the vibrant art community in Oregon, Margot is also introduced into an artistic community that allows her freedom that her upbringing wasn’t offering.

I also loved how it was the female character in this story that had a very difficult time making a decision on commitment! In many books the male character has a hard time getting tied down, yet it’s Elmer who tries his all to make Margot have eyes only for him. It was a journey seeing Margot’s struggle as she tries to resolve what she needs for her own happiness, while fighting the demons of her past.

I found Love, Art, and Other Obstacles to be a sexy, engaging read! I recommend this book for those who like having a twist thrown in to romantic stories!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Shes a free spirit. Hes a one-woman man.

Rejected by her family for her bisexuality, graphic artist Margot DuPont yearns for a life with no fences, no limits, and no family ties. Between college, work at Book Nirvana, and an art competition, she barely has time for her part-time girlfriend much less a flirtation with her competitor.

Dumped into the foster system at a young age, ceramics artist Elmer Byrne craves a big, loving family of the heart. His artist family almost fills that need, but something is missing…until Margot. But when he offers his heart, her thorny defenses shatter him.

Thrown together in an art competition that could jump-start one artist’s career, but not both, their irresistible attraction forces them to reconsider the meaning of success.

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