The Leaving Kind (Hearts & Crafts, #3)
Without heart, there is no art.
Cameron has been running for years—from responsibility, disappointment, war, and loss. Despite his fatigue, his body and mind refuse to rest. Returning home and supporting his younger brother helped, until Nick proved he no longer needed Cam’s care. But before Cam can decide to move on again, he meets someone else who could use a little help.
Victor is done with love. He’s done with men. He’s also done, apparently, with being a brilliant, if temperamental, artist. Now he’s just temperamental and would rather watch his gorgeous handyman dig in the garden than paint. It doesn’t take long, however, before Cam’s face—replete with stories—has Victor itching to pick up a brush again. If only painting people wasn’t fraught with sad memories.
Neither plans for more than friendship, but it quickly turns to sex, and then feelings intense enough to send them both running. Only by risking their hearts and sharing the pain of the past can they turn this love into the staying kind.
This is part of the Hearts & Crafts series and can be read on its own but is best enjoyed as part of the series.
Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes:
Self-Harm (self-neglect, alcoholism)
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Themes: acceptance, addiction, alcoholism, angst, cheating (past lover), commitment, depression, duty, family, found family, grief, homelessness, hurt / comfort, illness / injury, isolation, kids, marriage, mental illness, military, pets, pining / UST, PTSD, recovery, self-discovery / self-reflection, trust issues