Feb 19, 2020
The Artist's Touch
Posted by E.J. Russell

Two men haunted by than the past.Painter Stefan Cobbe was homeless and debt ridden after the death of his wealthy partner, but the worst loss of all was his artistic inspiration After two years of nothing, he s offered patronage by an eccentric gallery owner and starts to produce again, canvas after canvas The only problem He can t remember painting any of them notTwo men haunted by than the past.Painter Stefan Cobbe was homeless and debt ridden after the death of his wealthy partner, but the worst loss of all was his artistic inspiration After two years of nothing, he s offered patronage by an eccentric gallery owner and starts to produce again, canvas after canvas The only problem He can t remember painting any of them not one single brushstroke.Luke Morganstern s reputation as an art fraud investigator is in tatters He can t afford to turn down any job, even a lousy one for an anonymous client who sends him after an unidentified forger in a remote cabin in Oregon When the alleged forger turns out to be Stefan, the man he never stopped loving, Luke s professional ethics are stretched beyond the breaking point.As the two men take tentative steps toward reconciliation, evidence begins to mount that they re not alone in the woods Someone or something is watching Something with sinister plans for them both To escape, Luke must overcome his suspicions and Stefan must trust Luke with his deepest fears Otherwise they could forfeit their relationship, their sanity and their lives.Publisher s note This is a heavily revised and significantly expanded reprint of Northern Light.

  • Title: The Artist's Touch
  • Author: E.J. Russell
  • ISBN: 9781626497580
  • Page: 458
  • Format: ebook
  • The Artist s Touch Two men haunted by than the past Painter Stefan Cobbe was homeless and debt ridden after the death of his wealthy partner but the worst loss of all was his artistic inspiration After two years of not


    I received this story as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.There was a lot of promise to the story The premise was interesting, and I loved the ghost story aspects of the plot The connection between Luke and Stefan felt real, and I liked their chemistry Overall though it felt like the story was a bit too rushed It felt like events moved too quickly for me to get a handle on the characters, and the conclusion felt a bit abrupt and lacked the kind of punch I would have like [...]

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    2.5 stars While this book was not a bad book, it certainly didn t live up to its potential I ll start with some positives I think that the author created a nice connection between the two main characters, which is impressive given the length of the book I felt like I got why they wanted to be together and the reasons that drove them apart It made sense to me I liked the idea of a second chance romance and I even liked the art forger premise of the story in the beginning I may be in the minority, [...]


    3 3.5 stars While in Oregon investigating a possible art forgery, the last thing Luke expects when he confronts the suspect is for it to be Stefan, the man he walked out on seven years before For various reasons, each man s life and career has suffered since they last saw each other, but Luke cannot believe the talented Stefan would ever sink to forgery Upon Stefan s denial, Luke meets up with his mystery client whose past association with the original artist leads him to believe that there is [...]

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review 3.5 starsI really like the premise of this book The paranormal aspect was well done and definitely a bit creepy, particularly when Luke is dragged into the entire mess The chemistry between Luke and Stefan was undeniable, and the idea that they two have never gotten over each other despite it being a few years since they were together was believable If there had been explanation about their former relationship, I felt it really would have added to the story overall As it w [...]


    Sorry to say this story didnt hold my attention at the fullest.It was nice with nice personalities Only the ghost part wasnt really interesting.


    This short book was a nice blend of romance with a ghostly element It was a nice way to spend an hour tonight when I knew I didn t have time to do a lot of reading.For it s length the story packs in quite a bit It s a story about art forgeries, about lost love, second chances and about ghosts.The tales starts with Luke on the trail of an art forger who turns out to be the man he loved and left many years ago Of course Luke still has feelings for Stefan which Stefan returns.I liked the style of t [...]


    My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher for an honest review.Just because you don t believe in something Doesn t mean it s not real.I dicided to write a short review Northern Star is short itself.The plot is predictable or I ve watched too many episodes of Supernatural but not bad What I really liked was the writing witty and scintillating and punchy.


    3.5 I was so excited to pick up this book by EJ Russell I was a huge fan of another book she co wrote with Anne Tenino, but hadn t picked up one of her solo books yet as paranormal isn t really my thing However, The Artist s Touch seemed to be a good combination of contemporary, mystery and paranormal to capture my interest.At first, I had a difficult time getting into this book Luke and Stefan have a long backstory that we learn about in non consecutive bits and pieces, and for the first quarte [...]

    Stephanie Ziegler

    Investigator Luke Morganstern has found his personal Holy Grail of art fraud a fake Arcoletti Jeremiah Arcoletti was an American realist painter He d isappeared in 1945 along with all thirteen canvases from his last collection Someone was painting Arcoletti s last collection and claiming them to be real A mystery client of Luke s points him to a shack in the mountains When Luke knocks on the door, he never thought he would see Stefan Cobbe.Stefan and Luke were lovers and have not seen each other [...]


    Northern Light is a twisty fast paced suspense tale in a tight little package No word is wasted The two men are depicted vividly and their personalities are crucial to the storyline.Luke is no nonsense, cynical and untrusting His accident has left him debilitated and angry Having now found a fraudulent artwork, he has the chance to redeem his career and maybe find some contentment.Discovering that this artwork has been painted by his one true love in another lifetime causes much of the tension S [...]

    Jeannie Zelos

    Northern Light E J Russell ARC supplied by publisher I have a not so secret love of Gay romance, its surprisingly tender and it s not all Gay Queensbut often romance that s really sensual This book though, is far than just a romance, its got elements of suspense, all packed in with some supernatural horror, though thankfully there is the happy ever after I always need I m a bit of a wimp when it comes to anything too ghostly, and was reading this at night so once the paranormal part kicked in a [...]


    This story is odd And kind of confusing First, a lot of names are thrown at you, making you wonder who s who Eventually, all the names that confuse you disappear, and you re left with the main players Luke and Stefan.Luke and Stefan have a troubled past, and even though they haven t seen each other or spoken for years, you can tell they still love each other Luke is an art forgery investigator, while Stefan is an starving artist Looking for the artist who is forging a series of paintings, Luke c [...]

    Annette Gisby

    A lovely little story with a bit of a ghost story along with the romance It had been a while since I d read the blurb, so I d forgotten there was a paranormal element when I started reading the book but it flowed really well within the narrative, it didn t feel tacked on just to get something supernatural in there.Although short on length, the book is not short on story or characterisation The story is told through the eyes of Stefan and Luke, so those are the two characters we get to know the m [...]

    Samanthe Tucker

    Given the calendar, I was in the mood for a ghost story, and a friend recommended Northern Light by debut author E.J Russell I m so glad I took the recommendation I don t read a ton of M M romance, although I find good M M just as sweet, sexy and engaging as good traditional M F romance, it s just sometimes I feel like a peeping Tom ette, checking out the salacious details of a different lifestyle But Northern Light didn t take me there It took me on an emotionally gripping ride involving ex lov [...]

    Jess the Romanceaholic

    A delicious combination of estranged lovers, art forgery, and a terrifying tale of ghostly possession, Northern Lights was just the tale I needed leading up to Halloween.Stefan and Luke s failed relationship years prior and the strain of Stefan s newest if not illegal painting endeavors added the perfect amount of emotional tension, and the chemistry that had brought them together in the past was still quite strong.I loved Luke, with his phobia of mountain driving and the limp that plagued him d [...]

    Eva Millien

    This is a short story about possession by a ghost.Luke is on a mission to find a forger and instead finds an ex lover who seems to be a little off Stefan is an artist and has no idea that he is being possessed by a dead artist While the two try to overcome their past history, they must figure out what the ghost wants before someone gets hurt.This story is intriguing with strong characters and vivid descriptions that draw the reader inside the plot Plenty of chills, emotional turmoil, and romance [...]

    Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)

    Quick review Cover Nice Rating R Thumbs Up 3.5Overall Really sweetCharacters Well donePlot Gifted painter with ghostly influencePage Turner Yes Series Cont N A Recommend SureBook Boyfriend LukeSUMMARY 50 words or less Overall, I thought the story was well thought out and the romance believable As much as I like paranormal, I really wasn t into the ghost aspect of the story and could have done without it Still, it was a good quick read.For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog post at mybookbo [...]


    This is a short story and was offered to me for an honest review While investing art forgery Luke crosses path with his ex lover Stefan who just happens to be the suspect They discover he s being possessed by the ghost of the artist long dead Theft may have had the ex lovers crossing paths but it helps them to realize what s also been lost Over all not a bad short story but it did start off a bit slow for me I was a third into the story before I began to get interested The concept is interesting [...]

    Keris Shay

    Could have been amazing if it had been longer More about the past of both MCs Still good

    Ije the Devourer of Books

    The story thrusts you immediately into the complexities of a previous relationship that didn t end well Now a chance has come for the two former lovers to try again but there are inexplicable hauntings and possessions to overcome first.Stefan Cobbe is surprised and shocked when he opens his door to find his former boyfriend Luke on his doorstep Stefan is trying to get his life back on track after two years of hardship His past relationship with Luke was not an easy one and the break up left both [...]


    ARC reviewed for NetgalleyLuke Morganstern s once promising career seems to be taking a one way ride down life s toilet Sympathy for an art forger has left his integrity in question and a string of bad decisions has left his life in shambles Out of desperation and for the sake of his diminishing savings account, he s taken a highly questionable job from a very vague mystery man regarding a fake Arocletti painting that is hanging on the wall of a two bit gallery in Nowhere, Oregon Luke s life tak [...]

    Dannica Zulestin

    A fun romance with artists and ghooooosts.PremiseLuke is an art investigator called into town to investigate a supposedly forged Arcoletti But the investigation leads him to his ex lover, Stefan Stefan may have painted the Arcoletti might, in fact, be deeply involved in a forgery scheme and have painted a dozen Arcolettis by now but he can t remember it In fact, he can t remember any of the painting he s been doing lately He lives in a remote cabin owned by his current patron, paints every night [...]

    Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie

    3.5 StarsLuke is hired by a mysterious customer to reveal the truth behind some fake paintings that appeared at a gallery in Oregon When he starts investigating, it turns out that the artist forger is none other than his ex, Stefan, the man he left seven years ago and never stopped loving I was really looking forward to reading this book I ve enjoyed the previous E.J Russell s books I ve read before, however, I felt like The Artist s Touch wasn t up to par with those It might have been that I wa [...]

    Julie (*Happily Ever Chapter*)

    Originally when I saw this book listed, I was really excited to pick it up I m also an artist so I was looking forward to reading a story with a painter as one of the MCs, and I m also a sucker for a second chance romance While there were some artist moments , I wanted a little bit I really liked the idea of the mystery behind this one, but I think it could have been executed a little bit better I also didn t feel the connection between the two main characters, but I was happy that they talked [...]

    Diane Dannenfeldt

    When I read the blurb I was oh yeah, love second chance stories But then I read the story and I felt like part of the story was missing I loved the PNR aspect of the story and how that went I loved how they still had feelings for each other But, everything happened so fast and the ending seemed rushed I would have liked to have learned about Edward and Arcoletti I also would have liked to have known about Stefan and Luke after their split, they kind of glossed over it Also, what happened to Th [...]

    T.A. McKay

    Copy from NetGalleyI enjoyed this story, the premise of it something uniquebutI know, I hate that word toobut I just felt it was a little rushed The beginning took a long time to get going, a lot of detail being told but then a lot is missed As it got towards the end I just felt that they brushed over the important bit of the story The bit that should have been written in great depth was justover Now that being said I did finish the story and it was well written, just maybe a few chapters would [...]


    I really enjoyed the story I appreciate this author s writing style and stories However, the MCs could have had a bit chemistry going on between them I don t always totally love the split for many years trope with 2nd chance, but this would have been stellar had the MCs had a bit sizzle.

    Kathy Johnson

    This is a MM ghost story I don t read a lot of ghost stories, but I enjoy this author, so I thought I would give it a try I enjoyed the book, the characters were interesting and the back story with the ghost was fun The world of art forgery is included in the story and that was interesting The pacing of the book was good It was an great story.


    Eh There were about 3 really interesting chapters, the rest was blah Oh well.


    Took a couple turns I never saw coming.

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