Tested in Fire (Art Medium #2) by E.J. Russell

About Tested in Fire


Six months ago, Stefan Cobbe was at rock bottom: grief-stricken, guilt ridden, debt laden, artistically blocked, and living on charity in an isolated mountain cabin. But after reconciling with his first love, Luke, and moving to Sarasota with him, Stefan is preparing for his first major show. Yes, he still has debts, and no, Luke doesn’t understand Stefan’s desire for independence. But compared to last year? No contest.


Luke Morganstern ought to be happy. After all, his art-investigation business has recovered and he’s got his boyfriend back. But Stefan stubbornly refuses to move in with him or accept Luke’s financial help, and it’s really starting to bug him. Who knew that the biggest test of their relationship wouldn’t be time or distance, but his own insecurities? After Luke’s next job—a trip to Italy to retrieve a mysterious artifact—he plans to convince Stefan that it’s time to totally commit.


But when Luke returns, he changes, and Stefan begins to suspect that the person in Luke’s skin isn’t Luke at all. He can hardly go to the police and claim his lover is the victim of a supernatural hijacking though. He needs alternative help to find Luke and get him back, because he refuses to let anyone—or anything—come between them again.


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Tested in Fire by E.J. Russell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stefan is an artist. Recovering from a harrowing experience at the hands of a ghost several months ago (first book in The Art Medium series).

Him and his lover Luke have resettled in Florida. Stefan is happily painting nudes. Luke is reestablishing his art-investigation business. Both working through their pasts and looking forward to what both expect to be a happy future.

Luke wants Stefan to move in with him but Stefan is resisting, wanting to prove that he is more than capable of taking care of himself. Wanting to show that his past mistakes don’t define him.

Luke take a job recovering an artifact in Italy. The job was only supposed to take a few days but stretched into weeks. The next time he sees Luke, Stefan senses that there is something really wrong. Not knowing what, just aware that this is not his Luke.

As things get stranger, Stefan is becoming more and more afraid he has lost Luke. Not sure what to do he seeks outside help

A slightly crazy medium who takes a ghost with her everywhere she goes, and a nude model/caregiver added a depth to the story I wasn’t expecting. Throw in true evil and a psychic bond and this book was very entertaining. This is M/M book, with very low heat.

Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads.

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About the Art Medium Series


Artists use all manner of materials to express their vision, to interpret the world around them, to affect the hearts and minds of their audience.


But what if the artist himself were the medium? And what if artistic inspiration weren’t the only force at work?


If painter Stefan Cobbe and art investigator Luke Morganstern don’t answer those questions fast, they stand to lose their reputations, their relationship—and their lives.





About E.J. Russell

E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.

E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

Connect with E.J.:

Website: ejrussell.com

Blog: ejrussell.com/bloggery/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/E.J.Russell.author

Twitter: twitter.com/ej_russell

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ejrussell/




To celebrate the release of both books in the Art Medium series, E.J. is giving away a $25 Amazon credit and an ebook copy of both titles in the Legend Tripping series! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Contest closes at midnight, Eastern time, on April 7, 2017 and is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Don’t forget to leave your contact info!


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10 Thoughts to “Tested in Fire (Art Medium #2) by E.J. Russell”

  1. Nikolina Vukelic

    Shared on Twitter to help spread the word, have a great day! 🦋
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    1. Jessica Alcazar

      Thank you so much!

  2. James Escol

    I really enjoyed reading this novel. I hope that we’ll get to see the third book published very soon. *keeps my fingers crossed*

    1. It’s in the queue, James, so my fingers are crossed too!

  3. Trix

    I appreciate the review!


  4. Jennifer

    Thanks for the review!
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  5. Thanks so much for hosting me today (and for the lovely review). And thanks to everyone who dropped by to comment!

  6. Serena S.

    I hope you’re having a wonderful release week!

  7. Purple Reader

    Congrats, Kim, and thanks for the post. This sounds great. – Purple Reader,
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