My Rating - 5 stars!!!
Blank Canvas, the second book in the Paint Series, by Emma Jaye, picks up where Book 1, Optical Illusion, leaves off.
Chris is now injured, lost and confused, when his long lost grandmother shows up to care for him. Mrs Baccioni certainly has strong opinions, and is against Chris being in a homosexual relationship.
Mrs Baccioni doesn't know anything about Chris, and plans on making him the heir to the Baccioni fortune. Chris and Jase don't trust her, as she is trying to turn Chris into a good religious boy who will marry a good religious girl and take over the business.
When she takes him to her home, things get real crazy. In addition to dealing with the crazy grandmother, they also have tough physical therapy, a family friend who will do anything to break up Chris and Jase, the mystery of why Chris's mom left her home, sexual advances from an employee and more. Worst of all, Chris starts to believe that Jase isn't attracted to this new, scarred version of him.
Chris is an amazing character. He tends to bounce back from every bad thing that happens to him and he is completely upfront with people. As Jase says, '"Chris is never anything but real. He says what he thinks and thinks what he says."'
The drug issue is big again, as Chris is again faced with drugs being forced upon him. He resents this, doesn't want to end up like his mother, and again sees the appeal of letting the drugs take away his problems. This part is well handled, with care and sensitivity.
Blank Canvas is extremely well written, well developed, and will keep you reading late into the night. As much as I liked Book 1, Optical Illusions, I absolutely love this book and am thrilled to have discovered these little gems by Emma Jaye.