Tuesday, October 9, 2018

GRL 2018 SPOTLIGHT - Kate Hawthorne - The Colors Between Us

In my attempt to cover some of the attending authors for this year's GRL,
I am reviewing 

Kate Hawthorne's
The Colors Between Us!

My previous review - 


Roland Wilson is a haunted man.A decade since his last successful gallery showing, Roland’s life has crumbled. Imprisoned by his own mind and taunted daily by painful memories, he finds his only comfort in drinking. With a life that has devolved into nothing brighter than variants of gray, he sees little point in his existence when a delivery boy with eyes of inspirational blue shows up at his door.

Adonis Smith wants something he can’t have.

In his mind, Adonis lives up to his name. He’s six-feet tall and built like a god, but in reality he’s just Donny—a short, nothing-special twink that no one takes seriously in or out of bed. Then he meets Roland, a beautiful, yet brash, struggling artist who is consumed by his own shortcomings. Donny knows he shouldn’t get involved with the handsome and tempestuous man, but the more Donny sees of him, the more he wants Roland to be his...for good.

A mutual inspiration.

As the feelings between the two men develop into something colorful and vibrant, it seems each has finally found what he needs. When Roland enters a spiral of self-destruction, it derails his relationship with Donny and sends them both into a tailspin. On their own, each man will need to decide if he is strong enough to stand beside the other and face the future together.

Will they be able to rediscover the best parts of each other before the colors between them fade for good?

The Colors Between us addresses what it's like to live with depression and may be triggering for some readers.

The Lonely Hearts Stories are interconnected stories that weave characters together across the releases. While you would appreciate the characters and their journey by starting from the beginning these can be read standalone.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Wow. The Color Between Us grabbed my interest on page one and never let it go. Every single second of this book is just amazing.

Be warned. This is not your normal romance. This involves a deeply broken man and it is not an easy read.

Roland is a famous painter, but he is broken. He can't paint and he is spiraling out of control. He spends his days drinking vodka and doing not much else.

Donny is annoyed by Roland when they meet. He is pissed at him for the way he is living his life. And he is attracted to Roland. Absolutely attracted to him. But he makes it his passion to dominate Roland and help him heal.

Roland is so damn stubborn, as well an extremely complicated.  And Donny is far more patient than almost anyone would ever be. But, together, they just might be able to help Roland live again, and to help Donny find his true artistic talent. And love. If they work hard enough for it.

One thing that is tough for me is Donny's desire to try to help and stay. It is hard to understand exactly why he would do so. It is obviously essential to the story, but it is hard for me to relate to why he would do so.

Honestly, The Colors Between Us is a remarkable book. The author does a fantastic and realistic job of painting depression and how it can affect one's relationships, work and life. It is not an easy read, but it is a great read. The difficult times in this book are at the true heart of this story. Thus, despite being tough to read, it is a fantastic journey and well worth doing do. And, along the way you will experience great passion, great sadness and a larger than life love story.

Kate Hawthorne

Kate Hawthorne lives in beautiful southern California with her husband, tiny human, and four legged child. She writes dirty books about boys in love.

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