Wednesday, June 5, 2019

REVIEW TOUR - The Color Of Summer by Anna Martin

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 71,000 words approx.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Design: Reese Dante


Tattoo artist Max Marshall rushes into his hometown of Sweetwater, West Virginia—and is promptly pulled over for speeding. Max’s luck isn’t all bad, though, because he recognizes the deputy, Tyler Reed, Max’s childhood best friend’s older brother.

Reconnecting with Tyler helps Max settle back in, and it also leads to attraction. But when he tries to explore that connection at the grand opening of his tattoo studio—by kissing Tyler—awkwardness ensues. Max wants more, but has he misread Tyler’s signals?

As a single father raising a six-year-old daughter, Tyler doesn’t have much time to date. He’s ignored his attraction to men for years, but he can’t stop thinking about the kiss he shared with Max. If he can handle the complications of dating in a small town and the possible consequences to his career, this romance could blossom with all the colors of summer.

My Rating - 4 Stars!

The Color of Summer is an great book by Anna Martin. It's a beautiful reminder that sexuality is fluid and that definitions aren't necessary, that labels don't define you. A gay for you romance, it's also a brother's best friend romance.

Max moves back home to be closer to his mother and opens a tattoo parlor. There he's reunited with his brother's best friend, Tyler, who's a cop with a young daughter. 

Some special things in this story is Tyler's sexuality. His wife has died, he's raising his 6 year old alone, but he's interested in dating Max. However, he fears living in this small town while dating a man. 

 I also love the aspect of Max's hearing loss. 

All of the family dynamics are also well done, as they are all a big support. Well, except for Shaun, Max's younger brother, who's a bit of an ass.

The first time sexual moments are well done, but some of the writing falls short. The pace is slow, which is ok on it's own, but it's some of the sudden changes in feelings that seemed forced. I would have enjoyed a little more angst.

Tyler's daughter, Juniper, is a wonderful character, full of so much charm. Her relationship with Max is fantastic, and the three of them will make a great family.

The Color of Summer is a great story of sexual awakening and exploration. If you're looking for an easy, low angst romance, this slow burn tale is just that.

About The Author

Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.

Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.

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