Title: Paint The Stars
Author: Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn
Series: Free Fall
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 02-20-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M YA/NA
Page Count: 206
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Ezra Greene has made a pretty decent life for himself. He has a nice apartment and spends his days doing the one thing he’s always loved—creating art. Despite being somewhat of a grumpy recluse, he’s even made a few loyal friends. When he takes a side job painting a mural at a local holistic center, he can’t help being curious about a certain friendly and self-assured yoga instructor, even if he doesn’t buy into any of that Zen crap. His holier-than-thou family already tried fitting him inside a box, and he swore he’d never be molded into anybody’s belief system again.
For Daevonte Randall, adulthood has worked out pretty well. He’s close to his parents and lives with an awesome roommate. He’s content with weekend hookups, teaching yoga, and taking college courses. What he doesn’t expect is to be so intrigued by the brooding and reserved painter he’s been tasked to stay after hours with at the center. Something fascinates him about Ezra, even after Daevonte’s attempts at flirting gets him friend-zoned on the spot.
As weeks pass, Ezra and Dae get to know each other, and soon their friendship catches fire. But Ezra’s been burned pretty badly before so trust and intimacy has to be earned. Daevonte feels up to the task, but it proves difficult as Ezra continues to keep his emotions in check. Dae’s only willing to wait so long, and when they’re dealt a surprising blow, Ezra needs to decide if love is worth the risk, that is…if it’s not too late.
This isn’t the first book I have read by either one of these authors and it won’t be my last. This book for me though was a bit of a struggle for me in the beginning to about the halfway point. It is written well and the people involved are good. The pace was a bit slow for moving for me. I loved the storyline and premise, I just had a hard time connecting with one of the characters from the get-go. He wasn’t bad like I said, I was just not connecting with him completely.
I can tell you that I loved Daevonte. His personality was amazing. He looks at life half full, he’s such the optimist. He is outgoing and has this bubbly, energetic attitude, and a bit of a flirt. He has great parents and a very supportive family. He makes me want to try yoga maybe even some meditation. He would be someone I would want to be around. Daevonte just had such a positive attitude.
Ezra is not a bad guy, I just struggled with him. Maybe because I didn’t understand him. That’s why I kept pushing through this book. I wanted to know him. He gave off to me some mixed signals at times. When I finally finished, and I am I’m glad I did, because I felt like I got to know him a bit better and what made him tick. I learned he didn’t have the greatest or easiest time growing up. His parents being as devout as they were to the church was hard for him. Then the way his ex-boyfriend treated him wasn’t great either. I think Daevonte or Dae as he is called by friends was good for him. A bit pushy, but that can be good sometimes. He brought him out of his shell. I also really enjoyed how he expressed himself through painting.
The other thing I enjoyed was the growth of these two together, but mostly the growth in Ezra. The friends, I loved their friends. I am so glad that I pushed through. Don’t let my review slow you down or make you not read it. Read for yourself and you be the judge.