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Review – Watercolors by Trina Lane

Review: Watercolors by Trina Lane

Publisher: Dreamspinner
Publish Date: January 12, 2015
Reviewed by: Heller
How I got this book: E-Arc from Publisher

24053507Phil Alcorn is a vivacious artist living a lonely life. He has hundreds of acquaintances, dozens of casual lovers, but few know his real story. His best friend has found the love of his life, but that leaves Phil with a lot more time to think about the man who opened his eyes to a new and terrifying world one winter night eighteen months ago. Will Archer has spent his life competing around the world for the US Swim Team, but his mind frequently drifts toward the hills of San Francisco, where Phil lives amidst the fog.

Sparks flare hot in the bedroom, and their friendship deepens each time the two meet. Keeping their arrangement on the down low prevents friends’ inquisitions into their relationship. Will’s heart beats for the artist whose paintings and sculptures move his soul, and Phil’s antics fill Will’s stressful life with laughter. Phil has never believed in happy ever after, but he’s drawn to Will over and over.

Despite their deepening connection, they fear that if they change the rules now, the very thing that captivates them will disappear. Can the pair create a masterpiece all their own, or will their fears drown any chance at happiness?

I didn’t realize going into this that it was a companion book to another or a sequel depending on how the first book reads. I didn’t find it at all a standalone book. There were characters and situations that felt very established and that I was jumping midway into the proceedings. It was easy to figure things out though so I didn’t feel lost for long time. There was a lot of commentary that seemed to happen off page and I’m not sure if that’s the author’s style or these moments were scenes that fit in between events that happened in the first book. There were also a lot of time jumps in the read that made it a bit choppy. In the end we hear about quite a few significant moments second-hand rather than experience it which I found frustrating.

So I’m a bit conflicted with how to rate this read because of my issues. I did enjoy the characters and their journey together. Despite Phil’s reticence in forming any kind of long term relationship I didn’t find this to be an angsty but rather a light, sweet read. A bit gooey but I did like it and I’ll check out Gabe and Nick’s story in the first book if only to see where Phil and Will fit into that dynamic.

I’m giving Watercolors a B-

By Heller

In the United Nations of Book Pushers I represent the Canadian contingent. I've known Has, Lou, E and Minn for a few years now and I've discovered many a new author from them for which I will be forever grateful. New to me often translates to "Where has this book been all my life?" and leads to endless re-reads.

The majority of my childhood was spent with my nose in a book (not that it's any different now) and I always carried at least one with me wherever I went no matter whatever trouble I was up to. My e-reader is something I could never give up now, despite my initial resistance to it. I love my books but carrying around a library in a small electronic device is a thrill that never gets old.

I read anything and everything that strikes my fancy: Regency, Retro-Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Urban Fantasy, Post-Apoc...the list is pretty much endless. I tend to cycle through interests so it really just depends on my mood at the time. I would say that right now M/M books have me firmly in their grasp and they've been the majority of my reads for the past couple of years. I think there's nothing better than headjacking into a story and characters created by an author, I'm always up for a ride to a place I've never been before.

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