Title: Blank Canvas (Paint #2)
Author: Emma Jaye
Publisher: Purindoors Publications
Release Date: 1st oct, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Healing, Abuse
Page Count: 310
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Chris Bacon is dead. Long live Chrisander Baccioni?
Unable to walk or talk coherently after a hit and run attack, Chris finds himself on the other side of the world with Jase firmly in babysitting mode. Pity and betrayal, even if it was for ‘his own good’ wasn’t something Chris tolerated from anyone, least of all from an ex-lover who was hanging around only out of a misguided sense of duty.
The barely breathing battered boy was all Kathleen had to wipe away her daughter’s shame and continue the Baccioni dynasty. Despite Chrisander’s unfortunate childhood, her grandson was young enough to mould into a god-fearing family man. Surely only an idiot would reject a life of respect and luxury with a beautiful, intelligent woman by his side, for a grubby little flat and a dirt poor, ex-army sergeant.
If you have read the first book, then you know what happens to Chris at the end. If you think that this book is a sugary sweet conclusion to Jase and Chris’s romance, then you are dead wrong. This book is as dark as the first one. The emotional turmoil was huge. The pair spends a whole lot of time apart which I was not a huge fan of but the conclusion mollified me a bit. I still want to hunt down and seriously hurt that asshole Daniel (U will too after you read the story!)
Chris never had much in his life. After his mother dies and he meets Matt, Chris finally finds people who really care for him and love him. He is happy with his new life as a brand new art student while owning his own apartment with his “sarge” Jase. But life throws another curveball his way when he is heavily injured after a hit and run. That’s when he first comes to know about his “loaded” grandmother, Kathleen Baccioni. Chris is flown to USA for healing and learning about his new life. But what would have been a “Cinderella moment” for any other person leaves Chris in a tailspin when his grandmother tries to mold him into a person he could never be.
Chris is still the same vulnerable and insecure person he was before. After his accident he finds himself in a world which does not soothe his ragged nerves at all. His grandmother’s non-acceptance of his mother and all the big expectations heaped on him does a number on Chris. His one constant pillar is Jase but their relationship gets strained as well part due to the homophobic atmosphere of the Baccioni household and part due to Chris’s own insecurities.
Chris is kept in the USA as a security measure but he still gets abused in a different way. He was supposed to be safe in the Baccioni house but there are individuals who are after him for their own selfish gains. I just wanted to yell at times to cut Chris a fuckin break. Chris had so much happen to him in such a short life but bad things still kept on happening to him.
There is very less Jase and Chris than I would have liked in this story. Jase has to go back to UK because of a family emergency and he leaves Chris in the hands of his uptight family. I am upset with Jase with how he handles the whole “Daniel” thing. I wanted Jase to bash that bastard’s head in.
Chris and Jase do get their much awaited HEA at the end and I loved it completely. Chris may never be completely invulnerable or “less needy” but he has Jase to completely smother him with love and also provide “Tough Love” when required so he will be ok as long as Jase is there to ground him.
This book was sad and fun at times but it also had loads of emotions that Chris had to go through to get complete closure on his mother’s life before UK.
I am hoping Ms. Jaye will give us another book in the series. Chris still has a long way to go to overcome his insecurities and learning his self-worth and I would love to read about his journey towards a more confident self. I won’t accept that this is the last book in the series. I demand more of Crispy Bacon and I think every other reader will too!!
I highly recommend this series!!!