Title: Blank Canvas (Paint #2)
Author: Emma Jaye
Publisher: Purindoors Publications
Release Date: October 1, 2016
Page Count: 310
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 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 Kathleen Baccioni found in London clearly hadn’t made an intelligent decision in his life, just like his dead mother. This was a chance to wipe the past away; to write a new chapter in the Baccioni dynasty. Chrisander was young enough to be guided and moulded into a shining public example of a modern business man, loving husband and father. It didn’t matter if he was a mess in public, her protégé Stephanie would be running the company and their family anyway. The only fly in the ointment was Chrisander’s annoyingly protective boyfriend Jason Rosewood, but a twenty something, dirt poor, ex-army sergeant couldn’t possibly be a match for the owner of an international business empire, could he?
Blank Canvas picks right off from the end of Optical Illusion and shows Chris in the hospital with everyone worried about him. Then the book takes off in a direction completely unexpected and frankly made me baffled with the turn of events..!
Chris and Jase as a couple or whatever they were being throughout the book did not make any sense to me quiet frankly. There was too much miscommunication, not properly saying what’s in their minds, the trust issues, Jase taking decisions, Chris being more confused, then a meddling grandma, Daniel who is quiet despicable, then a family chosen potential wife to be..infact the entire story itself did not work for me. Optical Illusion ended at the point where Jase and Chris were slowly making progress in their relationship and addressing and faces issues both personally and as a couple. But this book did nothing for their relationship but instead gave more ammunition to their existing issues and created more issues. Chris for most part of the book was confused, just going along with everything, quick to judge Jase and believe the worst of him. His issues of self worth still persisted and nothing in the book addressed it. Jase turned into a caretaker/guardian for Chris and just went along making decisions for him without consulting him or talking to him, but felt like he was sweeping under the rug almost everything that kept happening. I believe whatever was done might have increased the angst factor but I felt boggled every time something happened in the story. Another thing which bothered me was that the way grandma was characterized as misunderstood and loving in the end and how everything was right between Jase and Chris. So what about all the existing issues and the newly added issues between them? What about everything that happened between them throughout the book? Why did Jase and Chris accept everything so easy and was quick to forgive each other? I felt Blank Canvas became a completely different story about two people with so many loose ends unresolved rather than continuation from the previous book.
I loved Optical Illusion a lot and it truly fascinated and delighted me. But Blank Canvas left me feeling utterly disappointed. Maybe the next book in the series will give better understanding of Chris and Jase. This book was not for me, but if you liked Optical Illusion do give this a try and you might end up liking it…