Painting with Fire (PIU’s Review)

Painting with Fire (Survivors Find Love #1).Title: Painting with Fire (Survivors Find Love #1)
Author: Lissa Kasey
Publisher: self published
Release Date: 2nd Dec, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary,Romance, Abuse, Healing/Comfort
Page Count: 173
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Charlie “Wood Chuck” Fox knows his best friend and fellow wildfire firefighter Jessie Row had a major family break up in her past. Charlie has adopted her into his heart and into his huge family and when Jessie gets word her mother has passed away, Charlie fears returning home is going to tear her up.

Bastian Hart’s choice of career as a doll painter has put him at odds with his family. He’s made a sanctuary for himself on the San Juan Island of Friday Harbor, an hour away from his family. He welcomes his aunt Jessie and her friend Charlie into his house as they all prepare for the upcoming funeral. Charlie and Bastian discover a spark of smoldering fire igniting between them, but Charlie is unwilling to push and Bastian hesitant to trust.

They will have to wade through pain, hate, and fear to find their future together.

Few months back one of my friends shared this amazing video on Facebook about an artist creating a doll named “The Scarecrow”. The artist’s name is Jim Mckenzie and here is the link to his video: The Scarecrow. I was awed by such an amazing talent and I became a prompt fan of the art of doll making. So when the blurb of this book came around, I was overjoyed to be able to read about this exquisite art.

“Painting with Fire” is a broken/damaged hero romance with a whole lot of emotional ups and downs while also boasting a beautiful healing/comfort romance. I loved the MCs and the “sane” secondary characters. There were a few characters whom I wanted to punch on their face but they were the reason behind the angst of the story so I guess I had to endure them till the end. I enjoyed reading this romance very much. It made me smile, cry, love and sometimes bat-shit crazy (U will get what I mean after you read this!!!). But that amazing HEA made everything worthwhile at the end.

Charlie Fox comes to Friday Harbor to help his best friend, Jessie cope with her crazy family when she had to go back home to attend her mother’s funeral. Jessie’s nephew, Bastian Hart who is also estranged from his family puts them up in his house. Bastian is a doll painter and is highly successful at the young age of twenty two. His chosen profession is not very popular with his family so he sticks to his house, doing what he loves with very minimal outside interference. Charlie finds himself caring for the lonely and delicate Bastian. He knows that there are huge scars and baggages he has to wade through to love Bastian and he is determined to give him as much love as he requires to cure his broken psyche. Bastian’s past makes him hesitant to trust Charlie but with his help he does learn to love and live like he truly deserved.

The story flowed very nicely. The meeting of our MCs and their initial interactions were very tentative and delicate. Charlie really tried to know Bastian and was completely invested in loving him and cherishing him. Charlie starts their relationship more as friends trying to get Bastian out of his shell but on the way he falls for him wholeheartedly. Bastian’s family was a nightmare and he carries scars from a shitty childhood. He has rose above his past and made a successful career which was really commendable. But he was still emotionally wounded which has affected his personal life immensely. For the first time, he could really trust someone to love him and it happens because of Charlie’s understanding, support and compassion. This was a true survivor story.

I loved the romance. It was like a fragile bud at the beginning which blooms into an amazingly beautiful flower at the end. I loved how Bastian gets support not only from Charlie but also from few decent members of his family. His healing process was nicely described. I loved the way Charlie nurtures their blooming relationship and always had Bastian’s back. There is no angst in the romance department so you are in for a great treat.

The setting of the story was another winning point for me. Bastian’s house with its spectacular surroundings was just perfect for this beautiful romance. The ambience was very soothing and I loved it very much. Bastian’s profession as a doll maker is another thing which was a huge part of the romance. It was a major part of who Bastian was and the author uses it to give us a peek into Bastian’s mind and heart. I was already a fan of this art so I really enjoyed the details about it that Bastian shares with us in this story.

All in all this book is a great healing/comfort romance with a nice HEA. The characters were complicated and the author had done a brilliant job in making them so real that anyone can connect to with ease. Bastian with his sweet demeanor and amazing talent whereas Charlie with his big heart and capacity to give love won my heart over and over!!! I would recommend this book to all!!!

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Galley copy of Painting with Fire provided by Lissa Kasey in exchange of an honest review.

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