Title: Paint the Stars (Free Fall #3)
Author: Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 20th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult
Page Count: 206 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 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.
Paint the Stars by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn is the third installment of the Free Fall Series. *shouts* WE FINALLY GOT EZRA’S BOOK!
I’ve been waiting for his story since Touch the Sky. Ezra was the quiet, intense roommate. He kept to himself and would lose himself in his art. Art was his solace. In this book, he has a job painting murals at a holistic center, and it’s while working on his paintings that he meets Daevonte. Daevonte who is fun, fearless, and outgoing. What began as a simple friendship would blossom into more; only if Ezra is willing to open his heart and take a chance.
-THAT cover! Can we please take a minute to appreciate this beauty? It’s stunning.
-The characters. Both Ezra and Dae were well fleshed out. They each had a clear voice, and I felt the authors did an excellent job bringing together two very different personalities and have them fit each other so well.
-Pace. The pace of the story flowed seamlessly, and I was unable to tell this story was written collaboratively.
-Narration. The story is told from alternating POVs.
-Relationship development. The progression of their relationship from friends to lovers was magical. Ezra is demisexual. He doesn’t feel sexual attraction unless he has a strong emotional connection with someone. There was no insta-love and jumping into bed here. Instead, there was a friendship, mutual respect, and a delicious slow burn.
-Steam. But once they get it on- good laaawd!
-Angst. It’s there but not overpowering; it’s just enough to keep you on your toes. Just a pinch.
-The supporting cast. I love series that are standalones because past characters tend to make appearances in following books- like in this case. It’s nice to see what the ol’ gang is up to and that everyone is happy.
-The end. It was romantic and dreamy.♥ Ezra has been added to my Book Boyfriend List.
Any negatives? Nope.
These ladies have outdone themselves with Paint the Stars- this book was everything I hoped for and more. They’ve written a beautiful, emotional story about trust, forgiveness, and taking chances. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. 5 Stars!
P.S. I am begging y’all to write a book for Ben and Henry. Together. Friends to lovers, unrequited love, second chances… I can feel it!!! Pleeeeease…