Title: The Color of Summer
Author: Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 28th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 230 pages
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Tattoo artist Max Marshall races into his hometown of Sweetwater, West Virginia—and is promptly pulled over for speeding. Max’s luck isn’t all bad, though, because he recognizes the deputy, Tyler Reed, Max’s childhood best friend’s older brother.
Reconnecting with Tyler helps Max settle back in, and it also leads to attraction. But when he tries to explore that connection at the grand opening of his tattoo studio—by kissing Tyler—awkwardness ensues. Max wants more, but has he misread Tyler’s signals?
As a single father raising a six-year-old daughter, Tyler doesn’t have much time to date. He’s ignored his attraction to men for years, but he can’t stop thinking about the kiss he shared with Max. If he can handle the complications of dating in a small town and the possible consequences to his career, this romance could blossom with all the colors of summer.
Normally I like Anna Martin’s work. Some of her books, like The Impossible Boy and Signs, are among my all time favorites. Sadly, this was mostly a miss for me.
The thing is that for the most part of the story nothing really happens. Tyler and Max meet again after years, Tyler realizes or rather makes sure that he’s attracted to men, they get together, tell everybody and that’s it. The end.
If you ‘re looking for the “my best friend’s older brother” vibe, look elsewhere. Technically, the story follows that trope but only in name. Which is why Shaun’s reaction after finding out (and after being absent from the whole book) was so anti-climatic.
There was no build up as far as Tyler’s feelings towards Max were concerned. His attraction to Max came out of nowhere. Despite having his POV, his actions did not resonate with me. One minute he was adamant he was not interested in men, the next he was asking Max out on a date and was basically all over him without any explanation at all (to Max or the reader).
I don’t always love kids in my books but sometimes I do and this was one of them. I loved Juniper, but sometimes there were too many details about dinner time, bath time or kids safety measures which was kind of weird.
There was a brief burst of action during the second half and I’m grateful for it. It didn’t last long though, and things fizzled out again.
And for the hardcore romance lovers…I don’t think the words “I love you” were actually said.
All in all, I wasn’t a big fan of this.