The Color of Summer (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: The Color of Summer
Author: Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 28th 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 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.

Overall, the story had a good cast of characters, likable MC’s and some fun times, but I just felt like it was lacking along the way in plot.

When Max Marshall decides to move back home to his semi-small town, he runs into his best friend’s older brother, Tyler Reed. Things between them heat up a bit, but there are some bumps along the way before they can have any sort of HEA.

First of all, a tattoo artist is one of my overall favorite kind of character, so I will admit that I loved Max’s job. He was a really nice, fun loving guy who got along well with kids and was super supportive. It felt strange to me, though, that he was a such a strong force in his business life, but his personal life he was so wishy-washy. It didn’t really fit with his character in my opinion.

Tyler had a hang up about being gay. In the beginning he said he wasn’t. Then he was. Then he was okay with talking about it, but didn’t want to be seen. Then he could lose his job. It didn’t flow well, to me, and then all of a sudden it was just never brought up again.

I really enjoyed so many parts of this story, but they just didn’t seem to come together well enough for me to have been super excited about the characters and their outcome.

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Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday