Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Paint the Stars
SERIES: Free Fall #3
AUTHOR: Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 250 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 20th, 2017
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.
All of the things I love about these two authors together really can’t be measured. It’s like they are able to combine just the perfect amounts of sweet passion, angst, drama, and love in this amazing stories. All the stories usually center on pretty serious topics like mental health, homophobia, etc. Paint the Stars is no different from the rest. Both characters have to battle insecurities before they get to a point where they can be together.
Ezra Greene is an unapologetic introvert. Preferring to spend his time painting or binge watching shows in the comfort of his apartment and leaving the chaos of the world on the outside. He’s been able to surround himself with a group of guys that really have his back and make him want to be more outgoing.
Daevonte Hall (Dae) is an out loud and proud yoga instructor. At his best, surrounded by his students Dae loves life and all that it represents.
Dae and Ezra are like night and day but the connection and attraction between the two is all consuming. Thrown in a situation where they are spending a large amount of time together their connection only grows stronger.
This is a slow burn that ignites and when it does…holy hell…these two are remarkable together. I loved Dae so much. Ezra has intrigued me from book 1 so I loved that he got his own book and oh my goodness was I wrong about his personality. I loved how once he felt something for Dae he really let his emotions take over. I loved how free he became.
Like the other books in the series this was written exceptionally well. The Free Fall series has really grown on me and I find myself waiting anxiously for the next book.
I can’t wait to see what these authors have in store for us.