Reviewed by Becca
TITLE: Painting with Fire
SERIES: Survivors Find Love #1
AUTHOR: Lissa Kasey
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 173 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 2, 2016
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.
I’ve read several of Lissa’s books and loved them all. This one was no exception. I absolutely loved it. This book resonated with me because of what the story was about: sexual abuse.
Bastian grew up in a family of abuse. As he got older, he found a hobby to soothe him and help him cope and closed himself off from the world. When Charlie came along, Bastian began to see hope for a different future.
That’s what I loved so much about this book. The element of hope. Despite the abuse he endured, Bastian survived and moved on. Yet he never thought he’d find love. He had his dolls that he painted and created. That was his art and his life that was enough. Or so he thought. Charlie became his hope for love. Charlie was patient, loving, and never pushed. People who have been through abuse need someone like Charlie. They need to know no matter what happens, the other person will still be there for and with them. Because of Charlie, Bastian could finally grow and love and be loved.
This book was exceptional. The writing was phenomenal because it pulled you in and made you not want to put it down and I recommend this to everyone. Especially if you know someone who has been abused. It will give you what it gave me and Bastian; Hope.