Blurb: Barrett McCall once lived like there was no tomorrow. Now the reformed party animal savors each day as a gift. His short order cook job at Dixie’s Cup pays the rent, and he’s content with his sober—if solitary—life. When a fire leaves him homeless, Dixie’s offer to let him move into her basement apartment puts him on a collision course with her nephew, art teacher Schuyler (Sky) Rhodes. The heat between them crackles, but in Schuyler’s eyes Barrett recognizes the same demons he exorcised long ago. Dixie’s kind-hearted offer couldn’t come at a worse time for Schuyler. It’s the anniversary of his teenage cousin Matty’s drowning. Everyone believes it was an accident, but Schuyler knows the truth—and so does the culprit. For fifteen years that truth has burned a hole in his soul…and now it keeps Barrett at arm’s length.One lingering kiss melts away the barriers between them, but when the other witness to Matty’s death shows up in town, Schuyler is forced into a confrontation that could cost him Barrett’s love—and possibly his own life.
Color of Grace is the second book in A.M. Arthur’s Cost of Repairs series and I’ve decided I love this author! Can that be whole review? 😉
I really enjoyed the first book and had no idea she was planning on it being a series. I think Color of Grace is better written than the first book and the story faster paced yet more tightly woven together. But what really stands out for me, as it did in the first book, is the richly developed characters that A.M. Arthur gives us. With great chemistry, the building of friendship, and passion, Barrett and Sky just lept right off the pages for me. I was immediately smitten. But both have their own demons to fight and frankly I was surprised as the depth of Sky was revealed in this book compared to what I knew from the first book. As the past of both characters are revealed you see the healing they each provide to each other and it is a solid love story. There was definitely some conflict throughout the book and a few bits were overly dramatic, but it was nice to see how the two guys try to work through things.
When I finished reading this I actually emailed A.M. Arthur to tell her how much I enjoyed the book. I’ve never emailed an author before, but I just felt compelled to after this one. There is just something about her voice as an author, her writing style, and the richly textured characters she writes, that I’m smitten with. She said a third book in the series has been contracted with a tentative release date of August 2013.
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