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REVIEW TOUR (+ Giveaway!): The Color of Summer by Anna Martin


44109661Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Received From: Signal Boost Promotions

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.

gender sexuality romantic pairings

GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: homosexual

tropes tags warnings

TROPES: single parenthood, best friend’s older sibling
TAGS: adult, contemporary, romance, queer romance, queer characters, tattoo artists, law enforcement, HoH character, disabled character, coming out
WARNINGS: alcohol, parental illness mention, parental death mention, misogyny, cancer mention, religion mention (Christianity), ableism, gender binary, cissexism/anti-trans phrasing, anti-fat, armed robbery, slurs, gendered slurs, domestic violence mention, physical injury, hospitalization, hospital visit


This book was just the exciting, sweet summer romance I was hoping to find within the pages, and which I desperately needed to read!

I really enjoyed that this book was low on angst and drama. Both main characters were fairly easy going, and I liked that their friendship was rekindled so easily after several years not seeing each other at all. Also, it was enjoyable to read about how they just sort of fell into their romance and let it grow naturally into what they wanted it to be. And related, it was refreshing that the romance angst wasn’t so much a problem with their relationship, but it had to do with the fact that they were at different points emotionally, and instead of it causing a rift or breakup, they were able to talk about it continue to let things move along at a pace that worked for both of them.

Also, I very much enjoyed the family aspect! Firstly, I liked that both Max and Tyler are so close to their families and have such great support from their siblings and parents. There were so many great scenes between Max and his mom, who have a very special bond built out of the fact that it was just the two of them as he grew up, but I also enjoyed the ones with him and his stepdad, who he clearly respects and cares about a lot. With Tyler, there is a multitude of scenes with him and his siblings, which were a joy to read. I particularly enjoyed the moment where he goes to his brother to talk about the idea that Tyler might be gay.

But the family relationship I liked the most was the one between Tyler and his daughter, Juniper. The two of them are very close–much like Max and his mother–and it’s just the two of them. Tyler is incredibly dedicated to his daughter and is determined to give her a normal, happy life. It was just really lovely to see how much he cared about her and about spending time with her. And, again, I loved how easily Max slid into their lives and relationship, and how Max and June developed their own friendship and partnership outside of their connection to Tyler. (That epilogue was adorable as fuck, y’all.)

The whole plot was really wonderful as well, and I very much appreciated the fact that it was an easy, fun read with wildly enjoyable characters.

rating4 STARSabout the author

5251288Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.

Although her most recent work is in the LGBT romance genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen or Young Adult genre, Romance and Fantasy novels.

Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; “My favourite books,” she says, “are ‘The Moonstone’ by Wilkie Collins, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee and ‘Oryx and Crake’ by Margaret Atwood.” She also owns multiple copies of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.

Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.

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review by nicky tyler

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