Review Tour – The Color of Summer by Anna Martin

A big welcome to Anna Martin as part of her review tour with Signal Boost Promotions for The Color of Summer from Dreamspinner Press.

Review

This story was an easy one to slip into. By the end of the first chapter I was already invested in the characters and wanted to know more. The town feels like a character in its own right, too.

I loved the way the author showed so much of the characters and their friendships/relationships through their actions and interactions. The characters all felt very real, as did the town, and there is a strong sense of family throughout the story. I enjoyed Max and Tyler’s easy friendship and the way it grows into more. I thought it was realistic that Tyler while figuring out his sexuality, and how he feels about Max also worries about his job security and the impact the relationship would have in a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business.

Max and Tyler were also easy to fall in love with, and I liked how they both realised they needed to take things slow. I liked their characters traits, and how they came across as very three dimensional with realistic reactions, hopes, and dreams. The supporting cast were great, and I especially loved June, Josh, and Toby, and the family banter. The scenes with Max bonding with June are adorable, especially when they’re practising their sign language.

I’d recommend this feel good story to readers who enjoy realistic characters, a strong sense of family, and a small town story that keeps you turning pages. 5 out of 5 stars.


Length: 71,000 words approx.

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Design: Reese Dante

Blurb

Tattoo artist Max Marshall rushes 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.



About The Author

Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. 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, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.


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


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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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