Author ~ Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn
Published ~ 20th February 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
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.
4.5 “Painted in Stardust” Stars
Paint the Stars is the third book in the contemporary new adult MM romance series entitled Free Fall written by authors Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn. I have read books by both these authors and have ended up loving this series thus far which is a collaboration between them. There really was never any doubt that I would end up loving this third installment. These authors certainly have what it takes to pen a seriously amazing MM romance. I loved watching how our two protagonists discover so much more than friendship with each other.
I have been waiting for Ezra Greene’s book ever since we got to know him as Connor’s quiet and surly roommate who prefers solitude. Ezra is an artist who has somehow beat the odds and has made a name for himself in the art community. He knows he’s a broody bastard who keeps to himself and shies away from hook-ups; but, it does not really matter to him. He’s happy immersing himself into his paintings, creating what he loves. He meets twenty-one year old Daevonte Randall at Mind Body Holistic and Wellness Center when he agrees to paint a mural for them. Daevonte is a college student who is also yoga instructor at the center. He’s an impossibly huge flirt who has set his sights on Ezra. Too bad Ezra is not one for no-strings sex. He’s a little messed up when it comes to relationships and sex. It is going to take a lot more than some harmless flirting to get him to come out of his cocooned shell.
Daevonte is persistent when it comes to his pursuit of Ezra. He’s intrigued by the pensive artist and even if friendship is the only thing he can have with Ezra, he’s all for it. Ezra is hesitant to accept Daevonte into his “space”; however, even he can’t resist the vibrant yoga instructor. He’s like a moth to a flame. As the pair explore a tentative friendship, Daevonte discovers that there’s so much more to Ezra. As things between them ignite and both men take it beyond friendship, can they muddle through what is transpiring between them? Ezra has been burned in the past. Trust and intimacy do not come easy to him. He is not the type to take physical intimacy lightly, while Daevonte has never been in a serious relationship…ever. If anything is going to happen between the two young men beyond a friendship, both will have to take a leap of faith and hope there’s someone there to catch them.
I really loved this slow-burn romance. I became wholeheartedly involved in the beauty that was Ezra and Daevonte and so wanted them to get the happy forever as they built on their friendship. Both men were taken aback as to how deeply they began to feel for one another and as they go deeper it left both protagonists struggling with their profound feelings and the unknown future that laid before them. The journey that Ezra embarks on was just as wonderful as the romance. Watching him slowly open up and allow Daevonte into his heart made this a more enriching read and truly made it more believable. I felt like there was a great balance between what Ezra and Daevonte were dealing with internally and the romance that was between them. This book certainly exemplifies how love and happiness can sneak up on you when you least expect it.
All in all, Paint the Stars is a great book that had me engrossed start to finish. I recommend this read for all lovers of MM romance. Read it!
Meet the Authors
Nyrae Dawn can almost always be found with a book in her hand or an open document on her laptop. She couldn’t live without books—reading or writing them. Oh, and chocolate. She’s slightly addicted.
She gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh too. She’s a proud romantic, who has a soft spot for flawed characters, who make mistakes, but also have big hearts.
Whether she’s writing young adult, new adult, or adult you can always count on a healthy dose of romance from her books. She likes to tackle tough subjects, and believes everyone needs to see themselves in the stories they read.
Nyrae is living her very own happily ever after in California with her gorgeous husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two incredibly awesome kids.
Once upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.
Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I've been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn't until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.
I write Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. I'm addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.