Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Complementary Colors
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 320 Pages
Publisher: Adrienne Wilder
Release Date: June 20, 2014
Available at: Adrienne Wilder, Amazon
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Blurb: My sister Julia manipulated my life into a prison to keep me silent about our dirty family secret. Her greed made me a slave and circumstance left me with no way to escape.
Trapped, the only way I could silence the nightmares driving me to insanity was to wrap them in color, hold them with shadow, and stitch them to negative space with line.
But no matter how bright the pigments, no one could see my confession.
Except for Roy Callahan.
I thought he was just another nameless one-night stand in a long line of many.
But I was wrong. Roy could see past the façade of my life and through the veil color over the canvas. He could see what the world couldn’t.
And with him I’d find the courage to tell the truth about the boy.
The boy who kissed me.
The boy who loved me.
The boy whose name I couldn’t remember.
Review: What an amazing story this is. I truly do not know how to put the words down that will come close to doing it justice. There is such a feeling of maturity or realism to this story that just put it on a whole other level for me.
Paris…Oh my, what a tortured soul he was. From his childhood right up to the very end. After some horrific events from his early days, with the help of his family, most influentially, his half sister, Julia, he has developed such a state of mental imbalance, it’s a wonder he can function at all. Julia has manipulated his entire life, often in very cruel ways. She became his guardian, and threatens him often with imprisonment in a psych ward. She keeps him on various drugs and mentally and physically beats him regularly. To cope with everything, he paints brilliant works of art. Painting is his escape and his tool for keeping the bad episodes at bay. He literally sees the world in a different light than everyone else, seeing everything in colors. Oh, and let’s not forget that, in addition to pimping Paris for his million dollar artwork, she also whores him out to the prospective buyers. She is an evil creature in every sense. He has another half sister, but she is very meek and falls to the direction of Julia most of the time, though she does actually take more care of Paris than anyone. That is, until Roy comes along.
Roy…sweet Roy. Poor guy hasn’t had it very easy himself, and while he is significantly lacking in monetary value, he is much better off mentally than Paris. He sees beneath Paris’ facade and is really just such a good guy. He forces Paris to make more of their relationship and works very hard to get to know him, something which very few people have ever attempted. He falls for Paris, only ever wants to help him get better when he finally realizes Paris has some bigger issues, and goes out of his way to shower Paris with love and affection, something he can actually afford to give. And he never gives up on him.
This story pulled so many emotions from me. It was so well written that I very quickly had a real sense of what it was like inside Paris’ head – a beautiful but scary place. There were times where it felt almost confusing with things happening so fast and flashes of light and color, but that’s what Paris had to live with every day, so it just really helped set the tone. This was heartbreaking at times, but there are many sweet moments as well. I wanted Paris to get well as much as Roy did and was probably just as worried things would take a turn for the worse. The persistence pays off though, and things turn around.
I truly didn’t want this story to end. This is my first book by Adrienne, and it most definitely won’t be my last. It was extremely captivating, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to try something a little different than the every day love story.
Overall Impression: It was AMAZING!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*