Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Paint the Stars
Authors: Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn
Series: Free Fall #3
Heroes: Ezra Greene/Daevonte Randall
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 252 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 20, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
This was the third book in the Free Fall series and easily the most romantic and sweet. We meet Ezra in earlier books and he came off kind of reserved, but Ezra is reserved, he’s very private and a demisexual artist. Dae is a student slash super flexible yoga instructor, and his flirting gets under Ezra’s skin, but he loves it, too. The two of them are very young but extremely real and respectful of the other. Their maturity was actually refreshing.
Ezra, no surprise, fights his attraction to Dae, but once he finally gives in, the steam is off the charts. Dae is a flirt but tries to give Ezra his space. But their attraction is too strong and who wants to fight off the best thing to happen to him in forever anyway? I loved the slow way the relationship built, and the realness of the emotion and feelings. Didn’t hurt in the least that they had it going on in the bedroom, too.
I would consider this a happy for now but their maturity at such a young age gives me hope that what they have could easily be forever. Highly recommend this series and this book.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*