Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Color of Summer
Author: Anna Martin
Heroes: Max Marshall/Tyler Reed
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
I am really starting to love this author. It took me a while to start her books, but once I did, I realized that I am totally in love with her writing style and have not read anything that I didn’t love. This book is no exception.
Max and Tyler were both small town country boys who grew up together and then reunite as men after Max moves back to West Virginia. Max never had to leave the closet because his shine was always bright as day. Tyler, who only knew of Max as his little brother’s best friend, didn’t realize that he may not be so straight after Max returns to town, as a man, as a very hot man who makes his blood boil.
Tyler is a single dad to an adorable little girl, Juniper. It is only after the death of his wife and the meeting of Max that Tyler realizes what was missing in his world. What I loved was that he didn’t really fight it too much. He is concerned about his job as a small-town cop and the impact it may have on his daughter, but for the most part, he accepts that Max is who and what he wants.
Max is a hottie tattoo artist who finds himself shocked at his attraction to Tyler. As a kid, he knew him as his best friend’s older brother, but meeting the man wowed his senses. Tyler grew into one hot man, and in a cop uniform, he was scorching. So yeah, these two are a match made in heaven in the bedroom, but more than that, they meld outside of it, as well.
This is a romance, pure and simple. It was sweet, but not too sweet, and when it wasn’t sweet it was not overly angsty either. I loved it and can’t think of anyone I would not recommend this to.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*