Title: Colors of Us
Everything she knew to be true fell apart. Then fell apart again…
Michelle Willis is running from her past. What better place to hide than in the anonymity of New York City. Finding refuge in a tiny SoHo art gallery, she rebuilds her life one painting at a time.
A wrong turn sends Hunter McAvery on a crash course with disaster. He fights his own demons by following his big brother’s lead - drinking and bed-hopping his way through Manhattan.
A glance at Michelle’s self-portrait triggers emotions Hunter can’t tamp down. Driven to meet the artist, he discovers a fiery chemistry as their lives collide. But when their past threatens to tear them apart, can their love survive?
Author: Sandra Bunino
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Submission of a Mafia Princess
Published by Crimson Romance Source: Publisher
Published: 26 August, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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So – like many, I am a little uncertain when I pick up a book that is marketed as New Adult: so many are YA stories with a sex scene – missing all of the essential angst and character growth that is so common (and should be explored) in the mid 20-somethings. Pay attention people, Sandra Bunino wrote this book and managed to incorporate everything that is needed: essential ‘who am I’ angst from both hero and heroine, difficulties to overcome, finding that they are drawn to and supportive of one another, seeing strengths as positive and issues as things to work through, not ignore or batter down.
Michelle is a survivor in nearly every sense of the word: struggling artist who went after her dream despite the difficulties, haunted by an attack in her past and unwilling to extend herself to new people because she can’t trust them. She exists, not lives, until she allows Hunter to peek over her walls.
Hunter: so he’s not perfect after the loss of his fiancé, he blames himself and tried to drown the guilt in a parade of women and booze. Not even close to living his potential, he is playing second fiddle to his brother, bartending at the family owned bar and spending his newly sober life feeding fish in the park, boxing or alone.
The connection between these two is electric, even though Michelle does everything in her power to deny it. And slowly, with little baby steps, Bunino shows her gaining in confidence and moving forward, sometimes with Hunter’s help and encouragement, although she is a bit like a toddler, unsteady on her feet and quick to retreat.
There are enough glimpses at secondary characters: Hunter’s brother Alex, the twin of the as-yet unmet brother Liam who lives in California, and Michelle’s only friends her boss, Miranda and co-worker and friend Cheyenne, as well as the last-dumped girlfriend of Alex, Jacey. These characters add background and give healthy pushes and challenge where needed, showing these two the way to a happy ending.
I don’t know why it has taken me so long to read a book by this author – I have 3 or 4 titles from her in my ‘to be read’ pile – I’m just happy I grabbed this title. THIS is how NA should be written, not an insta-love hop into sex moment, but the slow burn as they grow and learn one another, not rushing to make a relationship because the sex was good. You will wait for that consummation, and then *BANG* with some scenes that will have you contemplating the top deck of the airport’s parking garage, TSA be damned.