Review: Complementary Colors by Adrienne Wilder

June 20, 2014 Review 0

Review: Complementary Colors by Adrienne Wilder

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.

Title: Complementary Colors
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The First Three Rules, Rule Four and Five, The Final Rule, In The Absence of Light
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: June 20, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 320
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-flames

“I ruin everyone, Roy. I’m a disease.”

To say Paris has some issues would be an understatement. Paris has a lot of problems. His biggest problem is something he can do very little about though. He has come to terms with the life he lives. He has found many coping mechanisms. Paris has also found that painting is an avenue of escape. His paintings while there are an outlet they are also the cause of many of his problems.

“Let me know you better.”

Roy is a simple man with a simple goal. He wants to get to know Paris. He wants to know the man, not the artist. The more Roy sees of Paris the more he wants him. Roy wants other things for Paris too. Most importantly he wants Paris to experience life. Roy is a very observant man. He sees things about Paris that others never have seen.

“Because I’m broken, Roy. And I’m broken in ways that cannot be fixed.”

That’s what I loved about Paris and Roy. Paris doesn’t want to be fixed and Roy doesn’t want to fix him. That doesn’t mean there are not aspects of Paris life that Roy doesn’t want to change. Roy wants only the best for Paris. Through Roy Paris begins to see things differently, he sees new things, he sees things he never saw before. This opens so many doors for Paris.

Complementary Colors is a male male romance. It is highly sexed and some of those scenes can get a bit dark. Paris gets put into a couple of situations where he doesn’t necessarily want to be but his circumstances keep him there. There is some violence that belongs exactly where it is. There are contributing factors to many of the problems that Paris has and Adrienne Wilder vividly paints that picture for her readers. In the end I can honestly say that Paris and his story are told in the only way it can be, brightly violent.


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