I enjoyed this latest work from Lily G. Blunt. All of the characters are very likeable, made me want to know more about them and ultimately care about their well being. The relationship between Ben and Vinnie started out quite sweet and reminded me of the days gone by when people were courted and treated like they were the best thing in the world by perspective suitors. I do wish that readers could have learned a little more about Ben's and Vinnie's backstories.
As is often the case, miscommunication causes a rift, but I so desperately wanted to know why Vinnie acted the way he did, particularly when it came to his new friend James. I don't blame Ben for reacting the way he did and was surprised by Vinnie's immediate, petulant overreaction.
The secondary characters were just as delightful, if not more. Vinnie's two older brothers, Finn and Theo, were adorable, complex men who I'd love to read more about in the future, if possible.
All in all, this is a great story that immediately pulled me into the characters' lives and made me truly care about each and every one of them. By the way, how gorgeous is that cover? I love it!
The author provided a copy of the Paint the Sky in exchange for an honest review.
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Vinnie led me across the room, pulling me by the shirt. “Lie back on the sofa for me and I'll paint you.”
As if in a dream, I settled my head against one arm of the sofa, my legs dangling over the other end, scarcely breathing now. Vinnie knelt on the floor beside me with an open pot of paint in his hand.
Teasingly, he dipped his index finger into the dark blue paint as if it were cream he would lick off. His finger connected with my skin and he made short strokes across my chest, the coldness of the paint making me shiver.
Mesmerised by the closeness of his beautiful face, the view of the night sky through the window, and the picture forming upon my chest, I watched as dab after dab and stroke after stroke he built up a mix of shades, until a dark night sky with the moon and stars were there to be seen—a masterpiece, drying on the warmth of my blazing skin, a transient thing of beauty. His fingers skimmed my skin causing gooseflesh to ripple in waves down my arms and thighs. My nipples pebbled in response to his touch.
And when he was done, his lips met mine in a languid kiss; how our first kiss should have been—sweet, innocent, and full of promise. He pulled away, smiling down at me.
This was the beginning of something special.
LILY G. BLUNTLily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance and erotica. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page—there never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!
Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels four years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work.
Lily has several self-published stories available on Amazon. She is also published with Torquere Press and Wayward Ink Publishing.
Easily distracted from her writing, Lily makes videos using clips from gay-themed movies and posts gorgeous pictures of men kissing or making out on her tumblr and Facebook pages. Lily is also an avid supporter of GLBTQ rights and advocates equality for all.
Lily lives in central England with her rather bemused husband, two twenty-something children, and a ‘mad as a bag of frogs’ Shetland Sheepdog.