Title: True Colors
Author: Anyta Sunday
My Rating: A+
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: True Love #2
Main Characters: Marco and Oskar
Release Date: March 2017
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
But that was before. Before Marco stopped being a hot jock. Before he learned to live with scars and pain. And before Oskar tore their friendship apart.
Now the boy next door has returned home, determined to rekindle his friendship with Marco, and Marco’s more afraid than ever. Afraid of getting hurt. Afraid of being humiliated.
Afraid of falling in love.
Can Oskar find a way through Marco’s fear, back into his heart?
"True Colors" is an enemies to lovers, boy next door, first time, slow burn M/M romance with a generous helping of UST. This no-cliffhanger, HEA book can be read as a standalone.My Review:
I adored this book, and I will admit....the addition of colors and how Marco views his world through them moved this book from an A rating to an A+ rating. I loved that little detail that flowed throughout the entire story and how it all played out with the mermaid in the end. *my heart*...so much LOVE!
Everything about this book is so good. The story starts with the two boys when they were young and shows their friendship. But then it jumps ahead to when they're no longer friends, without any idea of what went wrong between them. My heart broke for them as the story unfolded. It's so obvious that they have so much left unsaid between them. They're nowhere close to done with one another. If they were, it all wouldn't hurt as much as it does.
The entire story is done from Marco's POV. He's the one who's angry. He's the one who was wronged. He's the one who still can't move past the hurt that Oskar inflicted on him four years ago.
I love a friends to lovers story because there is so much depth to their relationship. But it can work the opposite way, too, when things go wrong. The betrayal of that relationship hurts so much more when it's perpetrated by your best friend. I hurt so much for Marco, but I also felt bad for Oskar because it's so obvious that he feels awful about everything that went wrong between them. But how do you make up for hurting someone the way that he did Marco.
It was really just an amazing story. I loved it all so much...from the pirate play, to the ties between these two families, to all the secrets and lies and how they played out, to ultimately the relationship between the two men. Add in the colors and how they tied to Marco's mom...and seriously there wasn't anything in this story that I didn't love completely. It was just a great one and I highly recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.