Release Date: 20 February 2017
“Ezra Greene has made a pretty decent life for himself. He has a nice apartment and spends his days doing the one thing he’s always loved—creating art. Despite being somewhat of a grumpy recluse, he’s even made a few loyal friends. When he takes a side job painting a mural at a local holistic center, he can’t help being curious about a certain friendly and self-assured yoga instructor, even if he doesn’t buy into any of that Zen crap. His holier-than-thou family already tried fitting him inside a box, and he swore he’d never be molded into anybody’s belief system again.
For Daevonte Randall, adulthood has worked out pretty well. He’s close to his parents and lives with an awesome roommate. He’s content with weekend hookups, teaching yoga, and taking college courses. What he doesn’t expect is to be so intrigued by the brooding and reserved painter he’s been tasked to stay after hours with at the center. Something fascinates him about Ezra, even after Daevonte’s attempts at flirting gets him friend-zoned on the spot.
As the weeks pass, Ezra and Dae get to know each other, and soon their friendship catches fire. But Ezra’s been burned pretty badly before so trust and intimacy has to be earned. Daevonte feels up to the task, but it proves difficult as Ezra continues to keep his emotions in check. Dae’s only willing to wait so long, and when they’re dealt a surprising blow, Ezra needs to decide if love is worth the risk, that is…if it’s not too late.″
Paint the Stars (Free Fall #3)
by Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn
I haven’t read the previous books in this series but that definitely didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this so I would say it can be standalone.
Ezra is an Artist, currently working on a mural at the Mind Body Holistic and Wellness Centre in Santa Monica.This is where he meets Dae who does Yoga classes at the center.
These two couldn’t be more different in terms of their personalities and their family background.
Ezra grew up in a highly religious Catholic family.His parents have never really fully accepted him being gay and certainly don’t want the church, they regularly attend, to know about his sexuality.He felt suffocated growing up and once he left for college he hardly ever returns home.
Dae’s family, in comparison, are like a breath of fresh air.His parents married when they found out, at a young age, his mother was pregnant with Dae and have a loving relationship.They have always been fully supportive of him and I absolutely loved the relationship he had with them.
Dae is a massive flirt, he’s never really been interested in anything serious before but he finds himself drawn to the quiet, broody Artist.He makes it more than obvious he’s interested in Ezra.
Ezra is quite introverted and values his privacy but when Dae’s flirting doesn’t let up he’s forced to tell Dae that he’s demisexual.He’s never instantly attracted to anyone, he needs a close bond with someone before he can start to feel anything.
This is a slow burn and it’s a beautiful love story of two men finding what they want in each other.Dae recognizes that Ezra needs time to get to know him and it was quite special seeing Ezra finally letting someone get close to him.
An Arc of Paint the Stars was kindly provided by the Authors to DirtyBooksObsession in exchange for an honest review.
About the Authors
Nyrae Dawn can almost always be found with a book in her hand or an open document on her laptop. She couldn’t live without books—reading or writing them. Oh, and chocolate. She’s slightly addicted.
She gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh too. She’s a proud romantic, who has a soft spot for flawed characters, who make mistakes but also have big hearts.
Whether she’s writing young adult, new adult, or adult you can always count on a healthy dose of romance from her books. She likes to tackle tough subjects and believes everyone needs to see themselves in the stories they read.
Nyrae is living her very own happily ever after in California with her gorgeous husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two incredibly awesome kids.
Once upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.
Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I’ve been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn’t until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.
I write Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. I’m addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.