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Color of Loneliness (Color #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,632 Ratings  ·  274 Reviews
Myra Sommers, an attractive young copy editor living in Philadelphia, makes the tough decision to return to her family home in Nyssa, Oregon. A recent death leaves her with no remaining family, and she decides to heal and regroup there. Her decision to leave is solidified by recent revelations involving her cheating ex-boyfriend, Trent.

Myra parts ways with her only friend
ebook, 325 pages
Published September 16th 2012 by Smashwords (first published January 1st 2012)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
Wow. I started this book thoroughly disliking it (present tense writing), but it really grew on me :D

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Well, I ended up really liking it, even though there were some things that bugged me and I hope they'll be a bit different in the next book Photobucket

“Damn it. You really piss me off, you know that? Why can’t you go back into the house like a normal person? Come here,” he growls as he leans down and scoops her small body up off of the cold concret
May 17, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it

“I didn't know you were such a caveman."

"I'm a damn contractor. Of course I'm a fucking caveman.”



Color of Loneliness by Madeleine Beckett is a wonderful debut novel. It is the type of story that slowly creeps up on you and before you know it, you are enthralled and reeled in like a fish on a hook. I absolutely love it when that happens. Color of loneliness my butt, color me HAPPY because this book was a great read! Yes, I too am groaning at myself here for th
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
4 Killed-me-dead Stars

Life isn't fair, you know...


Life is pain. Agony. Despair.
It's also family. Love. Laughter.

But some people are just so... alone.


Alone, because of fate's cruelty or by choice. Alone, because there is no one left to care about them or because they don't want anyone around them.

This story is about all kinds of loneliness. And people who live in a colorblind world.


Myra Sommers, has no family left. She lost everyone. Even her boyfriend, the dead-beat, asshole, bastard who left h
Elizabeth (Liz)
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

4.5 Stars

Color of Loneliness is a well-told and thoroughly enjoyable adult contemporary romance laced with liberal doses of humor and real human emotion!! I honestly LOVED it!

Myra Sommers is alone, but, more importantly, she's also painfully lonely. After a failed relationship sends her packing back to her small hometown of Nyssa, Oregon, the true depth of Myra's loneliness sets in. All of her family is dead, and she left her only friend, her best friend, b
May 02, 2013 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5. It might have a five star but for all the friggin crying - OMG, I know she was lonely, Grampie just died, her ex was an asshole - Yep, I suppose that would make anyone cry but it was a bit OTT for me. Saying that, I still liked the book. I loved the hero - I am a sucker for total asshole alpha males, especially when I think they will redeem themselves in the end. Myra leaves her job and best friend - and what a best friend she was - Susie made me laugh out loud a couple of times with some o ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Didi rated it really liked it
Dylan!!! I'm coming for you buddy!! Okay. I just finished this and I'm a little upset. Just a smidgin.

This was a great book. I loved everything about it. I empathized with Myra and truly felt sympathy for everything she's endured. She was a great heroine and a wonderful person. I loved Susie! A RIOT! She made me laugh out loud, even when things had gotten difficult. What a wonderful friend, flying out to Nyssa and being a true BFF.

Dylan---breathe now. Dylan. He was a e
Mar 05, 2013 SanO rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC! This book packs a secret punch. This calmly paced story builds undeniable chemistry between friends, an ex-boyfriend and potential lover. It also has one hell of a cliffhanger. I can’t believe this is a debut novel (great job Madeleine!) . I thoroughly enjoyed it. The heroine Myra’s best bud Susie is fabulous. Every girl deserves a friend like this.

Susie O'Connor
I can honestly say I have never, ever laughed so much during a read. Susie’s dialogue is absolutely HIGH-larious; using wo
Duchess Nicole

Myra is alone in the world...her last living relative recently passed away, and she's left with her best friend as her only family. To add insult to injury, her long time boyfriend recently left her for another woman...who also works at the same office as Myra. Not only is she dealing with death and loneliness, but she has to have their relationship flaunted in her face on a daily basis.

In essence, Myra is done...she's done being lonely, she's done letting herself feel this way.
"She doesn't
Ash Wednesday

Okay since the blurb pretty much exhaustively detailed the plot of this book, I'm going to cut to the chase and try answering: "Do you recommend this book?"

Well, I'm gonna have to ask back how do you like your heroines? Because if you prefer a strong, intelligent damsel with a spine and figures her way out of her own distress, then Myra Sommers may not be for you. She belongs to the shy, timid, little flower prototype who never curses and moves to a completely different state after
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

Meh....3.5 stars for me. I'm putting it in a four star rating simply due to Myra's hilarious BFF. She was, quite frankly, the best part of the book for me. Her mouth was as raunchy as all get out and I just had to laugh at their conversations. Everyone needs a Susie.

I have to say, this book I found rather frustrating as it progressed. First and foremost, I'm usually a huge fan of a$$hole kinda guys in books but Dylan I never seemed to warm up to. He just didn't have the hotness factor I prefer t
Mar 06, 2013 Ellelou rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

I've read this book about a month ago and it left me with a book hangover. Even though I couldn't get it out of my mind I just couldn't write a review at time. I thought a short and rushed review just couldn't do justice to this book. I immersed myself instead into other books, angsty, deep, fluffy, funny, paranormal...but my thoughts kept coming back to this one.
So I decided to re-read it. Now, considering that my TBR pile is growing dangerously every day, you would have thought th
Color of Loneliness is the perfect title for Madeleine Beckett’s debut novel. The story starts off remarkably well and immediately I’m consumed with the loneliness and despair Myra is feeling. She’s returned to her childhood home to bury her grandfather, her last living relative. There’s NO ONE left from her family! How utterly sad is that! The desolation she feels is palpable and my heart breaks for her in these overwhelming circumstances.

Arriving back home in Philadelphia is more cause for her
Hello Lips!!

Wow!! What the freaking hell?! What an ending! Talk about a cliff hanger!!

What a fantastic book! There are so many things about this book that I loved. First of all, I loved that it had depth and meaning to it. This is not some foo foo romance book. God, where do I even start?

Dylan is one hot manly man!! Mmmmm I am licking my lips thinking about him. He is a contractor to fix Myra's house up. The whole story is basically a long foreplay. They took forever to finally get the hots for
Kristin (KC)
Feb 02, 2013 Kristin (KC) marked it as to-read
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Anne OK
Jan 11, 2013 Anne OK rated it liked it
Recommended to Anne OK by: Elizabeth (Love Swept/GR)
Shelves: 2013-reads
3.5 Stars

One word summation: Overkill.

"Color of Loneliness" is a huge helping of crazy and messy. Was this a book I could love? Nope. But its unique difference certainly did hook me. And that is the reason for my rating.

This type of third-person-storytelling is my least favorite. The writing style quite literally bugged me bad! This book also was beyond vulgar and crude. Including Kristen Ashley’s books (and she just happens to be one of my favorite authors), I don’t remember ever having read
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~

Ok, I really almost gave up on this one. I wish I could have discounted pretty much the first 40% of this book, which seemed to have little point to it whatsoever (or at least no point that should have taken more then 10% of the book.)

That said, it did set up Myra as a really depressed, sad girl, with little experience in relationships, and little ability to stand up for herself. She stays working with her ex while he flaunts his relationship with the girl he cheated on her with for a full ye
Tammy Walton Grant
This book sucked. 326 pages of pathetic heroine, angry, brooding hero holding a secret, a potty-mouthed, fat BFF to provide cliched comic relief, villainous new girlfriend, skeevy ex-boyfriend, creepy hometown stalker, too many pointless deaths to mention, possibly a haunted house, endless crying and chewing of thumbnails, shy giggles and lots of swearing.

All that crap and it ends as a cliffhanger - book 2 is 480 pages - and frankly, who gives a shit how these two end up? Three chapters in to th
Jan 08, 2013 Gemma rated it it was amazing

First a little rant. When I read this I didn't know it was part of a series so I actually screamed when it ended how it did.
However this was such a great read. Sweet, sexy, hilariously funny with character you really feel for.
Cannot wait for the next book!!
**Copy courtesy of author Madeleine Beckett in exchange for an honest review**

OHMYGOODNESS..Susie stole the show..This was me throughout the book
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The heroine's best friend Susie does an amazing job. Her witty sarcastic, horny ass comments had me dying with laughter.
"It's because he's an asshole. Asshole brains don't work the same as ours do. Too much brown sludge."

"You don't know what a PTA is? Susie asks, laughing. "It's the old Pussy, Tits, and Armpits bath; you know, where you scrub your PT
♥ Sarah
5 hot and addicting stars!
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I need the next book, like, now!!!

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I l o v e d the thick sexual tension surrounding Myra and Dylan. At first, I really thought Dylan was going to be an annoying jerk, but nuh uh. He was my kind of guy ;) Totally alpha: strong, sexy, protective, and possessive, with a dark and mysterious past. He completely turned my insides into mush!

As for MYRA, she was very softhearted, gentle, heartbroken, and lonely. She loses her last remaining family member (her grandpa). On t
J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*
4 Susie Loving Stars!!!

This book is kind of hard for me to rate actually. I loved the story but there was something about the writing that made me skim read the whole thing. Was it too wordy? Was it too long? Was it too detailed? Was it the "tense" that it was written in? I don't know.

CoL is the story of Myra. She has just lost her Grampie, her last living relative. She's kind of lost....and sad. Her boyfriend cheated on her and she has to see him every day at work. She decides to move to Nyss
Mar 09, 2013 DemetraP rated it did not like it
I am about halfway through The Color of Loneliness by Madeliene Beckett and I hate it. Hate it.

I was looking for a rougher, blue collar, not rich, type of hero. Hero is a contractor with a bad back and a smoker and is mean to the women in town because they keep pretending things are broken so the "hot guy" will come out to fix it.

Instead I am about 100 pages in and have read about the heroine's best friend's disgusting bathroom humor and weight problems. Every time she opens her mouth it's "I'm
Sep 08, 2013 Renee rated it really liked it
**** Four stars****

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the build up of the main characters and the relationships around them. There were some really laugh out loud moments which was a nice shift from some of the shitty moments we encounter. You all know I can’t resist an swoon worthy asshole – well Dylan Lawson is just that! A total Douchecanoe!. Overall is was thrilling read and I enjoyed it.

“It's because he's an asshole. Asshole brains don't work the same as ours do. Too much brown sludge.”
Mar 06, 2013 J rated it really liked it

Lets Just say, with that Cliffhanger, thank GOD the second book is being released this Month.

Myra Sommers, an attractive young copy editor living in Philadelphia, makes the tough decision to return to her family home in Nyssa, Oregon. A recent death leaves her with no remaining family, and she decides to heal and regroup there.


In Nyssa, Myra finds little immediate comfort in her “new” home which is literally falling apart around her. She sinks into a deep depression, exacerbated by her feel
*Marsha,Marsha,Marsha* It's always Marsha
I'm relaxing on my sofa, with my afghan and dog and wondering how in the world someone can make two characters come to life so vividly for readers? I've read SO many books over the past few months and the New Adult genre does seem to have a "formula" at this point. Angst, lost love, love found, cliffhanger, more love found, and so forth. Some have become beyond predictable.

This book in no way had any predictability to it. The more I tried to guess where it was headed, the worse my predictions
Jan 09, 2013 Yvonne rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-september

What a great read and a terrific surprise. This is a slow building romance with loads of angst, sexual tension, tears, laughter, crazy ex boyfriends, creepy guys and a "you've got to be kidding me cliffhanger"!
Myra…damn if she didn't have bad luck she wouldn't have any luck at all. At first all her crying got on my last nerve but by the end I couldn't really blame her. I'm hoping that in book 2 she takes a stand and has a reason to smile again.

Dylan, wow, he was a jack ass but as a long time
Jennifer Kyle
Mar 15, 2013 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it
Review to come...this girl cried the whole book lucky for her Dylan is hot and Susie is hilarious(:
4.5 Stars
Aisling Zena
Feb 25, 2015 Aisling Zena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
4.5 stars

This is a review for both books as this one ends in a cliffhanger which concludes in the second book. I was compelled to write this as I was still thinking about the story a few days after I finished it. To me that is a sigh of an excellent book.


Why not 5 stars? It took me a while to get used to reading it. The writing style is unusual. It's in present tense and changes POV between the two characters. It takes a bit of getting use to. Once you get past that, it's a compelling read. Sl
Nov 12, 2012 Nicole-Pattypattz1 rated it really liked it
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“I didn't know you were such a caveman."
"I'm a damn contractor. Of course I'm a fucking caveman.”
“It's because he's an asshole. Asshole brains don't work the same as ours do. Too much brown sludge.” 17 likes
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