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The Color of Us

(College Bound #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  80 reviews
**This can be read as a standalone**

Eighteen year old Alexis Sinclair is lost in the darkness of grief. Since the death of her sister in a car accident, she can’t find the will to get out and enjoy life again. When she’s forced to face her biggest fear and take a summer Driver’s Ed course, she’s surprised to find hope in the most unlikely person.

Liam O’Connell is trouble.
Published June 20th 2016 by Life Changing, LLC
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Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seriously guys, read this book! It was so good. I was laughing, crying, and smiling like a fool! I couldn’t put it down and loved every single second of it. It gave me ALL THE FEELS!

“Without her, everything just felt…less. Pointless. Lifeless. Colorless.”

Alexis is the good girl. She does what is expected of her and that is all. She isn’t really living, especially since she lost her sister recently. She is going through the motions, meeting expectations, but she isn’t seeing the colors of the rai
Candace Robinson
I really really liked this book! I haven't found a lot of contemporary books that I think are that good, but this one definitely was. Liam is one of my favorite male characters that I have read! He was so sweet and amazing to Alexis aka Lex. It was an emotional ride and a great read for the summer. There were a lot of times when I wanted to shake Alexis because she was making me so frustrated! Luckily she got into my good zone again. You can check out my full review on my blog 6/3/2016 https://l ...more
Jaime Arkin
3.5 stars - this was much better than book 1 - full review to come
Maddie (libraryonthemoon)
3.5 ☆

* A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review - all opinions are my own *

This book follows our main characters Alexis and Liam on their journey of love and self discovery through life and family struggles.

I thought that the concept was wonderful but just not executed well. From the situation given - the heroine having lost her sister, I thought it would take a while for her to get settled into life again but despite her initial reluctancy to even leave
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Why did I read this after I didn't like book one?

Well I guess I'm an idiot or a masochist... or both.

First half of the book was an okay read but after that stupid reason to break up...everything just fell apart for me.
I think this is more of young adult book, never mind the fact that they are 18-20 yo.
Stupid behavior all around!

This is one of those books that has a lot of good things going on but the final result and execution is just not working out.
I still read it, so there is that.

Yelena Bosh
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A story and characters that has officially taken permanent place in my heart, cliche right? But I don't care. Such an amazing and soulful book!

Review coming up!

Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The FEELS!!!

I don't want to ruin this for you but I'll leave a few hints :D

Awesome book.. Heart wrenching.. Beautifully written and worth every second of your time.. ♥
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

Enjoyed it, didn't love it like the first one. The MC's time apart was WAY too long and I didn't like that he didn't get in contact once while away. The time apart dragged on and on.
Also didn't like that the heroine strung a guy along for 2 years I felt bad for him.
I think when the hero came back, things were resolved too easily, I would've been so pissed that he didn't contact me for so long.

I enjoyed it otherwise!
Josselyn Radillo
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts:
When the theory of opposites really comes true.

Full review posted at:
This is the second installment in a trilogy. This book was really good. I absolutely loved Alexis and Liam. Even though they have had vastly different upbringings, they fit perfectly together. Liam is such a caring, thoughtful, generous guy, and exactly what Alexis needs. They are perfect together. I also really liked Alexis' friends, who are incredibly supportive. I can't wait to read the next book.

Reviewed by: Clare M.
Mar 14, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
🎁 Books 1 & 2 in the Series are FREE on Amazon today (3/14/2020)! 🎁
Kendall {Book Crazy}
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I read an ARC of the first book in this series and I loved it a lot, so when one of the authors asked me if I would like an ARC of this book, I instantly said yes! I couldn't wait to read this book and I started it as soon as I received my ARC! I zoomed through this book! It was just amazing and I had such a hard time putting it down until I had finished it! The plot was also amazing! It developed a lot further than I was expecting and it was just so, so beautiful! It was very sad at points as w ...more
Diane Plourde TDC Book Reviews

When I initially started reading this story I thought it was going to be a predictable college romance kind of book/ bad boy meets good girl. But OMG! Was I wrong. It cut deeply into my heart. I should have known that Laura's stories are far from predictable and that her writing style is impeccable. I have never read anything written by Christine before but she didn't disappoint me. This combination of authors have created an amazing 5 star story. If reading a story makes me shed some tears, it
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, read-in-2016

The Color of Us is one emotional read!

Alexis has known so much heartbreak in such a short amount of time. She’s trying to stay strong after the death of her sister, Sam, but all she is doing is hiding her feelings and counting down the days till college starts. When she meets Liam, a whirlwind summer romance begins, and everything starts to look up for Alexis, until it all falls apart again.

This book spans a few years and just when you think that Alexis ha
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

The Color of Us is the second book in the College Bound series and it is even better than the first one.
This story is so good that when I turned last page I was ready to start it again.

Laura Ward and Christine Manzari writing blended so well that the story flew effortlessly.

Alexis and Liam are two broken souls,they came from different worlds, who met at the right time healing each other.
They fought against nasty prejudices,darkness and loneliness to finally reach their happiness and to live a c

Ethan Gregory
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full review and more available at: http://oneguysguidetogoodreads.blogsp...

My Thoughts:

Last summer, I discovered that two of my favorite NA authors were teaming up to co-write a new NA series that was sure to impress. I anxiously awaited The Pledge and absolutely devoured it. While I had a few issues with their collaborative debut, I knew I saw a spark in this series that would only grow brighter with each passing chapter. By the end of book one, I was confident they had found their stride an
Theresa Alberts
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"True worth isn't measured in dollar signs and shiny things. It's measured by the strength of your heart."

The Color of Us by Laura Ward and Christine Manzari is the second book in the College Bound Series and touched my heart in ways I will never be able to express in words. I loved everything about this book, despite the sadness that it invoked within me, causing me to ugly cry in such a way that I had to put down my ipad because I was unable to see the wonderfully amazing words these two autho
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Lex and Liam's story completely sucked me in from the very beginning. I felt the connection they had from the first time they met...and so did they. To say that Alexis "Lex", has some huge heartbreak in this book is such an understatement. My heart broke and broke for this girl. She is a sweet, loyal, intelligent and strong person who keeps getting hit emotionally but keeps going forward the best she can. Everything changes when she meets Liam.

"And then I met you, and you made life brilliant a
Let's all take a minute to appreciate how amazing this cover is! The story inside is even better! Now, let that sink in.

Alexis is grieving. Alexis lost her best friend, her sister in a drunk driving accident. She hasn't gotten over it, she hasn't moved on, and she doesn't want to keep living. Her mom has finally had enough and forces her out of the house. That decision changes her life, forever.

"My heart stuttered to hear him call me Lex. My family always called me Alexis. I was the good girl.
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alexis has been terrified of getting behind the wheel of a car since her sisters accident. Being forced to go through driving school before she leaves College she meets tall dark and broody Liam and although he is everything she knows her mom wants her to stay away from she just can't seem to.

Speeding landed him in driving school but Alexis may just be the one to keep him there. As he learns more about her he finds it harder and harder to keep the secrets of his past but secrets always have a wa
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seeing color return to a darkened world brings joy, and this book brought color and therefore it brought joy. As part of the College Bound series, the writing team of Laura Ward and Christine Manzari again share with the reader two characters that must grow to bring light and color into their lives.
Alexis (Lex) is grieving and truly suffering because she has lost her big sister to a car accident. She is timid where her sister, Sam, was bright and outgoing. When Alexis meets Liam, he nicknames h
Jen Zingaro
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. This is book 2 in the College Bound Series. After I read The Pledge I was hooked on these characters and these books. I didn't think it was possible to out do The Pledge because that story was so well thought out and every detail nailed. But I think I may have fallen in love with this book. I spent most of the book crying - not necessarily in a bad way but because it was so well written that I could feel all of the emotions. Liam and Lex: One of my ne ...more
Amber - TBR Book Blog
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book makes all the feels happen! This book is just amazing. It's the good girl falling for the bad boy but it's so much more than that.

Alexis had lost her sister in a car accident so rightfully so, she's scared of cars and driving. But she takes a Driver's Education class anyway. She's still heavily into grieving and just trying to make it through the day. And then she meets Liam.

Liam is the "bad boy" but who brings the light back into Alexis' life and helps her get through a very tough an
2OCC Reviews
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gemma
After reading the first book in the Collage Bound series I was interested in the character Alexis and the relationship she had with Liam. The colour of us was about these two characters and I got all the answers I wanted about these two. I found his story to be really enjoyable

Alexia was a sweet character that had recently experienced a lot of grief and heartbreak in her life. She was the good girl that did everything that was asked of her until she met Liam.

Liam was the bad boy of the story
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book, and since I haven't read the first in this series, I had no idea what to expect going in. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement - the plot sucked me right in, and I really couldn't put the book down. It's a light read but fully-packed with a lot of feels, angst and drama, which is right up my alley. I had some issues with the insta-love in this book, but I felt like it all evened out eventually considering that this story spans over several ...more
Tina V
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was really looking forward to reading this one! I had a hard time putting this down once I started. The character development is great and I found myself falling deeper and deeper into the story. The feels in this book are everywhere!!! Liam and Lex are both great characters, but I fell hard for Liam! Great writing, captivating story line and characters! Can't wait to see what is next in this series!!! ...more
Laura Watson
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I Received a free copy in exchange for n honest review. WOW what can I say, this book took me on a emotional roller-coaster that I will not likely be forgetting any time soon. This book was wonderfully written and the characters were amazing. Laura Ward is quickly becoming one of my go to authors. The characters are funny, sassy and independent along with that ability to be vulnerable. This was a beautiful story that I highly recommend.
Katie Holland
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book. The cover alone is breathtakingly beautiful!! I adored Liam & Alexis right from the start. Talk about a roller-coaster of emotions. I loved the unexpected turns that occurred throughout their beautiful story. It was anything but predictable that's for sure. Thanks for another 5 star read Laura & Christine! ! ...more
Shelly Metts
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Finished in under 24 hours! Such a great read and full of a wide variety of emotions for me, loved every word!!
Kori Sulewski (korireads)
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018, romance
Christine does it again! I really enjoyed this! Read it basically in one sitting but I loved seeing a character who loves rainbows as much as me hehe.
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Laura Ward lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not picking up toy trucks, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels. ...more

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