Paint the Stars
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 a 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 centre.
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 f ...more
This is a beautiful friends-to-lovers story, told in an alternating first-person POV, about two very different men quietly falling in love.
Ezra, the son of devout Catholics, is the brooding artist; he's introverted and happiest at home with his paints and weed. He's also demi-sexual, so an emotional connection is integral to him feeling sexual attraction.
Daevonte, or Dae for short, is a student and yoga instructor; a few years younger than Ezra, Dae loves being around people and prefers ...more
If you were curious about Ezra from the earlier books (Touch the Sky and Chase the Sun), Mr. Grumpy Painter Boy gets his own HEA. ;-)
I usually have a problem with 2 narrators, atleast in this they tried, but i still felt disconnected. Ezra's voice was almost a whisper, i kept adjusting the volume. Dae was somehow ok.
Overall the story was ok but it did not wow me. This series has been a miss for me,i barely remember the story from the previous books. I am sure if you ask me 3 days from now what this book was about, my answer will be: "I have no idea."
If you want some fluff with a little bit ...more
Paint the Stars by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn is the third installment of the Free Fall Series. *shouts* WE FINALLY GOT EZRA'S BOOK!
I've been waiting for his story since Touch the Sky. Ezra was the quiet, intense roommate. He kept to himself and would lose himself in his art. Art was his solace. In this book, he has a job painting murals at a holistic center, and it's while working on his paintings that he meets Daevonte. Daevonte who is fun, fearless, and outgoing. What began as a simple frie ...more
Ezra y Dae hacen una pareja absolutamente adorable, su historia es slow burn, en gran medida al ser Ezra demisexual y necesitar primero establecer un vínculo afectivo con Dae. Todo se desarrolla de una forma dulce y creíble, sin caer en tanto simplismos como en los libros anteriores. Quizás hay temas que se podrían haber tratado con más profundidad como la influencia de la religión o las familias, pero creo que ...more
It was great, y'all! I actually didn't expect it. I can even say that the writing improves enormously with this last installment and FYI you can read this as standalone if you want to, I think it won't spoil the story.
Ezra appears from book one, he was Gabe's stiff roommate and then Connor's. He considers himself demisexual, he's an artist, he has trouble opening up to people but that hasn't stopped him from having a great group of friend that he definitely finds ann ...more
I wanted Ezra's story since book 1 and I thought his book was going to be 2 actually, not that I'm complaining, book 2 was good and the wait was totally worth it.
Ezra is an artist, he has a pretty descent life, he gets money for his paintings, he has friends, he lives in a nice apartment so he doesn't feel like anyting is missing from his life, least of all, love.
He loved in the past and that cut him deep, now he doesn't have the time for r ...more
A sedate, slow burn with a hard earned happy ending.
The blurb really does say it all.
Ezra identifies as demisexual, and on top of a painful relationship past, it takes a lot to overcome his self imposed exile in the majority of social situations. Trust for him is very hard to come by and those not willing to take it slow are quickly dismissed. However, there’s something about the friendly Daevonte, who doesn’t push too much but doesn’t back off easily either, all of which makes Ezra wan ...more
When i started this book, i was eager to see Ezra let go...just see him not so stressed and happy. That happened (at Ezra's level ^^) but that was not the most incredible in this book. The part i really loved was see Dae growing up! He wasn't my favorite in the beginning (Ezra <3) but in the end i really loved him. At just 21 with just one-nights stand at his count, he wasn't prepared for a REAL relati ...more
This was another beautifully poignant addition to Lee and Dawn’s Free Fall series.
In this third installment, we finally get Ezra’s story. Previously introduced as the brooding and enigmatic painter and roommate to Gabriel (see: Touch the Sky), and then later Connor (see: Chase the Sun), Ezra has been an intriguing mystery up until this point.
An introvert by nature, Ezra likes to keep to himself. He avoids personal relationships as much as humanly possible, especially sexual relationships ...more
Throughout the first two books in this series, we've gotten glimpses of Ezra, but he has largely remained a mystery. A mystery I couldn't wait to solve. I loved watching as his layers slowly peeled away to show us this shy and insecure young man who has been hurt in the past. Once he finally breaks free of that protective outer shell, he has so much to offer. So much personality, sweetness and love. Dae was an amazing character. He's never found anyone that's made him want what his par ...more
This was my favorite book in this series - I read the fourth book first, so this is the last in the series I'm reading in order to read them all - and Ezra and Daevonte were my favorite couple in this series. I enjoyed the others a lot, but I simply loved these two together. They had great chemistry from the start and their scenes were wonderfully romantic, with amazing build up.
I enjoyed getting to know Ezra more in this book, because in the first two he's pretty stoic and grumpy and ...more
Fairly light read with a HEA. The drama isn’t too angsts. The story felt a bit formula for me. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed turning the pages. Think of it as a pallet cleanser between heavy books. 3.0 for friends first.
It seems the only way readers are going to accept an Afro-Latino yoga instructor is to name him something identifiably ethnic. It's perfectly fine to name an Afro-Latino hero something like "Rick" or "Alex" or "Gabe".
I really need to teach a class on how to not name fail ethnic characters.
I love the way this series is maturing. Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn have really found their groove as they bring us stories that have a distinct vibe. I love their approach to writing varied characters and topics and Paint the Stars is a great addition to the series.
Ever since Ezra was introduced in book one I've been dying to for him to get his own HEA. I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've read a story with a character on the ace spectrum and I'...more
Fans of this series know Ezra--the previous room mate of Gabriel and then Conner. He's the quiet, broody, controlled artist who keeps to himself and shows his passion with his paints. He doesn't do hook ups or relationships, and he does no put himself out there. His sexuality is something that has been an issue for him, and his past has made him wary of trusting people, but he has his core group of friends that know more about him than anyone else does.
Daevonte is a younger college stud ...more
This book had such sensuality, t ...more
I love Dae but I'm absolutely in love with Ezra.
There's a lot about Ezra that hit too close to my own feelings. I can relate with I'm so much, specially when it comes to being quiet and so antisocial. Like Ezra, I'd rather be at home chilling and watching some Netflix, reading a book and just enjoying the quiet, than going out and being around people.
Like him, I do go out but it drains me fast. Also trust issues and other stuff.
Reading about Ezra r ...more
I enjoy the books this author duo puts out, some appealing more than others but always interesting. Dae and Ezra were an interesting couple, with Ezra a demisexual. It made for a slow burn and the UST wasn’t overwhelming but it was pretty hot when they got together. Not too much drama or angst to distract. Enjoyable.
She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul. ...more