Color of You

Color of You

Bowen Merlin— yes, that’s his real name—accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s...

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Color of You Reviews

  • CrabbyPatty

    Tall, skinny redhead Bowen is the new music teacher in Lancaster, New Hampshire and he's a wildly talented musician with sound-to-color synthesia. Basically, his senses are "cross-wired" so he

    sound. "Like fireworks. Explosions of color." Classic music is white and blue, his bestie Scarlet has a deep pink voice, pop music is lots of pinks and purples, etc. Bowen doesn't come to town looking for love ...

    Tall, skinny redhead Bowen is the new music teacher in Lancaster, New Hampshire and he's a wildly talented musician with sound-to-color synthesia. Basically, his senses are "cross-wired" so he

    sound. "Like fireworks. Explosions of color." Classic music is white and blue, his bestie Scarlet has a deep pink voice, pop music is lots of pinks and purples, etc. Bowen doesn't come to town looking for love ...

    Felix Hansen ("He had this rugged-meets-GQ look [...] with a jawline to kill for") owns an apple orchard in Lancaster (setting of C.S. Poe's "Joy") and is a divorced father with a teenage son Alan. When Bowen Merlin meets-cute Felix by spilling apple cider on his coat, Bowen thinks:

    What follows is a courtship that beautifully unfolds: Bowen defying society's expectation that he conform to his "non-alpha-guy appearance" by being very comfortably dominant in the bedroom, while Felix needs "a partner who treats me like an equal but who … respects I’m … passive.” Their sexual chemistry is undeniable and their relationship is easy and

    satisfying. My only niggle is we get Bowen's POV throughout and I would have loved Felix's POV as well.

    The tension and angst in the story comes from homophobes in the school and community that wreak havoc on the two men's lives. While I madly adored the love story here, the external conflicts didn't work as well for me, seeming a bit too far-fetched, but I realize that I'm probably in the minority here.

    I loved this book in so many ways - the great characters, both primary and secondary, the depth of the relationship between Bowen and Felix, the quaint/quirky small town setting, and the epilogue was all kinds of perfect. 4.5 stars.

    Review also posted at Gay Book Reviews - check it out!

  • Debra

    This story brought me so much joy and happiness. If I told you everything I loved about this book I’d basically just be retelling the whole story. I was immediately drawn in and practically read it straight through with a smile on my face most of the time.

    Red-headed, bow tie wearing Bowen Merlin is the new music teacher in the small town of Lancaster, NH (which may be familiar if you read the author’s novella Joy). Bowen has sound-to-color synesthesia, which allows him to s

    This story brought me so much joy and happiness. If I told you everything I loved about this book I’d basically just be retelling the whole story. I was immediately drawn in and practically read it straight through with a smile on my face most of the time.

    Red-headed, bow tie wearing Bowen Merlin is the new music teacher in the small town of Lancaster, NH (which may be familiar if you read the author’s novella Joy). Bowen has sound-to-color synesthesia, which allows him to see the color of music and voices. Spilling hot cider on the gorgeous Felix Hansen isn’t the best way to make a first impression. He’s immediately drawn the beauty of Felix’s voice and its amber color, not to mention the man himself. Bowen’s insta-crush is strong and he’s pretty dejected when Felix rejects his offer to go for a drink.

    Felix comes off a bit shy but he quickly recovers and finds a way to let Bo know he’s interested. This is just about the time Bo finds out one of his new students is Felix’s son and that there is something in Felix’s past that has left him scarred and unsure, so much so he hasn’t dated in years. Bo is shocked to realize that with this man, none of it is a deal breaker. Bo has always been looking for a more submissive man, the kind he’s usually stereotyped as, but someone who can be an equal in all other ways and it quickly becomes clear that Felix fits the bill perfectly.

    As the days to Christmas countdown, the men juggle their jobs and their budding romance. I enjoyed every moment these men spent together, even when they weren’t in the same room – cute texting and some smoking phone sex included. They communicate well, they have fun and they have crazy hot chemistry. There’s dirty talk and just a touch of kink and it sizzled, but there was also plenty of romance and sweetness. Neither of those two is lacking when it comes to romancing each other and though the relationship does move pretty quickly, it all played out naturally.

    There is a good cast of secondary characters including Felix’s 15 year old son Alan, Bo’s best friend Scarlet, and his new coworker Stephen. There are also a few appearances by the men we met in Joy who join forces with the others to help out Felix and Bo. Although things got a bit “Scooby crew” when it came to figuring out who was out to get Felix and there was a villain who was almost too stupid to be a functioning adult when it came down to it, I mostly didn’t care because I was having so much fun laughing at their banter and enjoying the group pulling together and becoming a family of friends.

    In the true holiday spirit, their friends and neighbors rally around Bo and Felix in their time of trouble to help save the day. With a sweet epilogue set a year later the book left me with a smile and possibly a happy tear or two.

    C.S. Poe hit all the right notes in this story and it completely charmed me from the first page. Sweet, sexy, romantic, fun and tender, with a touch of holiday spirit. I would love to see more of Bo and Felix in the future. I know there’s at least one more man in the story who deserves his own happy ever after.

  • Candice

    I absolutely adored this story! I loved both Bowen and Felix.

    I haven't been reading much because life has been so hectic and I'm just tired of adulting, but Color of You brought so many smiles to my tired face. It was everything I wanted and more. I loved the setting. I loved the characters. I loved the secondary characters (and that rarely happens). I even loved the kids! I don't like apple things, except for plain apples, but this story made me want to eat apple things. HA!

    CS Poe is quickly

    I absolutely adored this story! I loved both Bowen and Felix.

    I haven't been reading much because life has been so hectic and I'm just tired of adulting, but Color of You brought so many smiles to my tired face. It was everything I wanted and more. I loved the setting. I loved the characters. I loved the secondary characters (and that rarely happens). I even loved the kids! I don't like apple things, except for plain apples, but this story made me want to eat apple things. HA!

    CS Poe is quickly becoming a go-to author for me.

  • Heather C

    Loved this book! Couldn’t stop reading! 4.5 stars because the mystery plot was a little disappointing.

  • Chris, the Dalek King

    Lancaster, New Hampshire is pretty much a Christmas-card kind of town. It just also happens to be worlds away from the kind of place that Merlin–no, not that one–is used to living in. But while it might not be New York, Lancaster does have its silver linings. And Felix Hansen might just be the most shiny silverest lining of them all. If only Merlin could get the guy to give him a chance. It probably doesn’t help that Merlin is Felix’s son’s new music teacher, or that Felix has rather noticeable

    Lancaster, New Hampshire is pretty much a Christmas-card kind of town. It just also happens to be worlds away from the kind of place that Merlin–no, not that one–is used to living in. But while it might not be New York, Lancaster does have its silver linings. And Felix Hansen might just be the most shiny silverest lining of them all. If only Merlin could get the guy to give him a chance. It probably doesn’t help that Merlin is Felix’s son’s new music teacher, or that Felix has rather noticeable scars–both literally and figuratively–but in small-town New Hampshire there really isn’t a whole lot to do. Wooing the nice apple-orchard owner over Christmas can’t be that hard, can it?

    My second C.S. Poe book for the month, the

    is pretty much everything I have come to expect from this author. Well written story, relatable characters, and a plot that keeps me turning pages way longer than I probably should be. It is also very much Christmas and Holiday Cheer…with a dash of mystery (just a

    ) thrown in.

    I have to admit, though, that I never really got over imagining actor Colin Morgan whenever the name Merlin was on page–damn you, years of fandom–but it quickly became something I could at least put in the back of my mind. Geeky, hipster-ish, Merlin was rather adorable in his own right, and Felix’s standoffishness really worked for me as a contrast to Merlin. And yeah, I kinda want my Christmas stories to be sweet and adorable, and this story more than gave that to me.

    The ending–my only gripe, really–was a bit too tv-special. I don’t want to go into what exactly happened because that kinda ruins the last third of the story, but I will say a lot of it pushed the bounds of reality or common sense.

    While the story turned a bit too much

    –at least for my own tastes–near the end, I really enjoyed this story. So much so that I read it like three weeks before the deadline for this review came up. I was only going to read a chapter or two to see what it felt like, and three hours later I was finishing up the story and looking around for any crumbs I could lick off the metaphorical plate. I know people are going to be slowly packing up the holiday gear soon, and holiday stories are about to be relegated to the tbr pile for next year, but if you have some downtime in the next few days (or you desperately need some alone time away from all your family) I’d say give this one a go.

  • Eugenia

    3.7 Stars.....I really enjoyed this tale by C.S. Poe set in the same universe as her novella, Joy. Insta-crush leading to insta-love in a matter of a week or two did not detract from the sweetness of the story, nor from the uniqueness of the characters.

    Here the typical stereotypes of an alpha male and an submissive man are turned upside down. I found this a refreshing twist on a story that otherwise could have fallen into ho-hum land for me.

    Again, Poe’s writing helped add interest to this tale,

    3.7 Stars.....I really enjoyed this tale by C.S. Poe set in the same universe as her novella, Joy. Insta-crush leading to insta-love in a matter of a week or two did not detract from the sweetness of the story, nor from the uniqueness of the characters.

    Here the typical stereotypes of an alpha male and an submissive man are turned upside down. I found this a refreshing twist on a story that otherwise could have fallen into ho-hum land for me.

    Again, Poe’s writing helped add interest to this tale, especially in the raunchy, dirty talk flying out of our bow-tied music teacher. Ya, the sex scenes were hot.

    Enjoy!

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    I really enjoyed about three-fourths of this story.

    I liked the small-town setting, the hurt/comfort overtones (Felix was injured in a fire years ago and carries physical and emotional scars), and the way music and synesthesia were woven into the story.

    Bowen sees sounds as colors. Felix's voice is a warm amber, a sound Bowen can't forget. Bowen is endearingly awkward, but Felix's shy, withdrawn persona didn't

    I really enjoyed about three-fourths of this story.

    I liked the small-town setting, the hurt/comfort overtones (Felix was injured in a fire years ago and carries physical and emotional scars), and the way music and synesthesia were woven into the story.

    Bowen sees sounds as colors. Felix's voice is a warm amber, a sound Bowen can't forget. Bowen is endearingly awkward, but Felix's shy, withdrawn persona didn't quite match that of a successful business owner.

    But my main quibble is the dramatic turn of events toward the end. It's like you're walking along smelling the flowers when

    you get smacked in the face with a giant fish like WHOA.

    The homophobia plot line wasn't necessary, and the way the investigation progressed was just ridiculous. Everything was at once too DRAMA-LLAMA and too easily resolved.

    Had Bowen been in town teaching longer than three weeks, the ending would have been more believable; as it were, the way the students rallied around him, coupled with the Insta Love, about put me into a sugar coma.

  • Nerea

    2.5*

    I really expected to love this book. Im a huge fan of Snow and winter saga and others short stories from this author... but this one has my kryptonite : THE INSTA-LOVE :(

    I wish we had some more scenes between the mcs before the action starts. Maybe that was what makes me difficult to find a conexion between them.

    Moreover, the small mystery and resolution was a bit too simple :/

    On the positive side, the characters are cute good guys so I really like them. But as I told before I wish this has

    2.5*

    I really expected to love this book. I´m a huge fan of Snow and winter saga and others short stories from this author... but this one has my kryptonite : THE INSTA-LOVE :(

    I wish we had some more scenes between the mcs before the action starts. Maybe that was what makes me difficult to find a conexion between them.

    Moreover, the small mystery and resolution was a bit too simple :/

    On the positive side, the characters are cute good guys so I really like them. But as I told before I wish this has a slower and more entertaining knowledge of the other MC :/

  • Ami

    At first I think it is cute -- Bowen Merlin and his tendency to blurt things out plus sound-to-color synesthesia make him an interesting character.

    BUT then all the cuteness get a bit tiresome for me. The "mystery" that happens around 70% mark ends up feeling like an attempt to inject some actions or excitement rather than a well thought-of plot.

    PLUS, it is pretty much insta-everything as well and I'm a HUGE fan of slow burn in romance. When everything happens within 22 days, and one of

    At first I think it is cute -- Bowen Merlin and his tendency to blurt things out plus sound-to-color synesthesia make him an interesting character.

    BUT then all the cuteness get a bit tiresome for me. The "mystery" that happens around 70% mark ends up feeling like an attempt to inject some actions or excitement rather than a well thought-of plot.

    PLUS, it is pretty much insta-everything as well and I'm a HUGE fan of slow burn in romance. When everything happens within 22 days, and one of the characters says "

    " after just 11 days, yeah, well, let's just say that it kills my enjoyment pretty much.

    I'm not saying that ALL insta-cases are bad, there are some stories that work for me; it depends on the situation or the storytelling. This one, unfortunately, one that doesn't work.

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