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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Title:Color of You
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Color of You Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣

    4 Stars

    Okay, so...let's start by saying that this book is everything I wish

    (where a lonely single dad meets his kid's out & proud teacher) had been. Yes, the specifics are different - but it's those differences that really appealed to me here. Like a twink-ish Ginger dominant taking charge of this big, shy, burly guy. Unf. (More of that please.) And a teen that acts his age. And the lack of a mentally unhinged ex creating drama. (There's enough of that from the antagonists.)

    4 Stars

    Okay, so...let's start by saying that this book is everything I wish

    (where a lonely single dad meets his kid's out & proud teacher) had been. Yes, the specifics are different - but it's those differences that really appealed to me here. Like a twink-ish Ginger dominant taking charge of this big, shy, burly guy. Unf. (More of that please.) And a teen that acts his age. And the lack of a mentally unhinged ex creating drama. (There's enough of that from the antagonists.)

    The writing was great, and most of the side characters, as well as the MCs, really shine in this one (as I think they do in every other CSP story I've read so far). If it weren't for the slightly caricaturistic portrayal of the "bad guy" and his stereotypical posse, I'd have rated this a little higher. But, stereotypes often portray how some people actually do act, so there's always that bit of truth in there (especially when it comes to the 'phobes). I'm not sure how a

    gets that job being

    stupid - I mean, come on...he didn't even bother trying to cover his tracks - so I guess I just expected a tad more from the "mystery" aspect since CSP does "whodunit" really well in her other books .

    But still, I really did enjoy this holiday tale...and

    Greg nailed the narration. He gave each of the voices their own sound and personality, even the side characters. Seriously, is there anything he

    perform well? I'm not taking that bet...

  • 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.

  • Karen

    Apparently I've stumbled onto a Christmas story...this is what happens when you say see the authors name, say gimme and don't read the blurb...good thing I love Christmas, LOL!!!

    And once again it's full review time...

    See this is what happens when you see the authors name and the narrators name and you go gimme' I want that...you end up reading a Christmas story.

    There was a lot about this story that I enjoyed. First off we've

    Apparently I've stumbled onto a Christmas story...this is what happens when you say see the authors name, say gimme and don't read the blurb...good thing I love Christmas, LOL!!!

    And once again it's full review time...

    See this is what happens when you see the authors name and the narrators name and you go gimme' I want that...you end up reading a Christmas story.

    There was a lot about this story that I enjoyed. First off we've got a high school music teacher who wears bow ties...sorry, my high school music teacher wore bow ties and I have to admit he was really nice...not exactly a hottie...although he did have two sons...oops, sorry I squirreled back to the story. Bowen also has a rare condition known as Chromesthesia, a form of synesthesia in which sounds are translated to colors by the mind and for Bowen it also contributed to his ability to have perfect pitch.

    Bowen Merlin has accepted a position teaching music in Lancaster, New Hampshire. So he's packed up his life in New York leaving behind his best friend and roommate, Rachel and heads for the beautiful New England countryside. Where he quickly learns that he's not only teaching music but with only a two or three weeks to go before the holidays he's also got a Christmas concert to organize and life quickly becomes busy but not to busy to keep him from noticing the Felix Hansen, owner of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard. Neither of these men are what they appear to be but what Bowen quickly realizes is that what they are is a match made in heaven. While most people wouldn't realize it Bowen likes to be the one in charge, while Felix...well, he's more than happy to relinquish control...or at least he would if he could just trust someone enough. Felix has scars and they're not all on the outside but Bowen's determined to show Felix that what they could have together is worth taking a risk.

    I really liked Bowen. His upbeat and quietly determined personality was just what Felix needed. Felix's past hasn't been good. He's been hurt by the person he loves. The person he should have been able to trust above all else but they failed him.

    As if there isn't enough going on Felix and Bowen suddenly find themselves embroiled in events that could not only tear them apart but ruin them both professionally as well. I honestly would have gotten more into this part of the story if it had been introduced a bit sooner and the resolution hadn't occurred quite so readily and easily.

    Overall, I enjoyed this story and events moved at a steady pace from start to finish but I did feel a little let down by the resolution at the end, it just all seemed a little to quick and easy, but in spite of this I was left having a very enjoyable 6+ hour listening event thanks to the as always wonderful audio narrations of Greg Boudreaux. So maybe this wasn't totally a 4 star read...I don't know but it was definitely a 4 star listen.

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    An audio book of 'Color of You' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Bitchie

    This started out as a really cute holiday themed read. I loved Felix and Bowen, and Felix's son Alan. What I didn't like was that, just over halfway through, the story took a sharp turn from fluffy holiday fun, to rampant homphobia and terrible hate crimes and melodrama. I hated all of Bowen's co-workers but one, Stephen. I thought they exchanged I Love Yous way too soon, but I didn't mind that so much, because fluffy holiday read. I just wish the whole bit with the

    This started out as a really cute holiday themed read. I loved Felix and Bowen, and Felix's son Alan. What I didn't like was that, just over halfway through, the story took a sharp turn from fluffy holiday fun, to rampant homphobia and terrible hate crimes and melodrama. I hated all of Bowen's co-workers but one, Stephen. I thought they exchanged I Love Yous way too soon, but I didn't mind that so much, because fluffy holiday read. I just wish the whole bit with the

    had been left on the cutting room floor.

  • 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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