Release Blitz & Review: Color Me In
COLOR ME IN
LAST CHANCE, BOOK 2
RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 30, 2018
COVER DESIGN: X-Potion Designs
COVER IMAGE: Stone Creek City
Caleb White has been a lot of places and made a lot of decisions he isn’t proud of. He’s ready to settle down and figure out who he really is. Where better to do that than Last Chance, the home he was ripped away from at sixteen? A fresh start is in order, but he has no idea how the hell to do that when he’s not even sure what he wants in the first place.
Ryan Daily is a pro at hiding his insecurities. He’s never fit in and has spent most of his life knowing there’s something missing. Just when he thought he’d found it, his whole world fell apart and he lost everything.
Then comes a sleepless night in a twenty-four-hour café, where Caleb and Ryan forge a connection full of laughs, junk food, and whispered secrets. In the middle of a budding friendship, they see the blossoming of desire neither of them expected. Ryan has kept his heart protected after having it shattered, and Caleb—no stranger to attraction—finds what he has with Ryan is on a whole new level from anything he’s experienced before. In a world of black and white, they bring each other color.
But life is never simple. When the past comes knocking, Ryan and Caleb will have to reach through the darkness to find the light they see in each other or risk slipping into the shadows for good.
Riley Hart has written some of my all time favorite couples in this genre. For that reason I keep coming back to her again and again. This new release may surpass COLLIDE for me as my most beloved. At the very least it will be a close tie. It doesn't matter so much the sexual orientation of this couple. This is a story about humans. It's about friendship and heartache. Acceptance and belonging. As the title suggests, it's about taking a ordinary black and white life and finding the person who can fill you in with color. Gah!!! Such a great story!
We know about Caleb from the first book in the series as the first love of Shane. But we don't actually meet him until he comes back to Last Chance for a fresh start. A place to find himself again. Ryan has been in Last Chance working for Shane for some time now. He too leaves behind a past that weights heavy on his heart. This is a slow build to the romance part but it is perfect for this couple. Friendship draws them together and that connection is what makes their love extra special.
Overall a very touching read. Loved the humor sprinkled throughout. Loved how patient and supportive Caleb was with Ryan. Looking forward to more Last Chance, but I am afraid the next book just won't match up to this. I hope I'm wrong.
Thanks for writing this couple, Riley. Fantastic!
*Complimentary copy provided for an honest review.
He did, looking up at Caleb through a fan of his dark lashes as Caleb stood on the stairs. Jesus, he was sexy as hell. His hair was messy, which Caleb fucking loved. He wore jeans—not the ones Caleb said he liked—and a button-up black shirt with long sleeves.
He looked so damn innocent, unsure, as he gave Caleb a playful grin and rolled his eyes. “Not flashy enough for ya, huh? The car doesn’t make the man, Salt Fiend.”
The silly nickname sat warm in his chest. “Oh, fuck you.” Caleb reached the bottom step. “I know what kind of man I am, thank you very much. Grab your keys. You can drive. I didn’t want to anyway. Might even take a short nap on the way home—my belly will be so full and all.”
“Well, shit.” Ryan followed behind him. “I didn’t think this through. Do I get a take-back?”
“Nope.” Caleb grabbed his jacket from the chair, then reached for Ryan’s, handing it over.
“Thanks.” His eyes darted away, looking almost bashful. “We need a coatrack.”
They’d managed to break through the first layer of tension; Caleb could feel it. Unfortunately, the bastard seemed fucking thick, and he thought they still had a way to go. “We do.”
Ryan felt his pockets, Caleb assumed, for his keys. His guess was confirmed when he pulled them out and said, “We should be on our way.”
They made it almost to the door before his stupid fucking mouth got in the way. “You look good, by the way.”
Ryan stumbled. Caleb reached out and wrapped his hand around Ryan’s bicep. “No need to get all flustered, Sweet Tooth.”
“I’m not flustered.”
“Not even a little?” Caleb asked.
“Maybe a little.”
He had a feeling that was the case. “I’ll give you space. We’re good, though? You and me? I didn’t fuck up?”
“No.” Ryan reached out then and fixed Caleb’s hood, which had accidentally gotten tucked into the back of his jacket. “You didn’t fuck up. We’re good.”
Caleb nodded. That was exactly what he needed to hear.
Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic, a lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together.
She loves reading, flawed characters, and hanging out with her husband and children, who she adores. She and her family live in Southern California, soaking up the sunshine while also missing seasons. Not a day goes by that she isn’t thankful she gets to wake up and do what she loves.
Life is good. Riley also writes young adult and new adult under the name Nyrae Dawn.