Review of:  Paint the Sky by Lily G. Blunt – Audio

TITLE: Paint the Sky – Audible
AUTHOR: Lily G. Blunt
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: September 3, 2015


A love of art…
A mutual interest in art draws two shy university students together. Ben admires Vinnie’s painting of the university building, so Vinnie invites him to an exhibition of his artwork. From a wealthy family, Ben purchases some of Vinnie’s art and arranges for the artist to personally hang the paintings in his apartment.
Starry, starry night…
Ben commissions Vinnie to paint his portrait, in order to spend more time with the artist. On the night of the sitting, Vinnie fingerpaints the starry night on Ben’s chest… and they kiss. They begin a relationship beneath the night sky, God’s own canvas.
But every relationship has its ups and downs and so it is with theirs. When Ben thinks Vinnie spends too much time with a fellow artist, his jealousy drives a wedge between them and forces Vinnie into the very thing Ben dreads.
Hold tight to your dreams…
Ben and Vinnie will have to walk through fire before they can find one another again. But if they believe, and if they keep their faith in the night sky and each other, just maybe they can make their dreams of love come true.

Listening Length: 6 hours and 4 minutes

Narration: Joel Leslie narrated this MM Contemporary Romance. I like his voice, and I thought it fit the story. There was a good cadence to his reading, and the sound was great. I listen to audiobooks at my day job, and this was easy for me to follow as I moved around. The story was based in Cambridge, and I thought the accent he used was good, but it could have been better. I’m warming up to Joel as a narrator.

Story: The story was a bit slow at first. I actually stopped it and started another because it just wasn’t hitting what I wanted. After that second book, I thought I’d give this one another try, and I’m glad I did. Once I was a little more invested, I really enjoyed the story.

I found myself looking forward to the characters and what happened to them. I loved how the time in the story moved forward so that this wasn’t a love-at-first-sight. Paint the Sky was written in Ben’s point of view, and we learn at the start that he’d been watching Vinnie for more than a year. In the beginning, he was kind of a slut as well. He’s ready to give all that up for Vinnie, though. He wants to be a writer, but his dad wants him to help in the family business because his brother incompetent.

Vinnie is the typical lone artist going to College with Ben. His backstory is tragic, but he seems to have overcome that. His brothers are amazing, and I liked reading about them. There’s a great dynamic there.

When I read the blurb and parts of the story, I think the author was going for more of a jealousy-caused-problems relationship, and she wrote Ben’s side well for that. However, I felt more for him by that point than Vinnie. Either way, I was cheering for them until the end.

I’ll be looking for more from this author, and I hope she’ll have more audiobooks out soon!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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