Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
Ezra is an introverted artist who doesn’t let a lot of people see who he really is. He’d much prefer to binge on Netflix than go to a club with his friends. While Conner (book 2) came the closest to really getting to know Ezra as his roommate, Ezra still kept him at arm’s length. Until Daevonte starts to wiggle his way into Ezra’s life.
Daevonte is a yoga instructor at a studio where Ezra has been commissioned to paint another mural. A lover of life and sex, he wants to hook up with the quiet painter. But Ezra doesn’t do the hook up thing. So after some false starts, they become unlikely friends.
As you can imagine the friends part of the book evolves. It is a nice slow burn which really fits with Ezra’s character. He is demisexual- meaning he has to really connect with someone as a person before he feels any attraction to him. So as the book progresses, as does the connection between Ezra and Daevonte.
I really love that books are starting to have main characters on different colors of the rainbow. Of course gay (this is the genre we are reading) and bisexual (which opens a lot of past story lines), but now we are seeing a lot more asexual, demisexual, and pansexual. I love seeing these people represented and their stories told in such a manner that makes you truly understand what it is they are about.
Because Ezra is demisexual, this book actually inadvertently gives us my favorite trope- friends to lovers. Daevonte is so confident in who he is and has a unique way of starting to bring Ezra out of his shell- without trying to change who he is. He has utter respect for Ezra and it shows.
We, of course, get glimpses of the guys from past books. In fact, I really love that they have a once a week dinner together. AND that one of the secondary characters develops a het relationship. Real life.
Book one, Touch the Sky, is my favorite of the three but this is definitely a very close second.
The cover illustration is gorgeous and seeing all three covers together is perfectly cohesive.
Expected publication: February 20th 2017 by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn
SeriesFree Fall #3