Author: Trina Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
A Dreaming in Color Novel
Phil Alcorn is a vivacious artist living a lonely life. He has hundreds of acquaintances, dozens of casual lovers, but few know his real story. His best friend has found the love of his life, but that leaves Phil with a lot more time to think about the man who opened his eyes to a new and terrifying world one winter night eighteen months ago. Will Archer has spent his life competing around the world for the US Swim Team, but his mind frequently drifts toward the hills of San Francisco, where Phil lives amidst the fog.
Sparks flare hot in the bedroom, and their friendship deepens each time the two meet. Keeping their arrangement on the down low prevents friends’ inquisitions into their relationship. Will’s heart beats for the artist whose paintings and sculptures move his soul, and Phil’s antics fill Will’s stressful life with laughter. Phil has never believed in happy ever after, but he’s drawn to Will over and over.
Despite their deepening connection, they fear that if they change the rules now, the very thing that captivates them will disappear. Can the pair create a masterpiece all their own, or will their fears drown any chance at happiness?
As I started Watercolors, it was very apparent to me that it was linked to another Trina Lane title as Phil’s “best friend” Gabe and his partner were mentioned many times. I went in search of the answer and found In Dreams He Came, which, I happened to have languishing on my to-be-read pile. So I stopped and read that one first.
While Dreams and Watercolors aren’t officially sequels or spinoffs of each other, to fully appreciate Watercolors I recommend that you first read Dreams. Dreams introduces us to Phil and Will. It tells us why we think that they should find their HEA. It shows us what might be and why we care.
I don’t know that I would have been pulling quite so hard for Phil and Will if I had only read Watercolors. While it is a sweet and romantic story on its own, I am not sure the depth of the relationship between the two MCs is fully expressed within its pages.
Watercolors starts with Phil and Will’s first encounter. It is then told in time jumps until we are finally in present day. We watch the bond first formed in Dreams cement and deepen over the years. We know that Phil and Will belong together, we just have to watch it play out over the years.
As with Dreams, there is not a lot of true conflict in this story. There is bickering and insecurities on both sides, but we know they will ultimately end up together.
My biggest pet peeve with this story is the main characters names. As a fast reader, having such similar character names made it quite difficult to follow action and dialogue alike.
Despite that pet peeve, I did enjoy my time reading Watercolors and would love to see what else Lane has to offer.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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