Publication date: April 25th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Nobody ever said life was easy…
People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend.
But things don’t always go as planned…
Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate – another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend’s older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane’s life becomes more complicated than ever before.
When Keith’s past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants–even if it hurts everyone she loves.
Wow! What to say? Painting Sky is beautiful journey of growing up, feeling out of place and finding home in the most unexpected of places.
The story starts with Jane driving away from home with her boyfriend of four years. She is moving in with her older brother, her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s older brother and starting college. The four of them have known each other for years, but shortly after moving in, she realizes things aren’t the way they used to be. She struggles to fit in, her efforts at independence are squashed at every turn by her brother and her boyfriend, but they have lives outside of the house, so why can’t she? The only one who treats her like an adult is her boyfriend’s brother, Keith, and she hates him. The rest of the story is Jane’s journey of self-discovery and figuring out that what you once thought you needed isn’t what you needed at all. Sometimes, what you need is the one thing you never wanted.
The Good: A wonderful enemies to lovers, coming of age romance. A heroine who comes into her own, is believable and makes mistakes without being over the top. A hero you can’t help but love. I sweet HEA that will leave you satisfied.
The Not So Good: The writing starts off a little shaky, but gains momentum and improves by the end. There is a twist towards the end of the book that was a little clichéd and kind of out of the blue, but it doesn’t distract from the overall message of the book.
My recommendation: A definite add to your TBR and your book collection. Follow this author. This is her debut effort, but I see great things to come for her.
Rita Branches is an independent YA (young adult) author who enjoys spending every free moment (when she´s not reading) writing emotional stories. Visit: http://ritabranches.wordpress.com/