Color of You
Bowen Merlin— yes, that’s his real name—accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s never had much luck with romance, factoring in time to find Mr. Right isn’t a priority….Until he meets the proprietor of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard, Felix Hansen. Suddenly, true love seems like a possibility for the first time in Bowen’s life. The two are a perfect match and fill the skipped beats of each other’s hearts. But as wonderful as Felix seems, he’s harboring scars that could end their budding relationship when someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.If Bowen is to survive the holidays, he’ll need to lean on old friends and new, convince Felix he’s worth any hardship, and prove they can come out of the catastrophe stronger if they do so together.

Color of You Details

TitleColor of You
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 25th, 2017
PublisherDreamspinner Press
Rating
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Holiday, Christmas, Contemporary

Color of You Review

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    January 1, 1970
    ~3.5~I really enjoyed about three-fourths of this story. Both MCs are sweet as hell, and I was happy to see a femme guy getting all toppy. I liked the small-town setting, the hurt/comfort overtones (Felix was injured in a fire years ago and carries physical and emotional scars), and the way music and synesthesia were woven into the story. Bowen sees sounds as colors. Felix's voice is a warm amber, a sound Bowen can't forget. Bowen is endearingly awkward, but Felix's shy, withdrawn persona didn't ~3.5~I really enjoyed about three-fourths of this story. Both MCs are sweet as hell, and I was happy to see a femme guy getting all toppy. I liked the small-town setting, the hurt/comfort overtones (Felix was injured in a fire years ago and carries physical and emotional scars), and the way music and synesthesia were woven into the story. Bowen sees sounds as colors. Felix's voice is a warm amber, a sound Bowen can't forget. Bowen is endearingly awkward, but Felix's shy, withdrawn persona didn't quite match that of a successful business owner. I think the story desperately needed Felix's POV. While I loved Bowen, I never felt like I got to know Felix. But my main quibble is the dramatic turn of events toward the end. It's like you're walking along smelling the flowers when BAM! you get smacked in the face with a giant fish like WHOA.The homophobia plot line wasn't necessary, and the way the investigation progressed was just ridiculous. Everything was at once too DRAMA-LLAMA and too easily resolved.Had Bowen been in town teaching longer than three weeks, the ending would have been more believable; as it were, the way the students rallied around him, coupled with the Insta Love, about put me into a sugar coma. Rounded up to 4 stars because this was a quick read with a decent amount of steam and I can't fault Poe's engaging writing style.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Sinfully.This story brought me so much joy and happiness. If I told you everything I loved about this book I’d basically just be retelling the whole story. I was immediately drawn in and practically read it straight through with a smile on my face most of the time.Red-headed, bow tie wearing Bowen Merlin is the new music teacher in the small town of Lancaster, NH (which may be familiar if you read the author’s novella Joy). Bowen has sound-to-color synesthesia, which allows him to s Reviewed for Sinfully.This story brought me so much joy and happiness. If I told you everything I loved about this book I’d basically just be retelling the whole story. I was immediately drawn in and practically read it straight through with a smile on my face most of the time.Red-headed, bow tie wearing Bowen Merlin is the new music teacher in the small town of Lancaster, NH (which may be familiar if you read the author’s novella Joy). Bowen has sound-to-color synesthesia, which allows him to see the color of music and voices. Spilling hot cider on the gorgeous Felix Hansen isn’t the best way to make a first impression. He’s immediately drawn the beauty of Felix’s voice and its amber color, not to mention the man himself. Bowen’s insta-crush is strong and he’s pretty dejected when Felix rejects his offer to go for a drink.Felix comes off a bit shy but he quickly recovers and finds a way to let Bo know he’s interested. This is just about the time Bo finds out one of his new students is Felix’s son and that there is something in Felix’s past that has left him scarred and unsure, so much so he hasn’t dated in years. Bo is shocked to realize that with this man, none of it is a deal breaker. Bo has always been looking for a more submissive man, the kind he’s usually stereotyped as, but someone who can be an equal in all other ways and it quickly becomes clear that Felix fits the bill perfectly.As the days to Christmas countdown, the men juggle their jobs and their budding romance. I enjoyed every moment these men spent together, even when they weren’t in the same room – cute texting and some smoking phone sex included. They communicate well, they have fun and they have crazy hot chemistry. There’s dirty talk and just a touch of kink and it sizzled, but there was also plenty of romance and sweetness. Neither of those two is lacking when it comes to romancing each other and though the relationship does move pretty quickly, it all played out naturally.There is a good cast of secondary characters including Felix’s 15 year old son Alan, Bo’s best friend Scarlet, and his new coworker Stephen. There are also a few appearances by the men we met in Joy who join forces with the others to help out Felix and Bo. Although things got a bit “Scooby crew” when it came to figuring out who was out to get Felix and there was a villain who was almost too stupid to be a functioning adult when it came down to it, I mostly didn’t care because I was having so much fun laughing at their banter and enjoying the group pulling together and becoming a family of friends.In the true holiday spirit, their friends and neighbors rally around Bo and Felix in their time of trouble to help save the day. With a sweet epilogue set a year later the book left me with a smile and possibly a happy tear or two.C.S. Poe hit all the right notes in this story and it completely charmed me from the first page. Sweet, sexy, romantic, fun and tender, with a touch of holiday spirit. I would love to see more of Bo and Felix in the future. I know there’s at least one more man in the story who deserves his own happy ever after.
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  • Chris, the Dalek King
    January 1, 1970
    Lancaster, New Hampshire is pretty much a Christmas-card kind of town. It just also happens to be worlds away from the kind of place that Merlin–no, not that one–is used to living in. But while it might not be New York, Lancaster does have its silver linings. And Felix Hansen might just be the most shiny silverest lining of them all. If only Merlin could get the guy to give him a chance. It probably doesn’t help that Merlin is Felix’s son’s new music teacher, or that Felix has rather noticeable Lancaster, New Hampshire is pretty much a Christmas-card kind of town. It just also happens to be worlds away from the kind of place that Merlin–no, not that one–is used to living in. But while it might not be New York, Lancaster does have its silver linings. And Felix Hansen might just be the most shiny silverest lining of them all. If only Merlin could get the guy to give him a chance. It probably doesn’t help that Merlin is Felix’s son’s new music teacher, or that Felix has rather noticeable scars–both literally and figuratively–but in small-town New Hampshire there really isn’t a whole lot to do. Wooing the nice apple-orchard owner over Christmas can’t be that hard, can it?My second C.S. Poe book for the month, the Color of You is pretty much everything I have come to expect from this author. Well written story, relatable characters, and a plot that keeps me turning pages way longer than I probably should be. It is also very much Christmas and Holiday Cheer…with a dash of mystery (just a dash) thrown in.I have to admit, though, that I never really got over imagining actor Colin Morgan whenever the name Merlin was on page–damn you, years of fandom–but it quickly became something I could at least put in the back of my mind. Geeky, hipster-ish, Merlin was rather adorable in his own right, and Felix’s standoffishness really worked for me as a contrast to Merlin. And yeah, I kinda want my Christmas stories to be sweet and adorable, and this story more than gave that to me.The ending–my only gripe, really–was a bit too tv-special. I don’t want to go into what exactly happened because that kinda ruins the last third of the story, but I will say a lot of it pushed the bounds of reality or common sense.While the story turned a bit too much Hallmark–at least for my own tastes–near the end, I really enjoyed this story. So much so that I read it like three weeks before the deadline for this review came up. I was only going to read a chapter or two to see what it felt like, and three hours later I was finishing up the story and looking around for any crumbs I could lick off the metaphorical plate. I know people are going to be slowly packing up the holiday gear soon, and holiday stories are about to be relegated to the tbr pile for next year, but if you have some downtime in the next few days (or you desperately need some alone time away from all your family) I’d say give this one a go.This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.
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  • Candice
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adored this story! I loved both Bowen and Felix. I haven't been reading much because life has been so hectic and I'm just tired of adulting, but Color of You brought so many smiles to my tired face. It was everything I wanted and more. I loved the setting. I loved the characters. I loved the secondary characters (and that rarely happens). I even loved the kids! I don't like apple things, except for plain apples, but this story made me want to eat apple things. HA! CS Poe is quickly I absolutely adored this story! I loved both Bowen and Felix. I haven't been reading much because life has been so hectic and I'm just tired of adulting, but Color of You brought so many smiles to my tired face. It was everything I wanted and more. I loved the setting. I loved the characters. I loved the secondary characters (and that rarely happens). I even loved the kids! I don't like apple things, except for plain apples, but this story made me want to eat apple things. HA! CS Poe is quickly becoming a go-to author for me.
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  • Ami
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsAt first I think it is cute -- Bowen Merlin and his tendency to blurt things out plus sound-to-color synesthesia make him an interesting character. BUT then all the cuteness get a bit tiresome for me. The "mystery" that happens around 70% mark ends up feeling like an attempt to inject some actions or excitement rather than a well thought-of plot.PLUS, it is pretty much insta-everything as well and I'm a HUGE fan of slow burn in romance. When everything happens within 22 days, and one of 2.5 starsAt first I think it is cute -- Bowen Merlin and his tendency to blurt things out plus sound-to-color synesthesia make him an interesting character. BUT then all the cuteness get a bit tiresome for me. The "mystery" that happens around 70% mark ends up feeling like an attempt to inject some actions or excitement rather than a well thought-of plot.PLUS, it is pretty much insta-everything as well and I'm a HUGE fan of slow burn in romance. When everything happens within 22 days, and one of the characters says "no one’s ever made me feel really loved from the inside out" after just 11 days, yeah, well, let's just say that it kills my enjoyment pretty much. I'm not saying that ALL insta-cases are bad, there are some stories that work for me; it depends on the situation or the storytelling. This one, unfortunately, one that doesn't work.
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  • CrabbyPatty
    January 1, 1970
    Tall, skinny redhead Bowen is the new music teacher in Lancaster, New Hampshire and he's a wildly talented musician with sound-to-color synthesia. Basically, his senses are "cross-wired" so he sees sound. "Like fireworks. Explosions of color." Classic music is white and blue, his bestie Scarlet has a deep pink voice, pop music is lots of pinks and purples, etc. Bowen doesn't come to town looking for love ... But maybe, somewhere out there, was the man of my dreams. And he couldn’t wait to settle Tall, skinny redhead Bowen is the new music teacher in Lancaster, New Hampshire and he's a wildly talented musician with sound-to-color synthesia. Basically, his senses are "cross-wired" so he sees sound. "Like fireworks. Explosions of color." Classic music is white and blue, his bestie Scarlet has a deep pink voice, pop music is lots of pinks and purples, etc. Bowen doesn't come to town looking for love ... But maybe, somewhere out there, was the man of my dreams. And he couldn’t wait to settle down with a cello-playing, bow-tie-wearing teacher who slathers on SPF50 thoroughly before every outing.Felix Hansen ("He had this rugged-meets-GQ look [...] with a jawline to kill for") owns an apple orchard in Lancaster (setting of C.S. Poe's "Joy") and is a divorced father with a teenage son Alan. When Bowen Merlin meets-cute Felix by spilling apple cider on his coat, Bowen thinks: His voice sounded like amber. It was glittery and gold and slightly melodic, dancing before my eyes.What follows is a courtship that beautifully unfolds: Bowen defying society's expectation that he conform to his "non-alpha-guy appearance" by being very comfortably dominant in the bedroom, while Felix needs "a partner who treats me like an equal but who … respects I’m … passive.” Their sexual chemistry is undeniable and their relationship is easy and very satisfying. My only niggle is we get Bowen's POV throughout and I would have loved Felix's POV as well. The tension and angst in the story comes from homophobes in the school and community that wreak havoc on the two men's lives. While I madly adored the love story here, the external conflicts didn't work as well for me, seeming a bit too far-fetched, but I realize that I'm probably in the minority here.I loved this book in so many ways - the great characters, both primary and secondary, the depth of the relationship between Bowen and Felix, the quaint/quirky small town setting, and the epilogue was all kinds of perfect. 4.5 stars.I received an ARC from Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.Review also posted at Gay Book Reviews - check it out!
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  • Nerea
    January 1, 1970
    2.5*I really expected to love this book. Im a huge fan of Snow and winter saga and others short stories from this author... but this one has my kryptonite : THE INSTA-LOVE :(I wish we had some more scenes between the mcs before the action starts. Maybe that was what makes me difficult to find a conexion between them.Moreover, the small mystery and resolution was a bit too simple :/ On the positive side, the characters are cute good guys so I really like them. But as I told before I wish this has 2.5*I really expected to love this book. I´m a huge fan of Snow and winter saga and others short stories from this author... but this one has my kryptonite : THE INSTA-LOVE :(I wish we had some more scenes between the mcs before the action starts. Maybe that was what makes me difficult to find a conexion between them.Moreover, the small mystery and resolution was a bit too simple :/ On the positive side, the characters are cute good guys so I really like them. But as I told before I wish this has a slower and more entertaining knowledge of the other MC :/
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  • Heather C
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book! Couldn’t stop reading! 4.5 stars because the mystery plot was a little disappointing.
  • Amanda Barnes
    January 1, 1970
    “It’s as sweet as apple pie.”😍😍
  • Pixie
    January 1, 1970
    Consistent with the first in the series. I can't put my finger on what causes these not to reach four stars for me. I think it maybe the insta-luv. This had some conflict, not with the couple, but this is all really pleasant & easily, quickly resolved. Like Leave it to Beaver but with gay people.
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  • Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |
    January 1, 1970
    4.7 starsI loved this sweet, nice and heartwarming book! the characters were cute, the plot nice and it was well written. It's a perfect reading for Christmas holiday, only a little drama and a lot of sweetness! (Plus, the epilogue was adorable!)
  • Daphne
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 ⭐s. Treacly sweet and made me wish i had synthnesia and/or any musical ability at all. The friendships and relationships with Alan (teenage son) were strong and in depth - almost to the point that it highlighted that Felix and Bowen were a little bit more tell than show. 3.5 ⭐️s. Treacly sweet and made me wish i had synthnesia and/or any musical ability at all. The friendships and relationships with Alan (teenage son) were strong and in depth - almost to the point that it highlighted that Felix and Bowen were a little bit more tell than show.
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  • Amazonaute
    January 1, 1970
    DNf somewhere quite early. Just bleagh.
  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Excellent Stars. I now have a new-to-me author on my radar, because I enjoyed this story so very much. A bow-tie wearing, red-headed music teacher meets a slightly damaged apple orchard owner and sparks fly. I adored Bowen and Felix’s characters and the departure from stereotypes they were given. Not that other authors haven’t done the same, but often it’s too in-your-face, almost caricatured, while Bowen and Felix were written with such natural feeling. The details of Bowen’s synesthesia we 4.5 Excellent Stars. I now have a new-to-me author on my radar, because I enjoyed this story so very much. A bow-tie wearing, red-headed music teacher meets a slightly damaged apple orchard owner and sparks fly. I adored Bowen and Felix’s characters and the departure from stereotypes they were given. Not that other authors haven’t done the same, but often it’s too in-your-face, almost caricatured, while Bowen and Felix were written with such natural feeling. The details of Bowen’s synesthesia were fascinating and something new I learned. My favorite line is the one the title derives from: “Felix raised his gaze. “I can’t see the color of you.” Melted me! There were so many strong secondary characters too, particularly Bowen’s friend Scarlet, and Alan, Felix’s son. I can’t remember the last time I liked a teen in a book. I enjoyed every scene, the romance, the suspense and the uplifting resolution. I didn’t like the time frame though, with so much developing in less than three weeks. It took some of the realistic feel away, making it too close to insta-love for my taste. Still, that didn’t take anything away from the plot development and holiday appropriate message the story contained. I’m a rather cynical type and I was very glad this never became too saccharine or cheesy. It does get just a touch sappy and mushy at the end and in the epilogue, but in a good way. After all, it’s a Christmas story, so some extra sentiment doesn’t go amiss. I can recommend this highly, as a favorite among my holiday reads this year.*An ARC was provided by the author or publisher and I have chosen to publish a fair and honest review for Jessie G Books Reviews blog*
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  • Joyfully Jay
    January 1, 1970
    A Joyfully Jay review. 5 starsI SO loved this book! Bowen and Felix meet cute, and it was love at first sight…for them and for me. Both men are a little awkward with each other, but that doesn’t last long. They fall for each other pretty quickly, but that’s not an issue. I’m a believer in love at first sight and it felt right. Also, they become intimate almost right away. Again, not an issue. The first time they have phone sex was so sweet, and even though the talking was not dirty, just romanti A Joyfully Jay review. 5 starsI SO loved this book! Bowen and Felix meet cute, and it was love at first sight…for them and for me. Both men are a little awkward with each other, but that doesn’t last long. They fall for each other pretty quickly, but that’s not an issue. I’m a believer in love at first sight and it felt right. Also, they become intimate almost right away. Again, not an issue. The first time they have phone sex was so sweet, and even though the talking was not dirty, just romantic, it made my heart beat a little faster. Bowen and Felix are incredibly sexy together. Bowen is awesome with the dirty talk. I love a good dirty talker, and C.S. Poe wrote those scenes very well.Speaking of scenes that were written well, I have to compliment the author here. Bowen has a condition…not a bad one, just interesting…that allows him to actually see music. It’s called synesthesia, and it’s quite rare. I’d never heard of it before, so I found this to be interesting. It actually played an important role in the story and it helps Bowen and Felix to be even more charming…if that’s even possible.Read Kenna’s review in its entirety here.
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  • Les Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    C.S. Poe's Color of You is the second book of hers I've read and I'm here to tell you guys that she's fast becoming a favorite. There is something so captivating in the way this author tells a story that I just really dig. A lot. The writing is crisp and sharp and witty and I find myself at the end of the book wondering how I got there so fast, I've been that involved. In Color of You, we meet Bowen Merlin who has moved to the small town of Lancaster, New Hampshire to be the new band director. B C.S. Poe's Color of You is the second book of hers I've read and I'm here to tell you guys that she's fast becoming a favorite. There is something so captivating in the way this author tells a story that I just really dig. A lot. The writing is crisp and sharp and witty and I find myself at the end of the book wondering how I got there so fast, I've been that involved. In Color of You, we meet Bowen Merlin who has moved to the small town of Lancaster, New Hampshire to be the new band director. Bowen is quirky, talented, funny, and a bit of a smart ass. It takes no time at all for Bowen to set his sights on sexy and shy Felix Hansen, the owner of the Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard. The spark between the two is bright and intense and they are absolutely fabulous together. They have lots of things to navigate- Bowen is Felix's son's band teacher, Bowen is still trying to settle into a new house and town and job, and Felix has some pretty serious baggage he's trying to move past. But man, these two together just worked so wonderfully. Yeah, there could have been a bit more depth to the story itself, and things get resolved too quickly to be believable, but really Bowen and Felix are so great you won't mind too much. I loved the low angst, I loved how sweet these two are to one another, I loved how Felix's son, Alan, plays such an important role but it's done in such a way it's very realistic. I loved the side characters. So, basically I pretty much loved everything. I will be anxiously awaiting Poe's next book because I'm fast falling in love with her writing so be sure you check out Color of You. Which this title? Absolutely perfect for the book ... just wait until you see why. *this review will also be posted on www.diversereader.blogspot.com*
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  • namericanwordcat
    January 1, 1970
    This book made me very happy. Bowen is a wonderful hero. Tall, ginger, socially awkward, musical genius, teacher, toppy, femme, lover of bow ties and in pursuit of Felix. Felix is much more of mystery and I don't want to give his details away but he is a great match for Bowen and the chemistry and banter between them is grand.Bowen is a delightful hero and the romance is so good as is the small town winter feel. There is a gentle exploration of stereotypes here and some crazy action at the end b This book made me very happy. Bowen is a wonderful hero. Tall, ginger, socially awkward, musical genius, teacher, toppy, femme, lover of bow ties and in pursuit of Felix. Felix is much more of mystery and I don't want to give his details away but he is a great match for Bowen and the chemistry and banter between them is grand.Bowen is a delightful hero and the romance is so good as is the small town winter feel. There is a gentle exploration of stereotypes here and some crazy action at the end but overall the great writing and character work make this a real treasure of a romance.
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  • Lulu Forth
    January 1, 1970
    ‘Life’s too short to wear black underwear day in and day out.’Adored this book! I consumed it in pretty much one sitting! I fell in love with this author when I read the Snow & Winter series and this was right up there with those. It’s a totally different style and premise but I really enjoyed it. ‘One does not choose a bow tie at random! My entire outfit is planned around it, for Christ’s sake.’This is the story of Bowen and Felix. Bowen moves to Lancaster in New Hampshire from New York to ‘Life’s too short to wear black underwear day in and day out.’Adored this book! I consumed it in pretty much one sitting! I fell in love with this author when I read the Snow & Winter series and this was right up there with those. It’s a totally different style and premise but I really enjoyed it. ‘One does not choose a bow tie at random! My entire outfit is planned around it, for Christ’s sake.’This is the story of Bowen and Felix. Bowen moves to Lancaster in New Hampshire from New York to be the band director for a local high school. On his first night in the town he accidentally pours hot mulled cider over the owner of the orchard Felix and there’s instant sparks. Bowen has synthesis and sees sound as colour and one of the first things he notices is that Felix’s voice is a striking amber. Bowen returns to the orchard the next day with a dry cleaning gift voucher with his phone number on and decides to ask Felix out on a date but is promptly turned down .“Sometimes you meet a guy and get a little starstruck and can’t think about anything except seeing him again.”Felix is struggling to get over the physical and emotional scars from his past. He’s single handedly raising his teenage son from his previous marriage whilst running the orchard. He decides to give Bowen a chance and they start dating. Pretty soon it becomes apparent that there’s some people in town who are not happy about their new relationship and set out to destroy them. “You were the allegro appassionato missing in my life.”I loved these two. Felix with his quiet vulnerability but I particularly loved Bowen. He’s a red headed, bow tie wearing sweetheart. He’s so caring and loving and adores his students and is super passionate about music and teaching these kids and getting the best from them. Felix and Bowen together are just so special. Loved them. Secondary characters were awesome in this book. Particularly Felix’s son Alan and Bowen’s best friend Scarlett. But there were many others too, all well developed and really added a lot to this story. This is a sweet, honest, loving winter read. Go buy this book, it’s awesome! Reviewed by Lulu from Alpha Book Club
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  • Isa Tis
    January 1, 1970
    Aaaah ce roman est une bien agréable surprise, j’avais survolé le résumé tant j’ai été attirée par ce joli titre. Je ne savais pas trop à quoi m’attendre de la part de cet auteur que je ne connaissais pas. Je ne regrette absolument pas mon petit « one click » !Color of you est une romance de Noël qui m’a fait rencontrer deux hommes adorables et des personnages secondaires que j’ai tout autant aimés. Ce livre est drôle, réconfortant et même si on peut l’accuser de jouer sur les bons sentiments, j Aaaah ce roman est une bien agréable surprise, j’avais survolé le résumé tant j’ai été attirée par ce joli titre. Je ne savais pas trop à quoi m’attendre de la part de cet auteur que je ne connaissais pas. Je ne regrette absolument pas mon petit « one click » !Color of you est une romance de Noël qui m’a fait rencontrer deux hommes adorables et des personnages secondaires que j’ai tout autant aimés. Ce livre est drôle, réconfortant et même si on peut l’accuser de jouer sur les bons sentiments, je valide car il s’agit d’une romance de Noël après tout!Nous débarquons, début décembre, dans la petite ville de Lancaster dans le New Hampshire auprès de Bowen Merlin, le nouveau prof de musique du lycée. Cet homme vient de quitter New York et sa meilleure amie Scarlet pour démarrer un nouveau chapitre de sa vie. Et autant dire qu’avec son nouveau job, il ne va pas manquer d’occupation...avec entre autres l’organisation d’un concert pour Noël. Il ne pensait pas tomber sur l’homme de ses rêves dès son arrivée et pourtant… Felix Hansen, propriétaire d’un grand verger de pommiers, va faire chavirer son petit cœur.Ahlala Bowen et ses cravates, voici un personnage fantasque, vif et qui cache quelques petits secrets derrière son apparence de grand rouquin mince. J’ai notamment adoré sa particularité, qui explique le titre de ce roman court, cette singularité est tout simplement fascinante et apporte une petite touche de poésie au récit. Quant à Felix…on éprouve rapidement le besoin de le serrer dans nos bras, sa vulnérabilité m’a touchée et je me suis réjouis de le voir se rapprocher de Bowen, d’accepter de s’ouvrir à un autre homme malgré son passé et ses craintes. Et ensemble, ils sont tellement mignons, un peu hésitants parfois avant de se montrer plus audacieux. Leur compatibilité ne fait alors plus aucun doute.Si le roman est très doux, l’auteur réserve quelques rebondissements aux héros…ce n’est pas vraiment ce que j’ai préféré, j’aurais très bien pu m’en passe. Même si la lecture aurait était plus tranquille, voire plan-plan mais cela ne m’a pas gâché mon plaisir, en plus ces péripéties ont donné lieu à des scènes très sympas donc…Je n’en dirai pas trop sur les personnages secondaires pour éviter de spoiler, mais j’ai juste envie de dire à Alan, Scarlet et Stephen : you rock guys !Au final, une bonne surprise au final avec en prime une furieuse envie de croquer dans une pomme !
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    C.S. Poe knocked it out of the park with this book! Color of You is an incredibly heartwarming story about love, family, friendship and being yourself despite other's assumptions. Not only was it sweet and romantic (I teared up at least four times), but it was funny and even a bit exciting. Also quite steamy at times while still being tender. I adored all the characters, well, except the homophobic villains. Bowen was an entertaining narrator and his interactions with his best friend were so muc C.S. Poe knocked it out of the park with this book! Color of You is an incredibly heartwarming story about love, family, friendship and being yourself despite other's assumptions. Not only was it sweet and romantic (I teared up at least four times), but it was funny and even a bit exciting. Also quite steamy at times while still being tender. I adored all the characters, well, except the homophobic villains. Bowen was an entertaining narrator and his interactions with his best friend were so much fun. Bowen's synesthesia was woven throughout the story in a lovely, organic way and without taking over who he was. (As a side note, I found this an interesting juxtaposition to Poe's MC in her Snow & Winter series. He can't see color. )Perfect reading for the holiday season, or really, any time of the year. I would love to read Stephen's story next. I'll end this review with my favorite quote from the book. Felix speaking to Bowen:"Felix raised his gaze. “I can’t see the color of you.” My heart slugged hard against my chest. “But I imagine it’s white,” he continued. I arched an eyebrow. “Why do you say that?”“When you break apart white light, it’s a composite of several colors, isn’t it?” “I’m not a science teacher, but yeah.” Felix smiled. “That’s you. Subtle and elegant on the outside, a rainbow of passion on the inside.”"
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  • Mia Sciberras
    January 1, 1970
    This story. This lovely tale. This wonderful Christmas-themed MM romance. I. Totally. Loved. It! And I want some more...I want to continue to feast on the lives of Bowen and Felix. I want more apples and bowties; teenagers and music; colleagues and concerned citizens. I want more of this sweet romance and to go live in Lancaster so I can try the cider and spend time with its residents. I want to sit with Bowen and have him describe to me the colour/s of my voice, how he sees and hears my accent This story. This lovely tale. This wonderful Christmas-themed MM romance. I. Totally. Loved. It! And I want some more...I want to continue to feast on the lives of Bowen and Felix. I want more apples and bowties; teenagers and music; colleagues and concerned citizens. I want more of this sweet romance and to go live in Lancaster so I can try the cider and spend time with its residents. I want to sit with Bowen and have him describe to me the colour/s of my voice, how he sees and hears my accent - I wonder if my voice is a shade of blue, green or something different? Most importantly, I want more romances like this.  Sweet and sexy, cute and a little sappy, a bit of heat, some give and take, and at its heart to love and be loved in return. This is a romance built on attraction and respect and honesty. It is beautifully written with this lovely sense of self. C.S. Poe has delivered two characters that come across the pages as whole and honest, aware of their shortcomings but open to the opportunity to find love in one another.  The story does move quickly, it is a Christmas romance afterall, but it doesn't feel rushed and the pace allows you to fall into the story organically.If you can't already tell, I loved 'The Color of You' and recommend it not just as a holiday read - I recommend it as an 'any time of the year' read.
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  • Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
    January 1, 1970
    *~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*-RTC - OMG, so cute but also thrilling- charming characters- sexy scenes in balance with sweet, emotional or funny ones Review originally posted on my blog with added content Mikku-chan / A world full of words
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  • Susana
    January 1, 1970
    A new love, a new family and new problems… Is true love worth the hassle?Bowen Merlin moved from New York city to the town of Lancaster, New Hampshire, looking for a change in his life. And that he finds in his teaching position, and in the figure of handsome Felix Hansen. Their attraction is immediate, and despite a somehow bumpy start, they soon find themselves falling in love… But there seems to be a dark side to the quaint Lancaster which shows in a sabotage that threatens to destroy Bowen’s A new love, a new family and new problems… Is true love worth the hassle?Bowen Merlin moved from New York city to the town of Lancaster, New Hampshire, looking for a change in his life. And that he finds in his teaching position, and in the figure of handsome Felix Hansen. Their attraction is immediate, and despite a somehow bumpy start, they soon find themselves falling in love… But there seems to be a dark side to the quaint Lancaster which shows in a sabotage that threatens to destroy Bowen’s budding relationship…So… I feel torn about this book. On the one hand, the story is well-written and the characters are endearing. I really liked the fact that they both have physical issues: Bo has synaesthesia which conditions his way of seeing reality, Felix has scars as a result of an accident which involved fire. He also has some psychological issues, the product of a failed previous relationship. There is a beautiful seasonal feeling to it, that should make it the perfect Christmas reading. But. There is a but, a big one on my account. All the story is based on an insta-love relationship. From the beginning, Bowen and Felix fall for each other, and are irrepressibly drawn together. Insta-love is a very difficult trope to develop, at least for me. I find it very difficult to suspend disbelief… In this case, I just did not buy it. I could not believe in the relationship, and how fast it moved from “I like you” to “I love you” in a matter of weeks. Besides, there is a certain nativity which reminds me a bit of children’s cartoons, where the bad guys are really wicked (and far too stupid) and the good guys are too benevolent to be true…In short, the story did not work for me, but that does not mean it is a bad one. I enjoyed parts of it, and the characters are quite interesting ones… Only… not for me.
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  • C.S. Poe
    January 1, 1970
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  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    C.S. Poe’s Color of You ticked off so many of my happy compatibility boxes that I think the book and I are in a relationship now. This isn’t the first novel I’ve read fearuring a character with synesthesia, the neurological condition that causes a small percentage of people to smell sounds or taste words, for example. Or, in Bowen Merlin’s case, to see the color of sounds, particularly voices and music. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, though, and I’m chalking it right up to a sw C.S. Poe’s Color of You ticked off so many of my happy compatibility boxes that I think the book and I are in a relationship now. This isn’t the first novel I’ve read fearuring a character with synesthesia, the neurological condition that causes a small percentage of people to smell sounds or taste words, for example. Or, in Bowen Merlin’s case, to see the color of sounds, particularly voices and music. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, though, and I’m chalking it right up to a sweet and joyful holiday win.Bowen’s type of synesthesia means he has perfect pitch and is what one might call a musical prodigy because of it. As the new band director in a small and underfunded New Hampshire school district, he’s a long way from his New York City roots but is settling comfortably into the role of music teacher to both his high school and elementary students. As a teacher, winning over a group of kids isn’t easy under the best of circumstances, but Bowen makes it look easy because he’s just so darn likable. It doesn’t take long for his students to decide that Mr. Merlin and his eclectic bow tie collection are pretty damn cool, especially a sophomore named Alan, a talented young musician who ends up playing a pretty significant role in the story.The meet-cute is the thing in Color of You, but it’s not quite the magic spark for Felix that it is for Bowen. Or, rather, it is, but there are things keeping Felix from jumping into the dating game in earnest, and I love the way Poe broke things down into its simplest form despite the difficulties. When it comes right down to it, these guys are apples and apples (yes, I went there), so compatible and perfect together in every way that it was impossible to imagine they wouldn’t, or couldn’t, overcome some of the external conflicts that seemed bent upon keeping them apart. Those complications were not insignificant, though. They are obstacles that steamroll over Bowen and Felix’s newfound and still fragile happiness, and provide for some suspenseful and very real drama that plucked my heart like a twelve-string banjo.This story is romantic in the true definition of the word. It’s a warm hug, not one of those limp and wimpy things but a full-on two-armed squeeze for a cold winter night’s reading. I liked some of the secondary characters a lot too: Alan, especially, but Bowen’s best friend, Scarlet, and a fellow teacher, Stephen as well. Stephen turns out to be a great friend (who needs his own book) and is significant to the dramatic resolution, but they are all fantastic in their supporting roles.The limited small town setting can sometimes lend a claustrophobic feel to a story—is a person’s private beeswax every truly private with all the tongue-wagging going on?—but the residents of Lancaster are, with a few heinous exceptions, a warm and friendly bunch who are supportive of the new couple, and I especially love how they rallied around Felix and Bowen when hate struck and tried its best to overcome the love that was growing between them.Looking for a full-length holiday romance? Look no further than right here in Lancaster, New Hampshire. It’s a sweet and homey place to plant your feels for a bit, and maybe have your heart grow three sizes in the process.Reviewed by Lisa for The Novel Approach
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  • Heather Martin
    January 1, 1970
    *Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*Color of You is a standalone contemporary story by C.S. Poe, though while reading it I realized there were characters from C.S's novella Joy included in the story. I haven't yet read that novella, but I recognized the names. Reading the novella isn't necessary to enjoy this story, but I did immediately buy it after I finished just so I could reread Co *Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*Color of You is a standalone contemporary story by C.S. Poe, though while reading it I realized there were characters from C.S's novella Joy included in the story. I haven't yet read that novella, but I recognized the names. Reading the novella isn't necessary to enjoy this story, but I did immediately buy it after I finished just so I could reread Color of You again after reading Joy.I am a fan of this author's. I love her writing style, characters and stories she tells and this one is no different! I loved Bowen! Bowen has just moved to the small town of Lancaster to take a job as the band teacher. He has red hair and wears bow ties that make him stand out in the school, but in a positive way. The students love the new teacher and even the jocks start emulating his bow tie wearing. And though Bowen doesn't move to a new area thinking he's going to end up in a relationship, he meets Felix when he dumps hot cider on him. Felix is shy and though he's attracted to Bowen, he's turns him down for a date. Though Bowen is down, he doesn't let that hold him back and gives it another chance. Felix is shy and standoffish, and though you can tell he's also interested in Bowen, he's very reserved. But, Felix has a history to share that explains his actions. And though Felix's history could have been used to weigh this story down, it really doesn't. Felix's isn't reliving his past, refusing to move on. The relationship between the two men was perfect! Though Bowen is the smaller, slight guy, he's always been dominating, but men typically see him as the bottom. Felix is a strong, big man but is interested in being a bottom, and more submissive. Bowen and Felix are perfect together in this aspect and the further their relationship goes, the more they become comfortable sharing what they want. Bowen and Felix are more than what happens in the bedroom though. You get to watch them building a relationship together, talking, and spending time with Felix's son. They get to know each other, and you can watch the love grow between them. But, not everything is easy for Bowen and Felix and not everyone in the small town is happy about having another gay man live in their town and teach their children. But, Felix and Bowen won't have to fight this alone.This honestly was one of the best books I've read this year. It hit every note right for me from the first page to the last. Once I started reading this story, I couldn't put it down. I really did buy Joy so I could read it and then reread Color of You. I loved Bowen and Felix and how they were more than a stereotype. I thought Alan, Felix's son, added another terrific dynamic to the story. I loved Bowen's best friend Scarlet and their interactions together, and I was rooting for her to move to town so we could see more of her. Bowen's new friend Stephen was a great character and I really hope the author has a story lined up giving him someone to love. This is a must read for everyone who loves a romance story with a HEA ending. It's definitely one that I'll reread often.Rating: 5+++++ Stars
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Round up to 4.5!Bowen. Quirky, fun, a ginger with a tendency to blush furiously. He loves music, teaching, bowties and men who liked to be bossed around in the bedroom. Problem is, men look at him and think *he* likes to be bossed around. Felix. Single, ruggedly handsome, father to Alan. Respected in Lancaster, everyone knows he is gay but also known not to date. He’s carrying some scars and past experiences that keep him to himself. And when Bowen spills hot cider down the front of Felix’s jack Round up to 4.5!Bowen. Quirky, fun, a ginger with a tendency to blush furiously. He loves music, teaching, bowties and men who liked to be bossed around in the bedroom. Problem is, men look at him and think *he* likes to be bossed around. Felix. Single, ruggedly handsome, father to Alan. Respected in Lancaster, everyone knows he is gay but also known not to date. He’s carrying some scars and past experiences that keep him to himself. And when Bowen spills hot cider down the front of Felix’s jacket and totally embarrasses himself, you knew this could only end one way. This was just a pleasure to read. I LOVED the fact that the author has returned to Lancaster, the setting of one of *my* favorite books, Joy. In Color of You, the story bounces between an apple orchard/Christmas tree farm and teaching at the local elementary and high school - mostly the high school. The author captured the struggle of teaching in a small town so aptly – the grudges, the power trips, teachers multitasking outside of their area of expertise, even lack of a working coffee machine in the teachers lounge nailed what it can be like. This had the perfect amount of apprehension to balance Bowen’s upbeat quirkiness and Felix’s reluctance to date. Because Bowen is a high school school teacher, you know, at some point, what’s going to happen. How it all played out was perfect for me – just the right amount of angst, upset, and anger. I did have one small point of contention with Bowen – and I’m basing this off my nearly seven years of participating in band, marching band and concert band, jazz band and wind ensemble. I find it somewhat unlikely that a band teacher would just move students around based on what they hear (yes yes, Bowen has perfect pitch), but rather a student would have to earn the right to have first/second/third chair through challenges. This minimizes potential favoritism on part of the teacher and encourages the kids to work harder. A small quirk, and perhaps other bands directors do exactly as Bowen did, but it was something that struck a slightly off-key chord with me (pun intended). And *my* one quirk with any story - I really don't care for the "Tell All Bestie". I liked Scarlett just fine, but it grates on my nerves when a friend moves into the "tell me everything!" category. This was, ultimately, a very enjoyable book with a great set of characters, a solid plot, beautiful setting, and a perfect Christmas ending. Review is cross-posted at Gay Book ReviewsA copy of the book was provided by the author and or publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!
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  • Tanja
    January 1, 1970
    This story was delightful. I loved it so much, I read it in one sitting. It reads like a dream. So flowing and smooth with beautifully worded phrases. Bowen and Felix are an unlikely pair, and yes, it is a matter of instalove, but C.S. Poe makes it happen. They are very endearing characters whom I fell in love with as quickly as they did. Bowen is a flamboyant, red-haired, bow-wearing high school band director. A bit awkward and stumbling but so cute. He is a dedicated teacher with heart for his This story was delightful. I loved it so much, I read it in one sitting. It reads like a dream. So flowing and smooth with beautifully worded phrases. Bowen and Felix are an unlikely pair, and yes, it is a matter of instalove, but C.S. Poe makes it happen. They are very endearing characters whom I fell in love with as quickly as they did. Bowen is a flamboyant, red-haired, bow-wearing high school band director. A bit awkward and stumbling but so cute. He is a dedicated teacher with heart for his students. He has synesthesia, an affection that let him see voices in color. I don’t have it, but I totally understand what is meant by that. I am strongly affected by voices, not in color, but by the feeling I get from them. Felix is the owner of an apple orchard and is heavily scarred, inside and out. Self-conscious about his appearance and a bit introverted. A devoted father who only wants the best for his son, Alan. And his voice is pure amber. Bowen sees him in that warm embracing light. *I had no idea when I met you that the color of your voice was really a visual manifestation of your heart and soul.*Their banter is hilarious at times, funny and quirky. And then they stole my heart by being so utterly sweet and passionate. C.S. Poe did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. I really saw them in my mind. I wish I had a music teacher like Bowen. The joy he brings Felix is adorable and also a little bittersweet. Especially as Felix can hardly believes that Bowen wants to be with him.There is some drama, which is solved rather quickly and maybe a bit unbelievable. But in the overall feeling of this book, I didn’t think it mattered that much. And the epilogue makes up for everything.I loved that Bowen and Felix are an older couple. You don’t see that much in romance stories. It gives an extra dimension to the story as each man carried a lot of history with him. Another element that enhances the story is the supporting cast. They are written into the story at just the right moments with the right tone. Alan, Felix’s son, is perfectly portrayed as a fifteen-year-old boy with all the every-day high school problems. He has no trouble with his dad dating his band director whatsoever. Bowen’s best friend, Scarlett, is a sassy woman, with a sarcasm that might make you cringe, but I loved her. And maybe we will read more about Stephen? A heartwarming holiday story, that I can recommend to everyone.
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  • Kendra Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided for an honest review. This book starts out with Bowen moving from NYC to Lancaster, NH to take the position of band/music director for the small town's schools. He's leaving behind his BF Scarlett which he'd been roommates with for years. He runs into Felix who owns and runs the Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard. There's instant attraction and Bowen asks Felix out. Felix says no but later reconsidered. Bowen has a really talented sophomore Alan, in his music class, that happens to also writ ARC provided for an honest review. This book starts out with Bowen moving from NYC to Lancaster, NH to take the position of band/music director for the small town's schools. He's leaving behind his BF Scarlett which he'd been roommates with for years. He runs into Felix who owns and runs the Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard. There's instant attraction and Bowen asks Felix out. Felix says no but later reconsidered. Bowen has a really talented sophomore Alan, in his music class, that happens to also write music. Bowen decides on the first day to move him to first chair. Bowen and Felix start dating and by the third date are in bed together. The chemistry is believable and well written. Alan's ok with his teacher dating his dad, as long as Bowen doesn't hurt his dad. Felix has been single about seven years and is ready to date again. Bowen has something special about himself that explains the title of this book. It's interesting to read about. Felix has overcome a tragedy in his past that has affected his son Alan as well. An arson case and rumors spread at school cause trouble for Bowen and Felix. In comes Scarlett to the rescue with help from several people in town. Throw in the holiday season, good cooking and a short notice Christmas concert and everything ends up merry. This was a smoothly written book with no spelling or grammar errors noted. There were double, triple and a couple of times quadruple spacing between EVERY paragraph. I'm hoping that it's just a formatting issue with the ARC's because it was driving my OCD up the wall. I would have given the book a 5 star but for the fact that the author repeatedly mentions how Bowen is a top who needs a submissive (that knows and likes that he's a submissive) and Felix is a submissive who needs a dominant (who knows and likes that he's a dominant) in the first 52% of the book. It was stated in every chapter and a couple of times twice in one chapter. It wasn't something we were going to forget, so constantly repeating it got on my nerves. I almost put it down to a DNF, even though it was well written, because it was mentioned too much. However I continued reading and at about 53% it wasn't mentioned anymore and the book took off with a bang. This may be something that only bothered me because of my OCD. I think all the characters worked well in the story, even the bad guys. I would recommend anyone who likes M/M romance with some mystery thrown in to read this book.
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  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    Full review at :https://optimumm.blog/2017/12/27/review-color-of-you-by-c-s-poe/Bowen Merlin (I love his name) he’s the new band director for Lancaster’s high school. Bowen leaves New York and Scarlet (his best friend) for this quiet little town.Felix Hansen has lived in Lancaster for 10 years now. He’s the owner of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard. He’s also a single dad and has burn scars on him. Felix is quiet and discreet.When Bowen and Felix meet, everything seems possible for them except when lif Full review at :https://optimumm.blog/2017/12/27/review-color-of-you-by-c-s-poe/Bowen Merlin (I love his name) he’s the new band director for Lancaster’s high school. Bowen leaves New York and Scarlet (his best friend) for this quiet little town.Felix Hansen has lived in Lancaster for 10 years now. He’s the owner of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard. He’s also a single dad and has burn scars on him. Felix is quiet and discreet.When Bowen and Felix meet, everything seems possible for them except when life (especially people) decide to test them.It was a beautiful, poetic, love story.Bowen is the band director but not only. He’s also a great musician. He can play dozens of instruments, he has an absolute pitch, and he sees sounds. Especially music and voices. He has synesthesia, which means that he can see music, literally sees it with color. I loved it, I found it poetic. I loved how he describes people with colors. He’s also dominant, loves to take charge of things even if he looks like a dandy and people (lovers) assume he’s submissive.Felix is more discreet, quiet and shy. Because of his past, he’s not very confident. He looks like a big lumberjack but only in appearance, and like Bowen, people assume Felix is an Alpha when he’s not.They fit perfectly together. And they were so sweet and beautiful. And Alan, Felix’s son, was adorable and very protective of his dad.I really enjoyed this book, with a good plot, a twist in the middle of the story and a beautiful ending.The only thing that bothered me a little bit was the paradox between Bowen’s attitude in bed and how he claims himself as a dominant and how he reacts in front of a problem…passive. When problems came to them (and not tiny problems) Bowen was passive, it was other people who reacted to it. I found it incoherent with his temper.Anyway, it didn’t spoil the book, and I still enjoyed it a lot.It’s 4 OptimuMMs for this rainbow of sound.***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
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