Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Retro Review: Changing Colors by Elyse Springer

About Changing Colors

Tony Quinn has a knack for figuring people out. He likes labels, likes to be able to put everyone and everything in tidy boxes. As a theater director, it allows him to run a production without too much drama. But when he meets Gentry—“call me Gee”—in a bar one night, he discovers that some people aren’t so easily defined.

Gee Parnell is unlike anyone Tony has ever met before. He refuses to conform—to Tony’s expectations, or to society’s gender roles. He’s sexy and flirtatious, unapologetic and unashamed. And Tony isn’t sure he’s okay with that. So he breaks things off and escapes back into his well-ordered life.

But then an attack leaves Gee bloody and bruised, and Tony realizes that he isn’t ready to lose him. Not only is the passion between them off the charts, but Gee shows him a different way of understanding people. However, an exciting new job opportunity means that Tony has to decide between hiding his sexuality and his relationship with Gee, and his newfound appreciation for the color and beauty Gee brings to his life.

3.75 Stars

Ugh, some people are so infuriating! I really liked Tony and in the beginning, I even felt bad for him when he lost Gee, but I also wanted to beat him at times. How can you love someone if you can’t truly accept them for who they are? The answer is you can’t and Tony learns that the hard way. And why do characters do things that they know will blow up in their faces? Is it just to make the reader have an anxiety attack?! LOL Tony’s actions were, as I said, infuriating. I sat on the edge of my seat mentally yelling at him, begging him to please do the right thing, not only by his boyfriend, but by himself as well.

I loved that Gee was so comfortable with who he was both on the inside and the outside. It takes courage, especially for someone who I’m sure, growing up in the Deep South, was faced homophobia throughout most of his life, to be brave enough to be true to who they are. Gee was so brave to walk the streets of New York with his head held high while wearing women’s clothes. He knew who he was and wasn’t ashamed of it.

I enjoyed the story. It grabbed me and held on until the last word, you know, yelling at Tony. Tony was a well-developed character, but I knew almost nothing about Gee. He remained a mystery throughout, both to Tony and the reader and I just couldn’t connect with him. He felt more like a secondary character rather than a main character. For me this is where the problem lies with having just a singular point of view. If you aren’t going to have a dual point of view, you need to be sure your main character who doesn’t have a voice is well-developed through dialogue.

All in all, this really was an enjoyable read, but for me it lacked chemistry between Tony and Gee. I loved their story, but I just didn’t feel that spark between them. Maybe it was just me? Still, the writing was good and the story flowed well. Filled with an interesting and supportive plethora of secondary characters I’m anxious to get to know better. I’ll definitely be checking out the other stories in the series! A recommendable read!

*copy provided by author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

About the Seasons of Love Universe

New York is the city that never sleeps: where everything can change in the blink of an eye, and where anything is possible—especially romance. In the bitter cold of winter or the impossible humidity of mid-summer, your own happily ever after might be right around the corner.

The people of New York come from all walks of life, and the relationships are just as diverse. So whether you’re a waiter or an aspiring actor, a banker or a model, falling in love can happen quicker than the seasons change.

About Elyse Springer

Elyse is an author and world-traveler, whose unique life experiences have helped to shape the stories that she wants to tell. She writes romances with LGBTQ+ characters and relationships, and believes that every person deserves a Happily Ever After. When she’s not staring futilely at her computer screen, El spends her time adding stamps to her passport, catching up on her terrifying TBR list, and learning to be a better adult.

She’s always happy to chat with other readers, and you can find her online at:

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