Friday, August 11, 2017

A Painted Summer by Amy Matayo {Review}

A Painted Summer by Amy Matayo
Kindle Edition, 91 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by SYG Productions
Darby Sparks has lived a very sheltered life. As a homeschool graduate, a small town resident, and the only child of two over-protective parents, she’s dreamed of chasing big dreams. But big dreams take big courage. So in a moment of uncharacteristic boldness, Darby leaves the only life she’s ever known and sets off for California to test her skills in Hollywood. It works...until she runs out of money. That wasn’t part of her spur-of-the-moment plan, and she finds herself stuck in an unfamiliar city with too much pride to call home for help.

With limited options, Darby finds herself working for dangerously hot Lennon Dixon, the owner of a downtown Los Angeles tattoo parlor. Lennon needs help and finds it in Darby. What he doesn’t expect is her odd aversion to his place of business...or his attraction to her. As for Darby, to call her new job unfamiliar is the world's biggest understatement. But to call her mutual attraction to Lennon unexpected is a very close second.

Previously published as part of the Just One Summer collection.

My Review: 4 Stars 

Darby is a very sheltered young lady and now, she's spending the summer learning to spread her wings and overcome her fears, with help from Lennon, her boss. I love watching Darby learn about herself and to learn to think for herself. She is so fierce about making it on her own. Lennon is a great character, one who always kept me guessing. He's pretty wise for only being in his mid-20s, yet there's not a cocky bone in his body. 

So what is Darby doing for the summer? This home school graduate is in Los Angeles, trying to make it as an actress and is working in a tattoo parlor in the meantime. I think some tattoos are very artistic and special when there's a meaning connected to them. Although I personally don't want one, I found these descriptions interesting. 

I loved the growth and the subtle romance in this story and my summer spent here was enjoyable. This is a sweet coming-of-age book.

Content: mild romance


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About the Author:  

Amy MatayoAmy Matayo is an award winning author of The Wedding Game, Love Gone Wild, Sway, In Tune With Love, A Painted Summer, and The End of the World. She graduated with barely passing grades from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. But don't feel sorry for her--she's super proud of that degree and all the ways she hasn't put it to good use.

She laughs often, cries easily, feels deeply, and loves hard. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and four kids and is working on her next novel.

Twitter: @amymatayo

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