True Colors – ARC Review

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BLURB: Oskar used to be Marco’s best friend. His everything. His sunshine yellow.

But that was before. Before Marco stopped being a hot jock. Before he learned to live with scars and pain. And before Oskar tore their friendship apart.

Now the boy next door has returned home, determined to rekindle his friendship with Marco, and Marco’s more afraid than ever. Afraid of getting hurt. Afraid of being humiliated.

Afraid of falling in love.

Can Oskar find a way through Marco’s fear, back into his heart?

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“True Colors” is an enemies to lovers, boy next door, first time, slow burn M/M romance with a generous helping of UST. This no-cliffhanger, HEA book can be read as a standalone

 

REVIEW:

I really liked this one. I love how Marco uses colours throughout this story: he associates different ones with his feelings and assigns them to people in his life as well.

It started with sunglow yellow and him

We learn that Marco and his once best friend had a falling out. As the story progresses, bit by bit, we get the reveal of what really went down. This was done really well I think, and through Marco’s flashbacks of what led up to him and Oskar not being friends for all those years, we get the whole picture.

It’s all wrapped up in Marco’s insecurities about his burns. Burns he sustained in an accident that took his mothers life. Now Oskar’s back and all these old insecurities are rearing their head again. And now that Marco’s dad is including Oskar in his (Marco’s) late mother’s play, he can’t even escape his feelings of the hurt, anger and sadness that’s bombarding him.

I adored the way their relationship grew, from them finally talking it out, to coming back to being somewhat friends, all the while it’s so obvious that something more is simmering beneath the surface to finally lovers!

The supporting characters were great as well. Well fleshed out, and  Marco’s friends were so supportive of him when he does come out. That scene near the end with Marco’s Opa, where he just accepts him (i knew Opa was already clued in on what was going on with Marco and Oska, you always gotta look out for those old ones lol) made me want to cry.

Oskar’s parents on the other hand, whoooo boy they pissed me off so much, so I guess the author did a good job of creating parents who made Oskar’s whole coming out about them. Damn they got me heated. I really felt for Oskar there, that his parents made it seem like their support was basically a chore. At the very end they seemed like they were trying to be better though, but…yeh i did not like them >.>

Oskar and Marco finally getting together, finally being intimate with each other was so well crafted and felt so real. *cue the tears* Marco was so vulnerable there and Oskar didn’t rush him, made Marco feel safe and cared for and loved. As he should in that situation.

So i really liked this one a lot 😀

Rating: Palm Tree on Samsung Palm Tree on Samsung Palm Tree on Samsung Palm Tree on Samsung

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