Title: True Colors (True Love #2)
Author: Anyta Sunday
Expected Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, MM Romance, New Adult
Page Count: 208
Rating: 4 Stars
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?
“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
♦ Personal Thought ♦
A journey of young love who went through tragedy, wrong choices and redemption. An angsty yet funny story told from a scarred young man’s POV. I went through many kind of emotions following Marco through the pages; laughing, smiling, sniffling, all twisty feeling that had me clutch my heart.
True Colors is the second entry to Anyta Sunday‘s True Love series, set in Berlin. Marco used to be best bud with Oskar who lived next door; they were practically inseparable until the day Oskar did the unspeakable and hurt Marco’s already fragile feeling and the friendship shattered. Years later, after briefly leaving Berlin, Oskar is back next door and Marco struggles between his (still) deep- seated hurt, unwanted attraction, and self-consciousness.
At first, I felt slightly exasperated with Marco and thought he’s acting a bit childish. But as the story goes and more of his issue revealed, I couldn’t help to feel for him. He was scarred at a young age and never really coped from the backlash from someone he thought would always be there for him. On the other hand, Oskar paid the price for his reckless choice and suffers in silence along with Marco.
It was the sort of convoluted misunderstanding that went too long and not easily bridged. I might not a big fan of new adult genre, but the way Sunday span the story and played with the characters’s emotions, I say this is not a story to be missed. Not only is this a romantic love, True Colors also a tale about family love. Like with family, there are some issues you have to face – like annoying, butting-in sister – but you love them anyway, no matter what. That pretty much sums up my state with this book. 🙂
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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