Saturday, July 30, 2016

Painting Sky By Rita Branches Review

Title: Painting Sky

Author: Rita Branches

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: Mature YA/NA

My Rating: 4 / 5

Goodreads Summary:

Nobody ever said life was easy...

People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend.

But things don't always go as planned...

Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate - another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend's older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane's life becomes more complicated than ever before.

When Keith's past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants--even if it hurts everyone she loves.

My Thoughts:
***I received a review copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in return for my honest review***

I started out with this book by only reading a small sample from Amazon, but just by reading those few chapters I was hooked to this story and fell in love with it!  This is not only a great contemporary romance story but also a great coming of age story in a sense.  We start out by seeing Jane, the main character, leaving the shelter of her home and starting her college journey.  And as the story progresses, you can really see how much Jane grows and becomes her own person, takes control of her life like she never had before, and really discovers who she is.  But that's only part of the awesomeness that is this story.

Besides seeing Jane grow into her own person, I loved the whole romantic aspect.  As clic as it is, I have always loved the mysterious bad boy who actually turns out to be a very sweet, caring person with a vulnerable side.  And it worked perfectly in this story.  Not only was Jane a perfect match for Keith, but Keith also brought out the best in Jane.  He helped her discover her true self and stand up for herself and her choices.  They brought out the best in each other.  The romance and chemistry between them was just perfect, and it was very clear from the beginning that they both cared about each other even though it took them a while to realize it.

Overall the story was pretty good and I enjoyed reading this book.  The only thing that bothered me a little was the climax near the end.  It felt kind of disconnected from the rest of the story and did not really seem to "fit" in that specific scene.  It felt like it would have made more sense, or would have added more to Jane's and Keith's relationship had that scene ocurred earlier in the story.  But like I said, overall this book was really good so if you are looking for a new contemporary romance story to read, I would definitely recommend picking up this book!

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