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?
What is the first thing you think of? Frozen. Brittle. Or how about transparent crystals?
When I think of this story, the first thing I think of is ice and then a kaleidoscope of colors rush into my mind’s eye.
In theory, I should think of colors first but I don’t.
I envision a boy who was enamored with the beauty of his world…until it froze.
Then it shattered and he was left numb, fragile and at first glance, without any colors. But when the sun hits Marco, he will blind you with a captivating array of the rainbow.
Oskar was Marco’s sun but Oskar went away and took all the light with him.
Now he’s back….and nothing will ever be the same again.
I had a little “moment” when I began this story. I saw it during the pre-release hype and knew I wanted to read it because I want to read everything that Anyta creates. However, I wasn’t really paying attention and didn’t realize it was book two in a series. I’m reading along and HEY! I know these guys!! It was rather exciting even if it made me real foolish for not knowing beforehand. So yes, this is book TWO in the True Love series but it can easily be read as a stand-alone. I don’t often say that, but it runs with a parallel timeline with book one. I absolutely adored Bottle Boys and was beyond ecstatic to see the guys again.
We are back in Berlin and the boys are studiously working their way through college. Marco has decided the memories are too potent living at home, next door to his former best friends house, and moves into an apartment. Marco is a survivor but he is also riddled with guilt, shame, and pain from ‘the’ accident. He takes his role of stand-in brother to Zoe, Oskar’s younger sis, seriously. In addition to his father and grandfather, Zoe is his closest family. He’s made a few new friends but continues to hold them at arm’s length. He suffered the biggest mistake of his life when he let his defenses down many years ago and refuses to do so again. Maintaining distance bears a high price and he’s never felt so alone. When Oskar returns with a bright smile and an endless supply of olive branches, Marco is rattled. He can’t forget. He can’t forgive. But he can’t continue living like this anymore either. Will he open his eyes to the true colors surrounding him? Or lose his chance at happiness?
I love a story that defies tragedy and captures the elusive happy ending. Marco and Oskar are best friends until a painful moment breaks them. Oh, how my heart hurt. I longed for a time turner to erase the words and eliminate the anguish. As we know, there is no way to turn back time, only forge ahead and attempt to recover. Problem is, Marco can’t move forward. He’s stuck, trapped in an emotional pit of quicksand. I find synesthesia fascinating. Are you familiar? It’s when your senses blend together and intertwine creating different perspectives. Marco feels in colors and designates colors to people. This story begins with black but it doesn’t stay there. Prepare to ride the rainbow on this journey. It’s an epic ride.
An emotional but rewarding journey. Anyta Sunday happens to be one of my favorite authors for a reason; I know it’s not going to be easy but it will be worth it in the end.
This story is a stark reminder that when we love someone with our whole heart, we give them immense power and the ability to destroy us, but in turn, they have the ability to restore us…if we let them. If you enjoy falling alongside first love, true love, and ONLY love, then I am certain you’ll want to take the dive into this color wheel.