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Bowen Merlin - yes, that’s his real name - accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire, as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after-school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s never had much luck with romance, factoring in time to find Mr. Right isn’t a priority....

Until he meets the proprietor of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard, Felix Hansen. Suddenly, true love seems like a possibility for the first time in Bowen’s life. The two are a perfect match and fill the skipped beats of each other’s hearts. But as wonderful as Felix seems, he’s harboring scars that could end their budding relationship when someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.

If Bowen is to survive the holidays, he’ll need to lean on old friends and new, convince Felix he’s worth any hardship, and prove they can come out of the catastrophe stronger if they do so together.

©2017 C S Poe (P)2018 Dreamspinner Press

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Told in music teacher Bowen Merlin's single POV Color of You is set in the small town of Lancaster, New Hampshire. Bowen is in for a few shocks after moving up from New York city - from the bitter cold, to how welcoming his students are, to meeting quiet, but gorgeous, Felix Hansen.

When the relationship that develops between Bo and Felix heats up and comes out not everyone in town is happy about it and the consequences are severe. Luckily Bo has his bestie, Scarlett, from New York, a foul-mouthed tattoo artist with cotton candy-colored locks and a fierce protective streak, and some new friends, along with Felix at his back.

Greg Tremblay, under his sexier Boudreaux brand, does a great job with character voices and bringing a realism to the story and romance. Sure they fall in love in less than a month, but Greg, reading Poe's words, makes it not only believable, but I was cheering Bo and Felix on.

Color of You is a cute romance, filled with interesting elements and substance, great characters - both main and secondary, plenty of super hot and steamy sexy times, and a fantastic epilogue HEA.

This was a delightful listen, and for those who love sexy dirty talk and a switch up of the smaller man being the alpha and the bigger guy being more submissive, this one should definitely be on your radar!

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Excellent story and narration!!

One of my favorite reads...Greg's narration was spot on! It was funny, sexy and smoking hot!

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super quick love story with quirky characters

I’m going to be in the minority here. It took me awhile to figure it out and I had to really think on what about this story didn’t work for me. There’s so much about it to like/love. The music is what attracted me originally, the hurt/comfort aspect and the scarring, the big city meets country – all of these things really worked for me. I also loved the synesthesia –that was not only cool but really interesting, too. At first, I thought maybe it was the insta-love – and I think that wasn’t my favorite aspect, but it didn’t bother me that much EXCEPT…

I never liked Bowen. Ugh. I said it. I wanted to like him, but I never warmed to him. He was bossy and though he said he wanted an equal in his relationships, he was just too bossy/toppy and as I’ve said before I really shy away from anything even remotely BDSM and his relationship with Felix really bordered on D/s in the sense that he was so dominant.

Many people really enjoyed this and if you’re not as sensitive to that particular power dynamic it might not bother you either – but – for me – each time they were intimate and Bowen began to talk it just pushed all the wrong buttons for me and that influenced my feelings for the rest of the story.

In general, it was really sweet – with an OTT subplot about homophobia that sort of matched the super quick love story and large personalities of all the secondary characters.

I think people who are looking for something really sweet, holiday themed, super quick love story with some interesting/quirky characters will find this right up their alley.

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Greg B (Tremblay) does his typically wonderful job with this and it was his narration that attracted me to this story in the first place. I knew I could trust that he would be easy on the ears and really let me sink into the story. He did not disappoint!

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Loved it!

Loved this story - it falls into the "Hallmark movie" format.
Greg Boudreaux as always provides excellent narration to bring the characters to life.
I look forward to more from this Author / Narrator combo !

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great

i really enjoyed the book I looking forward to more of your book there is always some one out there to love you no matter what you look like

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Very colorful story

Bowen Merlin takes a teaching position in New Hampshire and uproots his life to the quaint, small town. It takes him about five minutes to run into Felix Hansen, literally. Each man sees what they crave in the other's eyes, but it's far from smooth sailing for the pair. Between Felix's hesitation to even date, much less be in a relationship, the fact that his son, Allan, is a student of Bowen's and some pigheaded town bigots, what could be a blossoming courtship just might go up in flames.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, the writing was exceptional and the narration was stellar. Bo and Felix played off of each other perfectly and the story was the right balance of romance, intrigue and suspense. Boudreaux did such a good job giving each and every character their own voice in the story, but then, he always does. Definitely a must listen for those that enjoy quirky romances with a fresh, new storyline and relateable characters.


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Cute holiday tale enlivened by great narration

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This feel-good story, which evokes images of warm apple pie and apple-cheeked Christmas sweetness, is full of instas—insta-crushes, insta-love and an insta-solved Scooby gang homophobia plot device for that touch of C.S. Poe amateur sleuthing.

Bowen Merlin, beyond being a sound-to-color synesthetic, is an interesting character whose awkward first moves, clumsiness and thin, outward appearance belie a craving to be sexually dominant, an important part of himself that has been a major contributor in his failed relationships. While at a holiday fair, he spills his apple cider on the owner of the local apple orchard, Felix Hanson, and is instantly smitten. After some awkwardness and Bowen being surprised that Alan, the talented clarinet player he bonded with on his first day at work, is Felix’s son, the two settle into an adorably hot courtship. Having been burned by a fire and his ex-husband, Felix is shy and hesitant when it comes to exposing his emotional and physical scars. Yet, all Bowen can see is how thoughtful, beautiful and special Felix is and how perfectly they fit together.

Per usual, Greg Tremblay/Boudreaux does an excellent job bringing the story to life. As books with good teachers are a particular fave of mine, and as a former band geek, I loved hearing Bowen’s enjoyment of the music, teaching, and the kids, and could almost hear the colors of his interactions just like Bowen. Frankly, with everything happening on a three week time table—from bonding with all the students and his boyfriend’s son, to love—listening to Tremblay infuse the dialogue and thoughts with the weight of the characters’ emotions helped make the speed of events believable enough to immerse me in the story and enjoy the sugary goodness. Because I was so invested in Bowen’s and Felix’s sweet, yet intense courtship, I found the incredibly ugly and unexpected homophobic turn it took at around 65% a bit jarring. However, in keeping with the allegro tempo of all the emotional beats, it’s tidily wrapped up in Christmas bows not long after, and the honeyed happiness of holiday cheer and community is restored.

Color of You is full of characters that are charming in their own unique ways, a sweet and spicy romance, and is narrated in full color by Greg Tremblay. So, if you like that special gooeyness of holiday romances and are looking for a good, easy listen, this audiobook is for you.

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Color of You

Though Color of You can be read as a stand-alone, there are characters from C.S's novella Joy included in the story and this story takes place in the same town. Reading the novella isn't necessary to enjoy this story. The first time I read this, I had not read Joy but before listening to this audio I took an hour and read it. I enjoyed seeing the carryover of characters and the information on the town that is gotten from the novella.

I am a fan of this author. I love her writing style, characters and stories she tells and this one is no different! I loved Bowen! Bowen has just moved to the small town of Lancaster to take a job as the band teacher. He has red hair and wears bow ties that make him stand out in the school, but in a positive way. The students love the new teacher and even the jocks start emulating his bow tie wearing. And though Bowen doesn't move to a new area thinking he's going to end up in a relationship, he meets Felix when he dumps hot cider on him. Felix is shy and though he's attracted to Bowen, he turns him down for a date. Though Bowen is down, he doesn't let that hold him back and gives it another chance. Felix is shy and standoffish, and though you can tell he's also interested in Bowen, he's very reserved. But, Felix has a history to share that explains his actions. And though Felix's history could have been used to weigh this story down, it really doesn't. Felix isn't reliving his past, refusing to move on.

The relationship between the two men was perfect! Though Bowen is the smaller, slight guy, he's always been dominating, but men typically see him as the bottom. Felix is a strong, big man but is interested in being a bottom, and more submissive. Bowen and Felix are perfect together in this aspect and the further their relationship goes, the more they become comfortable sharing what they want. Bowen and Felix are more than what happens in the bedroom though. You get to watch them building a relationship together, talking, and spending time with Felix's son. They get to know each other, and you can watch the love grow between them. But not everything is easy for Bowen and Felix and not everyone in the small town is happy about having another gay man live in their town and teach their children. However, Felix and Bowen won't have to fight this alone.

The narrator is Greg Boudreaux and he always does a terrific job with his narrations. He brings the stories to life, gives each character an individual voice, expresses emotion well through his storytelling, and has a great pace and voice that’s easy to listen to.

This story is book perfect and hit every note right for me from the first page to the last. I loved Bowen and Felix and how they were more than a stereotype. I thought Alan, Felix's son, added another terrific dynamic to the story. I loved Bowen's best friend Scarlet and their interactions together, and I was rooting for her to move to town so we could see more of her. Bowen's new friend Stephen was a great character and I really hope the author has a story lined up giving him someone to love. This is a must-read for everyone who loves a romance story with a HEA ending. It's definitely one that I'll reread/listen to often.

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amazing

amazing story. amazing narration.

What else needs to be said.

Two men that have gotten stuck in stereotypes pretty much there whole adult life. Finally think they have found the man they can be free with until a small town or a couple of people in a small town have other plans.

Love and friendship can conquer all.