Book Review: A Painted Summer by Amy Matayo

Title: A Painted Summer

Author: Amy Matayo

Page Length: 91 Pages

Published: November 3, 2015
(Originally published as part of the Just One Summer anthology June 9, 2015)

Book Summary:


Darby Sparks has lived a very sheltered life. As a homeschool graduate, a small town resident, and the only child of two over-protective parents, she’s dreamed of chasing big dreams. But big dreams take big courage. So in a moment of uncharacteristic boldness, Darby leaves the only life she’s ever known and sets off for California to test her skills in Hollywood. It works…until she runs out of money. That wasn’t part of her spur-of-the-moment plan, and she finds herself stuck in an unfamiliar city with too much pride to call home for help.

With limited options, Darby finds herself working for dangerously hot Lennon Dixon, the owner of a downtown Los Angeles tattoo parlor. Lennon needs help and finds it in Darby. What he doesn’t expect is her odd aversion to his place of business…or his attraction to her. As for Darby, to call her new job unfamiliar is the world’s biggest understatement. But to call her mutual attraction to Lennon unexpected is a very close second.

This is a 91-page novella that I quite enjoyed. Due to its short length, it was obviously a quick read but I felt the author did a good job developing the characters and story-line despite the limited number of pages.
Both main characters were quirky and likable. There are a few timeline and editing issues but overall this was very well done. Definitely worth taking the time to read. I am not by any means a judgemental person but this gave me some food for thought.

Rating: 3.5 Stars – Good Book

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Content: Clean

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