Friday, May 25, 2018

Release Day Review: War Paint by Sarah Black

Title: War Paint
Author: Sarah Black
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Category: Contemporary, States of Love
Pages: 88

There’s an art to love.
Mural artist Ben has come from Tel Aviv to Atlanta to work on a commission. A successful artist, he’s still lonely and isolated after his family’s rejection. Ben is charmed and surprised when local soldier Eli mistakes him for homeless, and brings him a cup of coffee and a biscuit. This gesture opens the door. Eli is lost, trying to make sense of a future without the Army after a combat injury ends his career.
Art gives them a new language and a path forward. But lost men can reach out, desperate to hang on to anyone close. Is what they find together real, and the kind of love that will last?

3 Stars

I was really excited to start this book and I really liked Eli and Ben’s story, but at times, I was absolutely bored to tears and confused. The author focuses on a lot of the artistic aspects surrounding their relationship. Ben and Eli have a great deal of conversations, as well as a lot inner-musings, about specific types of art and I was completely lost and found I couldn’t relate.

This was already a short story to begin with, and it’s harder to manage individual character development, not to mention relationship development in a shorter book. While Ben and Eli were sweet and I liked the idea of their story, the author needed to devote more time to them, rather than the art.

The story had so much potential, but for me, it just didn’t work and unfortunately, if you’re looking for a nice romance with good character development, this one isn’t it.

*copy provided by author/publisher for my reading pleasure, a review was not a requirement*

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