Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review: Coloring Outside the Lines (Different Paths to Love #2) by Diana DeRicci

Coloring Outside the Lines (Different Paths to Love #2)
by Diana DeRicci
Published December 11th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Formats Available: mobi, epub, pdf, zip/html

My Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Different Paths to Love: Book Two

Photographer Ralph Haraldsson’s birthday celebration starts to turn disastrous when he runs into his ex, and it seems to be headed downhill from there. Julian Franzese, an off-duty cop with a hotter-than-sin body, gets co-opted to take Ralph home when the friends he came with run into problems. Even though they’ve never met before, Julian defends Ralph’s wounded pride from his ex and his body from a creepy patron. The relationship starts out cool, but Ralph soon warms up to the persistent Texan, and as they get to know each other, the temperature continues to rise. But Ralph has a couple of secrets: an old injury that could make a difference, and the room he keeps locked up behind his studio—a room where only those who play by the rules can enter. What might Julian think if Ralph shows him all his hidden colors?

Coloring Outside the Lines is about queenie Ralph of Second Chance At Love, the first book of the Different Paths to Love by Diana DeRicci. In that first book, this flamboyant Ralph was hilarious, was happy-go-lucky and hyper talented as a photographer. Then we have here his very own book and the Ralph we knew then is not the Ralph we know now.

I guess we did color his character based on that first book for this one took me for a surprise. There was something Ralph had hidden and now we get to see it and just - gasp! It is this same surprise that got him into trouble with his ex and which opens this book to his birthday - woe! - celebrated in a bar with friends Tony and Brandon. It is also here he meets up and falls into lust with Julian, an openly gay cop who was out with his gay and straight friends at the very same bar. They share glances, they share a few lines, the ex steps in, something happens in the restroom and Julian gets hunky-alpha and just takes Ralph home. Then just like that, the secret is revealed.

Where do I go from here? I was really expecting more. All I really got from this is a very short, light, light, light read laced with a bit of man on man loving, a bit of drama, a bit of boom! ba Boom! and end. 

I guess after seeing the title, I was expecting more color within the lines or even outside of it?

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