Series: Blessings Georgia #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on February 6, 2018
He might be winning her heart before she even knows who he is...
Welcome to Blessings, Georgia, the small town with a big heart! Anyone from a small town can tell you that gossip never stays quiet for long. The biggest news lately is Ruby Dye: she's been receiving gifts from a secret admirer. But Ruby isn't sure she can trust this newfound happiness. Nobody knows the dark secrets she keeps about her life before she arrived in Blessings. Is this the beginning of a would-be romance, or is she the target of something more sinister?
Everyone admires Ruby and her determination to do the right thing, especially local lawyer "Peanut" Butterman. He's finally ready to tell her how he feels. But when trouble arrives on Ruby's doorstep and their little town is threatened, Peanut may have to prove himself in ways he never imagined.
I met hair salon owner, community matchmaker, and all around deep-hearted Ruby Dye in the prequel to this series and giving, competent and caring lawyer, Peanut Butterman nearly as early. Their shy and sweet little friends to lovers has been building through the whole series. Finally, its their book.
The Color of Love is the fifth installment in the Blessings, Georgia series. Each book introduces a new couple from the small town group, or at times, a newcomer to Blessings stirs things up. Each book has the built in flexibility to be enjoyed best in order, but also plucked out as a standalone. Until… yes, until now. Because of the build of this couple’s romance, it really does work best to be read at least after the last few otherwise it looks like the most awkward case of instalove out there.
The Color of Love begins on a bang. Ruby has seemed like the most open woman in town, but she had one really dreadful secret- an abusive ex. And Jarrod Dye has found her and it all goes wrong when his once timid ex-wife fights him. A kidnapping and assault and an APB later and Peanut realizes he might lose Ruby for good before he ever screwed up his courage to tell her how he feels about her and Ruby is busy having her own share of regrets, too.
As is usual, the author fills her book with a handful of smalltown happenings besides the main romance. There is poor Melissa getting fired from her job and losing an old friend at the same time. There’s a destitute family in town needing to catch a long overdue break. And three sisters who ignored a mother’s dying wish. Peanut and Ruby are in the middle of it all.
Now, I wanted this story sooooo badly I could taste it. But, this is a gently-paced laid back series so I was reasonable about my wants. This is good because I felt Ruby’s character slid off the rails somewhat in her own book. I didn’t hate this particular incarnation of Ruby, but I missed the sage, heart of gold and touch of humor woman I’ve come to know. I get that she’s had an up close and personal with trauma and the character responded to this in genuine ways, but- it might just be me- I had only rare glimpses of a familiar Ruby. This one was resentful if she even imagined someone’s face or words showed care, angry and bitter, ‘I am an island’ attitude, and oh so dramatic. And Peanut- he was a doll, but if he used one endearment he used a thousand once he and Ruby had an understanding.
So, I liked many aspects of this book, but I didn’t love it mostly because I felt I was reading about a very different heroine from the one who has been the mainstay through the whole series. That said, this one was suspenseful, heartwarming, and lovably small town. I will be back for more- we have some worthy and lonely widows and a prodigal son back in town.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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