Release Date: June 13, 2019
Cover Design: Amanda BockmanHer world was color. Canvas and paint. Indie O’Connell lived inside her head. Her voices the muse. And as a freshman at St. Peter’s College, all she wanted, was to create a name for herself with the brush in her hand. His world was over. Despite his humble upbringing, Kai Carter seemed to have it all. Captain of the swim team and a full scholarship. His golden boy status a mask he had to wear to keep his dream and his family afloat. All the pieces of his life dangled precariously from his fingertips. Forced to fight a battle he’d never signed up for, Kai’s loyalty turned out to be his undoing, and like a good captain, no matter what the cost, he’d gone down with the ship. They never planned for their worlds to collide. He was her brother’s best friend. She was supposed to be invisible. Off limits. Being together, regardless of how much they wanted it, was a line they’d never cross. But when lives get messy, lines get blurred, and in love, nothing is ever black and white.
REVIEWAfter everything I’ve heard about this author, I was expecting an epic love story, but I never expected one quite like this. I haven’t read Let There Be Light yet, but could read this story just fine. There are definitely details I am curious about, but that didn’t take away anything from Kai and Indie’s story! Kai seemed like a guy who had everything. Standing up for something he believed in cost him a lot and his mother getting sick on top of everything really destroyed him. He’s doing his best to keep himself together, but it’s getting harder. Kai doesn’t do relationships, but one night stands he can handle. That is until he meets Indie! Indie has a heart of gold, but sees the world differently than most. The voices in her head want to drag in her to a dark place, but painting is something that helps keep them quiet. Her father knows what she’s going through and keeps her on track, just like her twin brother Royal (I love their relationship). Indie is really talented and never really expects to have a relationship of her own. Until she meets Kai and the voices seem to quiet down! First of all I have to start off with saying that I love how mental health plays such a big part in this story. Therapy is seen as something both characters need and have to work at. At the end of the story they’re not magically better, because they have found love. This is so important, because a lot of stories seem to change this. A.M. Johnson gave us two flawed characters who I loved maybe more than some of the ‘perfect’ ones we find in romances. If you’re not a fan of slowburning romances or some angst, this may not be the story for you. This can be an issue for me, but Seven Shades of You just does it right. I loved the build up of them getting to know each other. Even both of them realizing their romance may not be accepted by everyone. I love the moments when they’re still nervous with each other or sneaking glances in class. It’s just so sweet. I could honestly write a book about how amazing this book is. Seven Shades of You is filled with love, friendship, family, forgiveness, living and even some humor. I really hope this author writes more about these characters, but this just isn’t enough!
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About the AuthorAmanda lives in Utah with her family where she moonlights as a nurse on the weekends. If she’s not busy with her three munchkins, you’ll find her buried in a book or behind the keyboard where she explores the human experience through the written word. She’s obsessed with all things Austen and Oreos, and loves to connect with readers!
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