Paint the Sky
Lily G Blunt
Narrated by Joel Leslie
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Listening Length: 6 hours and 4 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Lily G Blunt
Audible.co.uk Release Date: 3 Sept. 2015
A love of art…
A mutual interest in art draws two shy university students together. Ben admires Vinnie’s painting of the university building, so Vinnie invites him to an exhibition of his artwork. From a wealthy family, Ben purchases some of Vinnie’s art and arranges for the artist to personally hang the paintings in his apartment.
Starry, starry night…
Ben commissions Vinnie to paint his portrait, in order to spend more time with the artist. On the night of the sitting, Vinnie fingerpaints the starry night on Ben’s chest… and they kiss. They begin a relationship beneath the night sky, God’s own canvas.
But every relationship has its ups and downs and so it is with theirs. When Ben thinks Vinnie spends too much time with a fellow artist, his jealousy drives a wedge between them and forces Vinnie into the very thing Ben dreads.
Hold tight to your dreams…
Ben and Vinnie will have to walk through fire before they can find one another again. But if they believe, and if they keep their faith in the night sky and each other, just maybe they can make their dreams of love come true.
About the Audiobook Narrator
Joel Leslie was a pleasure to work with throughout.
I love his narration of my story and the way he brought the various characters to life.
Check out his others works here.
Vinnie led me across the room, pulling me by the shirt. “Lie back on the sofa for me and I’ll paint you.”
As if in a dream, I settled my head against one arm of the sofa, my legs dangling over the other end, scarcely breathing now. Vinnie knelt on the floor beside me with an open pot of paint in his hand.
Teasingly, he dipped his index finger into the dark blue paint as if it were cream he would lick off. His finger connected with my skin and he made short strokes across my chest, the coldness of the paint making me shiver.
Mesmerised by the closeness of his beautiful face, the view of the night sky through the window, and the picture forming upon my chest, I watched as dab after dab and stroke after stroke he built up a mix of shades, until a dark night sky with the moon and stars were there to be seen—a masterpiece, drying on the warmth of my blazing skin, a transient thing of beauty. His fingers skimmed my skin causing gooseflesh to ripple in waves down my arms and thighs. My nipples pebbled in response to his touch.
And when he was done, his lips met mine in a languid kiss; how our first kiss should have been—sweet, innocent, and full of promise. He pulled away, smiling down at me.
This was the beginning of something special.
First of all, I need to say that this is my first experience with an audiobook. I am an avid reader. I read at a rather fast pace. I was a little reticent to experience this form of experiencing a story, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to listen to one of Lily’s novels.
I thoroughly enjoyed the narration by Joel Leslie. He was able to change his voice when narrating the various dialogues of different characters, keeping track of the differences. It was easy to follow. The default pace was great, but I preferred to listen to the story at 1.5 or 1.75 of normal.
Hearing some of the vulgar terms in that particular accent was shocking to me. As a reader, I try to skip the crude bits. I don’t personally don’t like the language. It’s jolting. However, I was still able to breathe through some of the words and concentrate on the visual and the story.
As for the story itself, it was very well written. The character development was second to none. The storyline was full-on realistic, full of angst. The main characters don’t have a psychic connection that enable them to read each other’s minds. I could give examples of real life situations that resembled what the main characters were going through, but I won’t . It was like reading a diary (or in this case hearing one being read out loud).
The secondary characters all had their essential role to play, describing various sexual orientations, and stages of development. Each one contributed to the story in an amazing way.
Lily was spot on in her depiction of the trauma of physical and sexual abuse without being… well too blunt about it.
I enjoyed this experience immensely. To me this is a must-read, especially if you like sexy descriptions, because this story had an abundance of them.
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ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK AND IN PAPERBACK
I’m offering a choice of either a signed paperback copy of Paint the Sky, an A5 or A6 notebook with a Paint the Sky cover to three lucky winners.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance and erotica. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page—there never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!
Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon. She later published short stories with Torquere Press and Wayward Ink Publishing. Lily is excited about joining Pride Publishing for her upcoming story, The Handyman Can.
Easily distracted from her writing, Lily makes videos using clips from gay-themed movies and posts gorgeous pictures of men kissing or making out on her tumblr and Facebook pages. Lily is also an avid supporter of GLBTQ rights and advocates equality for all. She was recently a steward for Pride in London.
Lily lives in central England with her rather bemused husband and a ‘mad as a bag of frogs’ Shetland Sheepdog called Barney.
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