A Boy Called Rainbow by Robin Knight

Miles' life has imploded, so he escapes to a small town on the coast in hopes of collecting a big fee and starting over. Meeting Rainbow, a secluded artist, changes everything, and while Miles learns more about Rainbow's life, he finds himself wanting to help the younger man. An unexpected connection, dedicated kindness, and being seen in a different way can lead to love. A Boy Called Rainbow is a new standalone novel from Robin Knight.

From the blurb:

Love comes in all colors…

Art evaluator Miles Tate is finally about to start living his dream… that is if he can get the funding in place to open his own art gallery in New York. But when an unexpected turn of events finds every one of Miles’ perfectly-planned dreams turned upside-down, it’s time to escape Manhattan and reluctantly take up a well-paid job in the tiny seaside town of Hope’s Bluff, Georgia. For Miles, it’s his only chance to make some money, claw back what little dignity he has left, and figure out what the hell to do with his life.

But evaluating the art collection of a deceased estate isn’t made easy by the grandson of the dearly departed. Indeed, the young man who calls himself Rainbow is a hot-tempered, hotter-than-hell artist whose secrets run deep and passions run raw. He is talented, troubled, tempestuous and deaf... and possibly the one person who can save Miles from his own heartache.

Can Miles finish the job he’s been paid to do… or will two opposites find that they have more in common than they first imagined? Can the pair of them find the strength in each other to rebuild their lives… or will the traumas of their pasts drive them both away? Will Miles turn his back on the handsome, hurt, artistic genius he’s stumbled upon… or will he finally find true love in the arms of A Boy Called Rainbow?

SNik's Review:

Standalone. Age gap. Disability representation. Found family. Hurt/comfort. Slow burn. Single POV. 

Leaving his cheating partner and dream of running an art gallery behind, Miles grasps at a big money offer to appraise some art in a small town as he escapes his old life. What Miles doesn’t expect is to meet a beautiful boy named Rainbow with a haunted past, who only wants to be left alone with his art. 

Beautifully written, both Miles and Rainbow find a special connection together, as they are both living with harsh pasts. We get peeks of their past, and I do wish we learned more about each man and the lives they lived before meeting, along with them getting to know each other better. 

Interesting secondary characters, some supportive, some awful, with Miles and Rainbow trying to overcome legal and family complications. 

It's a quick fall into something deeper. Both Miles and Rainbow are sympathetic characters and all the interactions between them were entertaining, leading to sweet and steamy romance.

Rating: 4.25 Stars

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