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.
©2014 Lily G. Blunt (P)2015 Susan Haines
This is not my usual type of book, I'm not fond of long separations and misunderstandings. I did think both main characters would have benefited from a serious intervention. Vinnie most of all!
The writing is good, the back story well fleshed out. The secondary characters were delightful, just how a good family should be. The ending is very satisfying, I do love a HEA.
Joel Leslie is one of my favourite narrators and he brings these characters and the story to life.
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Hi, I am an avid reader of MM Romance. I try to always leave an honest review of any and all books that I enjoy reading/listening to.
The first thing that hit me with this story was the British accent of the narrator. I hadn’t realized it had been so long since I had heard my own native accent spoken on tape. After a while Joel’s voice had me immersed in the story.
After a while I wanted to bang the main character’s heads together. Ben and Vinnie are lovely but they don’t communicate and so they end up arguing, making up, and starting the cycle over, and over.
Vinnies brothers are funny and likable, although I did want to punch Finn a couple of times, until he found his love interest.
The final character I want to mention is James. I have a few friends who would love to teach him a lesson if he were a real person. Men like that only belong in one place—jail. He pounces on the cracks in Vinnie and
Ben’s relationship, and takes advantage of Vinnie’s great nature.
My favorite bit had to be the painting. All through the book is the painting of the night sky, but the best two (to me) are: the one Vinnie does on Ben’s skin (on the book cover) and the one they do together at the end. They are both beautifully described and so romantic.
Lesson In Love
Vinnies reaction to the exhibition of his work
When Ben first sees Vinnie, I was smiling listening to this part.
Yes - wasn't able to listen in one sitting, but once near the end I was literally growling at people to leave me alone!
I have listened to quite a few audio books now, but this one with both the narrator and the storyline, I was pulled me in straight away. This is also an audio book that I will listen to again and again.
"Ben and Vinnie"
Yes because I really liked the story.
I loved his voice and accent.
It made me smile quite often and I did laugh quite a few times.
I would recommend this for anyone that enjoys a good mm romance. It is contemporary and light hearted. There is some angst but it is low key in my opinion.
"great story with great vocal performance"
the vocal performance was pretty good...i'm an american so i love the english accent - A LOT. he offered several voices for the characters as well a solid performance, sucking me into the story and keeping me interested throughout.
i LOVE this cover – so hot and perfect for the story! The writing was pretty good…I love English books – their spelling and slang is different than ours and I love it. It seems like this could be the start to a series…I’d love to see books about Vinnie’s brothers – Theo and Finn.
When we first meet Ben he seems a bit snobbish and shallow. He’s also a bit of a man whore…only partaking in quickies in the back room of the club he frequents. When he finally finds the courage to introduce himself to Vinnie and gets to know him, he starts to get a good figurative look in the mirror. Vinnie has had to work hard for the little he does have and is not interested in being another notch in Ben’s bedpost. Ben realizes that if he wants anything to do with Vinnie, he’s going to have to make a change or two. While in their relationship with Vinnie he really is a sweet, affectionate guy. He also gets along well with both of Vinnie’s brothers. He matures quite a bit during their time together and truly becomes a great man. He suffered a bit of a tragedy as a child which Vinnie helps him through.
Vinnie is a bit shy and reserved. He lacks self-confidence in his work and even while in a relationship with Ben is easily manipulated by someone else (not going to say more here as I don’t want to add a spoiler). As he becomes more successful and gains more confidence he really becomes a great man too. By the end, the two of them together are the perfect pair.
The secondary characters are really great – I’d love to see a couple of follow up books about Vinnie’s brothers – Theo and Finn. There was a pretty good setup for their stories in this book.
The angst in this book was so heart-breaking. It brought tears to my eyes several times. I just wanted to hug each of the boys. Theo and Finn were really great to Ben during the time of trouble.
One of my complaints about the book is that we didn’t get to see Vinnie’s reaction to Ben’s tattoo. I think that could have been a magical moment.
Overall, a great listen or read!
thoroughly enjoyed this book. the narrator captured characters wonderfully. his accent was delightful. The cover of the book captured the theme of the story perfectly . was so glad to hear the HEA. after all the pain and heartbreak.
Loved the story! New to me author and I can't wait to read more of her books!
"Very Enjoyable Book"
I would love to hear Ben and Vinnie's story again
I loved the Birthday evening
First time I have listened to his voice, loved it, great job
I had to rake a break but had it listened too within 36 hours
"Paint the Sky review"
I don't listen to books a second time, so no I wouldn't.
I loved the ending, it was satisfying and felt good.
Joel did a perfect job narrating the story. I adore his voice, it's deep and mellow and very pleasant to listen to.
3.75 Stars.What I loved: Paint the Sky is the story of two recent college grads. They come from very different backgrounds and economic situations. The story between Ben and Vinny was wonderful. As an amateur astronomer I loved the theme running through the book of using the night sky in various ways to help tell the story. Their's was a nice, sexy boy meets boy story and the narrator was amazing. I loved his voice. The characters make honest mistakes and eventually learn and grow up enough to start getting through them. I thought the sex scenes were beautifully done and hot!What I didn't love: There were a few plot points that I thought was a little off putting. When Ben and Vinny hit a snag in their relationship Ben's father basically tells him to man up and reminds him there are plenty of others out there. Coming from a married man who must have had some bumps in his own romance I thought that reaction was very odd.Vinny's family totally had me confused. They kept a pretty close relationship with Ben during a time that he and Vinny were broken up and to me that is a very big no-no. It seemed they were more supportive of Ben than their own brother. One of Vinny's brothers went so far as to hit on Ben. None of these issues are really addressed in the book and I thought they should have been, since these are highly emotionally charged issues with the potential to shatter a family. Actually that is my only complaint about the story. The parts of the love story between Ben and Vinny are wonderful with a number of ups and downs and a great ending.
This story annoyed the hell out of me! Yes, it was a lovely story and Joel Leslie performance was outstanding. But ....SPOILERS ... SPOILERS ...SPOILERS
THE BREAK UP:
You're left with the feeling that Vinnie cheated on Ben.
Ben is jealous (because who wouldn't be) when your man is hanging out with some other dude all the time. I mean seriously, Ben is at the new guy house painting, when his boyfriend (Ben) has given him more space than he deserves to paint at home.
Vinnie doesn't call Ben nor does he leave his phone on when 'supposedly' going out to drink with his new friend. He doesn't invite Ben (you know his boyfriend) out with him and the new friend.
Ultimately, he leaves Ben for this new friend. Vinnie could have stayed with his brothers but chose the new guy to live with. And the entire time, Ben is being shredded apart believing it's his fault Vinnie left.
What truly had me hating this story was the fact that Vinnie chose the new guy over Ben over and over again and in Vinnie's words, "he was so nice at first" (he's talking about the new guy). So because this new guy was soooo nice, he chose to ignore and break his boyfriend heart (Ben) who gave Vinnie a home, helped find him business, absolutely adored him. But the niceness of this new guy had Vinnie treat Ben as though he was trash and not once does Ben take a step back to acknowledge that Vinnie and his care for his new friend was the main factor their relationship ended.
Vinnie cheated! Doesn't matter if it was physical or emotionally but he was the reason the relationship ended and it was never addressed. Ben spent all his time wanting back Vinnie, being completely faithful while Vinnie is living and sleeping with the new guy but somehow all of that is Bens fault.
Then we're to feel bad for Vinnie because he's being domestically abused -rolls my eyes- Vinnie put himself in a crappy situation yet this is Ben's fault too!
The new guy is gone and Ben and Vinnie are back together again with no real consequence to Vinnie leaving Ben for another man. Ben swears it's his fault the relationship failed and poor poor Vinnie had no fault in his actions at all! But somehow within days, trust is rebuilt and all is good. I guess all is good until another good looking nice guy comes around.
So yea! I hated that part of the story. The fact that Vinnie put another man first breaking Ben's heart disgusted me. But the fact that Ben took all the blame without addressing Vinnie's actions just p*ssed me off and made me hate this story!!!!
"As gorgeous as it's cover."
Very highly. The narration is perfect... with really nice differentiation between characters and he has a fabulous accent that I love listening to. This was one of the most complex and heart wrenching m/m romances I've read. You really become invested the characters and their inability to open up to each other and share what's in their heart.
The painting scene - it was so sexy and really beautifully written.
Excellent narration... lovely to listen to.
It's very emotional... but not in an over-wrought way. The ending is worth all the ups and downs you go through! They are both imperfect damaged characters - which made the book all that more interesting. It wasn't about two perfect hunks who immediately have a fairy tale romance. This story had some darker edges to it that gave it real depth. It's a beautifully written story and the characters are layered and intriguing.
A true romance in the best sense of the word.
"Only Redeemable Quality was Voice Artist"
Honestly, this book has a terrible storyline, simplistic writing, and is all about sex, which I guess is what sell, sells, sells. I would say that a 4 or 5 quality would be achieved by deeper characters, instead of the two-dimensional ones, more in-depth prose, and less sex.
Exactly what I said above: Deeper characters, more in-depth prose, and less sex. I don't mind the sex as long as it adds to the story, but when you start blurring the line between fiction and erotica, I find it hard to keep my eyes from rolling at how silly everything sounds.
He's the only redeeming quality in this whole mess of a book. His accent was eloquent, beautiful, and versatile (when it comes to BRITISH characters). I have no idea what he'd be like reading with an American, Irish, Scottish, Australian, etcetera, accent.
Disappointment for the most part.
I want there to be gay books out there, and I want them to be fun, exciting, and enjoyed by people who are gay, lesbian, straight, or whatever else. If all that's in them is erotica, I might as well be watching pornography, because I don't think there's much of a difference between the two.
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