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The Colors Between Us

Lonely Hearts, Book 2
Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
Series: Lonely Hearts Series, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Summary

Roland Wilson is a haunted man. 

A decade since his last successful gallery showing, Roland’s life has crumbled. Imprisoned by his own mind and taunted daily by painful memories, he finds his only comfort in drinking. With a life that has devolved into nothing brighter than variants of gray, he sees little point in his existence when a delivery boy with eyes of inspirational blue shows up at his door. 

Adonis Smith wants something he can’t have. 

In his mind, Adonis lives up to his name. He’s six feet tall and built like a god, but in reality he’s just Donny - a short, nothing-special twink that no one takes seriously in or out of bed. Then he meets Roland, a beautiful, yet brash, struggling artist who is consumed by his own shortcomings. Donny knows he shouldn’t get involved with the handsome and tempestuous man, but the more Donny sees of him, the more he wants Roland to be his...for good. 

A mutual inspiration. 

As the feelings between the two men develop into something colorful and vibrant, it seems each has finally found what he needs. When Roland enters a spiral of self-destruction, it derails his relationship with Donny and sends them both into a tailspin. On their own, each man will need to decide if he is strong enough to stand beside the other and face the future together. 

Will they be able to rediscover the best parts of each other before the colors between them fade for good? 

The Colors Between Us addresses what it's like to live with depression and may be triggering for some listeners.

©2018 Kate Hawthorne (P)2019 Kate Hawthorne

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as great as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Kenneth Obi is one of the 3 narrators (so far), I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening, but not more then twice a year.
it's like a B

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  • Kashonna Shaw
  • 23-01-20

Heavy Story

This story was really emotional. The subject matter for this story was heavy and Kenneth conveyed the emotions perfectly.

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  • L.D.
  • 20-01-20

Inspiration in Love

The development of Adonis and Roland's relationship was beautiful in its rawness and strength. Roland has his issues, and the author did not gloss over how much work and effort it takes to overcome issues like those. The story was a little slow at points, but the writing was good and the character development great.

Kenneth Obi does a wonderful job narrating the audiobook. I really enjoyed it.

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  • JKS
  • 08-08-19

Never give up on love

This is a wonderful story with strong characters, living with depression, and a love for art. I love how Donny doesn't give up on Roland even when all Roland does is push him away. Love finds a way.
Narrator Kenneth Obi does a wonderful job.

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  • Cat
  • 09-07-19

I loved the narrators drunk voice!

I loved the first book in this series so much I couldn't wait for this one. I actually liked this one even more. Once again we get a unique story but this one deals with a serious social issue...depression and alcoholism. Roland is a painter that feels he lost his inspiration and doesn't realize how good he is e drowns himself in Vodka and his life spirals even more. then he meets Adonis who has issues of his own. Donny is a small man and is always considered a twink when he really likes to top. He meets Adonis and finds out he is a painter and Donny wants to be an artist as well.
I loved the story and was drawn in from the beginning. Kenneth Obi's drunk voice for Roland really hooked me and intrigued me. I could see Roland's personality through his narration.
If you like an age gap, a smaller man topping, stories dealing with depression and finding a new life, and cute kittens you will like this one!

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  • Susan R
  • 28-05-19

Tissues and wine a must

O.k. so normally I read a book before I listen to it. This time I listened to it first I have not had a second to sit and read and I received this audio so I thought alright while I clean the house I will listen. Oh, my 2 boxes of tissues and no housework done and my husband looking at me like I have finally cracked I am done listening to this absolutely perfect heartbreaking, heart-fixing story.
So we have Roland who is not an easy man.
He is a talented, and once successful artist who is battling major depression. The depression is so bad he can no longer paint.
That is until he spots a particular amazing shade of blue at his door.
Donny is the picture perfect blue-eyed, dark-haired, emo looking twink. Too bad he is actually a dominant top.
He’s got his own battles but he knows what he’s worth and won’t settle for less.
He won’t settle for how Roland treats himself either and his attraction to him helps drive a need to help this broken man.
This story will tear you apart and slowly try to rebuild your broken heart. This a must read/ listen for me The way Kenneth brought these two men to life for me the way you hear Roland's heartbreak in Kenniths voice is absolutely amazing.

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  • Rachel R.
  • 22-05-19

Can't wait for the next.

Another great one by Kate Hawthorne and narrated by Kenneth Obi! Donny and Roland are brought to life in a brilliant way. I loved the story and the voices are true to the characters and you feel like you are right there with them. Each emotion and twist in the story grabs you, tone and flow Obi set is fantastic. Can't wait for the next.

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  • Kathryn M
  • 21-05-19

brilliant

Donny and Roland are amazing characters with a sweet and sexy love story, told beautifully by Kate Hawthorne.

Roland is artistically blocked, in the darkness of depression. He has lost his ability to see the world in all its colors and translate that vision onto his paintings. He meets Donny one day while the younger man is delivering art supplies to his apartment and a small flicker of color starts to work it's way back into Roland's life and art.  Through a series of obsticles, through the overwhelming pressure of being unable to bring his visions to life in his art, through the meddling but caring push from Donny, Roland goes through a journey of rebirth in his art and in his personal life. These two men find a way to bring color back into their lives and to find something powerful and true together. Definitely recommended.

Kenneth Obi does the narration of the story and its fantastic. I loved how the characters came to life and the personalities shone through the voices. Great job.

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  • DD22
  • 07-05-19

Loved it!!

Great story! Narrative was really good and kept my attention. Easy to listen to. 😊

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 02-04-19

Excellent

This is a beautiful story and one of Kate Hawthorne's more underrated novels..give this one a chance and see how this wonderful story unfolds! She is masterful at developing storylines and this book is just amazing in that respect! The characters are well developed and intriguing..this is one of my favorite Hawthorne novels with good reason :) Kenneth Obi did a wonderful job bringing these guys to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-19

wonderful

The emotions in this book made my heart hurt. it is so wonderfully narrated. I love how each character was brought to life