{Effie Reviews} Brush Strokes by Janelle Stalder

Posted May 4, 2014 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

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{Effie Reviews} Brush Strokes by Janelle Stalder

Brush Strokes

by Janelle Stalder
Series: Bloomfield #1
Published on May 27th, 2014
by Amazon KDP
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Also by this author: Eden, Eden-West, Switch, Switch, Eden-South

Art student, Olivia Banks, was living her dream at an exclusive school when everything came crashing down around her. Now back in the small town she grew up in, she's forced to spend her senior year at her old school where she's known as the 'freak', all because she'd rather focus on her painting than the trivial drama of high school. But things aren't the same as they were when she left. And the one thing that is turning her life upside down the most just happens to be the resident bad boy, Colt Morgan. Her senior year was supposed to fly by so she could pack up and leave again, but what happens when there's suddenly a reason to want to stay?

*This book contains strong language and some sexual content. For mature audiences.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars

God, how I loved this book!

So far I’ve read almost all of Janelle’s books (with the exception of Masked and Tested, which I’m going to buy soon, already read Switch though) and I’ve loved every single one of them. In fact, Janelle has become one of my favourite authors because of the amazing books she writes.

Having said that, Brush Strokes was more than I ever expected it to be. Sure, the basic story is the same one I’ve read a lot of times before, but her characters and the way she portrayed them and their story, had me devouring the book in barely a few hours and made me crave for more.

So let’s talk characters! For starters there’s Olivia one of the main characters and I love her. She reminds me of my friend, except for the art part, of course. She’s the kind of girl, I would have instantly become friends with in high school. She’s also so sweet and kind and really artistic, which I loved. As for her best friend Ella, she’s just awesomesauce and I LOVE her! Her bubbly, in-your-face attitude actually reminds me of … well … me, lol.

And then you have Colt, our main male character and holy moley can you say “scruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuumptious”. I just wanna grab him, stick him in my bedroom and NEVER let him go. He’s a bad ass yet sweet yummy, yummy, yum-yum, which puts him in my top 5 of Book Boyfriends. Another character I want to name is Rannon, he’s yummy too, and I loved him, but despite all that he just lacked that je-ne-sais-qoui that I want in my main males when it comes to romance books, that would have put him in BB top 5.

Also, OMG for that misleading ending! I could not believe what I read and for the sake of not spoiling anything, I won’t say anything further on it. But damn, Janelle had me going there for a minute with that ending.

Having said all this, Janelle’s first try at a New Adult Contemporary Romance was a BIG succes for me and I’m hoping to see Ella’s story soon! Because I’m dying to know what kind of guy she’ll end up with!


About Janelle Stalder

Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she’s not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.

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