The Color of Hunger by Chrissie Lee
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (37 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint
Aleyin Hartwick hasn’t had it easy. Not just because he’s gay. Or that his family is flamboyantly and openly Wiccan. He’s an empath. Aleyin can sense people’s emotions and even see the strong ones as colorful auras. Makes fitting in all but impossible, and all he wants to do is escape.
Finally breaking free from his new age family, Aleyin encounters a man at a local night club that pulses with a mixture of colors and emotions that leave him breathless, confused, and extremely aroused, effectively turning his quest for a normal life upside down.
Will the approaching spring equinox bring the new beginning Aleyin’s been searching for? Or question everything he’s ever believed instead?
There's nothing more tempting than a stranger who stands out in a crowd, especially when that stranger’s emotional colors are different from everyone else.
Aleyin always knew he was different. His new age parents made sure of that when they decided to name him Aleyin after the Phoenician god. I imagine we've all felt as if our family members were the oddest in the bunch at some point, which brought me closer to understanding Al. When he began to see peoples emotions, he knew he could never be normal. This gave Al the sense of being lonely even in a crowded room. I could easily sympathies with him to a certain degree. I wanted to know more.
While Aleyin was easy to read, Dagan was dark and mysterious with a hint of danger. Just the kind of man you dream about meeting in a back alley to take advantage of you, but fear the reality of it actually happening. The author did a great job creating enough mystery about him to make me want to know more, and fear him all at the same time. In the end I found that the harsh yet sexy exterior hid a beautiful gem underneath.
This story definitely pulled me in from the beginning, which created a quick read. Though I'm not familiar with Phoenician gods but it felt as if it were real. Ms. Lee's writing was simply that good. The fact that the author made me believe in their world was inspiring and captivating. I felt connected to the world, and the characters which made this a excellent read.