Title: With Crayons and Love
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Tessa O’Brien is a twenty-three year old woman with a dark past. Her only experience with love took a dark turn for the worst, and she has not yet fully recovered from the literal blows of her experience. Determined to rebuild her self-esteem and her life, Tessa builds a safe, spontaneous home around her work as a pottery artist and newspaper journalist.
That is, of course, until her family entrusts her with the care of her fostered five year old cousin Stella, who is very much obsessed with crayons. And as if that isn’t enough of a shock to her well-structured system, the handsome and devilishly charming artist who moves into her apartment building sets her in his sights, with much more than just crayons in mind.
It seems everything is finally starting to fall into place in Tessa’s life, until the darkness of her past comes to haunt her once again, and threatens everything she has come to love. Luckily one man has vowed to protect the redheaded beauty, with whatever means necessary. Now, if only she’d let him…
With Crayons and Love was a book that I was not really expecting to hold as much substance as it did. In the description it alludes to a previous love that Tessa O’Brien had barely survived.
While reading, I found myself captivated by the strength Tessa has. Not only is her five year old cousin sprung on her at the last minute, but her life is completely changed by her new neighbor. It sounds a bit cheesy, and I’ll admit, some parts live up to this image, but this story still holds a quality that is unique and draws you in. I believe that some of this captivation is due to the familial bonds formed not only between Tessa and her cousin, but also the family that clearly has been Tessa’s biggest foundation after the life altering ordeal she had gone through.
Every choice, that Tessa has made was based off of her inner demons and the fear of history repeating itself. Everything that happens in this story is real and genuine emotions can be felt behind all the words the author has penned. I could visualize every scenario, and to me, that is why I enjoyed this book so much.
Of course, there are some things that I would have liked to be a bit different. I don’t think you can read a book and not think up your own twists to apply to different situations. These details that I may have changed, like small mannerisms the characters sometimes displayed, never really took away from the story in the ways that truly mattered.