AUTHOR: Jacob Chance
RELEASE DATE: September 21, 2017
Available @ AMAZON
REVIEWER: Pistol Annie
RATING: 5 Stars
Joshua Dawson is my best friend’s ex-boyfriend. That alone should be reason enough for me to keep my distance. Add in that he’s a well-mannered, loyal and hardworking artist and I should be running in the other direction.
He’s damn near perfect, and I prefer my men hard to love and easy to leave. Josh’s only flaw is he wants forever, and for the first time I might want the same. But loving someone doesn’t mean you deserve them.
He’s all I want and everything I can’t have.
This is my second book by Jacob Chance, after reading Penalty, a sports-related story earlier this year. Two books so different from each other – yet I found similarities in the writing. If I must rate, Canvas wins the prize — only because it carries a deeper theme. Speaking of prizes, this cover is award-winning! While we’re on the subject, there is one particular part of the story that is reflected in the cover that makes it even more meaningful and relevant.
The Prologue begins the story five years in the past, where readers get a quick peek into an incident that marks and connects it to the present-day plot. When histories collide, any hope for a happily-ever-after may be in jeopardy.
He loves her — she doesn’t want to love him.
I suffered a bit from loving to hate Elle Johnson until I became a little more invested in her story. She is beautiful but bitchy — and she directs that bitchiness straight at Joshua Dawson. As Elle’s story unfolds, my heart broke for her. Not long after, I was in her corner cheering with all my might for her happiness. A victim of a disturbing past, Elle’s upbringing has left her cynical and secretive. Elle is somewhat of a man-eater. She sexes ‘em and leaves ‘em! No permanent ties for her. Sadly, she has built a wall around her heart. And it’s not only to protect herself, but Josh as well. She feels unworthy of his love and cares too deeply to involve him in her sordid past. When her past raises its ugly head once again, Elle’s nightmares arrive with a vengeance, and she does the only thing she knows how to do — she takes a powder.
Of course, Josh made it easy to fall head-over-heels in love with him at the first meet and greet. An artist by trade, he’s an all-around good guy – for real – the boy scout variety who dines with his grandma regularly. And he’s looking for the real deal – a happy home with a white-fence wrapped around it and, at the center, the woman of his dreams. But don’t be fooled by this description alone, because underneath lies another layer to Josh — a dominant side and he definitely knows how to use it. He has had struggles of his own in the past. His dad and older brother are members of a gang called the Bastards. With the help of his grandma, Josh has stayed clear of that lifestyle — even while sharing a relationship with both father and brother.
Canvas is a standalone frenemies-to-lovers trope that is extremely well-written. Although characters from previous books appear here, the author does a phenomenal job of presenting these characters who share friendship and family ties. I assure you they won’t cause the slightest ripple in your comfort zone.
This book has so many elements – enemies to lovers, ghosts of the past, finding oneself — just to name a few — and each element is woven together perfectly. Everything links back to a gripping story, told through wonderful characters. It’s such an incredible love story! Jacob Chance did a masterful job with all the characters, especially Elle and Josh. There is so much emotion in these characters. The story is a creative piece of art with a natural ebb and flow in the writing.
Jacob Chance is a creative genius at writing sexual tension. The heat is palatable. The passion is scorching. The connection is tangible. This is a book that covers multiple layers of life and romance. Interesting, intriguing, and enjoyable to the end, Canvas has enough grit, plenty of raw emotion and passion to satisfy the romance lover in anyone. An emotionally charged novel that you can lose yourself in — with a surprising twist of suspense — and one that will not be forgotten.
Canvas gets a strong recommendation from me.