Dreamspinner Press
December 25, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-64080-150-9

Cover art: Reese Dante
Genre: Contemporary romance, holiday

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Color of You

Bowen Merlin—yes, that’s his real name—accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire, as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after-school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s never had much luck with romance, factoring in time to find Mr. Right isn’t a priority….

Until he meets the proprietor of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard, Felix Hansen. Suddenly, true love seems like a possibility for the first time in Bowen’s life. The two are a perfect match and fill the skipped beats of each other’s hearts. But as wonderful as Felix seems, he’s harboring scars that could end their budding relationship when someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.

If Bowen is to survive the holidays, he’ll need to lean on old friends and new, convince Felix he’s worth any hardship, and prove they can come out of the catastrophe stronger if they do so together.

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Praise for Color of You!


"This honestly was one of the best books I've read this year. It hit every note right for me from the first page to the last. 5+ stars!" - Bayou Book Junkie


"I loved every minute I spent reading Color of You. From beginning to end, it was a pure joy." - The Romance Reviews

"C.S. Poe hit all the right notes in this story and it completely charmed me from the first page. Sweet, sexy, romantic, fun and tender, with a touch of holiday spirit." - Sinfully Gay Romance


"Wonderful, just a wonderful story of love friendship and family." - Open Skye Book Reviews

"This clever narrative is a melting pot of humor, suspense, sex, romance and a vibrant array of sharp characterization..." - Kimmer's Erotic Book Banter


"...This book was amazing, I laughed, I cried and I totally fell in love with Bowen, Felix, Alan and the rest of the supporting cast." - Bayou Book Junkie

"Color of You is pretty much everything I have come to expect from this author. Well written story, relatable characters, and a plot that keeps me turning pages way longer than I probably should be." - Love Bytes Reviews

"As always, C.S. Poe brings intrigue, humor, sexy scenes and such clear descriptions... The characters were wonderfully drawn and clearly, undeniably themselves." - Two Chicks Obsessed


"I loved this book in so many ways – the great characters, both primary and secondary, the depth of the relationship between Bowen and Felix, the quaint/quirky small town setting, and the epilogue was perfect. 4.5 stars." - Gay Book Reviews


"...A very enjoyable book with a great set of characters, a solid plot, beautiful setting, and a perfect Christmas ending." - Gay Book Reviews

"I loved, loved, loved this story. Our author writes crisp, smooth dance of these two and their obvious attraction." - Gloria Lakritz of Paranormal Romance Guild


"...It was a genuine pleasure to be able to read it. You really need to pick it up." - Joyfully Jay Reviews


"C.S. Poe’s Color of You ticked off so many of my happy compatibility boxes that I think the book and I are in a relationship now." - The Novel Approach Reviews

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