Love in Shimmering Chartreuse by Layla Dorine
Koda is an artist, a bit of a
recluse, and not well-versed in social situations. Shy and a bit reserved, he
sees an opportunity to break away from routine, and his trailer park home, when
he spies a poster advertising a trial hosted by a college psychology
Titled A Social Experiment, the
project pairs total strangers up to live together for a year either in groups
of two or three. During that time, they are to record their experiences while
performing a series of tasks outlined in the trial plan. It seemed simple
enough, until Koda found himself overwhelmed on moving in day, leading him to
get off on the wrong foot with new housemate Kenji.
All of his life, Kenji excelled
at Tae Kwon Do, competing from a young age and quickly moving up in the ranks.
His hard work and rigorous daily routine earned him accolades in regional and
national level competition. As a second-degree black belt, he’d hoped to earn
the opportunity to try out for the US Olympic team, only to have an accident
cost him his chance at competing, as well as his left arm. Now, three years
after his accident, he’s made a new life for himself, and while he still
harbors bitterness over the loss of his dream, he’s hoping this experiment will
be just the thing he needs to help him take that last leap back to living
It’s a rocky road, gelling with
one another, dealing with each’s insecurities and triggers, and as each day
ticks past, one question remains: where will they go when the experiment comes
to an end.