By: L.J. Shen
Rockstar Alex Winslow is a walking disaster. Indigo Bellamy’s life is about putting out fires for basic survival. When Indigo is hired to babysit Alex, freshly out of rehab, on his tour there is no room for failure for either of them. But soon they find they are in over their heads as they get caught up in their attraction and the possibilities loom large as their hearts collide.
LJ Shen known for her brutally honest portrayals and relationships that are not granted easy passes takes on Midnight Blue with this direct approach and brings to her audience a story that aches and pulses with the emotions of its characters. This writer knows how to deconstruct and bring out all the festering that lurks in her depictions hearts. What she also knows how to do is introduce love as a salvation and a chance for purging the bad as her characters grasp at the good in each other and in life.
Indie was wonderfully approachable without coming off as saintly. Her capacity to ascend above and be a better person never faltered and victim was not in her vocabulary. This heroine was good, kind and completely believable. Her connection with Alex was a process even while instantaneous and took readers on a rough road that they will think is worth the effort in the end. Alex wore the cape of fabulously self-centered while really harboring a gentle wounded soul. He was complicated, his emotions ran deep and he was caught up in his very comfortable dysfunction, but boy did he rise to being one phenomenal hero. Ms. Shen builds her characters and gives readers a chance to love them even as her characters make the same discoveries.
Midnight Blue was moved quickly in a thoughtful and intense manner. The classic story of The Little Prince was used as a sweet comparison to this story as Alex and Indie explored their burgeoning feelings and added a whimsical nuance to the work. L.J. Shen strips aside the glamor of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle for a raw and intimate ride in Midnight Blue and readers will love it!
*I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.*