Sunday, January 21, 2018

BOOK REVIEW LJ Shen's MIDNIGHT BLUE


MIDNIGHT BLUE
LJ SHEN
Release date: January 17, 2018
Available in Kindle Unlimited at time of release

There are times when writing reviews can be tricky. How does one adequately express their thoughts and feelings on a book and make them clear? I find myself in this odd situation with LJ Shen's Midnight Blue.

This is a rockstar romance telling the story of Alex Winslow, British rocker extraordinaire, a musical powerhouse that has turned to drugs as his coping mechanism for dealing with the pressures of life, and Indigo "Indie" Bellamy, a young, creative seamstress, dealing with the aftermath of her family being destroyed a few years earlier.  Indie is hired as Alex's sobriety companion during a three-month tour. It's during this time that their tumultuous relationship develops into something so much more.

LJ Shen is without question, one of the most talented storytellers in the romance genre today. Midnight Blue is a strong read that will make the reader want to read straight through. It is very reminiscent of Vicious, the first book in her Sinners of Saint series. The plot twists, while unique, weren't surprising.

 I had a very hard time finding redemption in Alex. I wished readers had insight into his fight for sobriety and the daily challenges he faced as a sober man. I will say that I fully recognize current societal issues surfaced for me too while reading Midnight Blue. While I understand that fiction is just that, fiction, it's sometimes hard to ignore reality when reading. Alex's constant need to throw his power around was a bit much for me.

Overall this is a standalone read that should not be overlooked.


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