BXTCHES Gotta Warn: I wasn’t gonna read this book, even though I had already fallen in love with L.J. Shen. . .I had just finished Vicious and Defy, so she wasn’t the issue. I downloaded a copy, the cover alone was enough for me to raise my hands in some praise, but I wasn’t sucked in right away and this BXTCH needs the mental orgasm in order to continue with the one-click. But then Facebook happened and I kept seeing this book and how wonderful it was and how it was the best rock star romance some person I didn’t know had ever read. Well shit, did I really wanna miss out on the best rock star romance that person had ever come across? I decided I didn’t and I would like to take the time to say “thank you” to that random person who was able to sway me, because it was phenomenal.
Midnight Blue will be told through both Alex and Indie’s POV.
Alex Winslow is rocker extraordinaire and all that it implies. Unfortunately he has had a bit too many moments recently that has brought some embarrassment to his reputation, including some rehab and one event that was very Kanye-esque. In an effort to save his career, his people decide that a tour is in order and in order for that to bring back some dignity to his legacy, he will need a sober companion. Enter Indigo Bellamy.
In the game of life, Indie was dealt a very shitty hand. In a nutshell, her parents were killed in a hit and run, leaving a teenage Indie in the care of her big brother (Craig), who had dreams of his very own that were put on hold when he was forced into the role of parent. That one moment in time, really threw this family into a tailspin and that family now includes Craig’s wife, Nat and their son, Ziggy. Their new reality is struggle and Indie can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel when she is offered $100k/month to babysit an egotistical rock star. She’s prepared for anything, but will her determination to save what’s left of her family stand strong against his determination to break her?
We all know where this is going. Well, where some of it is going to go. But, hang on to any presumptions that you may think you have, forget about any storylines that you think you’re gonna be able to solve. While most books foreshadow enough that it’s all figured out before that last page is turned, L.J. Shen says fuck that shit, I’m taking you BXTCHES on a roller coaster of a journey. It’ll be exhilarating and could very well have your stomach in your throat, so you better kick back some dramamine and hang on tight, because some twists are turns are coming your way.
I don’t really know if I would call this an ensemble cast type of book. Maybe I would? The supporting cast certainly completes the telling of this story, it’s just that every part of this story revolves around either Alex and/or Indie. Having said that, every character was so well thought out and whether the part they played happened to be a small speck or a character that left you salivating for more. . .every part was instrumental. And when I say “twists and turns”, that even trickles down to these guys, she really knew how to blindside, but again, in a good way.
Here is what I have learned about Ms. Shen. . .she has a knack for writing an asshole that puts definition in “there’s a thin line between love and hate”. As the reader, you could certainly empathize with Indie, the hate she had towards Alex, it was felt in your soul (and very understood), but the passion and the lust that he was able to bring out of her, Good Lord, it shot all the way to your toes (also, very understood). And I must admit, this BXTCH is really starting to prefer this way of bringing a character right into the imagination, I’m loving the asshole meets angsty soul meets sex lord meets sweet romantic. Sign me up!
Of course, we have got to discuss the sex and if the image from the cover wasn’t enough to activate your senses, just know that L.J. Shen has herself a dirty, but delicious mind and that’s just what this BXTCH loves. Alex lighting it up shouldn’t be a surprise, it’s what we live for when we crack open this type of book. Where you may be surprised is with Indie, our sweet little Indie. Our lady in the streets, definitely became a freak in the sheets. Actually, sometimes she brought that freak to the streets as well.
I’m kinda mad at myself that I didn’t think this book was gonna do it for me. Even though I have only read two of the four books in the Sinners of Saints series, it should’ve been enough for me to know that L.J. Shen knows how to bring it and I don’t think I’ll ever make that mistake again. My bad and my apologies.
Trust a BXTCH when she tells you to give Alex and Indie the chance they deserve. I wasn’t feeling it in the beginning, but good recipes become great once they’ve had the opportunity to simmer and let their flavors really develop, patience is the key and the same can be said for Alex and Indie, just let it hang out and wait for it to develop and then it will really come alive. And good gracious, Shen brings it all with this one. Talk about options. . .humor. . . heartache. . . anger. . .lust. . . love. . .passion. . .take your pick, just be sure to grab the menu.
I don’t know if labeling Midnight Blue as a rock star romance does it the justice is deserves. Maybe it does. I mean it does have the angst, turmoil, and heartbreak that rock stars are very well known for. It also brings in addiction and an air of superiority that they’re very good at cloaking themselves in as well. But here’s what you need to know about Midnight Blue, you will feel every emotion as it plays out, every pain, every sorrow, every high and every low. It reaches in and takes hold and Shen has no shame in requiring that the reader grab on to each word, while hanging on by the skin of their teeth, because nothing is predictable and books that are this great, really shouldn’t be.