Book Review : Midnight Blue by L.J. Shen
It should have been easy.
I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.
I was cherry picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.
The worst part is that I should have known better.
Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.
“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”
Guess what? I didn’t listen.
I singed the contract.
World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.
My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my should to a tattooed god.
Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.
Then he took my heart.
Then he took my all.
A Sneak Peek Into The Story :
Sarcastic. Gorgeous. Rude. Sexy. Messed-up. Witty. Unbearable. Trouble.
Alex Winslow is nothing but trouble, and Indigo knows that. He is also an addict. Cocaine. After being in rehab for the past few months, his agent – Jenna – had had enough of his troublemaking ass and is looking for a nanny for Alex. And as said “nanny”, her job would include watching and following Alex wherever he goes 24/7 and make sure that he does not relapse or thinks of other ways to get high. Sounds easy, right?
Three months. Three hundred thousand dollars waiting at the end of it, that is, if she manages to see through the next three months with Alex sober and productive. Many has failed before her, but Indigo is determined. There will be nobody more determined that her to make it work, because she has to make it work, there is no other way. Her family depends on her. Her brother, her sister in law, and Ziggy – her beloved nephew. They all depends on her ability to pull through. With that amount of money, almost all her problems would be gone. So yes, Indigo decides, no matter what happens she will make sure Alex stays sober for the next three months, and then she will take her money and leave. How hard could that be, right?
“Alex Winslow was beautiful in a way storms were—only from afar.
Just like them, he had the power to sweep and ruin you”
His soul is dying. It is no exaggeration. He needs something, or someone, to bleed life back into him. Yet sadly, that is one of the few things that money can’t buy no matter how much of it you possess. The record company has been going at his ass, pushing him to write a new album. But how could he, when all thing he wants to do is to drink and snort his life away? He hasn’t been writing anything for years. His muse had either flown away or died alongside his soul, and to say that he gives even an inkling of a damn is an overstatement.
Alex is bound to go on a tour called “A Letter from The Dead”, to revive his career. Jenna – his agent, has told him time and time again the importance of this tour, and it is crucial that he does not mess this up with more of his antics. Alex has expected this from Jenna. Constant nagging, constantly stressing how important it is that he performs well in this show, blah blah blah. Those are all the things he expect, what he doesn’t expect is that Jenna would hire a nanny to accompany him for the length of this tour. After the past 8 “nannies” that Alex manages to fire in the span of a week, he must say, he admire Jenna’s determination.
“My soul is empty, because I whored it out. I signed fat contracts with huge labels to get big money. For the last six years, they’ve dictated my every move. And whatever they didn’t suck out of me, the crowd did. Because every night you go on that stage, you give your fans your everything. Every. Fucking. Thing. Then you wake up the next day and do it all over again.”
However, hopeful as Jenna might be, Alex would hate to be the one to deliver the bad news to her. The new girl, nanny number 9, will not stay. He will push and push and push her until she cracks, and she will leave all on the own. Alex gives it a week. All the girls before her has left within a week, unable to handle him and his foul mouth. And Alex is sure, this one too, will be no different.
I usually do not go for superstar/rockstar romance trope because it is too predictable for me, and I totally loathe when I can already kind of predict the plot of a book before I even read it. However, when I read the blurb to “Midnight Blue”, something about it pulls me in. I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s the cover, or the maybe the reviews I have read about the book, but it piqued my interest and I decided to pick it up.
Needless to say, I enjoyed it. It was interesting in a way that a contemporary romance hasn’t been for a while. While the plot was plenty predictable, I find that I don’t exactly care because the characters in this book is magnificent.
Alex is as foul mouthed and rude as they come. Now that he is sober, aware of his surroundings and the people that he surrounds himself with, he tries to make it a point for everyone around him to either hate him or want him dead. He treats everyone around him with contempt, spewing things that would only hurt the people around him so that they leave him alone. He knows that people around him always wants something from him, be it fame, money, sex or something else. And he hates it although he can’t do anything about it.
“Everybody wants to be a rock star. It’s the closest thing to being a god,
but what people often forget is that God has a hectic job.”
And when the New Girl comes around, he makes it his life mission to make her life hell and driver her away as soon as he can. He would do things, say things that would make normal girls cover and even cry, but Indigo did none of that. If anything, she becomes more defiant and more determined to stay.
“Are you going to ogle my cock tomorrow before the show?”
“If you need to pee, maybe.”
“Then I’ll need to pee.”
It perplexes him, this girl. When he said something sarcastic to her, she would also sass her way back, and even though he doesn’t want to admit it, he starts to find the girl interesting and starts to want to know more about her. And if he cannot get rid of her, he might as well get his money’s worth and use her as his muse to write his new album.
Indigo sees through him, the way most people don’t. She knows that deep inside, Alex is hurting despite the front that he is putting, and she wants to help him. She wants to help make him feel better, but it is hard seeing that he makes it a mission of his to enrage or be rude to her at every encounter. Deep down, all Indigo wants it truce between them so she can work in peace, but Alex seems to be hell bent on making her life difficult as could be. And while Alex is dead set on breaking her, she is also committed to not let him break her.
Indie remembers Jenna’s warning to her the day she decides to sign the Non-Disclosure contract. Jenna has warned her to not to fall in love with Mr. Rockstar, because he goes through people as if it was the olympics and he wants to make the queen proud. Alex is incapable of giving her what she desires, and she knows that. So for the next three months, she will be guarding her heard with steel vault and she will make sure that there will be no cracks on her vault for Alex to slip inside.
“You’re like a piece of delicious toffee in a thin wrapper. It’s tedious work to peel your layers off, but whatever’s waiting for me inside is too sweet to pass. I’m about to smash those walls of yours to dust. It will take you years building them back, but I won’t be there when it happens, so no big deal.”
I utterly, totally love these two. They make such a wonderful combo with their banter, and constant bickering. Although they might be fighting most of the time, underlining all that, is unmistakably an attraction. The romance in this book is more of a slow burn, which I really enjoy as when it comes to contemporary romance, I find that in most books I read, they fall in love pretty early on in the book and that ruins the fun.
While most of the story plot is predictable, I still find myself genuinely having a good time when I read “Midnight Blue”. This book definitely brings something different to the table character wise, because I have never been so enraptured with two characters more in my life. I totally recommend this book for those of you who are looking for something witty and different. If you can stand his assholish-ness (yes, I just created that word) , I think you will find yourself loving this book a lot.
“ I wanted to take her like a drug. All at once, in one gulp. I wanted to overdose on her like cocaine, and heroin, and crack, knowing the destruction I was willingly inhaling into my body. Because Indie, like drugs, was a temporary fix. Once our three months were up, she’d leave my surly arse and run back to what was left of her dysfunctional-yet-loving family.
I wouldn’t blame her.
Hell, I wouldn’t even stop her.
Because deep down, I knew a bastard like me couldn’t keep her.”