Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Review: Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan

Holden Scott is the prince of professional football. At least he was before he lost it all . . . or more to the point, before he threw it all away. Now he's out of a job, out of the public's good graces, and perhaps just a little out of his mind. So when a friend offers up his remote lodge in the wilds of Colorado, giving Holden some time away to get his life back on track, he can hardly say no. The last thing he expects is to see a beautiful girl in the woods—one wearing a white, lace dress who appears in the moonlight, and leaves no footprints behind. Is she a dream? A ghost? A product of his muddled imagination? Or something entirely different?

Midnight Lily is the haunting love story of two lost souls reaching for each other in the dark. A tale of healing, acceptance, and the worlds we create to protect our own hearts. It is a story of being lost, of being found, and of being in the place between.

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY VIRGO. Non-Paranormal, New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

4 Stars

Review by Jen Hagen 

I love Mia’s writing.  It is always full of depth and she adds a component to the story that always gives it that angsty feeling.  These are qualities that I simply love in a book.  I was in love with the book and giving it 4.5 stars until I hit the 55% mark.  At 54% I simply dropped my Kindle into my lap, my eyes bugging out and my mouth making the movements of “holy crap.”  It was a good twist!!  But after that it just lost its luster or perhaps I just lost interest in where the story was going.  

Holden is the first character we are introduced to.  I really liked Holden – he is the epitome of a character that brings out the angst in the story.  He is 27 years old, an NFL star with a super bowl ring, and the bad-boy persona to go with it.  He has hit rock bottom and a good friend has loaned him his secluded cabin so that Holden can try to sort himself out.  Holden feels nothing but pain and sadness – not the elation that he should feel with his success. 

What were you supposed to do when you had everything in the world and not a godd*amned bit of it brought you joy?  Where did you go from there?  What was left to offer any hope?

Hope comes in the form of Lily – or as Holden likes to refer to her as “Midnight Lily.”  Lily offers peace, comfort, and simplicity.  Lily is 19 years old and is the calm to Holden’s storm.  She is helping him to find his way again and in turn Lily sees that she, also, has not been living fully.

I wanted more than what my life was now.  More than the small, dark, lonely world I lived in. 

Holden and Lily together make a beautiful couple.  They complement each other – her naivity to his conceitedness; her pureness to his jaded lifestyle; her happininess to his loneliness;  and finally her white to his black.  What happens when concise black and white colors mix to form gray?

Life is pissing itself right now at the opportunity to be this cruel.  Life is rubbing its hands in excited glee at this very moment.  

There are no boundaries with grey.  Everything is mixed together and that is precisely what happens in the story.  I don’t know where it ends and where it begins.  There are so many twists and turns to make any navigational system combust.  I’m still trying to find my bearings and fear I’ll be forever lost with this story. I am a black and white person.  I can’t find my way with grey.   It’s a very unique story and the writing is perfect, but it just took me on a road I don’t like to travel.  

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