Midnight Blue by L.J. Shen
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
"Until the very last note."
I devoured Midnight Blue and was totally useless to anyone or anything around me until the very last page. I've read more books than I can count, and some are more special than others. Some I still remember, and others I've forgotten. This one I'm going to buy in paperback and place on my 'special' shelf so I can sigh and fondle it on occasion as I remember how wonderful it is.
Indigo, who doesn't answer to that name, is a tiny piece of dynamite. She prefers to be called Indie but has been known to acknowledge a few other nicknames such as Blue and Stardust. She's struggling financially and feeling responsible for her family who isn't able to make ends meet, so she applies for a job that would solve all their problems. As she jumps through all the hoops of the interview process she has no idea what's expected of her, or who she will be working for. But she doesn't care, she's desperate. When she learns that the job is to babysit sexy rockstar Alex Winslow she knows she's in trouble. When she's warned not to fall in love with him, she agrees. Good luck with that, right?
Alex is under no illusion about himself. "Asshole Behavior 101, I trademarked that shit." He's rude and abrasive on purpose. He's run off all the other babysitters within a few days and when he sees the tiny sprite with the blue hair and the vintage dress he figures she won't even make it a few hours. Not if he does it right. He's proud of the fact that, "He'd managed to create beef with every person with a pulse in Hollywood." Nobody was more surprised than him when she stood up to him, even though, "She was five nothing. She was practically at eye level with my crotch." Needless to say he found her intriguing. Someone to torment other than his bandmates when faced with boredom and writer's block.
Indie tried to keep her distance and not allow herself to become attached. Recognizing that, "Alex Winslow was beautiful in a way storms were--only from afar." But she was unable to resist Alex's tortured soul. She wanted to mend him like she did her dresses, but he was too broken for her to fix. When he showed her his charming side, her heart forgot to hate him. When he called her his muse and wrote beautiful heartbreaking songs she forgot everything.
If you are a lover of rockstar romance like I am, you will be in heaven reading this story. The music industry details and song lyrics are amazing. The band members and support characters had me laughing, shouting and sighing in turn. The emotion and passion shared by Alex & Indie had me wringing my hands and wiping my brow. I fell hard for these characters. I was totally invested in their journey and didn't want it to end. As I glanced at the numbers at the bottom of my Kindle, the closer to 100% I got, the slower I read. Not wanting it to be over, wishing I was at a concert and able to shout and clap for an encore. This fangirl is ready for more of whatever the author has for us next. The line forms here...