"If you change your mind, here's this." Finn Lanigan kissed a young Blythe Heywood one last time under a star-scattered Idaho sky. It was the last kiss that ever weakened her knees, the last sky she noticed for over a dozen years. Then she left, returning to her fiance, the wedding she'd committed to, and the secure life she'd yearned for since she was a little girl. Thirteen years later, her husband leaves Blythe for his young associate. Devastated, she's unable to imagine the next chapter of her life as she packs her family's belongings to move across town. Unexpectedly, she finds the forgotten slip of paper bearing Finn's phone number in the back of a drawer. Hadn't she tossed it years before as a newlywed, when she vowed to be the perfect wife and mother? Apparently not. Here it remained. Her road not taken. Facing three weeks without her young daughters, Blythe sets out to find the man she left behind so long ago. With only the name of the small town where he once lived, Peregrine, Idaho, and the memory of their last kiss under a starry sky, she heads across the Pacific Northwest in search of him. What she finds in the foothills of Blue Mountain challenges everything she thought she knew and is the very last thing she expected. Within days, her life changes forever. But it is her destiny and destinies cannot be denied. The first book of the Blue Mountain Collection, laced with Thompson's lovable but complex characters, "Blue Midnight" is a mature love story about second chances, family, and the complexities of trust and vulnerability after betrayal.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Playboy Ciaran Lanigan was the party. Executive Bliss Heywood was the library. When they meet, sparks fly and so begins an uncontrollable attraction that neither is strong enough to escape, regardless that it’s fraught with lies, secrets and family complexities.
But ‘party boy’ Ciaran isn’t everything he appears. Lurking beneath the surface of his charming grin is a man haunted by fears. Are they real or imagined? As he slowly reveals his past, Bliss becomes less and less sure if the man she’s involved with is unstable or truly in danger. Will she learn the truth in time to save him?
Set in the fictional town of Peregrine, Idaho, Blue Moon, the second book in the Blue Mountain Collection features the youngest Lanigan brother, Ciaran. It is both a love story and mystery, with Tess Thompson’s quirky and complex but lovable characters.
Blue Midnight: This book reminded me of why I fell in love with romance books to begin with. In college, my roommate introduced me to Nora Roberts and Jude Deveraux. I read everything they wrote and then everything similar to what they wrote! This book took me back to those books. The story is well written, you feel the emotion, and you genuinely care about the characters. My heart broke for Blythe. If she didn’t get her HEA I was ready to storm the castle and hurt someone!
Blue Moon: Ok, at first I was not sure I could connect with Bliss. Super driven business executive is not really something I ‘get’. But, when she gave the homeless man and his dog something every day, my heart kind of warmed. I really liked Ciaran! He was a bit of a wild child and that gave the book a more contemporary feel. Again, this book really pulls out all the emotions! Even though I sometimes struggled with Bliss, you still feel invested in them getting their HEA. There are some funny moments as well (Bliss trying to ski!)
Blue Midnight: Reminding me of the books that made me fall in love with romance in the first place is both good and bad. I felt like it was a story I had read before. It could have been one of the books I read years ago, ya know! I enjoyed it because I enjoyed those books, but it didn’t blow my socks off and make me feel the need to go one click all her books. Would I read more by Tess? Yes; but I won’t run out and grab them all and devour them in a weekend.
Blue Moon: Again, while this book felt ‘fresher’ it still felt like a story I had read before. I did enjoy this one a little more because it felt a bit more contemporary.