A Shattered God

Midnight Blue by L. J. Shen

Once upon a time a mere mortal fell in love with a rock god. You probably know this is not a fairytale by now. Mortals and gods don’t mix.

Midnight Blue is raw, emotive and sparkles with life.

I’m not sure who I’m more in love with British rocker Alex Winslow or L.J. Shen. Maybe Ms Shen, her writing is superlative, truly beautiful. I couldn’t stop highlighting parts of the book. Quote after quote spoke to me.

“…we’re all vases. And you’re the one scattered on the floor, shattered beyond repair. So I’ll let someone else pick you up. It’s really that simple.

Alex is so broken it’s like he can never be put back together. His hurt eeks out of him. I don’t think Indie believes for a moment she can fix him and I loved that. She saw the addict, the cruel bastard who lashes out and the boy the world thinks it owns. It hurt her (and me), but she wasn’t going to fix him. And knowing him, she didn’t intend to fall in love. But best intentions and all that.

Even though there’s not much innocent about Alex, his connection with Indie was child like. He was so curious about her, she inspired him. She seemed so shiny to him, and yet he knew he would ruin her. It was hard knowing he would do it. But that was the point at which I knew they needed each other. This wasn’t just about the broken rock star but also the grief fuelled Stardust.

The author pits the beauty of creating music, of artistically expressing yourself with the price of fame. Alex can no longer trust his life. He can’t trust anyone because they all want something. And so he fails to see love and friendship, even though it’s there. I veered between wanting to shake him or hug him.

Ms Shen’s writing is extraordinary, her characters are complex and the story is so compelling. Even for an angst ridden romance, this is far from your typical fare. I think you will love it. I know I did.

Bleeding, pounding, glowing

Method by Kate Stewart

I’m used to issuing warnings to have a box of Kleenex close to hand. But for this one you’ll also need a cardiologist. Seriously, this book made my heart bleed. And pound. And glow. And squeeze.

Forget Jekyll and Hyde, Lucas is the quintessential villain and hero. And what a divine hero he is.

This is the story of true unconditional love and how disturbing that can be. It makes you realise why people go to such lengths to harden their hearts against such love. Some people are made for an each other, but there’s nothing simple about it.

This isn’t just about romantic love. At the heart of it is the bond between two men, it’s such a pure but tainted love. Again that heart of mine pounded, squeezed and glowed.

It was all encompassing and weirdly life affirming. I might not describe the writing as beautiful, it was messy, complex and draining. Ms Stewart has outdone herself. I would love to know how she wrote such a story.