Earlier this month, author Melissa Lemon released her new book, Blue Sky. As part of her Blog Tour, I agreed to read and review the romance. She sent me a pdf ARC in exchange for my honest assessment.
Here is a bit about the author:
Melissa Lemon has had many imaginary friends (and enemies) since she was a child. Her vivid imagination had her writing stories and jotting down book ideas for years until she finally sat down and finished a novel. She is married to an awesome man and is the proud mother of three children. Music is also an important part of her life. She shares time with music students, teaching them piano, cello or guitar. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Utah and currently resides in the Salt Lake area.
Here's information about the plot and characters in Blue Sky:
Sunny is grieving the sudden death of her parents. Lewis is a homeless runaway seeking shelter in Sunny's basement from an early winter storm. In her unstable emotional condition, Sunny wants nothing more than to kill the unexpected intruder in her home. After a bizarre hostage situation and a poker game, Sunny realizes that Lewis isn't out to hurt her. Their initial distaste turns to friendship and love, but Sunny isn't keen on starting a relationship with a man she knows so little about. Lewis is loyal, and his patience paramount. Sunny is hesitant but her love runs deep and true. They are separated unwillingly, and must struggle and face overwhelming odds to find each other again.
A richly embroidered tale of change, loss, relationships, trust, obstacles, and love, Blue Sky was not an easy read for me. That is probably because of all the losses (some violent) that I've undergone in my own life: parents, in-laws, sibling, husband, child. However, Ms. Lemon does a credible job in this novel that is such a departure from the fairy tales she has published previously. Showing how Sunny turns a risky proposition into a romance takes a good amount of skill, and Ms. Lemon pulls it off.
I liked Lewis better than I liked Sunny. He had already gone through a great deal of turmoil in his life--which is what drove him onto the streets in the first place--but seeing him so patiently putting up with the mood changes of the mercurial girl with whom he had fallen in love, was heart-rending.
Romantics will love this novel. It is available here for Kindle or here in paperback.
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