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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Blue Lady by Shelley Munro

Blue Lady by Shelley Munro
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (51 pgs)
Other: M/F, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Middlemarch Mates, Book Ten

Saber and Emily are longtime mates. Happiness has been theirs, until the tragic loss of their unborn baby.

Saber is desperate. Emily has shut him out, wallowing in depression. They inhabit the same house but his loving mate has withdrawn, and he wants his happy, matchmaking woman back. It’s time to up the ante. Armed with a bag of sex toys from his wild twin brothers and a tropical island setting, Saber is determined to seduce his mate to his way of thinking, to drive the blues away, and he won’t take no for an answer.

When the bond of love is tested and battered, what does a man have to do to heal the rift slicing through them? Blue Lady explored the delicious and spicy cure.

Even if you’d never read any of the Middlemarch series, this short stands alone just fine based on the emotional power that zings between Emily and Saber.

The conflict is all internal in this book. Emily has to deal with a ghost from her past that torments her sense of self and confidence as well as what the loss of her baby has done to her relationship with Saber.

Her fears have compounded to the point that it’s turned her timid and she can’t seem to see a way out. Fear is a powerful enemy when it comes to the heart. The author did a great job in getting a reader to understand Emily’s pain and insecurity. I felt the loss of what she had and worried with her about how she could ever get it back – if it was even possible.

Saber’s character really packs a punch in this tale. He’s an alpha, a strong man whom everyone else relies upon. He never asks for help and he doesn’t show weakness. I came away with a healthy respect for Saber after this book, because he did what a real man needs to do. He asked for help. He opened himself up to the pain and let others in, and in doing so they provided him with options and hope. And he’s a man so in love with his wife, he’s willing to do anything. I couldn’t ask for a more romantic hero than that.

The book is told from both Emily’s and Saber’s point of view with a deft and masterful hand. Each shift was smooth and well thought out giving me what I needed from each character when I needed it. The dialogue, both inward and outward provided insight into each of their pain, their hope and the progression of their healing. I really enjoyed this story because it explored the reality that even a happily ever after needs work. Life can throw lemons and stinky gym socks at even the most strongest of loves and tests the mettle and dedication between lovers in sometimes awful ways. It was heartening to see it survive with a deliciously passionate campaign developed by Saber and his friends as well as the contribution from his sneaky and cheeky two brothers.

Blue Lady condenses love down to its foundation and provides a reader with a hero and heroine who truly illustrate what romance is all about. I loved the lengths Saber went to to get through to Emily and cheered for them both when things finally came to a head and they both revealed what was inside their hearts. The story is beautiful, passionate, well written and a delight to read. If a reader is looking for a sweet and hot romance, they’ll find it here.

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