Title: Blue Paramour (The Blue Ridge Saga, Book 1)
Author: Louise Ligon & Hunter Maine
Published: June 10, 2015
Publisher: Voir Media Group
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Brayden Steed is the heir to Blue Ridge, a highly successful Southern plantation. That is until he is caught in the throes of passion with his neighbor, Jackson, on the night of the party to celebrate the engagement of Jackson to Brayden’s sister, Annabelle. Angered and shamed, Brayden’s father sends him to Boston to spend some time with a family member and to learn hard work and responsibility. Along the way, Brayden meets Vincent Gallaud, who unintentionally lures Brayden to New York City instead. And Brayden quickly finds himself in a word that is well beyond everything he expected–and one that just might help him find the courage to live his life being true to himself. But Jackson’s been left behind to marry Annabelle–by all rights a cruel fate–and Annabelle is more than happy to see her brother gone, hoping he will never return. But things must come full circle eventually, and the choices we make have consequences that we may not have even imagined.
It took me a bit to get into this one. I can’t really pinpoint what it was, but it was a couple of chapters before it really hooked me–and I’m glad I stuck with it. So if you find yourself starting to wander in the beginning, stick it out. Things really pick up and the number of twists and turns that are in store are really unexpected (in a good way!).
There is a very rich world that’s been created here, and the multiple character perspectives allow for a more complete story than one might get if it was all written from the viewpoints of just one or two people. The transitions are clear, and the scenes all add to each other and build into the climactic cliffhanger of an ending. I found it easy to connect and empathize with Brayden and Jackson. I found it easy to despise Annabelle and her grandfather (I’m sure you will, too!). And I found myself at times wanting to reach through the pages and shake some sense into people–any book that can do that is a good one to me!
A definite choice for readers of m/m who are interested in historical fiction.
Content warnings: imprisonment, dubious consent[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review.]