** ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review **
Holden Scott is the prince of professional football. At least he was before he lost it all . . . or more to the point, before he threw it all away. Now he’s out of a job, out of the public’s good graces, and perhaps just a little out of his mind. So when a friend offers up his remote lodge in the wilds of Colorado, giving Holden some time away to get his life back on track, he can hardly say no. The last thing he expects is to see a beautiful girl in the woods—one wearing a white, lace dress who appears in the moonlight, and leaves no footprints behind. Is she a dream? A ghost? A product of his muddled imagination? Or something entirely different?
Midnight Lily is the haunting love story of two lost souls reaching for each other in the dark. A tale of healing, acceptance, and the worlds we create to protect our own hearts. It is a story of being lost, of being found, and of being in the place between.
THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY VIRGO. Non-Paranormal, New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
I’m still looking for words to say about this reading conclusion. I think I’ll start with simplicity, of what’s easier. Midnight Lily is the ninth book of Mia Sheridan, ruled by Virgo and, for me, the most different book of this author.
The keyword to unknot ML is Persephone myth. For those who don’t know, Persephone is known to live half the year in Olympus (in the spring and summer seasons) and the other in the world of the dead (in the fall and winter). The fact of this goddess transition between earth and hell is what influences Mia narrative.
“There’s always someone in society chooses not to see. There’s always someone who is invisible through no fault of their own.”(Lily)
When we met Scott Holden, he’s completely lost. The help of a friend makes the player to become a recluse until he put his mind in place. Fame, women, drugs, past, everything is a great weight for him to handle. Holden needs some time to himself, to recover, to get back to who it was. And his stay in a cabin changes when he meets Lily. Lily of the Night!
Lily is a mysterious character who only appears at night when Holden least expect it. Her apparent timidity replaces to a strong and intriguing young woman. Curiosity for each one causes a natural romance. But they have a story of their own and, while getting to know each other, they are allowed to stay away from their mysteries.
“I saw her everywhere. Walking down sidewalks, in crowded restaurants, once in a brief flash of dark hair and white lace right before an elevator door closed. (…) Those were the times I still doubted my own sanity, still questioned whether she had ever existed at all. But then I’d remember the feel of her fingertips on my skin, the slippery silk of her hair, the sound of her laughter, and the way I loved her still, and I’d know, I’d know, deep down to my soul that she was real.”
In every page, in every chapter, the cabin, the forest and Lily and Holden connection becomes stronger, condensing a pure love, a rich history and wonderful characters. And when everything is so determined and clear, suddenly it turns out…
And…. here I finished!
When I spoke above to unknot the book, it wasn’t a joke or misuse of the word. This time, the author gives us a very different story than we are accustomed. She explores the most sensitive part of our humanity. Yes, there is romance. But Mia offered us something beyond. Something that will blow your mind! Really, I have been in book hangover since on Wednesday (03/02) … * sighs *
Midnight Lily is a story of love and acceptance, when a plenitude sense unifies and transforms lives. For accepting that even in the darkest hours, love will lead the way. For me it was the most distinguished book of Signs of Love Series and the most challenging and daring. The writing is powerful and unique. There are many climaxes this story. And cliffhanger too.
“We will never be perfect or without flaws, the lives we’ve been given are not like that. But, Lily, in my heart, you are perfect for me. Perfectly mine. And I’m yours.” (Holden)
Mia Sheridan’s talent is what makes me be careful in writing this review. Here, a simple mention of its contents may result in a large spoiler. However, I can guarantee you one thing: this captivating book will blow your mind until last page. Yeah, will blow your mind, questioning your sanity and, above all, impress with the quality with words were exposed to the reader.
In the end, the only certainty you’ll have is: “What did I just read?!”
By Camilla Carvalho