I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Blue Moon by Tess Thompson
on August 8, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Playboy Ciaran Lanigan was the party. Executive Bliss Heywood was the library. When they meet, sparks fly and so begins an uncontrollable attraction that neither is strong enough to escape, regardless that it’s fraught with lies, secrets and family complexities.
But ‘party boy’ Ciaran isn’t everything he appears. Lurking beneath the surface of his charming grin is a man haunted by fears. Are they real or imagined? As he slowly reveals his past, Bliss becomes less and less sure if the man she’s involved with is unstable or truly in danger. Will she learn the truth in time to save him?
Set in the fictional town of Peregrine, Idaho, Blue Moon, the second book in the Blue Mountain Collection features the youngest Lanigan brother, Ciaran. It is both a love story and mystery, with Tess Thompson’s quirky and complex but lovable characters.
My husband looks at me while I snort, yet again, while reading Blue Moon and asks if I’m enjoying my current read. Apparently my reactions while reading help him determine what kind of stars the book is going to get. Just from my multiple laughs, hiccups, snorts, and various other events that I will never really admit to, I realized this is one of my favorites. Not that I do not have another favorite from Tess Thompson. She’s one of those authors that I jump at the chance to read. I just love her romances and the integrity behind every single character.
If you have not read the first in this series, there may be some spoilers like Blythe’s relationship, but it is not pivotal to have read Blue Midnight. I would recommend it thought because the interaction between Blythe and Bliss are more understandable with book one read.
This is a lot like book one but it also does a really good job of setting itself apart. The relationship building was different, although still quite fast! For some reason it was easier for me to accept the length of this relationship without an eye roll!
When explaining why I was making so many sounds I told my hubby that this is a pink bubbly champagne type of book. I did not have pink champagne but I did enjoy some popcorn and raisinets which is almost as good. It is just THAT much fun. There was not a page that I was not completely enamored with the characters and enjoying myself immensely! That is some great writing and character building there.
It is funny how Bliss gets thrown off of her game. Not funny ha ha though. She’s a tough gal and I really just wanted to see her let her hair down. She’s a control freak and she likes it that way, which is fine but not if you keep everyone around you at bay. Fortunately, she and Blythe get along wonderfully and her vacation to see her family is exactly what she needs to take her out of her hum drum life! What is exciting is that she immediately starts to change. She decides she’s sick of being hum drum so she puts her 100% effort into changing. While some may find this a bit odd, I thought it fit her personality wonderfully. She took the bull by the horns, even while trying to make friends!
Her busy bodiness is also a great source of fun for me. Ohhh! All the added characters. This is not just a romance. There are a ton of characters that I want to know more about. I really hope that Tess’s next book will also be here and about all of these great characters. I’m dying to know what is going to happen with Moonstone!
The only slight down side was that I did picture who was involved in the mystery. At the same time I wish there were more clues here and there at the beginning. There are a few but the way she set it up really I guess there could not be anything else pointing to the perpetrator.
And I am sad I have to wait for the next in the series.
In short: Go read this now! It’s adorable like all of Tess Thompson’s books.
After some success as a playwright she decided to write a novel, a dream she’d held since childhood. She began working on her first novel, RIVERSONG while her second daughter was eight months old, writing during naptimes and weekends. She considers it a small miracle and the good-nature of her second child (read: a good napper) that it was ever finished. RIVERSONG was released in April 2011 by Booktrope, a Seattle publisher and subsequently became a #1 Nook book and Kindle best seller. Since then she’s released five additional novels: RIVERBEND, RIVERSTAR, CARAMEL AND MAGNOLIAS, TEA AND PRIMROSES AND BLUE MIDNIGHT.
Like her characters in the RIVER VALLEY COLLECTION, Tess is from a small town in Southern Oregon. She currently lives in Snoqualmie, Washington with her two small daughters where she is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.
A voracious reader, Tess’s favorite thing to do is to curl up on a rainy afternoon and read a novel. She also enjoys movies, theatre, wine and food. She is fed emotionally by her friends and family and cherishes relationships above all else.
She’s currently in the editing process for her first historical romance called DUET FOR THREE HANDS, which will be released in late February and followed shortly thereafter with the second in the BLUE MOUNTAIN COLLECTION, Blue Moon.