Author: Ken Bachtold
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/02/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery
What happens when a powerful connection forms between two damaged strangers?
Found injured by the side of a road, Bill Ward suffers from retrograde amnesia. Having no recollection of his past, he feels like a nobody. Romance is definitely not an option for a nobody. Jazz singer and piano player Johnny Desmond, on the other hand, is emotionally dead from the ultimate betrayal. But from the moment their eyes meet, there’s no fighting it, and with their friends’ encouragement, Bill and Johnny decide to get to know each other.
Bill’s memories are hovering at the edge of his mind, tormenting him with fear and doubts about what he has to offer. Johnny also has a past—one that could endanger his life. It might have been love at first sight, but it will take courage and commitment to see it through to love that lasts forever.
Predictable but sweet as all get out. Almost too sweet and perfect, actually. If that is your bag, then you will probably enjoy Mood Indigo a bit more than I did. I enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong, I just never felt fully comfortable in the story.
The discomfiture I had with Mood Indigo was the writing style itself. It had an almost film noir feel to it. Unfortunately, the storyline, setting, and characters didn’t really lend themselves to such a style. Also, the dialogue itself felt old fashioned. If it weren’t for a few contemporary references, I would have guessed this story to be set in the 1940s.
It could be argued, with a name like Mood Indigo (a jazz standard made famous in the 1930s), the old time dialogue and style were appropriate. I don’t disagree. However, it made for a story at war with itself. I was never able to settle into the narrative because I would fall into a 1940s mindset and then be ripped out by a reference to something decidedly modern. This happened over and over again.
As for the characters, they aren’t terribly deep. Bill is understandably a thin character. He has no past of which to speak, or at least of which he knows. Johnny has a past, but it is the typical “my boyfriend was scum, so I will never love again” past that is so often overused in the romance genre.
Mood Indigo is a relatively short read, so it may or may not be worth the short for you. The storyline is predictable, the dialogue a bit weka, but the feel is fairly unique. Depending on which is most important to you, you will likely love or hate this story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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