by Mia Sheridan
Published by Tantor Audio on April 12, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, New Adult
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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 in between.
Well, I guess it was bound to happen eventually. I finally read a Mia Sheridan book that I didn’t like. I’ve read so many of her books and adored most of them, but I don’t recommend this one.
(A note about the audio version: I can’t see myself ever rereading this, so I’ve returned it to Audible. Speaking of which, I had issues with the female narrator, who spoke so slowly that I had to increase the narration speed. She also had a weird way of over-enunciating, which was distracting.)
When Midnight Lily opens, disgraced NFL quarterback Holden Scott is in trouble. He’s been partying too hard and taking too many prescription pills. He needs to get his life together. His good friend lets him stay at a remote lodge so that Holden can detox and get better. That’s where Holden meets Lily.
Lily is intensely mysterious. She wanders around the edge of the lodge property and in the woods. At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of her. Is she a ghost? A time traveler? A hallucination? A homeless person? Holden doesn’t know what to think either, but he’s drawn to her for reasons that he doesn’t understand.
Lily and Holden fall in love very quickly. This is where the story started to falter for me. The reason for this is explained later, but I still had trouble with the timeline and surrounding circumstances.
There’s also an enormous plot twist that dictates the second part of the story, which I can’t fully explain without completely spoiling it. But this shift in the plot made the storyline extremely confusing for me and lessened my enjoyment of the book. I had to go back in my mind and run everything I’d read up until that point through a filter to try to make sense of what was happening. Yet, I was still confused.
I also think this book should come with trigger warnings galore because personally, I might not have read the book if I’d known all the intense, heavy subjects that it tackles. And it tackles quite a few.
Lastly, the sex scenes seemed to lack sincere emotion. They struck me as sort of generic and not particularly meaningful in the context of Holden and Lily’s relationship. I’m not used to making these comments about a Mia Sheridan book, so I found this especially surprising because normally, her writing is so beautiful and emotional.
Suffice it to say that I liked the first part of the book before the plot twist but really struggled with the rest. I didn’t like feeling constantly confused and frustrated. When the book was over, I just felt relieved that I could move on to reading something else. All in all, not a good read for me.
Rating: 2 stars