Release Blitz and Reviews: Midnight Lily: Mia Sheridan

by - Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Midnight Lily
Mia Sheridan
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Expected May 1, 2016

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.

This story begins as a man has hit rock bottom and is in need of a place to rehabilitate from his self destructive behavior and get his act together. His chance comes in the form of his friend's remote cabin in the woods. He's depressed, disgusted, and full of self pity. His mental state is rocky at best due to sleep deprivation, chemicals, and poor choices.

When he begins to see a flash of white in the woods, he has no clue if he is high or going crazy. But it becomes a compulsion to figure out what is going on.

I was immediately intrigued and sucked into this mystery. I felt I was figuring it out just as he was. Who is she? Where does she come from? Is she real? It had me captivated, perplexed, and wondering. I could understand his despair and lack of control, and his need to make sense of this. I could feel the magnetic pull between them.

Lily was an enigma. She was intriguing and mysterious, but a bright spot in the darkness. He was desperately in need of an impetus for change and she appeared just when he needed her. But there was so much going on under the surface.

The story unravels in a mesmerizing way that kept me on edge, almost breathless at times, flipping pages, and completely invested in the characters and their story. It was told in dual points of view with some flashbacks. The characters were complex, multi-faceted, and had flaws. But I found myself rooting for them. And I was caught up in their growing bond and soul deep connection. I was dying to know how it would all play out.

Mia Sheridan amazes me every time when she manages to top herself. Every time I read one of her books I am floored that she is able to keep weaving these stories that demand my full attention, touch my heart, and make me become completely emotionally invested and captivated. This one is different than any  of her others, but still has her signature style of engaging, thought provoking prose that pulls you into the world she has created and transports you right into the middle  of it. You cannot help but feel this deep connection between two lonely souls that begin to find peace together despite secrets. It is intense, beautiful, and desperate at times.

But everything you think you know or understand, you really don't. I was trying so hard to put the pieces together and figure it out before the truth was fully revealed. I had all kinds of theories. But this book actually totally had me stumped and shocked me over and over. I even yelled out loud at the first major twist because I was so taken aback.  It was intricately woven, unique, and unpredictable. Every time I thought I had it figured out, I would be hit with another surprise...all the way to the end. I was still left reeling, but in a good way. 

That is the talent of an amazing storyteller. She took this story to places I never expected, but made me believe in it and feel every bit of it.  It was riveting, emotional, complex, heartfelt, and full of twists. It is hard to stop thinking about it as more and more pieces fall into place in my own mind as I revisit it. Holy Hell...what a fascinating and intriguing journey, and absolutely beautiful story of love, hope, fate, acceptance, and redemption.

ARC provided by author in exchange of an honest review. 

Midnight Lily illustrates once again why Mia Sheridan is one of my absolute favorite authors. Writing distinctly different characters in an incredibly unique story, the story kept me riveted even through some WTF moments, wondering what could possibly come next for them.

It has been a very long time since I have read anything that has left me questioning so much. Every time I settled into a new set of predictions about the characters and the direction of the story, details would crop up that would send me recalculating and reevaluating. There were so many possibilities about these characters, from the very start, that I was constantly wondering and thinking.

I love the way they turned to each other when they needed it most. The connection between them stands up to so many challenges that it was as if they were destined to find each other. This was a love story that unfolded in an unorthodox manner. The way the story was wrapped and woven left me watching for those flashes between them, flashes that showed their true feelings despite sometimes conflicting words and actions.

I feel like I need to keep this review short, because so many innocent phrases and comments could spoils so much about this storyline. This is not necessarily an easy read, with all the twists and turns, but it was such a thought provoking read that even days after finishing I am still in awe at the feelings this provoked. 

I am still hoping to find time to re-read, and I know I will have to, but I also wonder if re-reading will color everything completely differently a second time. If knowing the end will somehow change my feelings about my original reading. Because I am still mulling theories over in my head. Still loving these two. Still loving this story.

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
 A Sign of Love Series can be read as stand-alones  and the stories are not related.
The exceptions are Leo and Leo's Chance(male alternative POV) and 
Becoming Calder (part one) and Finding Eden(part two).

Leo's Chance (male POV of Leo):

Archer's Voice:

Becoming Calder
(part one)

Finding Eden
(part two)
Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

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