Book Reviews

A World in Blue by Danni Maxwell at NineStar Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / New Adult / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 10-July-2018

Book Blurb

At just eighteen years old, Oliver was offered a publishing deal. The very same day, he lost his mother to suicide. Two years later, he encounters a tall, dark, and handsome stranger. Never thinking he would write again, he is inspired once more.


Just as Oliver is launched into fame from the success of his book, the handsome stranger comes back into his life. His name is Blue and he happens to be flirting with Oliver.


Book Review

What should be one of the best days of his life, turns out to be one of the worst when Oliver, of 'A World in Blue', comes home to find his mother has committed suicide. Instead of being able to share the joy of receiving an offer to publish his first book, he feels only despair and loneliness. Oliver has no choice but go on as best he can and accepts the publishing offer. But with no one to guide him, he's tricked and cheated by the sleazy publishing company. After fulfilling his obligation to them, he is so discouraged that he decides to give up on writing. Oliver discovers, through his mother's lawyer, that he has a half sister named Olivia, who lives with her father. Two years after the publishing fiasco, he contacts them. Fortunately, they are thrilled and welcome him in their home with open arms. Oliver can't understand why his mother never told him about Olivia, but it's wonderful to know that he's not alone. Feeling more secure, Oliver begins to write again with Olivia cheering him on and pestering him to read his story. Oliver feels betrayed when Olivia shows his story to her father who helps him get published.

One day, while leaving a bookstore, Oliver literally runs into a young man, Blue, who is charming and has a great sense of humor. Blue makes sure Oliver is steady on his feet, then bids him farewell. Later, Oliver visits the library, where he is looking for his book on the shelf. Once again, he collides with Blue who works at the library. They begin to talk about Oliver's books. Blue doesn't know who Oliver is. Blue loves the books and gushes over the author and his writing. Oliver decides not to tell Blue that they are his books. When Blue and Oliver become close, Oliver is afraid to tell Blue for fear of losing him. He knows he has to come up with a plan to be able to break it to Blue as painlessly as possible.

This is an endearing book about two young men who fall in love. Oliver overcomes dreadful circumstances to get to the point of being secure. Blue is funny and affectionate, and loves Oliver, but I would have liked to have known more about him. Knowing more about Oliver's life before he came to live with his half sister would have given the story more continuity. This is a short, sweet tale, best read with a cup of tea on a rainy afternoon. Thanks, Danni.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 21400 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-June-2018
Price $2.99 ebook
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