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Mist (The Smokey Blues) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 29, 2016
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Kylie thought she had a good marriage with an honorable man until he was shot dead, leaving behind embarrassing truths as well as ruining her dreams for the future. Time passed and she's become content with her life of music and family but is surprised to find herself attracted to the wandering musician who's come to join the family band. Just as Ren becomes an integral part of her life the truth comes out about his real purpose and she's once again left heartbroken. With danger regarding Ren's real reason for joining their band coming ever closer to her, readers will be on edge waiting to see if she'll be able to keep herself safe along with healing her bruised heart. Kylie's a strong-willed heroine who values family and supports them every step of the way as they do her. Finding out the truth about her husband was heartbreaking but putting her dream in jeopardy was even worse. Music is everything to her, she shines when on stage, and it's what brings her and Ren together. Theirs is a crackling connection that has them making beautiful music together before she discovered the truth about him. How she handled that was believable and had me rooting for her every step of the way as she deserved a HEA for all she got put through.
Ren's devoted much of his life to bringing others to justice through his undercover work with the DEA. It's left him little time for love and happiness which is why his attraction to Kylie catches him off guard. Even though she's his suspect he can't deny how much he cares for her. He soon becomes her champion, and a mentor for her son, which makes the fallout from the truth about his identity that much harder to deal with. Despite everything though Ren does whatever necessary to keep Kylie safe while putting his heart in jeopardy along the way. Ren's an immensely appealing hero, torn by duty but bound by it. He has a strong love and appreciation for music which is the basis of their sensual connection and leads to all sorts of musical foreplay.
On a whole this was a well-paced story that nicely balanced romance with the suspense of who the real villain is. The identity of that villain is kept well-hidden until close to the end too which I always appreciate. Ms. Mims has vividly depicted the Smoky Mountain region with all its charm, sensuality, and tight-knit community feel that further helped immerse me in this compelling tale. Ren and Kylie were an enthralling couple who had me cheering for them from the first page to the last as they dealt with hurt feelings and hidden danger. Surrounding them are a colorful cast of secondary characters, mostly family, who support each other through all their highs and lows. The most memorable of them being Cooper, the direct and somewhat abrasive amputee who harbored moments of pity for himself. He was sometimes angry and prejudicial, sometimes an ass, but I still look forward to his story being told.. Ultimately, this was my first time reading a story written by Ms. Mims, but it won't be the last as she kept me captivated with this romance that's almost pitch perfect.
One of the things I loved about this story is the closeness of Kylie's family. She spends a lot of time with her son, her nieces, her brother and her mom. They love and support each other as they connect through music. I also really loved that you really and truly didn't know who the bad guy was right up until the very end.
Of course, the best part was the love story. Ren, even though he was in a tough position, stepped up and became a support for Kylie and a mentor for her son. He was drawn to her and even though she was a suspect in a case, his gut told him that she was a good person and he couldn't help the way his heart led him. It was also fun at the end to see Ren back in his regular life and how different he was at home from when he was working undercover. All in all, a great story.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The conflict was VERY realistic and heartwrending, but the chemistry and bonding between Kylie and Wren made you root for them.
And the set up for the next book made me begging for more.
This was an enjoyable read that will leave you guessing! An engaging balance of intrigue and romance, this heart-warming story will keep you glued to the page until the very (unexpected) end. The author’s passion for music shines through and lends mood and atmosphere to the story. An all-round entertaining read, perfect for fans of romance, music and a little mystery!
Emily Mims is a prolific writer with many more romantic stories to devour (in this series and others) if you love this one like I did! Can’t wait to read the next Smoky Blues book! Highly recommended.
Reynolds (Ren) Campbell Navarro, a guitar-picking civilian from San Antonio, is enlisted by the DEA to infiltrate this suspected drug ring. Unexpectedly, Ren falls for Kylie in a big way.
Can these two find each other in a drug-ridden world?