Title: Warrior Blue
Author: Kelsey Kingsley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Artist: Danny Manzella
Universal Buy Link: http://mybook.to/warriorblue
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48052368-warrior-blue
Blake Carson can’t afford to have a life. Between working full-time as a tattoo artist and caring for his disabled twin brother Jacob, his plate is more than full – and he prefers it that way.
But his meticulous planning is turned on its head when he meets the upbeat and beautiful Audrey Wright and her butterfly tattoo.
Now, through a complicated maze of coincidence and fate, Blake begins to question if maybe there could be more to his life than just work and Jacob.
That is, if the guilt doesn’t eat him alive first.
With the help of Dr. Vanessa Travetti and a girl he doesn’t think he deserves, can Blake convince himself that even the bad guy deserves a happy ending?
That was my first thought when I finished this book.
It is not your run of the mill romance novel, not even close.
Blake is an angry at the world tattoo artist, who has taken on the care of his disabled twin brother, who has been mentally a preschooler since an accident when the boys were 10. He has blamed himself for his brother’s injury since it happened, and as a result refuses to really live for himself.
Audrey comes to see Blake for a tattoo. He dismisses her until his boss forces him to do the tattoo, and he gets an unexpected lesson from her on making snap judgments of people.
I could go on and on about this book, but would definitely get into spoiler territory too quickly. So here’s a brief list of what I enjoyed:
*Blake is openly in therapy, and I loved the honest, realistic exchanges with his therapist
*Lots of metaphysical and theological discussion
*How Audrey interacts with both Blake and Jake, and teaches Blake so very much
*Audrey’s family giving Blake the family experience he missed out on
This is a powerful, beautiful book of learning to love yourself so you can love others, of hope and healing on many levels. I am not remotely a crier and this book had me tearing up in parts. And it was so fun to get the little glimpse of Chad and his bandmates from Forget the Stars but if you haven’t read that (and you totally should) it won’t affect your enjoyment of this story in the slightest, just knowing who they are is an extra treat.
“Hey, Blake,” Audrey answered, a smile in her voice.
“This is the second time you’ve called me in three days.”
“You’re keeping count?”
She scoffed lightheartedly. “Duh. I mean, I might be a grown woman, but deep down, I’m still a girl who has it pretty bad for this really hot guy.”
Kelsey Kingsley is the author of ten novels. She lives in New York with her family and a cat named Ethel. She loves tattoos, music, makeup, and Frasier reruns. Kelsey is a Slytherin. She curses a lot, and she fucking hates cheese.
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