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Blue Paramour by Louise Ligon & Hunter Maine

Book Info

Book Series
The Blue Ridge Saga #1
About the Author
Louise Ligon and Hunter Maine met while vacationing in Ireland. Sharing a love of writing, they instantly connected. Louise's background in history and passion for strong female characters coupled with Hunter's intuitive skill for vivid storytelling make them a dynamic team. Their first book collaboration, Blue Paramour is a historic erotic romance with gay and racial themes. Blue Paramour is the origin story of Brayden Steed their alpha male character who will culminate in a thrilling trilogy of love and war. Both authors currently live in Los Angeles with their three beautiful rescue dogs.
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Publication Date
June 30, 2015
Pages
361
ASIN
B00ZNZDYZ0
When Brayden, a devastatingly handsome heir to a prominent Southern family, is caught in a compromising position with his handsome male lover, Jackson, life as he knows it comes crashing down.

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Blue Paramour reviewed by Christopher Stone
(Updated: November 13, 2015)
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Most commonly I prefer Auntie Em and antipasto to antebellum, but Blue Paramour, the first book in co-authors Louise Ligon and Hunter Maine’s historical romance trilogy, Blue Ridge Saga, is a notably exception. Blue Paramour’s antebellum antics had me reeling with reading pleasure, tossing my hat into the air, dancing in the streets, and craving more!

Set in pre Civil War South Carolina, and in New York City, this five-star fable is a mesmerizing page-turner, start to finish – sometimes graceful and elegant; in other instances, cutting and brutal. But Blue Paramour is unfailingly a superior, multi-layered entertainment.

Picture this: It’s the Blue Ridge plantation, circa 1847. Twins Brayden and Annabelle Steed are as different as night and day; he is a warrior of the light, and she, a diva of darkness. They are the children of the plantation’s owners, and Brayden, the eldest of the Steed’s two sons, is Blue Ridge’s anointed heir.

When we meet Brayden and Annabelle in the Prologue, they are grade school students, and in their classroom. Outside the window, friend and neighbor, Jackson Wilmington, is distracting them from their studies. He’s walking on his hands as if he were a circus performer. Jackson is the nimble and handsome irrepressible son of the owner of Blue Ridge’s smaller, neighboring plantation. 

Before the Prologue ends, Annabelle’s darkness, selfishness, and vanity have been established, and the boys, Brayden and Jackson, have already shared their first kiss – this one, an innocent smooch.

Flash forward to 1853. Brayden and Jackson are teenagers in love with one another, even though homosexuality is taboo, and they have yet to admit the depth of their feelings to one another, or even to themselves. 

The boys are now considered young adults, and they are expected to marry women, settle down, and raise families of their own.   

In line with these expectations, Jackson’s engagement to Annabelle is announced on the very night that the lads decide to go all the way, sexually speaking, that is. In the process of doing so, they are literally caught with their pants down.

Steely Grandfather Steed decides that being exiled to a northern relative will be Brayden’s punishment for committing this crime against nature and man. Presumably under the watchful eye of the Yankee branch of the family, Brayden will learn how a real man conducts himself, and with whom he beds. 

You see Grandfather Steed has always favored Annabelle, thinking his oldest grandson too soft (read feminine) to run Blue Ridge. Caught en flagrante with Jackson, Brayden has confirmed his Grandfather’s belief. 

Reluctantly and sadly, Brayden bids adieu to Blue Ridge, his parents, and his delightful younger brother. As for Annabelle, Brayden can’t get away from his hateful twin fast enough. 

On a train, en route to his exile, Brayden meets a beautiful and buff African American free man – the first free Black man he has ever known. What’s more, this cultured gentleman, Vincent Gallud, is also a prominent New York entrepreneur. So when Vincent gets off of the train in New York, Brayden, totally smitten by the guy, follows. 

By the time Brayden's Blue Ridge family learns that its First Son never reached his intended destination, the exiled youth is already living in Vincent’s opulent apartment, and nude modeling for an artist friend. 

Not knowing where Brayden is, or what he is doing, The Steed family, excepting Annabelle, fears for his life. But Brayden’s evil twin schemes to use her disgraced brother’s disappearance to her advantage. 

She hits upon an idea that she believes will make her the undisputed heir to Blue Ridge. Annabelle begrudgingly surrenders her virginity to a cruel plantation overseer. In exchange, he vows to find Brayden, and murder him. 

Throughout Blue Paramour, I was as enthralled by Brayden’s life and times, as his immoral monster of a twin sister repulsed me. What’s more, I was bedazzled by the co-authors’ ability to plumb and probe the psyches of their nineteenth century characters in ways that explain and justify – at least in their own minds - their strongest impetuses and actions – even when those motivations are pitch black and pure evil. 

But for all of the substance and psychological subtext, the authors have also spiced their saga with graphic sex aplenty for those who demand hot homoerotic action. 

Their Afro-American entrepreneur, Vincent Gallud, is an especially intriguing anomaly in antebellum America: a devastatingly attractive, free Black man, successful in business, respected and welcomed by one and all. He is complex, textured, and ultimately, loveable. 

But Brayden’s longing for Blue Ridge, Jackson, his parents, and kid brother, eventually lead him to leave Vincent and New York behind, returning back to South Carolina.  

Meanwhile, back on the Steed plantation, intrigue and deception, woven by the awful Annabelle, blanket every Magnolia tree, even as she harbors soul deep evil beneath each of her lacy hoop skirts. 

I’ve read and reviewed many romance novels this year, but none of them have been as compelling and powerful as Blue Paramour. Here is a tale artfully and elegantly told. I’m agog, and eager to read the second and third installments of this trilogy. I believe that you will be, too.
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