About the book
Out of the Blue is the second book in the new adult Sunset Series (can be read as a stand-alone) by Opal Mellon. The book was published by 30th April and it is 204 pages long. I received an e-book for review through NetGalley.
Molly and Justin meet in college, realising they’re two very different people. Justin is beautiful and an instant hit with the rest of his class while Molly is awkward and shy. However, with a love of computers, the two form a strange friendship that quickly dissolves when Justin disappears without a word after a terrible day that Molly just wants to forget.
Five years later, Molly still isn’t a people person and puts everything into her job. But, she now needs a date for her high school reunion and can’t think of a single person that she can ask. When a friend introduces her to Club Blue, and escort agency, Molly is forced to confront her past. Justin, her former best friend, is now an escort and one of the best. She’s desperate to know where he went to and what happened to him but asking certain questions could put her into danger.
What I thought
Out of the Blue had such an interesting start that I was hoping that it would turn into a book I would love but sadly, it didn’t. I found there to be quite a lot wrong (in my opinion) with this book so I ended up not liking it very much at all.
Protagonists Molly and Justin start off in their late teens as they’re in college but then as the book jumps to five years later, I guess they’re supposed to be roughly 24/25 or so. Unfortunately, both characters (Molly more so) come across as extremely juvenile throughout the book. Neither are especially mature for their ages and act like a couple of teenagers a lot of the time. The dialogue used also didn’t fit in with the ages of the characters which was a shame. These things made it really hard to connect with either character.
This book shouldn’t really be classed as a romance because there isn’t much of that in the plot. The majority of the plot focuses on the problems that both Molly and Justin have had over the course of their lives and what happens when they come back together. Molly and Justin share a kiss but nothing more ever really happens. I would class Out of the Blue as more of a mystery than anything else because there are loads of twists and turns that keep you guessing.
My main problem with this book is that some things just did not add up. Molly is supposed to be super intelligent and has a job working with computers. But, when she starts receiving strange emails, she claims she has no idea where to start to trace where it came from. I just didn’t understand how the character could be written in such a confusing way. It was like the author had forgotten what job she’d given Molly and what she’d done at college.
Some of the plot did slightly redeem the book a little bit though. Justin has an extremely interesting past and his job during the current setting. As a male escort, he’s a very social person which puts him in the opposite position to Molly. The two characters are very different as adults although they were very much the same in college. While some of the plot concentrates on Molly and Justin getting to know each other once again, there is a lot surrounding Justin’s past and the things he has experienced. Out of the Blue turns into quite a shocking read that I wasn’t expecting at all. It certainly isn’t for the feint hearted.
As I said before, I wanted to love this book but I didn’t.