As usual, RJ Scott delivers a memorable story with rich characters that easily gain empathy from the reader. Blue is immediately likeable and while he is a typical "tortured artist" he has a lot of soul to him. I immediately felt a connection with him and was rooting for him from almost the first page. I got angry when some rich snob just uses him as a hole and then discards him. I wanted to comfort him when he reaches his breaking point later.
The supporting cast is also good, especially Blu's roommate who support Blu, champions him, and is supportive of him. Blu's love interest seems a bit too good to be true. Of all the characters that have a strong role in this story, he is the flattest. But hey, it's romantic fiction so that is ok.
The central conflict in this book ends up being Blu versus his inner demons which I think a lot of people can relate to. The "too good to be true" relationship, having something good and always be waiting for the other shoe to drop, and the feeling that we do not deserve the happiness being offered to us.
The thing I really enjoy though is that there is always a triumph in the end. Scott does not just allow her characters to waltz into this storybook romance and live happily ever after. They need to work for it like people do in reality. To me that makes her stories memorable, gripping, and most importantly relatable. Out of all of the books in this genre I own, RJ Scott's are the ones I find myself reading over and over again.
And as usual, I will add my standing "complaint" with Scott's work - it always ends too soon for me and I am left wanting more time and time again. I am definitely in favor of sequels.