Entertwine Publishing / December 2, 2015 / $0.99 digital
First love. Last love. Only love. Well, at least that's how Ryder Collins thinks of the girl he lost because of his addiction ten years ago. While Ryder is battling the demons of his past to save his future, he will start to question the nightmare that has become his reality and the illusive blue dream that he swears started it all.
I’ve read a few stories of Xavier Neal’s, but Blue Dream made my heart ache. Why was I so captivated by this story about love lost between an interracial couple in high school? Because the emotions were raw, the situations real, and the characters, though imperfect, ultimately just wanted to love and be loved.
The story starts out present day with Ryder in rehab for drug addiction. He’s had ten years to think about all the crap that went down when he was a senior in high school and in love with his girlfriend, Presley. Pressured by his callous alcoholic father to dump her, we are taken back to the past where the progression of Ryder’s and Presley’s relationship materializes and ultimately crashes to an end.
“That’s what being with her was like. Like having Blue Dream running through your system, all day every day. Pumping through your blood like it had replaced it. She was my first high. That one you never stop chasing.”