Book Review: Mood Indigo by Ken Bachtold

Reviewed by Morgan 

28857149Title: Mood Indigo
Author: Ken Bachtold
Heroes: Bill Ward/Johnny Desmond
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 146 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 2, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  What happens when a powerful connection forms between two damaged strangers?

Found injured by the side of a road, Bill Ward suffers from retrograde amnesia. Having no recollection of his past, he feels like a nobody. Romance is definitely not an option for a nobody. Jazz singer and piano player Johnny Desmond, on the other hand, is emotionally dead from the ultimate betrayal. But from the moment their eyes meet, there’s no fighting it, and with their friends’ encouragement, Bill and Johnny decide to get to know each other.

Bill’s memories are hovering at the edge of his mind, tormenting him with fear and doubts about what he has to offer. Johnny also has a past—one that could endanger his life. It might have been love at first sight, but it will take courage and commitment to see it through to love that lasts forever.


Review: I started this book several times before I finally made my way to the end. It’s written in the first person and the result is pretty bulky. I never really connected well to the characters and found the prose to be awkward.

Bill is a patient suffering from amnesia – we don’t find out til the end what happened to cause this – and for the first 30% of the book, we are learning about his “new life” and how he gets his feet back under him while at the same time learning about Johnny and his life.

Johnny is a musician whose boyfriend cheated on him and this causes him a lot of angst.

Bill and Johnny dance around one another for several nights until finally Johnny confronts Bill and makes him talk about his fears. After that they are pretty much connected to one another.

Eventually Bill’s former life catches up to him and this causes problems in his “new life”.


I could not get into this book. The writing was bulky and the dialog was stiff and unrealistic. The two men said things to one another that sounded like something you’d hear on a black and white re-run television show.

“That’s just it. I don’t know what happened, but when I looked up and saw him standing just inside the door, I felt like someone had opened my skull and poured champagne inside.”


“Well, this guy must be some kind of wizard.”
“Yeah, and he’s probably put some kind of spell on me.”
“But, Johnny, whatever it is, it’s a good spell. I haven’t seen such a sparkle in your eyes for, lo, these many years.”

There was a lot of “telling” and not enough “showing,” and I just didn’t really connect with the characters. The amnesia part was – at first – an interesting concept – sort of redefining who a person “really” is and establishing a new life for oneself, but in the end, where we see the twist, it felt very melodramatic and cheesy.

I can’t really recommend this, but I give it 2 of 5 stars for the creativity.

Overall Impression: It was okay, but not good

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 2 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Morgan's Reviews, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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