Title: Prelude (Blue Notes #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Shira Anthony & Venona Keyes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 6, 2013 – 250 pgs
World-renowned conductor David Somers never wanted the investment firm he inherited from his domineering grandfather. He only wanted to be a composer. But no matter how he struggles, David can’t translate the music in his head into notes on paper.
When a guest violinist at the Chicago Symphony falls ill, David meets Alex Bishop, a last-minute substitute. Alex’s fame and outrageous tattoos fail to move David. Then Alex puts bow to string, and David hears the brilliance of Alex’s soul.
David has sworn off relationships, believing he will eventually drive away those he loves, or that he’ll lose them as he lost his wife and parents. But Alex is outgoing, relaxed, and congenial—everything David is not—and soon makes dents in the armor around David’s heart. David begins to dream of Alex, wonderful dreams full of music. Becoming a composer suddenly feels attainable.
David’s fragile ego, worn away by years of his grandfather’s disdain, makes losing control difficult. When David’s structured world comes crashing down, his fledgling relationship with Alex is the first casualty. Still, David hears Alex’s music, haunting and beautiful. David wants to love Alex, but first he must find the strength to acknowledge himself.
Note: The Blue Notes Series can be read in any order. Each is a stand-alone story from the same classical music universe.
Wow. I think Shira Anthony has become a new favourite author. This is the first of the Bluenotes stories I’ve read and I absolutely loved it.
If opposites attract, David and Alex are a perfect match. The homeless prodigy and the unloved heir to a Wall Street fortune have instant chemistry. Music gave Alex an identity and a future while at the same time it alienated David from his family. It is a shared passion that bridges the gap between very different men.
I loved the characters and I loved the music. I don’t think classical music has been presented to romance readers this well since Jilly Cooper penned Appassionata in 1996. But where Shira Anthony lacks Jilly Cooper’s humour, she adds warmth and depth to her characters.
This is truly a beautiful story. Both main characters are complex with wonderfully detailed backstories and nuanced personalities. The supporting characters add depth to the story and Alex and David’s music is so well written I could hear it in my head as I read. What a wonderful story!
World renowned conductor David meets Alex when a quest violinist falls sick. There is a instant attraction between these two men but David fights it afraid of losing Alex like he has lost other people he has loved before in his life.
This book was definitely a slow but sweet burn between these two men. Then these was the steamy scenes that were just so hot!
Loved the way this author wrote this story and these characters. You could really feel what they felt in this book with David being afraid of losing Alex so having the need to push him away before that happens. Then there was Alex who loves David and is willing to show him how much he does care about him even when David pushes him away. I do not want to give away any spoilers. So I will leave this review with…
All together I really loved this story and would definitely recommend this book!
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