TWO 5 Stars for Prelude (Blue Notes #4) by Shira Anthony and Venona Keyes #MM #Musicians @WriterShira @dreamspinners


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.

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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!


 FiveStarsWorld 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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Shira Anthony

Shira Anthony is a complete sucker for a happily-ever-after, and rarely reads or writes a story without one. Never a fan of instalove, Shira likes to write stories about real men with real issues making real relationships work.

In her last incarnation, Shira was a professional opera singer, performing roles in such operas as “Tosca,” “Pagliacci,” and “La Traviata,” among others. Her Blue Notes Series is loosely based upon her own experiences as a professional musician.

Shira is married with two children and two insane dogs and when she’s not writing, she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. When she’s not working, she can be found aboard a 36’ catamaran at the Carolina coast with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle.

Venona Keyes

VENONA KEYES is a modern woman who believes in doing it all; if doing it all is only in her head. She amazes people that she can be wholly unorganized yet pack a perfect carryon suitcase for a ten-day trip to Paris. She is a believer in the “just in time” theory and can be seen sprinting in airports to the gate before the plane door closes.
She has experienced love and loss at the deepest levels and is thankful for writing and daydreaming, for it kept—and still keeps—her sane. Writing also introduced her to some of the most supportive and wonderful people, for which she will always be grateful.
Venona is a voracious reader, loves her two feline boys, volunteers at an animal shelter, is an accomplished speaker, and enjoys swimming, biking, skipping, and her beloved overgrown garden.
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