Melody Mires has sworn off dating musicians, but when the sexy European conductor Wolf Braun takes over her struggling symphony, her hesitation almost flies out the window with the notes of her flute—until he opens his mouth. Wolf is arrogant, haughty, and seems to have a personal vendetta against Melody. Oh, and he’s her boss. If she wants to keep her job as principal flutist, she’ll have to impress Wolf while simultaneously keeping her undeniable attraction to herself.
Wolf came to America to get as far away from his past as possible, and to recover some of the swagger he had as one of the world’s best maestros. He never imagined being forced to reassess the entire orchestra’s talent—and potentially fire anyone who doesn’t make his cut. Dating the attractive flutist is out of the question, but as their feelings reach a fever pitch, can they risk both their careers for a chance at love?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have to admit that I would not generally give a simple romance like this a five-star rating. The book is fairly short, and it was fairly predictable. The book is fairly clean. One truly “profane” word, and few more minor words, but no bedroom scenes (thankfully) even though one was implied. The writing is certainly better than most contemporary romance novels. I am actually not a fan of contemporary romance novels, so in many ways, this rating makes no sense.
So why did I rate this book so high? Well, Aubrie Dionne was only known to me as a science fiction author. She was certainly an above average author of that genre (at least in my humble opinion). I was sent this book for review almost a year ago (yikes!), and somehow I just never got around to reviewing it. Until I happened upon it this past week. I am a musician (voice was my major), and I appreciate classical music (in spite of my obvious penchant for country and Broadway music). From the first page, I was absolutely mesmerized by this story. Melody and Wolf were the perfect couple before they even realized it. And the author inserted several surprises along the way as well as a bit of heart-warming humor. I found myself captivated by Wolf as well (good grief, I haven’t broken up with my book boyfriend from a couple of days ago–I might be two-timing, and I never do that!), and I honestly did not want to set this book down. I can highly recommend this book to those who appreciate romance (and even if you only mildly enjoy the genre, this may be for you)!
As a side note, when I discovered that the author is a flautist and flute teacher, I understood why I connected so well with this book. I majored in music, and it was clear that the author knew what she was talking about. And indeed she did! I love it when authors write about what they know.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Aubrie grew up watching the originalStar Wars movies over and over until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation–favorite character was Data by far–and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.
She is represented by Dawn Dowdle and writes sweet and adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary romance.