“Playing the Maestro” by Aubrie Dionne Book Review

By Ruth on February 22, 2014 in book, Music, review, romance

Playing the Maestro CoverMelody 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?

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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.

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Aubrie Dionne fluteAubrie 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.

Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be “a concert flutist” when she grew up. She majored in flute performance at the University of New Hampshire on a full scholarship, then secured two teaching jobs at a University and a local community music school. While playing in orchestras and teaching, stories popped into her head, and she used them to make the music come alive for her flute students. Her students said they were so good, she had to write them down! Maybe they were right, who knows? Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.

She is represented by Dawn Dowdle and writes sweet and adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary romance.

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43-year-old single mother of an active 14-year-old girl Born in Tacoma, WA; lives in Yelm, WA Entertainment Writer Available For Interviews and Reviews Substitute Teacher


  1. ki pha February 22, 2014 Reply

    Sweet! I totally forgot I had this book waiting for me.

  2. Aubrie February 23, 2014 Reply

    Thank you, Ruth! I love to hear reviews from fellow music majors! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
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