Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Review: Playing the Maestro by Aubrie Dionne

Playing the Maestro
by Aubrie Dionne
Adult Romance
Published February 11, 2013
by Entangled Publishing (Bliss)
*Ebook obtained via the publisher in exchange
 for an honest review*

Synopsis via Goodreads:

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?

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About the Author:

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in October 2012. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She's a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity

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My Review:

Playing the Maestro was a sweet, heart felt read with great characters! I've always had a love for music and envied those who could play an instrument. I sang when I was younger and attempted piano but never had time to practice - or the patience. I wish we had a symphony around here that I could attend, but being in the middle of the country, we don't exactly have many options. :(

I adored the characters that that Aubrie created in this novel. Melody and Wolf are both very likable and very personable. I enjoyed reading from both of the POVs and, although it was a quick read, I felt connected to them. Blake and Wolf's ex made great villains, leaving me cheering for Wolf and Melody's success.

One can see that the the author, unless from a musical background herself, poured a lot of time into researching the world and art of classical music. I enjoyed her writing style and wished I could close my eyes and hear the music. Sometimes, I nearly felt like I could because of the way that Aubrie's descriptive writing style. It was...beautiful and almost relaxing to read at times.

There were a few spots in the plot where I felt like the scenes were rushed and the timing felt off, but overall, nothing that made me want to put it down. The small holes weren't a problem in the overall scheme of the plot.

Overall, a great quick read if you're looking for a sweet romance between two people overcoming obstacles in order to be together.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Cover Rating: 3.5 Stars
Characters: 5 Stars
Plot: 4 Stars
Climax: 4 Stars
Ending: 5 Stars

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