Dissonance by Shira Anthony ~ Book Review by Feliz

Note: Blue Notes Series novels are standalone stories, and can be read in any order. However, the chronological order of the series is:

1) Encore
2) Prelude
3) Blue Notes
4) Aria
5) The Melody Thief
6) Symphony in Blue
7) Dissonance

Order of publication is:

1) Blue Notes
2) The Melody Thief
3) Aria
4) Prelude
5) Encore
6) Symphony in Blue
7) Dissonance

dissonance_anthony Title: Dissonance

Author: Shira Anthony

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

A Blue Notes Novel

British noble Cameron Sherrington has hit rock bottom. The love of his life, opera sensation Aiden Lind, is marrying another man, and Cam knows it’s his fault for pushing Aiden away. As if that’s not enough, someone is trying to take away his family business, and the US authorities are pursuing him on charges of money laundering. Fearing for his safety and unable to return to London, Cam runs, but he’s too broke to find a place to stay, and his fugitive’s life doesn’t even remotely resemble a Hollywood thriller.

Desperate and betrayed by the people he thought cared about him, Cam takes refuge in the subway station where Galen Rusk plays his trumpet for tips. Though Cam hears the beauty in Galen’s music, it’s Galen’s firm hand on his shoulder that stops him from throwing everything away. Their unusual relationship takes a turn that surprises them both, and neither man is sure he wants the complication. Galen is fighting the ghosts of his past, and Cam has his own nightmares to face. When Cam’s troubles threaten to tear them apart, Cam figures he had it coming—that it’s all penance due for a life lived without honesty or love. But he never considered the possibility that he might not survive it.

My View:

As the blurb states, this story starts with Cam losing everything and being forced to run and hide, too broke to find shelter other than in the New York subway. But the beginning was very slow; during the first few chapters nothing much happened except Cam taking up space and time as a shallow, arrogant, spoiled trustfund-babe kind of guy. Oh, and Galen making a first short appearance. I found that part rather tedious, and I really couldn’t stand Cam in the beginning. But once things came crashing down around Cam’s ears, the story took up speed and soon held me in its grip, so to speak, never letting me go until the satisfying, happy-sigh-worthy end. Cam’s sufferings were so painful even for me as the reader; I couldn’t even begrudge him an eventual convenient solution to his ordeal (which is normally one of my pet peeves)

Cam and Galen are both wounded heroes, both carrying around burdens of their pasts which, though very different, are equally hard to bear. It’s no surprise both break under the weight at one point or another; it’s more of a surprise both manage to cope and live fairly normal lives. There’s no trace of “love conquers all” in this story though; it’s their respective and mutual growth, nurtured by their feelings for each other, which might bring about healing and conclusion for both of them.

I loved watching them grow; I loved watching Cam change and mature so much that I ended up liking him a lot and rooting for him and his happiness. And I also felt deeply for Galen, seemingly serene, relaxed, philosophical Galen when he fell apart at the seams; I loved how he and Cam both had to take an effort to make it work between them. I felt them ending up as a couple worth every effort.

So, once readers are past the sluggish beginning, they’d be rewarded with an intense, emotional, gripping read which I warmly recommend (best enjoyed by the way in combination with the other “Blue Note” books; the series always features a musician somehow, and the musical nomenclature and musical pieces mentioned in each book – which is some kind of trademark for the series – adds a beautiful soundtrack-kind of mood)
A warning though: people who fear some kind of trigger response to child abuse shouldn’t read this book; child abuse is a mayor plot point.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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