Author: Shira Anthony
Narrator: Peter B. Brooke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Story Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 04/23/2015
Length: 7 hours 47 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
A Blue Notes novel.
Blame it on jet lag. Jason Greene thought he had everything: a dream job as a partner in a large Philadelphia law firm, a beautiful fiancée, and more money than he could ever hope to spend. Then he finds his future wife in bed with another man, and he’s forced to rethink his life and his choices. On a moment’s notice, he runs away to Paris, hoping to make peace with his life.
But Jason’s leave of absence becomes a true journey of the heart when he meets Jules, a struggling jazz violinist with his own cross to bear. In the City of Love, it doesn’t take them long to fall into bed, but as they’re both about to learn, they can’t run from the past. Sooner or later, they’ll have to face the music.
Note: Each Blue Notes novel is an independent story, although the characters all inhabit the same classical-music universe. Books in the series can be listened to in any order.
When corporate lawyer Jason Green decides to take a spontaneous vacation in Paris to get away from the stress of his job and his broken engagement, he doesn’t expect to fall into a relationship with anyone, especially another man. Jazz violinist Jules is young, impulsive, and carrying burdens of his own. Amidst the romance of Paris and a mutual love of music, these two set out on a journey together to heal their pasts and possibly embrace a new future.
Shira Anthony’s first novel in the Blue Notes series is an enjoyable foray into the world of m/m romance and the shared passions of music. With wonderfully vivid descriptions of Paris, food, music, and erotic encounters, it is a feast for the senses and provides the listener with a tantalizing look at life and love in the City of Lights.
Her main character, Jason, is hugely sympathetic with an interesting backstory that deserved further exploration and page time. The combination of his musical past and present insecurities regarding his performance and sexuality are bright highlights that would have been perfectly fine as the exclusive focus of conflict in the plot. His flashback to Robbie was sweet and touching, and I loved the bond these two shared in their youth. The pages are graced with Jason’s memories of his musical study, the time he spent abroad, and his re-visiting of the struggles he had as a young man trying to capture the passion in his playing. I simply adored his character, and I wanted to see him conquer his fears and doubts as he re-discovered himself.
Unfortunately, I didn’t connect with Jules as well as I did with Jason. Jules came across initially as aggressive and pushy, and I found his backstory and internal conflict to be somewhat trite. I did want him to succeed musically—for Jason’s sake. I wanted the relationship to work—for Jason’s sake. One other issue I had with the story was the multitude of conflicts that kept appearing, only to be resolved quickly and with little drama or emotional upheaval, except for Jules running before explanations could be made. There were quite a few of these small bumps in the plot that detracted from Jason and his self-discovery, and I found that to be a bit frustrating.
My overall impression of this story is a positive one, however. I must say that Blue Notes brought Paris to life for me and gave me a healthy music fix, to boot. I loved Shira Anthony’s incorporation of jazz and classical music as a means of uniting her characters and connecting events within the story. I adored Jason and his personal journey, and I felt that the story was rich with striking details and lush musicality. I look forward to reading the other books within the series and experiencing more of Ms. Anthony’s work. 4 Stars
Peter B. Brooke did a lovely job with narrating Blue Notes. Although the French accents were heavy at times, the character shifts and story telling were well done, emotionally appropriate, and lively.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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