Author: SJ Frost
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
When violinist, Nicholas “Las” Lamont would make his treasured violin sing, he could transfer the emotion of every piece to his listeners. That was before his passion faded. As Las performs the last concert on his tour, he realizes his lackluster playing goes against everything he used to love about music and he has two choices; rediscover his love for music, or stop playing.
Quinn Patrick, the leader and drummer of the Scottish rock band, Lions Rampant, lives for music. The instant he and Las meet, Quinn sees in him a man with a beautiful gift, but who’s lost his way. He wants nothing more than to bring back the sensitivity and passion that made Las the virtuoso he is.
The more time Las spends with Quinn, the more he learns about what it is to love music. But if he’s to truly find happiness, he must open his heart not only to music again, but to Quinn as well.
This veers away from the usual suspects in the series and introduces us to a world renowned violinist and a new band. If like me you hope to see Jesse, Evan and the boys fear not as they do make an appearance.
Nicholas ‘Las’ Lamont has lost his music. Technically he is still brilliant but emotionally he just isn’t feeling it and he is at a loss as to what to do. When his first thoughts are to gain more fame and have more people applauding him he gives his old friend Julian Forrester from his Juilliard days a call with the idea of joining Conquest on stage. Whilst meeting up with Julian at the recording studios he runs into a new band, who are also going to be the opening act for Conquest, Lions Rampant.
Lions Rampant are not a new band on the scene but they have had their problems in the past and are only now getting the success they deserve after signing with Phoenix Records. They are led by their drummer Quinn Patrick who lives for his music and looks after the rag tag group that are his band mates.
When he is introduced to Las it is lust at first sight but two more different men you couldn’t meet. Whilst Quinn tries to guard his heart and is looking for Mr Right Las is all about quick and instant gratification and doesn’t often do a second time around.
After a night of getting to know each other that sees them end up in bed together Las runs and returns home with nothing but a quick note left for Quinn.
Although Quinn plays an important part in the story this was really about Las. As he slowly lets his walls down he finds he has friends who he likes and trusts for the first time in years. He realises that love isn’t a scary thing just as he realises he has fallen in love for a quirky kilt wearing Scot. He finally finds his music and it wasn’t in the place he thought it was but much closer to home.
There are some new and crazy characters introduced in this story and the one that deserves the biggest mention is Tanner. Having found himself in a bad place and luckily for him Quinn coming to the rescue his take on the world and his attitude had me laughing all the way through reading Heartstrings.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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