The Melody Thief by Shira Anthony ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

15767793Title: The Melody Thief

Author: Shira Anthony

Narrator: Peter B Brooke

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 08/11/2015

Length: 07 hours 47 minutes

Genre: M/M Romance

Summary:

A Blue Notes Series Novel

Cary Redding is a walking contradiction. On the surface he’s a renowned cellist, sought after by conductors the world over. Underneath, he’s a troubled man flirting with addictions to alcohol and anonymous sex. The reason for the discord? Cary knows he’s a liar, a cheat. He’s the melody thief.

Cary manages his double life just fine until he gets mugged on a deserted Milan street. Things look grim until handsome lawyer Antonio Bianchi steps in and saves his life. When Antonio offers something foreign to Cary—romance—Cary doesn’t know what to do. But then things get even more complicated. For one thing, Antonio has a six-year-old son. For another, Cary has to confess about his alter ego and hope Antonio forgives him.

Just when Cary thinks he’s figured it all out, past and present collide and he is forced to choose between the family he wanted as a boy and the one he has come to love as a man.

Note: The Blue Notes Series can be read in any order. Each is a stand-alone story from the same classical music universe.

Story Review:

Cary Redding is a character that the reader will immediately sympathise with as the story starts out in his childhood. A musical prodigy, his talent is noticed early and he spends his childhood years travelling from venue to venue with a pushy mother who offers little in the way of encouragement or praise. His early teenage years are stifling and as is often the case when he breaks the ties with his controlling mother his rebellion is quick and not very well thought out. To his adoring public he is still the talented Cary Redding but when he needs to feel ‘normal’, when he needs to scratch an itch he becomes somebody else entirely and his behaviour leads him down a dangerous path.

When Antonio comes across a mugging on his way home he rescues the battered young man from his attackers and takes him home to recover. These two men have very little in common but they both intrigue the other and a friendship forms. They both live with demons from the past that still invade their present and neither man is quick to share. Cary in particular believes his life path has been set and there will be no altering it.

It takes a while for their relationship to pass even the kissing stage. Antonio is not as much of a fool as Cary would like him to be and there will be no kissing or touching until Cary is completely honest with him. Cary is desperate to give Antonio this honesty but his lies are so mixed up, he is so used to keeping these parts of himself from everyone that it proves almost impossible.

The writing is beautiful as it has been for the entire series so far and although Jules is still my favourite Cary came very close to knocking him from the top spot. He was just so raw and vulnerable and it was heartbreaking that as he started to look back over his life, helped in some part by the appearance of a relative he thought long gone, he realised sadly that it was too late to heal all his wounds and that some things he couldn’t alter or apologise for but he did gain better understanding.

Narration Review:

Peter B Brooke did a fantastic job and made me feel as though I was right there entwined in the story. Even the many accents didn’t sound forced or out of place and he was a pleasure to listen to.

Links

The Melody Thief on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook 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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