Prelude by Shira Anthony and Verona Keyes ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

17728667Title: Prelude

Author: Shira Anthony and Verona Keyes

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: 09/18/2015

Length: 06 hours 54 minutes

Genre: M/M Romance


A Blue Notes Series Novel

World-renowned conductor David Somers never wanted the investment firm he inherited from his domineering grandfather. He only wanted to be a composer. But no matter how he struggles, David can’t translate the music in his head into notes on paper.

When a guest violinist at the Chicago Symphony falls ill, David meets Alex Bishop, a last-minute substitute. Alex’s fame and outrageous tattoos fail to move David. Then Alex puts bow to string, and David hears the brilliance of Alex’s soul.

David has sworn off relationships, believing he will eventually drive away those he loves, or that he’ll lose them as he lost his wife and parents. But Alex is outgoing, relaxed, and congenial—everything David is not—and soon makes dents in the armor around David’s heart. David begins to dream of Alex, wonderful dreams full of music. Becoming a composer suddenly feels attainable.

David’s fragile ego, worn away by years of his grandfather’s disdain, makes losing control difficult. When David’s structured world comes crashing down, his fledgling relationship with Alex is the first casualty. Still, David hears Alex’s music, haunting and beautiful. David wants to love Alex, but first he must find the strength to acknowledge himself.

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:

Continuing on in the classical music world created by Shira Anthony Prelude is David and Alex’s story.

If you have read the previous books in the series then you will have already met David. He is a much more serious character than we are used to and when he first meets Alex, who is a little wild and covered in tattoos, he is not overly impressed. The minute he hears Alex play his violin things change.

David is quite a solitary figure when it comes to his personal life. He has a fear of losing people brought on by a harsh and sometimes mocking upbringing by his grandfather and then later his wife dying, leaving him alone once again. Although he is supported by a great group of friends he firmly believes the time for him to be happy and have someone to love has passed. His lack of confidence in himself when it comes to his own music leaves him melancholy.

Alex is the complete opposite and is a like a whirlwind when he enters David’s life. He definitely didn’t get the memo that David is set in his ways and doesn’t want a relationship and if he did he cleverly chose to ignore it. Alex had a very different and much more difficult upbringing than David and it feels like he needs to pinch himself sometimes to check that the way his life has worked out is actually real!

This is a slow burn romance where opposites attract but they attract so wonderfully. Alex is a balm to David’s soul and allows him to step out of his self-imposed darkness and grow. It’s not easy, nothing really worth it ever is, but the pain and doubt are nothing compared to the feeling of being in love.

Great fourth book in a series I cannot recommend enough!

Narration Review:

Peter B Brooke is perfect once again. The right narrator for a story is so important and this series certainly got it right.


Prelude on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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

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