Imperfect Harmony by Jay Northcote ~ Book Review by Caroline

29397223Title: Imperfect Harmony

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/15/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Romance

Blurb:

Imperfect harmony can still be beautiful…

John Fletcher, a former musician, is stuck in limbo after losing his long-term partner two years ago. He’s shut himself off from everything that reminds him of what he’s lost. When his neighbour persuades him to join the local community choir, John rediscovers his love of music and finds a reason to start living again.

Rhys Callington, the talented and charismatic choir leader, captures John’s attention from the first moment they meet. He appears to be the polar opposite of John: young, vibrant, and full of life. But Rhys has darkness in his own past that is holding him back from following his dreams.

Despite the nineteen-year age gap, the two men grow close and a fragile relationship blossoms. Ghosts of the past and insecurities about the future threaten their newfound happiness. If they’re going to harmonise in life and love as they do in their music, they’ll need to start following the same score.

My View:

This is a very gentle story of two men who have been touched by grief and have been left stricken by it.

John Fletcher lost his long term partner in the blink of an eye and has been living in limbo for the last two years. When David died it took everything from John, a previously vibrant man whose world revolved around music. Still grieving John then lost his mother adding to the grief that was keeping him from any sort of life.

Rhys Callington is another man whose life revolved around music before the tragic death of his partner. Lost to drugs and alcohol for a while Rhys returned home and slowly started to heal. He still has a very deep love of music but he no longer writes or performs his own stuff – it felt like this was a penance for his perceived role in Lyle’s death.

Rhys is further along in his recovery than John in some ways. He has been able to socialise again and one of the things he loves is his role as leader of the local choir. When Maggie, John’s neighbour with the bad hip and dogged determination to see John back in the land of the living again, drags John to the choir one night he’s left feeling as though he has woken from a long sleep and he is entranced with the young leader with blue hair and tattoos.

A tentative friendship forms between John and Rhys and then stumbles into something more. The age gap of nearly twenty years is a big hurdle for John. He worries about what people will think, about whether Rhys will stick around or perhaps he will die and leave Rhys alone. These are very real problems from very real characters and that’s the thing that drew me into this one – it felt real. It could have developed into angst central with two grieving characters but it didn’t. It felt like two very real men who had been dealt pretty shitty hands trying to make something more of their lives. They came with baggage, with too much body hair and a not so flat stomach. The first time they ended up in bed was hilarious but something that could totally happen and I think the humour worked really well and made you fall for the pair even harder.

Life is short and there are no guarantees and you absolutely must grab those second chances!

Links

Imperfect Harmony on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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