Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Narrator: Douglas Berger
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Story Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 10/27/2016
Length: 07 hours 28 minutes
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Rhapsody For Piano And Ghost – LGBT romance; contemporary paranormal
Fitz Gaffney finally has some breathing room. His mother’s out of town, his piano coaches have backed off, and he’s spending his time in a music conservatory where he only has to be adequate for an entire year before all his responsibilities comes crashing back in again. Along with his new free time comes the realization that he’s lonely, but his first attempt to make new friends goes horribly awry.
Fitz’s new — but possibly imaginary — friends, Evan and Serge want to help him find happiness. His used-to-be-step-brother Ari Scheffield wants to help him gain confidence and a little much-needed cool. His housekeeper Marguerite wants to keep fowl in the back yard for butchering because Duck confit is expensive and she has pillows to re-stuff. And his possible new boyfriend Garrett wants to prove he didn’t mean for their first date to end with Fitz lying unconscious in a Dumpster.
All Fitz wants is someone to care about him, but suddenly there seems to be a glut. How’s a shy guy to know what’s real when he’s confronted by crazy ghosts, a less than truthful boyfriend, and relatives with hidden motives in Rhapsody For Piano and Ghost.
This story was a bit weird for me. I loved all the the elements individually, but when put together, I often had a hard time understanding where the author was trying to go with this story.
Ari and the ghosts were my favorite parts of this story. Serge and Julian were funny and yet so old world romantic. Their antics balanced out the frustration I had over Fitz and Garrett. I would love to read their story.
Ari was such a strong man and he really tried his hardest to be a good person. He did everything for FItz and often I thought he could do better and should do better than Fitz. Ari sometimes felt a little too much like a big brother to Fitz rather than a man in love, but in the end I easily overcame that in favor of Ari being happy. Ari was crafted well and I connected to him easily.
Fitz had both positives and negatives for me. On the one hand I loved the premise of his journey to find himself. He was such an innocent and sheltered person who just wanted to find love. And once he got his head out of his ass, I loved the way he and Ari were together. But for a good portion of this story, I didn’t really like Fitz. He was self centered and rather stupid at times. I wanted to reach into the story and tell him to open his eyes to see what a bastard Garrett really was. I wanted to slap Fitz for how he was hurting Ari. The whole Garrett thing felt a bit forced at the end and in my opinion took away precious time needed to better develop the Ari/Fitz romance which felt rather rushed.
Overall, I enjoyed this story and the romance left me feeling light and giddy. Some parts of the story were weird and different and I felt like it was a bit jumbled and maybe not quite put together as well as it could have been. But, that is just my opinion and honestly I can see how others may love this one just as it is. So I encourage you to pick this one up for yourself. I think it is worth the time.
This is my first time listening to Douglas Berger. HIs voice was easy to listen to and his accents were fabulous. He didn’t do any unique character voices so sometimes I lost the thread of which character was speaking, but he read this one well enough that the emotions came through clearly. I enjoyed his version of this story and would gladly listen to him again.
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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