Tuesday 3 June 2014

Review ~ Playing the Maestro by Aubrie Dionne.

Title: Playing the Maestro.
Author: Aubrie Dionne.
Publisher: Entangled Publishing.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Release Date: February 10, 2013.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon

Melody Mires has sworn off dating musicians, but when the sexy European conductor Wolf Braun takes over her struggling symphony, her hesitation almost flies out the window with the notes of her flute—until he opens his mouth. Wolf is arrogant, haughty, and seems to have a personal vendetta against Melody. Oh, and he’s her boss. If she wants to keep her job as principal flutist, she’ll have to impress Wolf while simultaneously keeping her undeniable attraction to herself.

Wolf came to America to get as far away from his past as possible, and to recover some of the swagger he had as one of the world’s best maestros. He never imagined being forced to reassess the entire orchestra’s talent—and potentially fire anyone who doesn’t make his cut. Dating the attractive flutist is out of the question, but as their feelings reach a fever pitch, can they risk both their careers for a chance at love?

Playing the Maestro is the story of Melody and Wolf, drawn to each other despite knowing that a relationship between a flutist and her orchestra conductor would be prohibited. This was a quick romance but also a bit of a slowburner for me.

At the beginning, I struggled to connect with Melody or Wolf. It felt like we knew so little about them that it was hard to really like or dislike them. They both seemed a little bit cold from the start but as the book went on, I gradually grew to like them both more. Wolf won me over in the same way he won Melody over – his care for the people he encountered as ‘Mozart’ was touching and more than I had expected from him.

I really enjoyed seeing the development in their relationship. Early on, I thought all their bumping into each other seemingly everywhere Melody went was a bit forced and a bit too unrealistic. But as the book went on, I loved seeing how things progressed between them and it was a sweet romance.

Another character I really have to mention is Violet, Melody’s niece. I thought she was a bright spark and a lovely character. I would have loved seeing her involved a little bit more in some way because she was a feel-good character – always happy and not letting her health hold her back.

The plot in Playing the Maestro wasn’t overly dramatic or full of sex and it was refreshing to read. Not that I have any issue with romance novels like that but I felt Aubrie Dionne wrote this clean romance so well. The pacing was very good – nothing felt too rushed or missing and it was a captivating story. The story just got better and better as it went on and I really enjoyed it.

Review also posted on Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon

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