Thursday, March 1, 2012

BLUE NOTES by Shira Anthony

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: December 29th, 2011
ISBN 978-1-61372-272-5
Contemporary Gay (M/M)
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Self-Purchase

Jason Greene was on the fast track of achieving everything he ever wanted - an up & coming career; a gorgeous fiancé and enough money than he knew what to do with. That is, until he comes home to find his fiancé in bed with another man. Forced to rethink on how he wants to live his life, he takes a sudden leave of absence and runs away to Paris, to think, to reevaluate and to heal a heart broken. But in Paris he meets a musician named Jules who shows Jason the meaning of the heart as two people find friendship then fall in love amid the backdrop of Paris’s lights. Now these two have to face the music as their pasts come back to haunt them and the question is, can these two find a way to survive the coming trials or will it tear their new found love apart?

Shira Anthony delivers an exquisite story in BLUE NOTES and one I found myself reading twice in one weekend. Superb characters to root for, a backdrop of the famed city of Paris, and a passion that is born of friendship. What Shira Anthony has done is deliver a story that will stir the senses, steal your heart and make you long to follow the paths Jason and Jules walked in Paris. With the right amount of simmering sexual tension, mystery, romance and a few twists to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, this author completely and unequivocally delivers a love story that will make you tear up at the end. I love a good book that makes me feel the emotions of their characters and Shira Anthony does it with sheer enjoyment.

Meet Jason Greene. On the fast track to make partner at his law firm, has the perfect fiancé and more money he knows what to do with, Jason finds his life perfect…until it all comes crashing down on him. Running away doesn’t solve all his problems but it does give him time to breathe, find the answers he needs and in the process, fall in love-with a man. Jules is like no other person Jason has ever known. He is fun, sexy, and a musician who plays the sweetest music to Jason’s ears. Friendship then love comes for these two and before they can blink, both are surprised at how fast they have fallen. I loved the connection between Jason and Jules. The sparks between them fly fast and furious and the reader is hooked from then on. This is an author who knows how to let her characters shine-warts and all. She lets Jason and Jules run with the story and it works, completely captivating me till the very end. The chemistry between Jason and Jules is at times, hot, erotic and soothing, like a jazz song. There are a few secondary characters that help keep the story moving along smoothly.

BLUE NOTES is a wonderful, emotional story of two people working through their issues to find their own happily ever after. If you enjoy jazz, friendship turned to love and a story so smooth, it’s like a good bottle of cabernet then I recommend you grab BLUE NOTES and settle in for several hours of reading enjoyment. I look forward to reading more from this talented author in the future.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of the book.

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