Book Reviews

Prelude (Blue Notes 4) by Shira Anthony and Venona Keyes at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 06-May-2013

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

When David Somers first lays eyes on Alex Bishop, he reacts in his typical snobbish, distant way; but when Alex lifts his violin and plays, David is immediately entranced. Even before he knows Alex, he senses that his legendary control is in jeopardy. On the surface, they are as different as night and day, but inside, they have a potential to make very beautiful music together, but only if they can create an effective counterpoint from the various melodies available.

David Somers is a talented, accomplished, and complicated man. He's trained himself to be the epitome of self-control. This is an asset professionally, but a huge detriment for his personal life. He's so afraid of losing control that he neglects his family and friends. He's had a life of privilege, but he's poor in so many ways. He's had all the advantages money can bring, but there's an emptiness about David which he senses, but can't begin to figure out how to fill. Alex scares David to death because he causes him to feel things he is terrified to face. Anyone who was nurturing in David's past, he tragically lost, so he is uneasy about forming relationships. As confident as he seems, David is actually insecure and he's terrified that someone will discover his secret. Inside is a man who wants to love and be loved, but he doesn't know how. Fortunately, Alex discovers David's low self-esteem and offers him more understanding than anyone else in his life, but it's David who has to learn to trust his feelings, to let out the gentle, sensitive side of the Maestro which will allow David to make the kind of music he feels but can't express.

Alex is a true survivor and a shining example of what a man can do if he believes in himself and stays the course. In this story we discover Alex's troubled past, the struggle he has had to fight for what he believes in more than anything in his life. Determined to make music his life, he does what he has to do to become an accomplished musician. He doesn't stop to feel sorry for himself, he doesn't resent or reject those who try to help him; he very graciously accepts their help. Alex has always known who he is and what he wants and has vehemently pursued his goals. He's an accomplished musician, confident, but without a single vain bone in his body. Alex wants to be with David and he knows David wants to be with him, but will not push him. He's patient and understanding and far more tolerant than most people would be. Wisely, he stands back and lets David fight his own demons, hoping it will lead to him coming out on the other side with the confidence and desire to be in a relationship.

I loved this story! Alex with his wisdom and zest for life is my favorite character in this series. David, even though hard to understand, is growing on me. Together, they have an amazing amount of talent, passion, and drive. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance, music, passionate sex, and a love hard won. Thank you, Shira and Venona, for reminding us that, no matter what the circumstances, we determine our approach to life.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 250 pages/69977 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-May-2013
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $16.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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