My first thoughts after reading the synopsis for Blue Notes were that it sounded a lot like other stories I love and that I couldn't wait to read it. I was already interested in the character's stories even before starting the book and had my fingers tightly crossed for some incredibly romantic moments. I got the impression that it would be quite an emotional read and I thought it definitely had the potential to be one of my favorite reads. Tough shoes to fill, huh? Yes, I had high expectations-- and this story definitely was one that I enjoyed tremendously.
Also, the cover is kind of gorgeous!
The beginning of this novel surprised me quite a bit, but caught my attention straight away. We see Keeley as a fifteen year old girl trying to survive testifying at a murder trial, trying to get through each day, keep it together, and adjust to her new life. Fast forward to some years later and she's a junior in college, studying music, and is as jaded as ever. She's slightly eccentric, and absolutely consumed by music. And because of her past, she still finds it extremely difficult to trust anyone. After the life she's lead, it's hard for her to believe that everyone doesn't have deep, dark secrets.
Enter Jude, a mysterious stranger, who comes off as arrogant and entitled, but also annoyingly charismatic. And, of course, drop dead gorgeous. But there's much more to Jude than meets the eye. I loved his character and would have loved to get inside his head a little.
It definitely wasn't love at first sight when these two met! Sparks fly in the worst way and they bicker and fight at every meeting. As much as they want to fight each other, they can't fight their attraction, and things start to heat up between the two. Jude gives Keeley the freedom to be spontaneous, while not getting completely out of control. ,Something that, considering her past, seems like the perfect arrangement for her. It slowly but surely becomes more for both of them and Jude finally opens up to her. But when her own past makes an appearance, letting someone in is easier said than done for Keeley.
Blue Notes did read a bit slow at times, but I found myself really attached to the characters and their story despite this. There were a few supporting characters that I loved, in addition to Jude and Keeley, and I wouldn't mind reading their stories-- Addie and Janey, particularly. To me, this was a beautiful story about love, finding yourself, and letting others "find" you, too. It's about overcoming your past, learning to trust again, and being free to be who you really are. Five super sweet stars from me for this one!
Since 2008, RITA-nominated and RT Reviewers’ Choice-winning author Carrie Lofty has over twenty books to her name–or four names, to be precise. Her paranormal (as Lindsey Piper ) and historical romances from Pocket have been described as “nuanced and superbly realized” (The Chicago Tribune) and “sexy, brutal and somehow innocent” (All About Romance). Now Carrie is celebrating her first New Adult romance, Blue Notes , featuring a shy piano prodigy and a New Orleans playboy shouldering his family’s crumbling empire.
With Lorelie Brown, the Katie Porter co-writing team has been honored with a Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Erotic Ebook, and the first m/m nomination for RT‘s Book of the Year. Back-to-back releases of their La Femme Nakita-inspired “Command Force Alpha” series will begin in August from Samhain.
During her junior year abroad, Carrie lured an unsuspecting Englishman to the Midwest, where she’s kept him a happy ex-pat for sixteen years. With two pre-teen daughters and a master’s degree specializing in the Old West, Carrie is a movie buff, a former ballroom and bellydancer, and a woman in desperate need of a maid service.
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