Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review + #Giveaway ~ Playing the Maestro by Aubrie Dionne

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?

Two Quickie Teasers:

"Every one of the musicians she’d dated was the same as her: burned out from practicing to beat the chair ahead of him, teaching five million lessons a day to make ends meet, scrambling for gigs two hours away on the weekends, so involved in a dying art form that he didn’t even know the Bruins were an ice hockey team."

“Why would a flute prodigy from Julliard want this little Civic Symphony seat anyway? Seems to me a girl who played the Mozart G Major concerto in front of the New York Phil at age seven could get a seat in any orchestra. Age seven. When I was seven, the only thing I was playing was pretend flute on my toothbrush.”
For someone with absolutely no musical talent {and I do mean none} - I always enjoyed attending the Louisville Orchestra performances…reading this book brought back those wonderful memories. It was obvious to me that the author felt confident with the subject matter; very concise sentiments came from the primary characters. Some of the terminology was unfamiliar but, didn’t distract from the story. I believe the story would have benefited from slightly more secondary character development. Also I felt deprived of romance between Melody and Wolf; the story leaned more toward the future of the orchestra. This writing style is impressive and shows lots of potential. 
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by Bewitching Book Tours for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

About the Author:

Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation--favorite character was Data by far--and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.

Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "a concert flutist" when she grew up. She majored in flute performance at the University of New Hampshire on a full scholarship, then secured two teaching jobs at a University and a local community music school. While playing in orchestras and teaching, stories popped into her head, and she used them to make the music come alive for her flute students. Her students said they were so good, she had to write them down! Maybe they were right, who knows? Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.

She is represented by Dawn Dowdle and writes sweet and adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary romance.

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  1. Congrats on the book release. I enjoyed reading the synopsis & review of this book!


  2. As a classically-trained musician and hardcore romance novel fan, this seems like the perfect match for me. I've read many books about sports, acting, pirates, scotsmen and even amish people, but never once have I read a romance novel featuring a musician! How is this even possible?
    Thanks for the giveaway! This has been added to my TBR list.

    mestith at gmail dot com

  3. I am not a musician but the story sounds great. Adding to my list. Thank you for the review.