Prelude by Shira Anthony
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A bittersweet Blue Notes installment, Prelude moves the readers where the other books of the series could not.
It's David's turn. Now we know why he seems so unapproachable. But even unapproachable men can have their happy endings too.
In Prelude, world-renowned conductor David Somers, previously seen and read in the previous books, 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.
Prelude takes its readers on a journey of discovery. This discovery that can finally connect the dots that were left all over the previous installments of the Blue Notes Series. These dots finally solve the question of what makes David "tick" and why he was so cold, unapproachable, and yet so vulnerable.
Alex is a beautiful man, inside and out, despite first impressions of rock-star persona and tattoos. His relationship with David was frustrating at times and yet his patience, persistence and perseverance pays off and finally brings to an end to the question of David.
Beautifully written, Prelude is sure to satisfy all followers and fans of Blue Notes Series.
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