Prelude by Shira Anthony and Venona Keyes

PreludeLGTitle:  Prelude

Series:  Blue Notes book #4

Author:  Shira Anthony & Venona Keyes

Genre:   M/M Contemporary Romance

Length:  Novel (250 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (May 6th 2013)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

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.

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Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  David Somers is a brilliant conductor with intimacy and self-esteem issues thanks to a strictly shitty childhood. He was raised by his emotionally inept grandfather after his parents’ death. His dream is to become a composer, but he has issues getting the notes that dance in his head to pen and paper. Until he meets Alex.

Alex Bishop is an openly gay violin player, and a damn good one at that. He has a dark past having lost his parents as well, but he carries scars both emotionally and literally from his childhood. Tall, slender and tattooed Alex catches the eye of the standoffish conductor not with his boyish good looks, but with his instrument.

David is so scared of opening up his life and letting anyone past the walls that guard his heart that his budding relationship with Alex is in jeopardy before it really even begins. Can the outspoken, outrageous, talented and artistic violin player break down the walls and keep the man he loves? Or will David’s broodish attitude, inability to trust and unwillingness to love Alex back separate them permanently?

Well written and emotional, Prelude tells it’s story through the lives of two young men that have overcome mental, physical and emotional abuse at the hands of people they loved and trusted. And the lasting effects it’s had on both their lives. How the love they have for one another makes them better people. Did I mention that they rock in bed as well? I definitely recommend to fans of the genre.