Thursday, February 12, 2015
Bonus Review: Flesh and Bone
I had the opportunity to review Lee Strauss's second book in her Minstrel Series, Flesh and Bone, and man, I can't stop thinking about it. She has a way of writing that really pulls you into the character's lives.
Eva Baumann was in an accident five years ago that has left her crippled. All the dreams she once had are shattered and she feels like her sister is living the life she once thought would be hers. Her parents are overprotective, but Eva rarely ventures out as it is, so that seems okay for the moment. Then, she finally gets up the nerve to sing one of her songs at The Blue Note and her life takes another turn.
Sebastian Weiss is living the dream he thought he wanted---he's a rock star with all the fame that comes along with it. But his life isn't how it seems on the outside. All of his relationships are suffering and he hasn't been able to write in months. When he wanders into The Blue Note, he's completely drawn to Eva and her song. She can't believe he'd ever be interested in someone like her, and see beyond her disability. He can't believe he's found someone like her.
It is such a beautiful love story that has a lot of ups and downs. There were a couple of times, though, where I wondered if this couple would be able to overcome everything that was thrown at them. Sebastian has a pretty big secret that was tough to watch them go through once it was revealed. Ms. Strauss is an expert at drawing on human weakness and emotion and figuring that into the relationship. It seemed very realistic and truly swept me away. A story I didn't want to put down.
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Here's the back copy:
ROMANCE. REGRET. MUSIC. HOT EUROPEAN ROCK STAR
what doesn't kill you makes you stronger
Singer songwriter Eva Baumann has a celebrity crush on Sebastian Weiss. He's perfect to love because there was no way they could ever be a thing. She's a nobody. He's a heartthrob. Hiding an infatuation is easy for her because, since her accident, hiding is what she did best.
Sebastian Weiss's band climbed the charts, seemingly overnight, and he's finally living the dream. All he has to do is write enough songs to produce a second album. The bad news is he hasn't written a new song in over a year.
Sebastian stumbles into the Blue Note Pub in time to hear Eva Baumann perform a hauntingly beautiful song. Could this girl be the answer to defeating his writer's block?
Eva and Sebastian begin a complicated writing relationship that leads to more. But Sebastian has a secret that will devastate them both.
**Includes MP3 links to four original songs produced by Norm Strauss and performed by Canadian music artists Trisha Robins and Bryan Steeksma.
The Minstrel Series is a collection of contemporary romance/romantic suspense novels set in the singer/songwriter world. The books are companion novels, with shared settings and characters, but each is a complete stand-alone story with a HEA (happily ever after) and no cliffhangers!
The Minstrel Series books can be read in any order, but are best enjoyed in sequence. #1 Sun & Moon (Katja and Micah), #2 Flesh & Bone (Eva and Sebastian), #3 Heart & Soul (Gabriele and Callum)