Monday, March 14, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway!

I'm excited to be part of the blog tour for Love At First Note, the new novel out by Jenny Proctor.

The little town of Asheville, North Carolina, is about to add two musical stars to its population. Emma Hill, an amazing violinist and concertmaster, leaves her position in Cleveland to come back to Asheville and take care of her ailing mother. It's a big step down, but Emma is willing to make the sacrifice for her family. She tells herself she's happy about it, but she doesn't examine things very closely deep down.

In order to make her life just a bit more complicated, YouTube sensation and pianist extraordinaire Elliott Hart moves in next door. She has a love/hate relationship with his music, loving the more purist, classical side of him, and not finding much to like about mashups with contemporary pieces. They get off on the wrong foot (she accidentally tells him she loves him at their first meeting. He thinks she's a stalker.) But once they get past their misunderstandings about the other, the sparks start to fly. But are their worlds just too different for them to ever have something real?

I really enjoyed the character of Emma in this story. She gets tongue-tied around guys, she is a bit over-bearing when it comes to her family, and she feels music so deeply she cries. With all her flaws, she was so lovable and relatable. She was definitely the heart of the story. Elliott is a great hero, also with flaws. He starts out a bit arrogant, but as you slowly come to know him and his background, it's more understandable. His interactions with Emma were fun and sweet.  The secondary cast was also well-drawn, delving into more emotional issues for Emma from her ex-boyfriend to her bratty sister.

The author has obviously done her homework when it comes to the music scene. It added a very realistic thread to the entire novel and swept the reader away with all the ins and outs of orchestra and agents and truly loving music as opposed to appreciating it.

This was a fun romance, perfect for someone who wants a sigh-worthy hero, a sweet heroine, and some sour notes to overcome on the way to the perfect melody of true love.

Be sure to scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway!

You can buy your copy of Love At First Note here

Here's the back copy:

Emma Hill was practically born with a violin in her hands. She lives for the life of the piece, for each song's story, for the perfect stillness after the endnotes when the vibrations of sound are still humming through her body. If only her love life were that harmonic. But she knew her chances at love would take a hit when she decided to leave her prestigious concertmaster position in the Cleveland Orchestra and move back home to Asheville, North Carolina. She justifies her actions with the fact that being concertmaster for the Asheville Symphony is better than no dates and no job.

But when Emma's world collides with piano-playing YouTube sensation Elliott Hart, she finds herself falling for the way he plucks at her heartstrings. Despite a—ahem—not-so-good first impression, the two soon develop the beginnings of a rhythmic relationship. But when Elliott insists they can't be together, it's up to Emma to strike up a little romance . Will she be able to bring their two worlds into harmony, or will she only manage to get herself in trouble?

Here's the rest of the blog tour schedule for you to check out!

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