I received this book for free from the Author . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Blue Notes by Carrie Lofty
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2014-05-06
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, General, Romance
Source: the Author
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Carrie Lofty brings her “exciting, sensual” (RT Book Reviews ) romantic storytelling to a sizzling new adult novel of a gifted pianist with a troubled past, the enigmatic stranger who unlocks her secrets, and sultry nights of passion in the Big Easy. A piano prodigy on a scholarship to a prestigious New Orleans university, Keeley Chambers is finally striking out on her own after a roving life dictated by her criminal parents. Her soulful, brilliant, fiery improvisations tear through her like a storm but are played for an audience of one: herself. However, sinfully handsome Jude Villars refuses to abandon Keeley to her private world and calls her out on her fear of performing in public. The irreverent, seductive billionaire playboy awakens Keeley to the blissful pleasures of letting go as he tempts her into the spotlight of the city’s hottest clubs. Yet Jude has secrets of his own and pain that no one but Keeley recognizes. Will revealing themselves as they really are be too great a risk? Or will the truth make their tumultuous connection hotter and more irresistible than ever?
BLUE NOTES is Carrie Lofty’s first New Adult romance, and it’s currently on sale for $1.99 in all digital formats through May 5.
I have to admit that when I was approached about this one I jumped on it because I’ve enjoyed her writing as part of Katie Porter. I haven’t read her on her own yet although I do have some titles they are just buried in my TBR. I will definitely have to dig them out and move them up on the list because reading this one makes me want more.
We start this book with a bit of a history lesson in the life of Keely Chambers our heroine. Her history isn’t a pleasant one and it plays a major factor in how this book plays out so seeing the pain is vital to understanding why she does what she does as we get deeper in to the story. She has an amazing gift for the piano and music but isn’t comfortable on the stage nor is she comfortable with letting anyone really get close to her. She’s intrigued and oh so out of her comfort zone when an arrogant man pushes her buttons and gets her to do something she never thought she’d like, perform on stage! As she gets to know this man she finds that love is something she deserves but that it is worth fighting for even if you feel like you aren’t worthy. She finds her worth not in this relationship but it pushes her to face her fears and really reach for what she deserves not what she’s always thought she deserved. I loved her strength and ability to see where she was floundering but admittedly got frustrated when she kept her secret for so long. I understood it but it was a struggle to not yell “Tell him dammit!!” at the Kindle.
Jude… now he pissed me off at one point and trust me he’ll piss you off as well but there is so much pain behind this man who appears to have the world at his feet. While he does have the world at his feet he needs someone who will call him on his behavior and push him to have to work for her. He’s very closed off at the beginning of the story but as he spends more time around Keely he becomes something more than just a wealthy man keeping his only remaining family stable, he becomes a man you can admire for his strength but also one you can admire for letting his walls down to show the wounded soul behind the facade. I was so pissed at him because of one moment but once we got past that and saw how much he let her in finally I found him delectable. He’s sexy as hell and everything he does to try to make her comfortable speaks volumes about how much he cared for her even as he was denying it. There’s something about a man who will move everything to make you happy even when you don’t know what you want/need that is sexy as hell.
Overall there will be moments when you want to slap both of them but the story is powerful in that both main characters truly learned something from one another and really developed the ability to stand on their own but more powerfully learned how to trust one another enough to let the other in. While they both could’ve stood on their own they really do understand the value of having a partner to weather the storms and rely on but it definitely took time.
Special thanks to Carrie Lofty (actually her partner in crime, Lorelie Brown) for sending me a copy of this with no pressure or expectation of review. I really enjoyed this and would love to see her roomie and his sister also find love.