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This is my first book by Shira Anthony and it was very good. I really loved how she wove the music throughout the entire story, using the music analogies to move the story forward so fluidly.
I think the writing is excellent and for the first part of the book I was really compelled. It started to unravel for me when our MC Jason aka “Jaz” falls under the spell of the alluring Frenchman so easily. For a straight guy (mostly entirely straight guy) it felt a bit too easy.
I loved watching the couple fall in love and Jules is an engaging character. I was really rooting for him and his budding music career. However… I was really disappointed by “the big misunderstanding”. I could see Jules getting mad when he sees Diane (the ex) in Jason’s arms, but when both have declared the big “L” word wouldn’t he at least give him a fighting chance at an explanation… especially after he calls so many times. And Jason, he claims he could never find the man to properly explain – but he’s homeless! How hard could it be to track him down through his job or his friends?
I think it would have been a more poignant story had they dealt with the more real hurdle of their huge age difference, their different life styles and the fact that they live on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
That being said, there was a lot of really great writing and I thought the love story between the two was very sweet and steamy.
Peter B Brooke, with your vaguely southern twang… what an amazing French accent you have!! I absolutely adored listening to this because he did such great work with both the French and the accented English. It was practically flawless to my non-French speaking ears!
I really think the audio is the way to take in this story – his narration adds so much flavor to the characters that it absolutely raised my rating from a 3.5 to a 4.5 of 5 stars.
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too cliche to be relatable at all but I'm always down got a good prince / pauper story if told right. I liked the French speaking narrator, with more was expanded into Jules personal life. the romance started off a bit one sided and I'm glad it at least evolved there towards the end. maybe it's too soon to judge since I have not read the others yet