Blue Notes by Shira Anthony
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the blurb:
Blame it on jet lag. Jason Greene thought he had everything: a dream job as a partner in a large Philadelphia law firm, a beautiful fiancée, and more money than he could ever hope to spend. Then he finds his future wife in bed with another man, and he’s forced to rethink his life and his choices. On a moment’s notice, he runs away to Paris, hoping to make peace with his life.
But Jason’s leave of absence becomes a true journey of the heart when he meets Jules, a struggling jazz violinist with his own cross to bear. In the City of Love, it doesn’t take them long to fall into bed, but as they’re both about to learn, they can’t run from the past. Sooner or later, they’ll have to face the music.
Jason and Jules are not so different as they might think but where Jules is open and honest with his emotions, Jason struggles to lay himself bare, and it's that struggle that is his downfall. The age difference of 12 years may also have something to do with it, as well as the fact that this is Jason's first gay relationship. Both have had bad experiences in their youth that have shaped them into the men they now are.
This story was a nicely written romance with a little dash of angst mixed in. The plot moved quickly, the supporting cast was nicely developed and the main story's two protagonists were realistically and beautifully portrayed.
Nearly half the book was taken up with their love scenes, and while this is to be expected from an erotica novel, it didn't actually distract me from the storyline and it didn't overwhelm the book. The scenes are certainly explicit but not crude, and the author actually uses each consecutive love session to further the emotional attachment and the bond between the two men.
I quite enjoyed reading this book and at less than 200 pages, it was a quick read. At the end, I choked up a bit due to one very emotional scene that really got to me.
I'll also be checking out more stories by this author.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley.
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