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Playing the Maestro by Aubrie Dionne
She'll have to play her boss to come out on a high note...
Melody Mires has sworn off dating musicians, but when the sexy European conductor Wolf Braun takes over her struggling symphony, her hesitation almost flies out the window with the notes of her flute—until he opens his mouth. Wolf is arrogant, haughty, and seems to have a personal vendetta against Melody. Oh, and he’s her boss. If she wants to keep ...
Playing the Maestro by Aubrie Dionne
She'll have to play her boss to come out on a high note...
Melody Mires has sworn off dating musicians, but when the sexy European conductor Wolf Braun takes over her struggling symphony, her hesitation almost flies out the window with the notes of her flute—until he opens his mouth. Wolf is arrogant, haughty, and seems to have a personal vendetta against Melody. Oh, and he’s her boss. If she wants to keep her job as principal flutist, she’ll have to impress Wolf while simultaneously keeping her undeniable attraction to herself.
Wolf came to America to get as far away from his past as possible, and to recover some of the swagger he had as one of the world’s best maestros. He never imagined being forced to reassess the entire orchestra’s talent—and potentially fire anyone who doesn’t make his cut. Dating the attractive flutist is out of the question, but as their feelings reach a fever pitch, can they risk both their careers for a chance at love?
Posted February 11, 2013
Posted April 27, 2013
Wow. What a heart-warming and interesting story. I barely put this novel down. To top that off, it was also quite well written and flows fluently from one section to the next.
I appreciated that this novel had a beginning, some very captivating and at times comical drama in the middle, and a definite ending. The author does not rely on erotic scenes to carry this story forward, but rather develops amazing relationships between her characters. By basing her storyline on these characters and their budding relationships she creates a very solid story that is hard to beat.
I absolutely fell in love with some of the characters in this novel. I couldn’t believe how extremely well developed they were. They were also developed in such a way that they were quite real and very approachable. Their actions are also consistent with their personalities, allowing the reader to better relate to the characters.
As a whole, this was a brilliant way to spend an afternoon. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these characters and would definitely recommend it to others.
Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review
Posted April 13, 2013
Aubrie Dionne plunges readers into the vividly cutthroat world of classical music in Playing the Maestro. For flutist Melody, she's done with dating musicians. After her recent break-up with fellow symphony worker, Blake, her job seems in jeopardy from his nefarious machinations so the last thing she wants to do is act on her growing attraction to the new conductor, Wolf. But the more she sees of him and his numerous acts of kindness the more caught up in his life she becomes and the idea of a future together takes root. It's a bumpy ride to their HEA though as a woman from his past almost destroys the trust and love forming between them. Melody is a likable character who's been burned by relationships before and is very doubtful of love's existence. She easily jumps to conclusions and assumes the worst whenever Wolf's honesty is in doubt. While these feelings of doubt are understandable they make it difficult to truly believe in this relationship at times.
Wolf has come to America to escape an ex who stole not only his heart but also his life savings. He too is cautious in wanting to start another relationship and with Melody the spitting image of his ex they definitely start off on the wrong foot. But Wolf finds it difficult to keep his true self hidden and slowly lets Melody into his life, keeping the big issue of his ex a secret until her appearance creates all sorts of unwanted chaos that he has to struggle to set right. He completely makes amends in a very masterful and vocal way at the end though, so all is easily forgiven. Wolf is exotically sexy with his occasional uses of German speech. He's caring and honorable which made him easy to fall for.
The story brings the world of classical music/symphonies alive with its vivid depictions of the struggles of musicians, the cutthroat nature to become a star, and the passions that this kind of music inspires. The story does feel a bit draggy though. The writing pace is laid back which is reflected in the romance that remains very sweet and progresses very slowly. There's sexual tension present but it never fully explodes into a hot and steamy encounter. This doesn't make the romance any less satisfying though as they're an immensely cute couple that have much in common. Add in a cast of memorable characters and you end up with a satisfying story that once again demonstrates Ms. Dionne's writing talent.
Posted March 29, 2013
This is a sweet romance and it was exceptionally good. It isn't often that you get a romance novel where the lead characters have such unique careers. Melody is a flutist in a symphony orchestra and Wolf is a German conductor.
I have to say that even in Wolf's worst moments toward the beginning of the book, when he comes off the most arrogant, I loved him. I could actually hear his German accent when I read his dialogue. Not the sexiest of European accents but still very sexy. And you had to feel bad for him once you realized what an evil witch his ex-girlfriend was.
Melody was a fun heroine too. She was real and down to earth and her character really helped show that though you might think being a key member of a symphony might be glamorous, it really isn't, especially it isn't in a huge city.
I loved her passion for the music.
The other thing that was fantastic about this book were the two characters interactions with children, Melody with her niece Violet and Wolf with the children at the hospital where he performed as Mozart. I have to say that part of the story was what really won me over with him. Wolf was perfect!
Melody's ex was the only downside to this great read. From the opening scene, you know that Blake's a baddie, and you have a clue that he's out to sabotage Melody, you just have to wait to see what it is, and that left me anxious as I read on. I mean this guy was a total jerk and when he's confronted with his jerkyness, the outcome isn't satisfying.
This was a great book that had some really good subplots that kept you interested, especially since the romance in this book is very light. It could pretty much be read by teens on up.
Playing the Maestro was a wonderfully musical read.
Posted March 27, 2013
A Breath of Fresh AirPlaying the Maestro is a charming love story that captured my attention immediately. My initial engagement came from Ms. Dionne’s choice of setting. I found it refreshing to get a glimpse into the inner workings of an orchestra. The pressure of not only having a seat, but the constant struggle to maintain it, while the characters deal with real life challenges kept the tension high, and me turning the pages. The chemistry between Melody and Wolf is evident from their first meeting. As they each struggle with trying to overcome personal obstacles as well as those thrown into their path by a crafty set of secondary characters, their relationship deftly builds into an uplifting story that will have you cheering for them to be together. If you’re tired of reading the same old sweet romance, I suggest you give this one a try. Its distinctive storyline and engaging cast will keep you thoroughly entertained from the first page to the last.
Posted March 26, 2013
Playing the Maestro is heartwarming tale of love in the classical musical world. Aubrie Dionne demonstrates her talent for writing as she crafts this delightful story that is well-written and entertaining. The writing flows, the characters are well-developed, and the story is engaging.
The heroine, Melody, the principal flutiest in a symphony, has sworn off dating musicians after a few disastrous relationships. The hero, Wolf, a relationship-shy German who has relocated to the United States to escape the clutches of a former girlfriend, is the new conductor for Melody’s symphony. Their resolutions get put to the test as they find themselves inescapably drawn to each other. Their caring natures combined with great chemistry, seems to be more than either of them can resist.
Playing the Maestro is a charming romance with an interesting peek into the classical musical world. It is an enjoyable romance that is sweet and will keep you interested from the first page to the last. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in music and sweet romance.
I received a copy of the book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
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Posted March 26, 2013
Aubrie pens "Playing the Maestro" a unique heart warming romance with an interesting plot that included a lot of musical references. I loved how her characters had such great chemistry and very down to earth. A nice read with just a few surprise twists and turns that I recommended for all romance readers.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Posted March 18, 2013
Melody Mires is the principle flutist with the Easthampton Civic Symphony. Her love of classical music is in her bones, and it shows in the way she plays. When it comes to dating, she’s drawn to fellow musicians because they “get” the love of music and understand the long hours required to get stage ready and to stay at the top of their game. A disastrous date with Blake, the orchestra’s personal manager, is the last straw. She vows never to date another musician again, and then fate throws the sexy, hunky new guest conductor in her path.
Wolfgang Braun wants a fresh start in America. He thought that as the new guest conductor, he’d have to help and breathe new life into the flailing orchestra. Nor did he count on the strong attraction to the sexy flutist who is a dead ringer for his ex girlfriend, someone he’d rather forget about. As the saying goes: “Once bitten, twice shy”, Wolf isn’t interested in another relationship so soon, but his head isn’t communicating with his heart. Are these two willing to disobey the rules and potentially risk their careers for love?
Playing the Maestro was a sweet romance with great characters, heart and drama. The characters were well developed and continued to grow throughout the story. Melody was a strong character – she was a loyal friend, a devoted sister and aunt, and she cared about the “oldtimers” in the orchestra. For her, it wasn’t about the money or the prestige. Music was her life, and it showed in the reverence she had for the pieces that were mentioned in this book. My favorite moments with Melody all seemed to revolve around her sister and her niece.
Wolf was a loveable hero. He found himself stuck between a rock and a hard place regarding Melody and the orchestra. Essentially, he was the poster boy for the orchestra. With his bosses breathing down his neck to make cuts left and right, it soon became obvious that love of music wasn’t enough to sustain a business. He had to carry a huge burden on his shoulders between what was the right thing to do and what was necessary. Asking her for some help was perhaps the smartest thing he ever did.
I loved Melody and Wolf as a couple. I felt the chemistry from the first moment they laid eyes on one another. Melody had something to prove, and Wolf tried to ignore his attraction to her which made him come across as a moody and brooding. Both of them assumed the worst about each other which made it even sweeter when they actually paid attention to the sums of the whole instead of what was displayed on the surface. There were so many cute moments between them. Two of my favorites involved a stuffed turtle and pajamas, and Wolf dressed up as Mozart. The love scene(s) were fade to black or touched upon in their memories, but the story didn’t need graphic descriptions anyway to get the emotional development across. Once the drama portion hit, I was fully invested in them. There were a few teary-eyed moments, but the ending suited them perfectly.
If I had any complaints, it was just one thing – the use of a foreign language. I consider it a part of any other type of research that authors often do, therefore it’s important to get the spelling and grammar correct. But even with those few errors, I’d recommend this sweet love story to anyone who loves classical music, a determined young heroine and a hunky hero. I would definitely read more from this author.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted March 9, 2013
Melody, a driven and strong willed woman, is working hard to maintain her status as a principal flutist in the orchestra she is currently playing in. She is determined to find a man who is not a musicians since all her previous attempts at a relationship with fellow musicians have fallen flat. In comes Wolf, a handsome German conductor brought in to the fold to add much needed funding and make the orchestra a profitable one. All of Melody's plans fall to the wayside when she meets Wolf, especially after spending some personal time with him. However, her status as principal flutist in the orchestra is threatened and she believes it's best to stay away from the sexy conductor. Try as she might she can't stay away and just when things are looking up, a series of events come to play that bring her doubts and hesitations to the front and threaten the new found love she has found with Wolf.
When I read the blurb for this book I was instantly attracted by the concept that was presented and was looking forward to reading and enjoying this title. I won't lie to you and say that I loved it because it actually didn't live up to my expectations. I am not a fan of the insta-love concept, but I can usually overlook it just as long as the connection and chemistry between the characters is palpable and feels real. This is not the case with Wolf and Melody.
I believe that the story would have been more enjoyable and the connection between this characters more believable if they had not gotten together so soon after meeting. Especially since both questioned and denied their attraction to each other constantly. Although Wolf and Melody's interactions were entertaining and enlightening I can't help but think that they needed to get to know each other better before making their declarations of love.
Aubrie Dionne's writing was engaging, especially her musical references. I enjoyed these and what they added to the story as well as the secondary characters that were introduced and the other events that were brought to the page. I liked how both Wolf and Melody had doubts about pursuing a relationship with each other because this was what made their characters real to me. So for me to see them dismiss those doubts so easily really put me off of their relationship.
I received this title from Entangled Publishing through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
Posted February 14, 2013
After another wretched date with a stuck on himself musician, Melody vows never again, no matter how attractive her new boss is, especially since conductors are on a whole other category of vain. Wolf has no interest in dating either, especially someone who bears a striking resemblence to to his con of an ex. The unique setting of an orchestra, with a jerk of a violinist trying to sabotage said orchestra, charming secondary characters, and some unexpected twists made this a very enjoyable, sweet read. As a lover of music, I recommend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 11, 2013
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