Breaking Measures

Breaking Measures

by Emma Raveling

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On the fast track to international success, acclaimed concert pianist Leila Cates is close to achieving her dreams. But her path to certain stardom comes to a crashing halt when the body of her boyfriend, a world-renowned conductor, is discovered on the eve of her New York debut. When rumors about their relationship surface, Leila quickly becomes the primary suspect.


Desperate to clear her name, Leila sets out to uncover the truth. Enlisting the reluctant help of Orion Frazier, the lead detective on the case, their investigation soon entangles her in a world of betrayal and deception.

With everything on the line, can Leila find the strength to face what she finds?

A taut suspense thriller of dark secrets and even darker ambitions, Breaking Measures is a mesmerizing novella about the treachery love can hide.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151213387
Publisher: Mandorla Publishing
Publication date: 09/24/2015
Series: Leila Cates
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 164
File size: 1 MB

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Breaking Measures 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Triciab04 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Emma’s writing in her YA fantasy, the Ondine Quartet, I was instantly swept away in her enchanting ability to immerse you in such a magical world with it’s captivating inhabitants. Reading Breaking Measures was a completely different experience, and even though there was no magic in the storyline, it still felt weaved throughout the entire story. The writing was hauntingly beautiful, every description was cultivated with such care. The music and it’s instruments felt like living, breathing beings, luring you in with their seductive siren’s song. I felt as if I were right there with Leila watching her perfectly crafted world shatter around her piece by structured piece. The mystery was fantastic! I loved the scramble for the next clue and getting knocked upside the head with each shocking twist and turn. This was a fabulous prequel and I can’t wait to see what awaits Leila next in A Woven Silence! I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review
JenBookwormCoalition More than 1 year ago
The first time I ever read anything by Emma Raveling was while she was just at the beginning stages of her Ondine Quartet series (pretty sure it was book 1). Little did I know, Ondine Quartet would become one of my all time favorite series. You know, the ones where no matter what you’ll always come back to and re-read because the story is just that amazing! When Ondine Quartet ended, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was a wreck, an emotional hot mess…you name it, that was me. When Emma decided to delve into something that didn’t hinge on YA fantasy dare I say…I was slightly skeptical. Everything that I have known about Emma’s writing has been filled with fantasy. There was always some sort of magical element that held you in suspense. Let me tell you, I had nothing to worry about. Breaking Measures is one of those books that sucks you in and doesn’t want to let you out. Such brilliant writing from beginning to end. The magic was there, hidden beneath the suspenseful and amazingly intricate story line. Everything about Breaking Measures was in such perfect detail, with poor Leila and the life that she knew being ripped away from her and watching her stumble and find the courage to do what needs to be done. Quite honestly just the sheer amount of betrayal in this novella was staggering. A Woven Silence is up next for Emma, and I can’t wait. I loved every second of Breaking Measures.
pet1210 More than 1 year ago
Leila Cates, a concert pianist about to make her big break, ends up being the prime suspect in her boy-friend's murder and sets out to prove her innocence with the unlikely aid of Orion Frazier, one of the detectives on the case. Breaking Measures is the prequel novella to Emma Raveling's forthcoming novel A Woven Silence. As such, it was a very quick read, but provided an excellent introduction to Leila Cates and her privileged upbringing and messed up family. I found the setting in the classical music scene quite unique. This was my first book by Emma Raveling. Her writing style is very descriptive and lyrical and suited the setting. Her protagonist, Leila, came across as slightly naive, which - to a degree - is understandable due to her seriously overbearing parents and the isolated way in which she grew up. Although I was pretty sure who the killer was from early on, I just couldn't work out the motive, so that left plenty of mystery and suspense to keep me engaged throughout. I enjoyed the ending and actually felt some empathy for Leila in the end, which I had failed to feel throughout the rest of the book. It'll be interesting to see what Leila's life will be like in A Woven Silence. Thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Archiebv13 More than 1 year ago
A gritty whirlwind story that matches the tempo of the city it's set in. Emma Raveling does it again! This prequel novella to A Woven Silence left me as all her works do—greedy for more.