Saturday, 19 April 2014

Review: Blue Notes

Blue Notes by Carrie Lofty

After being bounced from foster family to foster family, Keeley, a talented pianist, is ready to start over as a junior at Tulane. But when she plays a small concert that attracts the attention of Jude, a brooding playboy and heir to an enormous fortune in the wake of his parents’ tragic death, suddenly Keeley’s life is thrown off balance once again.

Jude is the first person to confront her about the pain behind her music, and she struggles with whether or not to let him into her life, or to keep protecting herself from the hurt that relationships have caused her in the past. But Keeley’s about to learn that the melancholy young billionaire who appears to have everything can open her eyes to exactly what she needs…

My Thoughts:

2.5 stars
Blue Notes was a hard book for me to get into. There were parts that I didn't mind and actually enjoyed, but there were a lot of moments were I wanted to throw my kindle across the room in frustration.

The characters were a big issue for me, well, namely Jude. Ah, Jude Villars: the rich, bad boy orphan with that charming, tempting smile and - drum roll, please - possessive, overbearing nature. Yep, cue the official asshole card. I really don't understand the appeal of these sorts of snarky in-your-face NA men. I cannot swoon over them when they are so rude and demanding and make me want to punch them, repeatedly, in the face.

Keeley, however, was a much better character. For once a tragic and troubled past was handled well and (I never thought I would say this!) it actually improved the plotline, adding not only a layer of drama but a deeper emotional layer of realism. I loved Keeley's feistiness and her spunk, she wasn't afraid to stick up for herself or stand up for what she thought. She was a little gullible when it came to Jude but seeing how he was the first guy she had really "dated", I guess she probably would have been a little overwhelmed with it all, given her history as well.

The plotline was a little too dull for my liking. The prologued was a terrific start but I cannot say that I wasn't a big fan of the ending. The middle was somewhat uneventful and moved a tad too slow for my liking.

Saying this, if it wasn't for Jude I would have enjoyed this a lot more. The way that it was written, especially the parts about music, were beautifully described. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to people more suited to the genre and who enjoy their book boyfriend, tall dark, handsome and controlling. For me, however, this wasn't to my taste.

Note: a copy was provided courtesy of Carrie Lofty in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given or taken during this process.

*Released: 6th of May, 2014

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