Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: Blue Notes

Maybe I’m biased because I love the French language, I enjoyed Shira Anthony’s prior work, and I met her at Yaoi con (spoiler: she is a sweetheart) but I really like Blue Notes. I’ll be honest and say that I had my doubts after reading other reviews mention “straight gone gay” story line. My experiences with such stories have been disappointing. But Shira Anthony has changed my mind.

The setting: wow. Absolutely fantastic.  The details of the French setting were vivid but not overpowering. I think Shira Anthony needs to write some vacation brochures because I have a strong desire to book a tour now.

Characters: love them. Sometimes authors give too much unrelated history or overly dramatic experiences. I feel what Shira dished out for her boys were just the right amount, and Jason’s reason for quitting seemed entirely normal—which made him more real and likable. I fell in love with Jules and Jason and would read more of their life in the future if there’s another story with them.

Sex: superb. Admit it, we come for the sex and stay for the story. The sex scenes are heated and delicious and line up with the plot perfectly. Shira Anthony has written some of my favorite sex scenes. She's in ranks with Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux.

I’d recommend the read whether you enjoy music or not. And if you are a music fun (violin, piano, jazz) then this is a must read.

Buy it from Dreamspinner Press


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Hayley! And thanks so much for the kind words. -Shira

  2. You're so very welcome. And thank you for the wonderful read!


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