Title: Blue Notes
Author: Carrie Lofty
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Music, Romance
Format: Kindle format from Amazon
For fans of Jamie McGuire and S.C. Stephens, a sizzling new adult novel featuring the tumultuous relationship between a young piano prodigy and a reluctant billionaire playboy—set against the vibrant backdrop of a New Orleans college campus.
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 he wants can open her eyes to exactly what she needs…
The main character is a talented pianist. This was what convinced me to close my eyes and buy this beautifully sounding novel by Carrie Lofty, despite its price tag. The book started with a prologue narrating Keeley Chamber’s life as Rosie Nyman. She had a rough childhood and it was felt all through out the prologue. Her life with her biological parents using her to earn money and not caring about her well being, and eventually her liberation from them. The beginning blew me away and I thought if this was just the beginning then how good the whole book must be? Well, my praises stopped there, because believe it or not, I literally threw my e-reader on my bed because of this book.
The story was simple, Keeley was a talented pianist who have no clue how amazing and beautiful she is because of her inability to accept compliments. She has stage fright that’s why she refrains from performing live. Jude Villars on the other hand is this young billionaire who has the hots for Keeley after seeing her practicing “passionately”. They met and they had instant lust for each other, without even talking or introducing themselves. Just a game of staring at blazing eyes and seeing the hunger, the heat, the whatever, and they where hooked on each other. What’s the catch? Keeley has her tainted past she’s afraid might take a turn on Jude’s future, and Jude is afraid of losing control of everything his, so in short they were both messed up. Actually, let me put it this way, the WHOLE story was messed up.
This was the first time I seriously considered DNF-ing a book (if that was a term). But no, I had to bear the consequences of not listening to bad reviews and suffer all through out the book. I was looking for loopholes that could make this book a bit better but no. Nothing. Nada. Nuh-uh. There was none. Even until the ending where the author tried putting drama and conflict just to make it seem that the relationship between the main characters had a rough patch before finally being free of everything that holds them from loving each other with no boundaries, nothing. The characters were very annoying, the romance was a face palm moment the whole time, and the story almost got me dizzy from constant eye rolls. Because of this, I learned never to put hope on something that was bad from the start, and just walk away, fast.
WARNING! THIS PART WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS!
Keeley was supposed to be this withdrawn and socially awkward person who, at all cost, would avoid any person, especially a cocky man, from approaching her. She had a hard time when she was young and her father killed her mom, so you see it was a given that she should have this vigilant feeling against any human, especially with men. Why do I think so? Well it took her 6 YEARS to adapt and be comfortable around her loving foster parents, and her father wasn’t really sentenced to lifetime imprisonment so there’s always this threat in her mind that her father might come look for her (or have someone look for her) and ruin her life. But, even from afar and without knowing a guy’s name, she started liking or lusting over a man she never thought would take her virginity with just two fingers. So after this first meeting, both had a lot of coincidences, eye-rolling coincidences. I thought Keeley was annoying, I never thought I’d have this irritated feeling towards a male character too. Jude is a young, hot, rich man. He’s five years older than Keeley and is very controlling over everything he owns. He sees Keeley play her music and he’s drawn, not attracted/drawn but full of lust/drawn. He is very different from all those cocky, arrogant, rude male character you often meet in NA books. The first time he enters the story the first word that came to mind was JERK. I never saw him as hot or attractive despite every description of hotness Keeley said. For me, he was just a rich jerk who wants to bag this talented pianist just because he saw her sweaty in her almost see-through top after practicing.
She’s drooling now. Oh my. If there was one thing constant about Keeley, it’s her lack of concentration. She went to a bar to witness a performance of a freshman she’s supposed to mentor and the night suddenly becomes all about Jude.
I have to stop here. Just writing this review and reliving the annoyances is just to much, and believe it or not I am still shaking my head as I write this sentence.
I tried really really really hard to like this book even if it was screaming DNF so loud at my face. I want to hope that until I reach the end there will be something I might like or tell people that it had something to look forward to despite the book’s shortcoming. The story could have been good, but the characters were just downright annoying and stupid. There was even part of the story where I thought this book could pass as pre-erotica just because there was so much sexual tension coming from the main couple. I was deeply disappointed with this book. I expected more from this because I love books featuring music and romance, this piqued my interest so much because of the piano thing going on. I am sad that this book did not work for me and if I, in any way, offended anyone who liked or loved this book, I apologize.
1 out of 5