Friday, August 10, 2018

Review Tour: The Music Of Love by Sandine Tomas (Review + Giveaway)


Length: 70,870 words

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Design: Bree Archer


Sometimes the music of love skips a beat….

Paralegal by day, musician by night, Julian has an expiration date stamped on his forehead when it comes to love. No relationship has made it past a year, so Julian avoids romance like the plague and concentrates on his music instead.

Which works fine until gorgeous, smart, and funny Zachary joins Julian’s firm. One look at the man and Julian knows he’s dangerous. No matter what, he can’t fall for Zachary. He has to spare Zachary the pain of dumping Julian at the one-year mark. His brilliant plan? Ask a straight friend to pose as his significant other to keep Zachary away. Not surprisingly, his scheme does little to dampen the attraction—on either side.

When Zachary gives Julian a second chance despite his deception, Julian thinks his curse might be broken. But then he’s faced with the impossible choice between a life with Zachary and living his dream of touring with the band….

3 Stars 

This book is a love story at its core. It’s about an all-consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other type of love. It’s not about a fake boyfriend ruse (per the synopsis), that was so little of what this story was about. It’s about two people who fall deeply in love almost at first sight.

Julian has been deeply hurt in past relationships and wants no part of another one. But when he meets Zachary, his looks, personality and charm are so lovable, Julian doesn’t trust himself resist. His answer? To use his best friend, Gabe and pretend he is his boyfriend, relying on Zach’s honorable nature to not pursue anything with him. Needless to say, that backfires horribly, but the two lovers find their way and fall deeply in love.

Apparently, the road to a Happily Ever After is not an easy one. There are more than a few communication mishaps, friend interferences, and family drama to fill this novel. It kind of got predictable that when there was smooth sailing, something would rear its head to cause this couple trouble.

Add that to the fact that Julian isn’t entirely likable as a character (his anxieties, lack of trust, neuroses, and irrational reactions) and it made this read angsty sometimes for no good reason. I literally rolled my eyes at Julian multiple times.

In the end, the witty characters save this one and, while it wasn’t riveting, I found it to be a sweet read.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.

Author Bio

Sandine Tomas grew up an unapologetic bookworm, making friends with characters from the ancient past to the farthest reaches of the universe. Her career as a marketing writer has given her insight into the divergence between what a person thinks they want and what they truly need. Relationships are at the heart of her writing, and she enjoys creating characters who become so real that their stories beg to be told. Writing allows her to explore people and ideas from all sides, spinning a notion around like a gem until its facets glisten.

Twisting the old adage about writing what you know into writing what you feel, Sandine doesn’t shy away from raw emotions, turbulent circumstances, and above all, deep passions, fueled by humor, honesty, and trust. She enjoys instilling her characters with the flaws, courage, and idiosyncrasies that brings them to life.

Sandine lives in New York with her husband, two daughters and a Golden Retriever puppy named Noodle. An unabashed TV and film enthusiast, she happily binge watches her favorites until her eyes glaze over. Her other guilty pleasures include attending fandom conventions, sleeping in on weekends, and recharging solo by holing up with a caramel macchiato and an amazing book.

If you’d like to chat, reach out to her here or on Twitter (@sandinetomas) or Facebook (sandine.tomas).

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Hosted By Signal Boost Promotions

No comments:

Post a Comment