- Books Release Day Review: The Music of Love by Sandine Tomas
Release Day Review: The Music of Love by Sandine Tomas
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About the Author
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.
June 19, 2018
ePub, Mobi, PDF
Read an excerpt at Dreamspinner Press.
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….
Unique Perspectives and Interesting Characters
The Music of Love is as fun as it is frustrating. Complex main characters, wide assortment of secondary characters, and told from Julien’s point of view, there are many great aspects and a few not-so-great, but all in all, I enjoyed this read!
I was sucked in from the very beginning, which is a scene that I won’t even begin to describe, but which made me laugh heartily at the sheer realism of the situation. Julien is a character with the ability to see music when looking at objects, and this grants him some incredible insight to apply to his songwriting. Zachary is a man with a plan, his life laid out in five year increments that keep him driving forward toward his objectives. This plan, however, does not hinder his enjoyment of the now, and I loved that aspect, the freeness that brought fresh air into so many scenes.
The storyline is very nicely put together, and I loved so many pieces and parts that led to the whole of it. There is one aspect, however, that I could have done with significantly less of: Julien’s angst. It is a critical piece in progressing the tale, but I spent a goodly amount of time wanting to slap him upside the head and tell him to grow up already! His self-doubts are understandable, but his inability to move forward by separating them and only taking those parts that are necessary to his growth made him come off almost like a middle school drama-ridden early teen.
The multitude of secondary characters each added great things to the whole. From Gabe’s and Marc’s loyalty to and protectiveness of their best friends Julien and Zachary, respectively, to the office staff and one quirky drummer that allowed the truly wonderful Randy to enter the story, I enjoyed each and every one of them and their interactions within the story.
In the end, I’m rating this at three stars. This is really a good debut novel from an up and coming writer, I look forward to watching her continued growth in the literary world! If you like angst (which I certainly do, within reason), give this a read. If you are a music lover, definitely give this a read for the awesome perspectives of Julien’s music! If you’re looking for a new author, I definitely suggest Sandine Tomas!
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