- Title: Playing the Maestro
- Author: Aubrie Dionne
- Genre: Romance
- Format: eBook
- Source: NetGalley
- Reviewed by: Soo
- Rating: 2 out of 5
Description: Melody Mires has sworn off dating musicians, but when the sexy European conductor Wolf Braun takes over her struggling symphony, her hesitation almost flies out the window with the notes of her flute—until he opens his mouth. Wolf is arrogant, haughty, and seems to have a personal vendetta against Melody. Oh, and he’s her boss. If she wants to keep her job as principal flutist, she’ll have to impress Wolf while simultaneously keeping her undeniable attraction to herself.
Wolf came to America to get as far away from his past as possible, and to recover some of the swagger he had as one of the world’s best maestros. He never imagined being forced to reassess the entire orchestra’s talent—and potentially fire anyone who doesn’t make his cut. Dating the attractive flutist is out of the question, but as their feelings reach a fever pitch, can they risk both their careers for a chance at love?
Review: The Easthampton’s Civic Symphony is slowly becoming obsolete. Wolf Braun, a well known German conductor, is hired to whip the orchestra in shape and to create an influx of revenue. One of the terms in his contract states that he cannot get intimately involved with the other musicians. He didn’t think twice about the condition, because he had no desire to get involved with anyone after his most recent and disastrous relationship. Until he meets Melody, the lead flute player and a close twin in appearance to his ex. Wolf didn’t plan on falling for another green eyed, brunette. It didn’t matter if she played music with her whole heart. It didn’t matter that her passion sneaks into his thoughts or her scent lingers in the air.
I really enjoy stories that involve music or art. I was delighted by the beginning of the story because I enjoyed the turns of phrase about music. There’s a nice start to the main characters and I’m all set to be reeled into their romance. I liked how there are obstacles Wolf and Melody have to overcome in order to meet on common ground.
I began to lose interest when Melody and Wolf share their first kiss. What begins as a charming story about two musicians falling in love becomes a teenage soap opera. Instead of reading a story that has two grown adults, I really felt like I was reading about two young kids trying to deal with being in love for the first time. The situation with Blake and Alda could have made interesting tension to move the story but I mostly felt annoyed.
I cannot pin point exactly where the story changes from a charming tale to a drama of teen angst. I believe the changes happen as the story moves away from Wolf and Melody to focus on the ridiculous accusations of slander and Blake’s trite manipulations. I cared more about the main characters when the story focused on who they are and building the relationship where interest and lust grow into love.
My favorite moments are when Melody and Wolf meet at Toys R Us and at the hospital. Their first date is a close third.
In the end, this love story is cute. I would recommend it for a light, quick read to pass time.