- Title: Playing the Maestro
- Author: Aubrie Dionne
- Series: N/A
- Genre(s): Contemporary
- Publisher: Entangled, February 2013
- Source: NetGalley ($2.99 ebook)
- Length: 190 pages
- Trope(s): Lust in the Workplace, Supermodel Ex-Girlfriend, Big Misunderstanding, Plot Moppets
- Quick blurb: Professional flutist gets the hots for her community orchestra’s new guest conductor.
- Quick review: Good start, but flattened into a predictable and superficial soap opera.
- Grade: C-
Too bad he has a baton up his ass….
I am a classical music geek (you’re not surprised), so I figured this book would either win me over or piss me off. It wound up being somewhere in between, landing in the “well, I finished it…” category.
I was pleasantly surprised with the first few chapters because the author (a professional musician) actually addresses the touchy ethics of workplace romances. But when the first Total Drama Moment (heroine gets mugged in the alley behind the concert hall) led into some Now? Really??? lusting (she’s in pain from a possible concussion one minute, then Thinking Dirty Thoughts the next), my eyes started rolling.
Add in the superfluous Sick Child(ren) Plot Moppet(s) and the off-the-shelf Weasely Ex-Boyfriend and Supermodel Ex-Girlfriend rom-com stock characters, and the Sequined Showdown at the Donors’ Gala crisis, and this book wound up having about as much emotional depth as a John Tesh concert.
However…. Give sidekick Carly the Smartass Oboe Player a sequel with a Shy But Loyal Tuba Player and I AM THERE. I don’t care who writes it.