Rating: 4 stars
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Jon is a trumpet player. He’s highly in demand for studio sessions, either by himself or with a band. Jon has never been a relationship kind of guy. There are hookups and some friends with benefits, but he’s decided he’d like to start settling down now that he’s getting older. John also has taken to jogging by a house that’s being renovated by a sexy construction worker.
Benny is that construction worker, and he’s noticed Jon as well. He watches him jog by every day and thinks about what it would be like to meet him. One day, he gets his wish. Jon is out and about and needs to be “rescued” from an uncomfortable situation. Once that’s over, the two decide they would like to get to know each other a little better.
I liked this story. It’s very tropey (meet cute, self esteem issues, interfering exes), and sometimes, tropey is just what I need. I liked both Jon and Benny, even though I had an issue or two with them. Jon started out a little arrogantly, and Benny seemed a little too down on himself. Those are just a little tickey things. They weren’t bothersome to me in the least.
They meet and fall for each other rather quickly because this is a novella on the shorter side. It doesn’t feel like it’s a breakneck speed, though. I really liked how Jon was able to open up to Benny as far as his music is concerned. I think my favorite scene in the whole story was when Jon took Benny into the room in his house where he kept all his trumpets. He reveals he’s never brought anyone in there before, and it’s just very sweet.
Beautiful Music Together has just the right amount of heat. It’s sexy, but not smutty (if that makes sense). The sex scenes made my heart beat a little faster and gave me some warm fuzzies. Jon and Benny have great chemistry.
There is nearly zero angst here. There was a misunderstanding or two, but nothing that wasn’t worked through right away. I found this to be an excellent way to spend an hour, and it left me with a smile on my face. This was the first book I’ve read by Megan Slayer, but looking at Amazon, I see she’s got quite a backlog. I will not hesitate to read more of her books. I like her style.
I can definitely recommend Beautiful Music Together.
What is tropey? Never herard that word!
It is kind of slang for romance tropes. Sort of common themes and storylines. Sometimes I use the word trope to describe things like friends to lovers, lovers reunited, fated mates, etc. And sometimes people use it to refer to the old school romance themes (think old school Harlequins) – secret baby, amnesia, marriage of convenience. DSP’s new Dreamspun Desires is based on romance tropes. Does that help?