For concert cellist, Gwen Harrison a weekend playing at a high profile wedding in Maui was supposed to break the monotony of her life back in Los Angeles. Little did she know just how much her life would end up changing.
A hilarious and boozy evaluator ride brings together Gwen and the gorgeous and athletic Dana Ryan who is attempting to harness the drunken escapades of her soon-to-be-married best friend, Reagan. During this elevator ride, Gwen and Dana instantly hit it off and find it hard to resist each other, something that sends Gwen’s world spiraling out of control.
Gwen is the second chair cellist for the LA Philharmonic orchestra, she is very disciplined and has spent her life making decisions that are practical and help her advance her career.
Dana Ryan is a swimming coach at the local university and a para-olympic gold medalist. She lost her leg when she was 16 years old in a car accident coming home from a swimming competition. While Dana is also a high achiever she Is warmer and much more vivacious that Gwen. To give you an idea, Gwen finds that adopting a kitten is a very hard decision.
The Writing Style
MJ Duncan is a beautiful writer and her pacing in the beginning and end of the book works really well.
With Veritas she made me want to go on a private cruise and in this book she made me want to go to Maui and afterwards to LA and an orchestral show.
Duncan creates crackling chemistry between the two main characters that gets super hot and intimate even when Gwen and Dana are doing their best to stop their relationship from escalating.
I love the way MJ Duncan writes romances, they are alway compelling with slightly exotic characters and setting, just different enough to make her books escapism but still grounded in reality.
This is not a con for me but I do realize that it may be for others, this story has an element that may be thought of as cheating.
At 380 pages this book is longer than most lesbian romance books (not a con for me, I don’t mind long books) however a small con is that this book felt long and I think this has to do with the middle going on for a little longer than it should. The beginning and ending flowed well.
One of the biggest cons for me is the cover, I don’t think that it does this book any justice.
Excerpt from Symphony in Blue by MJ Duncan
She smiled and shook her head ever so slightly as she locked eyes with Dana Ryan, who was quite dashing in her tux with the top button of her shirt open and her black bow tie undone so that it draped casually over her collarbones. Her hair was artfully tousled, her smile mischievous, and her eyes twinkled with laughter as she crossed her arms over her chest and leaned against the back wall. She was the most welcome sight Gwen had laid eyes on since she sat down to play Mendelssohn’s march two and a half hours earlier, and she bit her lip as she looked down at her cello to both refocus her attention on her music and hide the light blush she could feel creeping up her throat and over her cheeks.
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Note: I received a free review copy of Symphony in Blue by MJ Duncan. No money was exchanged for this review. I will always review books as honestly as possible and on occasion I refuse to review books