27 September 2014

Dissonance by Shira Anthony

 British noble Cameron Sherrington has hit rock bottom. The love of his life, opera sensation Aiden Lind, is marrying another man, and Cam knows it’s his fault for pushing Aiden away. As if that’s not enough, someone is trying to take away his family business, and the US authorities are pursuing him on charges of money laundering. Fearing for his safety and unable to return to London, Cam runs, but he’s too broke to find a place to stay, and his fugitive’s life doesn’t even remotely resemble a Hollywood thriller.

Desperate and betrayed by the people he thought cared about him, Cam takes refuge in the subway station where Galen Rusk plays his trumpet for tips. Though Cam hears the beauty in Galen’s music, it’s Galen’s firm hand on his shoulder that stops him from throwing everything away. Their unusual relationship takes a turn that surprises them both, and neither man is sure he wants the complication. Galen is fighting the ghosts of his past, and Cam has his own nightmares to face. When Cam’s troubles threaten to tear them apart, Cam figures he had it coming—that it’s all penance due for a life lived without honesty or love. But he never considered the possibility that he might not survive it.

Note: The Blue Notes Series can be read in any order. Each is a stand-alone story from the same classical music universe.

Warning this book contains flashbacks of childhood rape by a family member to one of the main characters and thoughts of suicide.

This book kind of threw me for a loop because I was pretty close to hating one of the main characters Cameron Sherrington from the beginning.  I especially didn’t want him to get together with the sweet and innocent and incredibly talented Galen Rusk.  Cameron at first seems to be every bit of the spoiled, rich and entitled playboy his reputation has set him up as, but as his life slowly unravels around him you start to see the real Cameron hiding behind a carefully crafted shell of disinterest.

When Cameron is finally at the end of his rope and even the authorities are after him he decides he doesn’t deserve to be on this Earth anymore, he is rescued by Galen.  Galen has been where Cameron is and knows a struggling man when he sees one.  He gives Cameron a place to lay low and try to find out why his life is falling apart.  As Cameron heals Galen doesn’t know how to be in a relationship with someone who doesn’t need him to take care of them. 

This is a story of two very damaged men who heal each other with their love, understanding, patience and music.


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