Review on Playing The Maestro

I received this book from the publisher (via NetGalley) for an honest review. I thought it was a short fun read, and I was not disappointed.

Playing the Maestro by Aubrie Dionne
Playing the Maestro
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?
Age: 16 years and up
Review: 4 stars
We start out with Melody Mires, a professional flutist for the Easthampton Civic Symphony. She’s been through some tough dates with musicians and swears not to date a musician ever again. But then she sees the symphony’s new director: Wolfgang Braun. Named after the amazing Wolfgang Mozart, this man is well-toned and sexy as well as brooding.
Some circumstances push them together (quite hilariously at times) and they fall in love. There were some parts where I did feel like they rushed into the romance, especially since they both didn’t really want to get into a relationship at the time.
Nevertheless, I really liked Wolfgang—or Wolf, for short—and loved the type of person he was. He loves music (he is a conductor, after all) and was incredibly nice and loving. He was involved in many charities as well, and every time he did something sweet I just wanted to hug him and never let go.
Melody was a strong character, and I always like strong female characters. Melody was smart but also listened to her heart. She was sweet and caring—the perfect match for Wolf.
I would have liked to know more about Blake and why he did what he did. It felt as if the book glossed over that a bit. Blake did some bad things, but when he got in trouble for them, there wasn’t really a solid explanation for it. I kept waiting for some piece of information to come out explaining why he did what he did.
One thing that I especially loved was the music interwoven with the story. It was obvious to me when I started reading the book that the author had a large knowledge of music as well as orchestral life (turns out she’s a professional flutist, just like Melody!). There was some terminology there that, had I not been in an orchestra myself, would have confused me. Even so, the author’s passion for music and orchestra shone through this book. It reminded me how much I love music and was a great part of the book.
This was a short and sweet type of book, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a little music with their romance—and a sexy German man to go with it.

A free copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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