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Length: 70,870 words
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Design: Bree Archer
Paralegal by day, musician by night, Julian has an expiration date stamped on his forehead when it comes to love. No relationship has made it past a year, so Julian avoids romance like the plague and concentrates on his music instead.
Which works fine until gorgeous, smart, and funny Zachary joins Julian’s firm. One look at the man and Julian knows he’s dangerous. No matter what, he can’t fall for Zachary. He has to spare Zachary the pain of dumping Julian at the one-year mark. His brilliant plan? Ask a straight friend to pose as his significant other to keep Zachary away. Not surprisingly, his scheme does little to dampen the attraction—on either side.
When Zachary gives Julian a second chance despite his deception, Julian thinks his curse might be broken. But then he’s faced with the impossible choice between a life with Zachary and living his dream of touring with the band….
Normally when I read the synopsis for a book and I can see there will be a character who will be setting themselves up for self-sabotage (in this case, Julian), I tend to skip it since those types of scenarios in a story frustrate me to no end. But something about this one still said “read me” to me, even though I knew I’d be putting up with some frustration.
And yes, Julian was exasperating with his “none of my relationships have lasted past a year, so why bother getting serious” attitude. He sets himself up for the pain and upset even when there’s no indication of any problems—a formula for angst for sure. I commend Zachary for his incredible patience and understanding with Julian…and considering how intense Julian gets as he basically backs himself into a corner again and again, I couldn’t blame Zachary one bit for any times he became just as frustrated as me.
But one thing this did show was how deep Julian and Zachary’s feelings for each other went—Julian was terrified of losing someone for whom he cares so profoundly, and Zachary is willing to do just about anything to show Julian he’s in it for the long haul. That includes letting Julian explore his music, which takes the two of them apart and lets them see just how much they truly mean to each other.
Speaking of Julian’s music—something I really loved was the way Julian could “see” his music, and “see” the colors behind it. The descriptions of how his music comes to him let me feel Julian’s creativity coming to the fore, and showed how important music is in his life.
The Music of Love was a solid 4-star read for me—frustration and all. I really enjoyed Julian and Zachary together, and I think any M/M romance fan will enjoy this story. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
Twisting the old adage about writing what you know into writing what you feel, Sandine doesn’t shy away from raw emotions, turbulent circumstances, and above all, deep passions, fueled by humor, honesty, and trust. She enjoys instilling her characters with the flaws, courage, and idiosyncrasies that brings them to life.
Sandine lives in New York with her husband, two daughters and a Golden Retriever puppy named Noodle. An unabashed TV and film enthusiast, she happily binge watches her favorites until her eyes glaze over. Her other guilty pleasures include attending fandom conventions, sleeping in on weekends, and recharging solo by holing up with a caramel macchiato and an amazing book.
If you’d like to chat, reach out to her here or on Twitter (@sandinetomas) or Facebook (sandine.tomas).
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