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Please Don't Stop the Music (Yorkshire Romances #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,158 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
Jemima Hutton is determined to build a successful new life and keep her past a dark secret. Trouble is, her jewellery business looks set to fail - until enigmatic Ben Davies offers to stock her handmade belt buckles in his guitar shop and things start looking up, on all fronts.

But Ben has secrets too. When Jemima finds out he used to be the front man of hugely successful I
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Choc Lit (first published January 31st 2011)
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Jun 29, 2012 RLA rated it it was amazing
Wow... Just wow! I am almost speechless about how much I loved this book.

I have to admit that I was rather sceptical at first, but since it won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year award I wanted to give it a go. By the time I was 20 pages in I was 100% hooked!

There is so much abut this book that is simply brilliant - the honest and hilariously funny dialogue, a brilliant cast of characters, and the hints to the secrets were weaved throughout the story like a master.

Oh, the hero's story is so hear
Mar 29, 2013 Zili rated it really liked it
As the winner of the 2012 Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Novel of the Year Award I was expecting a great read and was not disappointed! I'm a sucker for a swoon worthy bad boy in tight jeans!

Jemima and Ben's story is sweet, sad, funny and at times heartbreaking! The story begins with struggling jewellery designer Jemima having a really bad day. A series of unfortunate events lead her to the withdrawn and also secretive former rock god Ben. Jemima is secretive and beautiful, with bucket
Stephanie Davies
Jan 04, 2012 Stephanie Davies rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 21, 2014 Louise rated it liked it
For a chic-lit book, the two main characters have such a screwed up life.
Jan 31, 2011 Leah rated it it was amazing
Jemima Hutton is a talented jewellery designer with a dark past, but after being dumped by her only buyer, she has no idea how she’s going to carry on making money. Until she walks into Ben Davies’ guitar shop and her offers to carry her belt buckles as long as they sell. Jemima is intrigued by Ben, who shies away from people, and when she learns he was once part of uber-successful band Willow Down, she can’t help but wonder why he quit in the middle of their American tour. But if Jemima wants B ...more
Jemima (a jewellery maker) met local artist Jason when she moved to York a year and a half ago, and in turn, moved in with a new friend Rosie (who makes cards). All three share a workshop and Jason and Jemima help with Rosie's little baby boy. Rosie and Jason know that Jem is secretive and isn't interested in romantic relationships, but always question why.

When Saskia, a snotty shop owner who stocks Rosies cards and Jems jewellery, decides to drop Jem as a supplier, Jem trys to convince local Yo
Barbara Elsborg
Aug 19, 2012 Barbara Elsborg rated it it was amazing
Ahh - really liked it. It's a study of the sort of damaged characters I love. I think it's a bit like my stories but there's a lot less sex in this! Some great one liners, fascinating characters. I loved the angst, the reveal, the language. A definite keeper for me. It's an ebook and I want the paperback! I don't even want to give the synopsis - you have to read it not knowing anything except for the fact that it's a sweet romance with dark secrets and it ends happily.
Tina Reber
Oct 16, 2011 Tina Reber rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it very much. 4.5 for almost making me cry at one or two places.
Emmie Dark
May 04, 2011 Emmie Dark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
I bought this book on the strength of a really positive review on Dear Author and because I was looking for some smart, humorous single title romance to read.

When it arrived in the mail the day before yesterday, I read the first two pages and thought, Uh Oh. This book did not grab me. Also it's in first person, which I have a personal aversion to.

I had already gone and bought the book though, so I perservered. And so glad I did. Once the book hit its stride (and for me, that wasn't until well
May 04, 2011 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt, the best impulse buy of the past twelve months.

A positive review and an intriguing blurb led me to hope for a slightly unusual romantic mystery. A few pages into the book I realised that it was far, far more. Behind the smooth, captivating development of the plot and characters lies a firm, confident and very skilled hand.

Ms Lovering pulls off some extraordinary technical feats with such ease and panache that they almost slip by unnoticed. Holding back the revelation of the fi
Mar 26, 2012 Nisha-Anne rated it liked it
It's strange. I absolutely adored this book when I began, was snorting out loud at one in the morning because the writing was so shockingly hilarious and the voice so fabulously strong. An unmistakeable voice which is something I highly highly appreciate in any writer but especially one writing here and now. So I loved it, loved it, loved it.

The spelling of Iggy Pop with an 'ie' kinda made me blink. But I did love the musical references. Actually I loved all the pop culture references, totally r
Carol W
Jan 31, 2011 Carol W rated it it was amazing
Meet Jemima Hutton - Self employed belt buckle designer who lodges with her friend Rosie and Rosie's young baby Harry.
Whilst searching the streets of York for stockists for her belt buckles Jemima meets Ben Davies - One time Indie Rock Star who now hides in his little out of the way guitar shop.

Add Jason, the resident artist, Saskia, business owner (what is her hold over Jem and Rosie?) and hubby Alex and you have a mix of lovable characters all with their own secrets. Some deeper than others.

Apr 24, 2011 Carla rated it it was amazing
Summary: The owner of the shop that sells Jemima Hutton’s handcrafted jewelry suddenly decides to drop her. Jemima trudges through the streets of York to find another store that will sell her stuff. She doesn’t have any luck until she finds the out-of-the-way music store of Ben Davies. Even though he doesn’t think his type of customers will be interested, he agrees to try to sell the music-themed belt buckle she has with her. If he succeeds, he will consider stocking her other pieces.

Ben is a my
May 29, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok
First and last lines of the book are great, but everything in between is a melodramatic mess. I'm a sucker for romances with a music theme but sadly although the hero is a former rock star there are almost no scenes related to music. Just two incredibly wounded people who keep running away from each other - first he's too damaged, then she's too damaged, etc. etc. And considering the heroine is supposed to be a jeweler, wouldn't it be a good idea if the author had learned how to spell "jewelry?" ...more
Dorothea Müller
Oct 24, 2014 Dorothea Müller rated it liked it
Endlich geht es wieder bergauf in Jemimas Leben: Nicht nur, dass Gitarrenladenbesitzer Ben ihren handgefertigten Schmuck in seinem Laden verkauft, der verschlossene Musiker hat still und heimlich auch ihr Herz erobert. Doch bei einem Abendessen in Jemimas WG fliegt auf, dass Ben einst Frontmann von Willow Down, der größten Indie-Rockband Großbritanniens, war und von einem Tag auf den anderen untergetaucht ist. Es stellt sich die Frage, ob ihre Liebe eine Chance hat, solange nicht alle Karten auf ...more
Mar 30, 2013 Lyndaa rated it really liked it
I good romance story about a famous rockstar who suddenly, inexplicably quits the band and disappears into oblivion and a woman running away from her past. One day she calls into a guitar shop in York to see if they will sell her jewellery designs and meets the skinny, scruffy shop owner. I read this in 1 day and really enjoyed it.
Kristie Scarle
Jul 05, 2012 Kristie Scarle rated it did not like it
I have no idea what the title has to do with the story. Okay, that's not quite true - but it's a very tenous link.

I also guessed the baby daddy very early on.

It reminded me of the only time I've tried to write a book - when I was 16. Luckily for you I threw the 2 chapters straight in the bin!
Ross Leckridge
Mar 31, 2013 Ross Leckridge rated it did not like it
Don't know why I bothered finishing this book, as I didn't enjoy it from pretty early on. The story line was totally unbelievable, which had me shaking my head and dismissing several of the key points. It did have a few funny lines, but not enough to make up for the poor story....
Mar 16, 2013 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is an excellent read. I cannot find any more words to articulate how much I thoroughly enjoyed this story - of love, fear and secret past.
Dec 26, 2014 John rated it it was amazing
Is Unputdownable a word? It ought to be!

I didn't like this book - I LOVED It!!!
Well drawn, deeply flawed and damaged leading characters - and a story full of twists and turns.

Both Jemima and Ben are nursing dark and deep secrets - secrets of an unusual and unexpected kind. Attracted and repelled by each other they slowly work their way through a host of trials and tribulations before the tale's satisfying conclusion.

Add a under-card of supporting characters including the vile and manipulative Sa
Jul 17, 2013 Natalie rated it did not like it
Gave up after a few chapters. Point made.
Jan 30, 2016 Juju rated it did not like it
I 've had my fair share of big secrets/ tormented heros-heroines book. You know, starts with a secret then after few hundred (agonizing) page its out in the open, few "i still love you" , a great sex scene and the end.
This book is well-written, the first half enjoyable. The author has good style and its interesting and easy to read at first. Sorry for the strong word but i loathed the ending. I dont want to ruin this with spoilers so i am not going explain it further. It was silly and unrealist
Blodeuedd Finland
Feb 01, 2011 Blodeuedd Finland rated it really liked it

Jemima Hutton makes belt buckles, and that leads her into the guitar store owned by Ben Davies. They both have secrets, and they both need someone.

My thoughts:

What can I say, it was real. I like this kind of romance. You know where a couple meet, are friends, and then something slowly builds up. It is real, it's life, there are doubts, and there is love.

Jemima is young woman trying to build a life. She is nice, but she is also broken. Why we do not know. But there are hints, something has h
Samantha Janning
Mar 14, 2011 Samantha Janning rated it really liked it
Jemima Hutton needs to keep her past a secret. She knows if it gets out, her new friends wouldn’t want anything to do with her. She is determined to build a successful life, and is having good luck with her jewelry making business, until her lucky streak ends. When she meets the reclusive Ben Davies at his guitar shop, she begs him to stock her jewelry, and he agrees. As Jemima and Ben’s friendship grows, Jemima knows Ben is hiding a secret. He used to be a rock star, front man of a popular band ...more
Rhoda Baxter
Mar 07, 2012 Rhoda Baxter rated it really liked it
Jemima has a dark secret. The scars from her past stop her from settling down. Ben has secrets of his own. When Jemima goes to Ben’s shop to ask him to stock her jewellery, they recognise something in each other.

Please Don’t Stop the Music is too dark to be considered chic lit. The deeply damaged hero and heroine, arson, postnatal depression, the peculiar mystery of what Saskia is up to, all combine to make it a compelling read. With all that, you’d expect it to be a bit of a depressing read, b
Apr 16, 2013 Kaza rated it liked it
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Nov 21, 2011 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

Please Don’t Stop The Music was an incredible novel about a retired rock star. It was completely original, surprising and romantic. I have read a lot of rock star novels recently, but this one stood out. In my opinion, this was a one of kind story.

I absolutely adored Jemima and Ben’s story. Their secrets were shocking and heartbreaking, but also inspirational. I was stunned and extremely pleased with their big rev
Lucie Wheeler
Apr 02, 2011 Lucie Wheeler rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a fantastic book!

There was no other way to start this review, I can't believe it took me so long to pick it up and read - I loved it!

Jane Lovering's style of writing is fun and extremely easy to read. I found myself sitting down to read it and easily reading 3/4 chapters without realising it. The story flowed really nicely and I warmed straight away to the characters, (well, not to Saskia, but you will know why when you read the book!)

I am an avid follower of Jane Lovering on her bl
Feb 02, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: choc-lit
I ignored everyone and everything around me until I had read Please Don’t Stop the Music from cover to cover in one sitting. It wasn’t only the promised Dark Secrets that were responsible for this, but also the characters. In Jane’s book, they’re refreshingly different to the ones you often find between the pages of a romantic novel. The characters in Please Don’t Stop the Music are very much an “alternative” cast: they certainly don’t have perfect lives, nor are they perfect themselves. These a ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Secrets push friends and lovers apart. Secrets make life unbearable. Secrets keep Jemima running from her past. It doesn’t matter how far she runs, her past always lurks like a dark shadow in the background.
A quiet country village is full of secrets. Jemima believes she is the only one hiding something. She doesn’t know how wrong she is.

Jemima makes ornate jewellery, but when her main customer cancels her order it leaves her in a state of shock. She takes her wares into York and after a dishea
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Jane Lovering was born in Devon, England but, following extradition procedures, now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, four cats, two dogs and doesn't believe in housework so the bacteria and dust are approaching sentience and now rank among the pets. Incidentally, she doesn’t believe in ironing either, and the children all learned self-defensive cookery at early ages. She works in a local ...more
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