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Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  480 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Fitz Gaffney finally has some breathing room. His mother’s out of town, his piano teachers have backed off, and he gets to spend time at a school where he only has to be adequate for an entire year before all his responsibilities comes crashing back in again. With this freedom comes the realization that he’s lonely, but his first attempt at dating goes horribly awry.

ebook, 229 pages
Published May 23rd 2011 by Loose Id
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Jun 10, 2011 Lauraadriana rated it liked it
3.25 Stars

Okay this book has a very interesting premise...Fitz is a music prodigy who has lived a sheltered like he is very naive and gets himself into very odd situations. After a particularly ill fated night he's rescued by Serge and Julian a couple of ghosts...Fitz is looking for what everyone is looking for affection and love and happiness.

He goes about it really STUPIDLY and this is where the book annoyed me, I just couldn't connect with Fitz very much, there is a fine line between innocenc
Amy Lane
May 31, 2011 Amy Lane rated it it was amazing
I adored this story. I've always been a sucker for the older friend of the family/ingenue storyline, and this one was a pitch-perfect example. Fitz was such a marvelous ingenue in trouble--and Ari was so very patient waiting for him. Watching Fitz fumble to be comfortable in his own skin and to recognize the things in himself that Ari saw was painful and charming at once, and the ending was so worth the suspense. And what can I say about Julian and Serge? Ye gods, they were beautiful--their trag ...more
Ellis Carrington
Aug 15, 2011 Ellis Carrington rated it it was amazing
Holy crap. I must have been so busy waiting with baited breath for the next St. Nacho's book that I passed out and missed this one completely! Color me surprised. Oh. What. Fun. And this was a nice, long, meaty read that I could really sink my teeth into.

So Fitz is kind of young and innocent and on his own for the first time, and manages to dive head-first into the deep, shark-infested end of the dating pool. When he wakes up in a dumpster at the end of an awful encounter (sure, we've all been
Nerine Petros
Jun 05, 2011 Nerine Petros rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
What can I say?? Apart from *Spoiler Alert* (and I don't know how to hide stuff with html code, so just stop reading now, okay?)

I really, really liked this story... it had just the right mix of laughter, tears, joy, family loyalty / fighting because you know things about each other that normal people just don't, hot guys, smokin' ghosts, men who know how to rhumba and lets not forget the angst.

Fitz is a really lonely character to begin with. His life has been all about music, his mother, music,
Aug 22, 2011 Kassa rated it liked it
I really enjoy this author’s voice and writing, perhaps even more than the book itself. The ghosts were the absolute highlight of this story while the main couple left me cold. In particular the ingénue in Fitz drove me nuts with his idiocy and often “too stupid to live” moments. He has a lot and his bumbling, socially awkward manner should be endearing but soon turns frustrating for me as a reader. Not everyone may feel this way but for me the best part of the story by far were the ghosts; an e ...more
I really enjoyed this book and am sorry I waited so long to review it. Fitz Gaffney is a privileged young man living in his mother's house. He is studying piano and is very talented. He's also very lonely and a little bit of a social idiot. When he is hit on by a very cute student named Garrett, he's extremely excited for the attention...until he winds up unconscious in a dumpster.

Ari is his childhood friend and they grew up as stepbrothers. With Fitz's mother out of town, Ari takes Fitz under h
Heidi Cullinan
I've already re-read this book three times, and I love it more in each sitting. Whimsical, heartfelt, and yes, cute, Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost gave me that most coveted of all reader reactions: the urge to sigh, "Aw!" while clutching my Kindle to my now mushy heart.

The ghosts are subtle and have their own story, and I love the underscored idea that true love will always live on no matter what. The still-living lovers are absolutely adorable, both in their earnestness and their cluelessness. I
May 26, 2011 Mandapanda rated it liked it
Shelves: various-romance
Enjoyable story by a great M/M romance author. I took off one star for the appearance of (currently ubiquitous) ghosts which are not my favourite storyline in a romance novel. Although these ghosts were rather appealing in a fairy godfather sort of way! Also it had a sensible HFN ending which suited the story and Fitz's age but I'm more a fan of angsty romance and a definite HEA.
Kaje Harper
Jan 07, 2012 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
This was a fun read with some great characters - Julian steals the show with style. In fact the ghosts had amazing chemistry as a couple. Fitz was naive and insecure and a little needy, which fit with his cloistered musical-genius upbringing. And the HFN ending was appropriate for his age and inexperience. Whimsical and interesting, and it didn't always go where I was expecting.
Apr 23, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-male-male
4.5 Stars

I enjoyed this story more than I ever though I would. It is very unique and completely sweet. Fitz is 19 years old and practically alone for the first time. His mother is in France with her new husband and he is attending an arts university while she is away. He is basically a musical genius and has been playing his whole life. Though he is an expert at the piano, he greatly lacks social skills. He doesn't have friends and for the first time he feels lonely. He jumps at the chance of fr
This was a good book. A really good book. But not quite a great book. I'd probably rate it a 3.5, but I've rounded it to 4 because I loved some of the characters.

Fitz is 19 and a musical virtuoso. But he is also socially awkward and lonely. So when Garrett first starts to show interest, Fitz jumps at it. Things don't go so well, an he calls his former step-brother Ari for help. Oh and somewhere along the way, 2 ghost, Julien and Serge, a funny, sweet, charming gay couple from years gone by sort
this was a really fun and enjoyable read, but i had some major issues:
- we see way too much of garrett!
- sometimes fitz was really tstl
- ari is too forgiving and accepting
- the thugs? unbelievable. funny, but really not realistic. (though i loved julian and serge creating chaos :D)
plus, i would have liked to see more of julian and serge when they were alive - maybe with a few flashbacks to see things more at length and from their pov. it would have been interesting.
it's meant to be fun, light-he
Adrienne -kocham czytać-
Hands down one of the most beautiful and moving stories I've read, about not only the contemporary romance between Fitz and Ari, but also another between the ghosts who help Fitz, Julian and Serge, who met in 1924. This is also a bildungsroman story centering on Fitz's journey from a sheltered, unhappy life to growing into his adult skin.

I read this on the plane trip back from my vacation, from Florida to California, and I was so captured from the first page, obsessed, and I just put my noise-c
Nov 08, 2011 Snowtulip rated it really liked it
Recommended to Snowtulip by: Kinga
Shelves: m-m, muscian

Serge and Julian, secondary characters in this story, were such a delight to read about...their love, their verve, sweet mannerisms, and the heartbreaking way their lives ended. I never felt this good about ghosts before :) Wanted more of them.

The main story didn't keep me as enraptured, which I primarily blame on Garret (ick!).

Could a girl hope that ZAM would write a story about Serge and Julian someday?

Aug 28, 2011 JD rated it it was ok
I liked all of this stories characters.
Each one deserves their own book, unfortunately they were tossed together and never fully developed.
There was an implied love but I had trouble believing it in the end.
Also, where was the HEA? It was more of a happy for now.
Rowan McBride
Ahhh... I love romances with musicians, and this one was sweet and funny and a little bit tragic with a bit of suspense thrown in for good measure. I don't usually like books with ghosts, but this one rocked it. Plenty of good feels at the end.
Jul 25, 2011 Chris rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Good paranormal m/m romance about a 19-year old pianist who's brilliant musically, but very naive interpersonally. Then some well-meaning ghosts move in and start "helping" him with his social life...
Jul 03, 2014 Deeze rated it really liked it
A sweet little romance story.

I loved Fitz to pieces but that didn't stop me from wanting to shake him at times. I'm afraid he did border on whinny and childish at times. Mostly when Ari was saving the day.

Ari is one of those perfect characters. There was nothing I didn't love about him. Smart, sexy, fun and drop dead gorgeous but with a vulnerable side when it came to Fitz.

Garrett is the typical slime ball we can all see, except for poor Fitz, who just keeps trying to see the good in him.

Pia Veleno
Mar 30, 2012 Pia Veleno rated it it was amazing
Wow. Yeah, just that. Wow.

Serge and Julian were friends to be cherished, and the tug and pull between Ari and Garret was played perfectly.

Highly recommended.
Jess Candela
Aug 29, 2011 Jess Candela rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, read-in-2011
I almost wanted more of Serge and Julian than Fitz and Ari. I'd love to see more of both couples, but especially Fitz and Ari need more to go from HFN to HEA.
Mar 12, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given an Author's Review Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I started Rapsody for Piano and Ghost last night and it proved to be the perfect balm to a busy week only the late hour made me put it down until morning.
Fitz is a cosseted, yet neglected by his mother, innocent and painfully shy young musical genius who is charmed by the attention another boy gives him. Unfortunately Fitz needs to be rescued and this is where Z.A. Maxfield weaves her magic. This is not a poor me o

I've had this book for a while now and am always nicely surprised by the quality of ZA Maxfields work. It's well written, plot driven, the secondary characters are lovelly. I'm not sure if I'd like to read their story because it would be sad and I hate the time period it's set and wars in general. Still I loved Serge and Julian and would love to read a story with them set in the present!

However Piano and Ghost is about Fitz and Ari, whose parents were married for a short time. Fitz is a
J.J. Levesque
Aug 26, 2011 J.J. Levesque rated it it was amazing
The cover to this novel drew me in because of the exquisite artwork by P.L. Nunn. Her style is so distinct and beautiful, and I find that most stories that she does the covers for are equally wonderful. And then there was the title. Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost. By Z.A. Maxfield. A) What an interesting title, and B) hey, I just finished another book by this author that was fantastic! So I gave in – despite being over budget on books by a LOT this month… – and bought it for my Kindle.

I couldn’t r
Jj Nightsong
Sep 11, 2011 Jj Nightsong rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, ghost
Cover - P.L. Nunn: Need I say more?

MC's - Fitz, a 19-yr-old piano prodigy. Ari, a 26-yr-old forensic accountant who used to star in a boy band. Julian and Serge, a ghost couple.

Hmmm. I have mixed feelings about this. Maybe because there's a lot in the mix, and I'm not sure this book knows what it wants to be.

Fitz is young, insecure and naive, and some reviewers have said he borders on the edge of TSTL. BUT, I felt that given the way he was raised and the way he's lived a seemingly secluded life
Aug 08, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, paranormal
Really enjoyed this book, but a little confused -- there was a lot of conflicting information about Ari and Fitz's relationship prior to this book. (I was actually suspicious of Garrett's motives pretty much as soon as he said Hi the first time to Fitz.) But there were several place in the book where the narrative said explicitly that Ari and Fitz hadn't had much real contact with each other as teenagers/young adults, and yet there was almost a wealth of experience (not *that* kind; mind out of ...more
Jan 02, 2012 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, z-a-maxfield
I really want to give this book 5 stars and add it to my favorites shelf but there are a couple of things that prevent me from doing so. The title also was a bit much, but I usually get over stuff like that as soon as I start reading.

Fitz, a talented pianist is left alone by his mother for the very first time. He's 19 years old and is enjoying freedom from his overbearing mother, who has gone to France with the latest of a string of husbands. He is socially awkward, shy and is not sure how to ac
Jul 31, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it
After reading one of Z. A. Maxfields’s St. Nacho’s novels, I wondered what else the author had written and was surprised to find a paranormal gay story in the mix. My curiosity getting the better of me, I dove in.

Nineteen-year-old piano virtuoso Fitz has spent his life placating his stage mother with continual practice and performances. Now that his mother has left him at home alone while she’s in France, Fitz has decided to live it up for once in his life.

His foray into independence begins with
Sammy Goode
Jan 19, 2012 Sammy Goode rated it really liked it
Dinner, dancing, nice music, boy gets boy, hot yet achingly tender and loving sex...really what more could one ask for? Oh, did I forget to mention the two gay ghosts? And I think I left out the smarmy drug dealing loser who almost derails the boy gets boy part too. Then there's the attempted robbery and one of the MC's being left in a dumpster by the aforementioned smarmy drug dealing loser...and oh that's right one of the MC's is a former singer in a boy band and the other is a piano virtuoso ...more
Dean MacKinnon-Thomson
Sep 13, 2013 Dean MacKinnon-Thomson rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish

First time I've a) never finished a Maxfield novel and b) given one of her works less than 3/5. Why is that?

Characterisation: flat. Sadly to say I can't find any other way of putting it. I found myself only reading and pressing on in order to hear and catch more glimpses of the back-up cast of uber-kawaii (that is 'cute' to non-otaku nuts) ghost lovers... the main protagonists could simply retire. I didn't invest into them at all. The primary casting of protagonists left me totally apathetic
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Sometimes we all need a little push, even if it’s from a ghost. Fitz is a brilliant pianist but he’s not very socially sophisticated. In fact he has no friends at his new performing arts school and with his erstwhile mom in Europe, he jumps at the first young man to show him some attention. Unfortunately that attention lands Fitz in a dumpster where he’s fished out by two very energetic and talkative ghosts. Julian and Serge are deter
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