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The Melody Thief

(Blue Notes #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  621 ratings  ·  116 reviews
A Blue Notes Series Novel

Cary Redding is a walking contradiction. On the surface he’s a renowned cellist, sought after by conductors the world over. Underneath, he’s a troubled man flirting with addictions to alcohol and anonymous sex. The reason for the discord? Cary knows he’s a liar, a cheat. He's the melody thief.

Cary manages his double life just fine until he gets mug
Paperback, 1st Edition, 230 pages
Published August 24th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 23rd 2012)
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The Bursting Bookshelf of a Wallflower
The Melody Thief is the second installment in the Blue Notes series - when looking at the publication order. I liked this one a bit better than the first part, the main characters and the dynamics in their relationship were very catchy.

Cary is a successfull cellist and has been playing concerts all around the world since his childhood. However, the relationship with his mother has always been complicated and after her death, he decided to leave the United States in order to live in Milan. A gre
3.35 stars

The second book in Shira Anthony's "Blue Notes" series is a stand-alone novel; it might share the universe of classical music, but each stands on its own. So there is no need to read the first book -- as the characters here are different.

In Blue Notes, the readers are being taken to the wonders of Paris. In this book, Milan replaces Paris to give its voice to the story. I find the city background and the world of classical music as fascinating as the first book. For me it gives nuance
Kaje Harper
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f, comfort-reread, m-m
I really enjoy books like this, where "I love you" is the middle of the story and not the end, and where you get to see the characters coping with life. I really felt for Cary as the story began - he's a man with one singular talent who has been made to believe that outside of his music he has little worth and must hide who he is. Antonio is wonderful for him, both strong enough and loving enough to gradually convince Cary that he is worthy of a full and balanced life. I appreciated that the sto ...more
4.5 Stars

Wow. I really liked this one. Cary Redding is a world-renowned cellist flirting with addictions to alcohol and anonymous sex. His life outside of the limelight has required that he take an alias and not get close to anyone, which is fine by him. One night, however, his carefully constructed world is threatened when he is saved from muggers by a handsome lawyer, Antonio Bianchi. Antonio is everything that Cary is not: responsible, dependable, honest, and true. A loving father of a sweet
This book had my feelings being twisted and pulled in a few directions. Just the way I like it lol.

Cary was a deeper character than at first appears. I worried about him a lot.

Antonio was pretty much the Knight in shining armour kind of guy. Pretty much perfect.

Cary's mother was harder to like. While I could sympathise with her after learning more, I still didn't understand how she ended up so cold to Cary growing up.

John I never liked from the start. I was all set to like him after learning th
BWT (Belen)
3.5 OH THE DRAMA! Stars

Belens Audio Book Review

When Cary is mugged and hurt on the streets of Milan after a night of anonymous rough and dirty sex in a gay bar, his savior, lawyer Antonio Bianchi, takes him to the hospital where he's treated for a broken wrist (set and cast) and concussion. Cary tells Antonio his name is Connor Taylor, and when the doctor recommends Cary be looked after for a few days, Antonio takes "Connor" home with him to recuperate from his concussion.

Drama about to happen

So begins a series a lies and half-trut
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
2.75 stars So I started out with the first chapter loving this. Cary was obviously struggling and my heart broke for him and couldn't wait to see his journey of finding himself and his music again. It turned out to be a nice enough story, just something about it kept me at a distance. I liked the characters well enough but I didn't ever quite feel connected to them or emotionally invested.

Things just sort of happened. There was the addition of a surprise character, which was fine, but some of w
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Blue Notes story but it won't be my last. Shira Anthony wrote a wonderful contemporary romance that had me eagerly reading to find out more about both the main characters. It even had me in love with little Massi (the six yr old son) which is rare for me having had 5 of my own to contend with over the years :D What I liked most though, was that it didn't do the instantly get together and everything turns up roses, instead it showed how a relationship needs to be constantly work ...more
What a little gem of a book.
Cary, likes to live life on the edge. Different guys each night in tatty bars. One night whilst in Milan he is mugged and then saved by Antonio.
Although Cary tells Antonio a made up story of who he is, it comes to pass that Antonio knows exactly who Cary is.
They begin a friendship, when horror of horrors, Antonio introduces Cary to his son and Cary doesnt do kids.
A sweet build up of a love story.
Jess Candela
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review Summary: A wonderful story, absolutely enjoyable as a stand-alone

Review: I’m not a fan of insta-love and I love stories that show what happens after the couple ride off into the sunset together, so I really appreciated this one. Cary and Antonio get to know each other a bit before falling in love, and once they do there’s still quite a bit of story left to see what their life together looks like. That really worked for me.

The world of classical music and professional musicians was beautif
Lou Sylvre
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for Shira Anthony’s The Melody Thief! This book told a truly lovely story of a jaded man’s unasked for but unavoidable search for himself.

We meet the MC, Cary Redding, in his childhood, or at least when he should have been having a childhood. His mother has laid a burden of expectations across his shoulders like a yoke, and he has no understanding of why except that his musical talent—he plays the cello—is exceptional. The next time we see him, he has lost all chance of ever understa
Shirley Frances
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awesome!!! I loved everything Shira Anthony brought to the story - the characters, the language, the music and the conflict. Every concept exceptionally written and enjoyable.

I loved Cary. He was so conflicted and in need of love that my heart went out to him immediately. I wanted to shake him, smack him upside the head and hug him all at once. And Antonio? Well, er, is just wanted to take him and his son home with me. I know, I know! He's gay! But he was adorable and honest and tortured in his
Michael Halfhill
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am no stranger to intricate plotlines, or the complexities of classical music. Shira Anthony’s “The Melody Thief” combines both in Carry Redding. Redding is a walking contradiction. He is a famed cellist, a man of beauty, and consummate talent; a man surrounded by adoring fans and friends. Yet he is a man full of self-loathing; a man walking a path of destruction through sex devoid of emotion, devoid indeed of identity. This is about to change when, on a Milan street, he meets the confident, n ...more
This story was so beautiful. You could call it a second-chance story, I guess. It's about a cellist, Cary, who is about as messed up as they come. He drinks too much, he has sex in the bathrooms of bars, and in spite of his personal life, manages to have a career as a musician. But things catch up with him in a big way when he gets mugged late at night.

I loved how Cary changes through the story. He really grows up and figures things out. And when something happens that is really hard for him to
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: music lovers, family, angst, growth, making peace with the past
The Melody Thief takes us on a tour of a man on the mend - a solitary tortured soul who not only needs to love, he also needs to learn to love and accept himself. His journey narrates a lovely relationship-building process that touches upon the foundations of Cary's character. His mother, his brother, his romantic tutelage and his relationship with music are all interwoven into a complex tapestry of self-discovery and growth. I was thrilled to revisit Shira Anthony's other characters that popula ...more
After reading the first in this series I wanted to immediately start this second installment.
The first 30% had me feeling sick with nerves, when you just know things are going to go "boom".
I forced myself to get through it and I wasn't disappointed.
I fell in love with all the characters.
And was incredibly happy to find that things didn't end when the MC's got together, we followed these characters through their HEA, witnessed them overcoming other obstacles, felt with them as they stood by each
Jacq ~
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved it!
This was a dynamic story! I loved Cary and Antonio sigh... Massi,was a sweat treat also lovable. I don't usually like kids in the story, somehow massi, just fit. wonderful trip to Italy, with sweat detail Small angst, but lovable so real to life, with a vey close HEA.
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story. I loved it.

It was fantastic. Five star all the way. Cary did not only change over time from a very bad place to having a real life, but he healed as well. Great book!
Maria (aka Fashionta)
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Review at Confessions from Romaholics

A meeting brought together by chance sets about a series of moments that lead to a romance, a romance filled with challenges and many possible different outcomes, but only one chance at love.

Cary is tired, tired of living a lie, of being a fake, but most of all, tired of his music. He believes so strongly that he does nothing but steal music. A prodigy since a young age, playing the cello has been one of Cary greatest
I love these sort of books. There’s enough angst to keep it interesting, but the development of the relationship isn’t all there is. This is about love in the long term and learning to be with the person you’re in love with. In the end you’re left knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that these two will be together forever. HEA with the best of them. I get my warm happy glow-y feeling. The writing is light and warm and I get to thoroughly enjoy my reading.

Cary Redding is a renowned cellist who was
Sophie [at] Book Suburbia
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing

If I could only explain with words all the emotion and joy I felt reading this book, I wouldn’t have enough space in this post to do so. So, I’ll stick to what can be described in words and will tell you this: The Melody Thief is possibly one of the greatest books I have read this year. Mrs.. Anthony knocked this completely out of the ball park. The story, the love they share, family values, friends, passion, Milan, New York. This book has all the necessary elements to make this love story, AN
Chris, the Dalek King
The Melody Thief is the second book in Shira Anthony’s Blue Notes series-–though the stories are all written so that they can be read individually. I had previously read Blue Notes and found that I enjoyed it, and have been looking for an excuse to read more books in the series.

This one I probably liked more than the first. Probably a lack of trauma-inducing french words (strangely enough, Italian is the other foreign language I took at uni-–though it was not nearly as horrible as my experience
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
IMHO this was a much better book than the first of the series. Aside from the fact that this is much more my sort of couple -- both are successful and financially stable, however screwed up they may be emotionally -- this volume is much more complex, layered, and nuanced. Not perfect by any means, but a good read.

Some of the good stuff: There weren't many easy answers here, and no Evil Cardboard Villains. The MC cellist, Cary, had a hard childhood -- but as we learn during the course of the book
Susan Laine
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This reads like two stories: In the beginning you have Cary, an angsty musician enter into a tentative relationship with the handsome and wise Antonio, and toward the end you have Cary learning about family, specifically what makes a family. At first, Cary is not a sympathetic person, but when you learn about his past and his life, you can't help but feel and understand his compulsions and choices. Addictions come in many forms. And how can a man who has never really known family learn to embrac ...more
Lisa J.
4.5 stars. What a lovely surprise. I'd read two previous books in this series, and thought they were OK/good, but this one captured my attention and wouldn't let go.

We're taken on Cary's journey from Bang-Me-in-the-Bathroom Redding, who deep down doesn't believe he's worthy of love, to In-a-Relationship-and-Loving-It Redding, who relishes his roles as a husband and father. Cary grew up with a cold mother who demanded perfection. As a musical prodigy, he missed out on a lot of his childhood. So w
Venona Keyes
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Notes series has a theme: Beautiful music. Beautiful, highly flawed men trying to come into harmony with their personal demons and find a loving relationship.

Melody Thief is about a truly gifted musician, Carey Redding, who needs to hide who he really is when he goes out to the seedier side of the gay bar scene. Connor Taylor is the mask that Carey Redding wears, and nearly chokes on as he tries to establish a relationship with a very handsome Italian knight in shining armor, Antonio.
Bebe Knight
I have to say, I enjoyed the way Shira Anthony took the reader on a journey through Cary’s redemption and salvation. His tale was a sad one, but you enjoyed watching him come back from the edge. And Antonio was the perfect hero to save him; smart, handsome and strong-willed.

While I enjoyed the story between Cary and Antonio, I was a little put off by the mid-story plot line about Cary’s father coming into the picture. The HEA came about halfway through the book, and then we were thrown for a lo
Tali Spencer
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I dove right into reading this book after reading Blue Notes, because I so love the author’s easy writing style and layered character portrayals. The characters in this book are complex and they reveal themselves gradually as intelligent, gifted and conflicted people. Carey, in particular, must come to terms with his character flaws if he is to progress in making a future with Antonio. The book sets up these flaws believably through Carey’s troubled past and I particularly liked the handling of ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Barb ~rede-2-read~ by: Jamie
This story was amazing. It's even better than the first in the series. What I loved most about this one is that the author took the time to show us Cary's evolution from a screwed up young man who used alcohol and sex to make himself feel better to a mature and loving partner and father who has learned how to make positive life choices.

Antonio was sexy as hell, yet kind and loving and a strong partner for Cary who was just so damaged-- by his parents, by his stunted emotional growth, and by his
2nd read - June 30, 2013: I picked up books 3 and 4 so doing a re-read.

Loved this just as much the second time. And I still wish I knew if they had a princess :)

1st read - Nov 5, 2012: To start so sad, so down on himself and for Cary to finish so high, so loved was a wonderful journey. And though he didn't realize it, he made the journey, with help and support from Antonio, but also by the choices he made and the realization that he could be who he needed to be... for himself and for his family.
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Shira Anthony is a complete sucker for a happily-ever-after, and rarely reads or writes a story without one. Never a fan of instalove, Shira likes to write stories about real men with real issues making real relationships work.

In her last incarnation, Shira was a professional opera singer, performing roles in such operas as “Tosca,” “Pagliacci,” and “La Traviata,” among others. Her Blue Notes Ser

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