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(Blue Notes #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  67 reviews
A Blue Notes Series Novel

Five years after a prestigious scholarship jump started his opera career, Aiden Lind has it all: fame, choice roles, and Lord Cameron Sherrington to share his life with. Maintaining his façade takes effort, but under his poised, sophisticated mask, Aiden is still the insecure kid from rural Mississippi. Then he walks in on Cam with another man, and
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Published December 24th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
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May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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3 stars.

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I'm going to make it short but not so sweet.

I enjoyed Prelude very much and I was hoping I'd be reading another winner by Shira Anthony. It was not meant to be. Having said that, you might as well read it and I hope you'll end up loving it. It's not a bad book by any means and the beginning was very promising, however, the more I read the less I enjoyed it. I will refrain from writing a synopsis since I would like to get down to business straight away.

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Aria could have been a great read an
3.5 Stars

Ugh. This was hard but in the end (the very, very end, mind you), Shira Anthony delivered the goods. I'm beginning to realize that she usually does...

Aiden Lind is at the height of his operatic career when he walks in on his cheating bastard of a boyfriend bopping another guy's brains out. Niiiiice. Not! Sam Ryan is a Philadelphia attorney who has yet to move on after the sudden and unexpected death of his partner, Nick. On a sojourn in Paris, Sam runs into Aiden. Their reunion is lukew
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
My third book in this series and I'm happy to say I'm not disappointed.

Reading Aiden and Sam's story was a little more emotional.

The ups and downs these two go through are all realistic hurdles. My heart did side a little more with Aiden I admit. At times I felt frustrated with Sam for not seeing what he was making Aiden feel. I guess I always fall more for the underdog/insecure kind of hero lol.

Cam was a surprise. I expected to loath him, but somehow I never quite managed it. I guess I see mor
Caroline Brand

4.5 Stars

I am still kicking myself for having this series on my TBR for such a long time!
Aria is the third book in the Blue Notes and we get to see more of Sam Ryan who we met in Blue Notes and who is still recovering from the loss of his partner Nick.

We also get to meet Aidan who is working through a different kind of grief after finding his lover with another man. Although he suspected Cam was cheating it was still a real kick in the teeth to discover him in all
Torn between a 4 star and 3, finally went with a three star when I realized that I skipped the sex a lot toward the end.

My biggest issue with this book was that I was not sure they should stay together various times throughout the book. It was clear that they both valued their careers more than the relationship. That's fine and understandable, but it lessens my interest in their end of the book. If they don't care, why should I?

At the same time, I can only imagine that this is extremely typical
Shirley Frances
Great story of second chances and moving on. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Aiden and Sam were adorable, tortured souls and their story was a treat to read.

I was intrigued by Sam when he made an appearance on Blue Notes. I knew I wanted to know more about him and that his story would be an interesting one. I am glad to say that I was not disappointed. His story is sad which made my heart go out to him, even if I wanted to smack him upside the head a few times. Adrian was interesting to get to know and
Shira Anthony
Dec 26, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Book Three in my Blue Notes Series of music-themed books, each a standalone story that can be read independently and in any order. This is the story of Sam Ryan, who appears briefly in the first Blue Notes book, and Aiden Lind, who appears briefly in "The Melody Thief" as Cary Redding's best friend.

Of all the Blue Notes books so far, this one is perhaps the most realistic in portraying the realities of an international career in music. Many of the experiences and difficulties the characters expe
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I liked this one better than some of the other Blue Notes books although I'm not sure why... I felt like the dialogue was a bit less stilted. I wasn't crazy about the big jumps in time though, although I understand, given the nature of their relationship, but it felt rushed. I also didn't understand Sam's family's reaction to Aiden ...more
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jen by: deirdre
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Susan Laine
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This story takes you in a hundred different directions, all at once. Aiden, the shy opera singer, comes face to butt with betrayal, and then reconnects with Sam, an old casual sort of boyfriend from years back. They try to figure out if the rekindled flame between them is enough of a foundation to build upon. And sure enough, life gets in the way at every possible turn.

There's so much happening here, it's baffling at times. Everything from deep trust issues to lack of communication, from ch
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
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Aiden Lind
Sam Ryan

2.75 stars

April 2015

I was frustrated with this book. The main characters DO NOT communicate with each other at all. It was always let's talk tomorrow. Which they never did. It was only in the last 10% of the book that they do clear the air and talk. It was so annoying. You wanted to shout at them to just talk and the misunderstanding would sorted. I liked the previous book, but this one not as much.

Five years after a prestigious scholarship jump started his
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I didn't get the same sense of music that I did in Blue Notes and The Melody Thief, Aria still has its own theatrical other-world quality about it. The focus is more on Sam's past, accepting differences and making a long-distance relationship work, than Aiden Lind's career and insecurites as an opera star...

Each book in the series stands alone, but I love the way the author weaves all her main protags lives through the lives of her other characters stories. Sam had a brief walk-on in Blue
Jacq ~
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Ugh... chemistry with th MC was slightly off for me.
I just had to look up the meaning of - "Aria to help me get in touch with this means to describe a self-contained piece for one voice, with or without orchestral "... I loved Aidan a sweetheart. Sam, was a less likable MC but tolerable
Sam's family to ugh as well. Cam, was a more likable character for me, he was full of life!
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t wait for Aiden to lose Cam. Then we meet Attorney Sam Ryan who has his own law firm in Philadelphia. Soon the question becomes can a long-distance relationship work with two important and busy careers? Aiden and Sam are both distinct and very real characters, and despite the glamorous, high-profile life Aiden leads, he still has to deal with real life problems the same as Sam--particularly, the logistics of two people with lives trying to make things work. It is fascinating to see if ...more
If there were ever any two men who communicated shittier, I haven't read about them. Holy Hell, the entire book was one misunderstanding after another. I was losing hope these two would be able to work things out at all. After a while I didn't even know if I was rooting for them or not, I was so confused and they seemed so miserable. Weird! I loved that David and the others played a part in this book and the story itself was really good. Still not sure if I loved or hated this book but I sure co ...more
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Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing

While reading this book, I went back in time 12 years for just a moment. I remembered the pain and heartbreaking feeling of losing the man I thought would someday be my husband, the guy who I dreamed would be the father of my kids. The only man I’ve loved sincerely and deeply to this day. I lost him (not to death though) but knew it would be the last time we had any kind of conversations about US on a very sad May night back in 2003. It was over. 5 years loving, and idolizing a man, and he left
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Hmmm . . . this ended up being just okay. Yeah there's the whole failure to communicate, but that isn't always a deal-breaker for me. I can't put my finger on exactly what was missing, but the entire middle of the story just failed to hold my attention. ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Coming from a musical family the stories hit home. I love the ups and downs. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful gifts with us all. 💜💜💜
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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To paraphrase Chekhov: If the gun has been presented in Act 1, it must be fired by Act III. Aria has an uncomfortable number of undischarged firearms lying about.

The author went to considerable effort to create the backdrop of professional opera and law, and set up a confluence that never materialized. Over and over I waited for a promised payoff, and over and over I was left wanting. If this was a deliberate attempt to avoid the obvious, then why go to all the effort of the set-up?

The set-up is
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Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Aria (Blue Notes #3) by Shira Anthony
4 stars
M/M Romance
I was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

This was the first in this series that I have read. It was enjoyable and tender at times, maddening and frustrating at others. Perhaps this is what Anthony intended, but the lack of communication in this story was a total downer for me.

Sam is grieving his lover, Nick's death when we first meet him. While Sam knows that it's time to move on, he has a difficult time making that
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Committing to someone romantically and living with that person are two very different things as Anthony explains in this third Blue Notes romance.

As Aria begins, Philadelphia attorney Sam Ryan is heartbroken and can’t quite bring himself to dispose of his late partner’s ashes. Sam’s family and friends urge him to cut the ties and move on with his life. But Sam is a captive of the good times he had with Nick. Sure, he had a fling with a guy named Aiden after Nick’s death, but Sam left before anyt
Dec 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the Blue Notes series, this was a brave attempt at portraying a relationship in the absence of outside plot devices. The only "nudge" by external forces was a minor accident; the rest of the stress was jobs, travel, long-distance relationships, petty grievances that occur in a relationship over time, and so on. I hold deep admiration of the author for not yielding to the temptation of "force majeure" to drive the plot, because this type of writing is a lot more demanding than, for instance, s ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second of the Blue Note books I've read, and I've enjoyed both of them. I seem to be a glutton for punishment this week though, as this is the second book that I've read in as many days where the story opens with one of the main characters saying goodbye to his dead/dying partner. Anthony handled the loss deftly in this story, as it becomes integral to how Sam deals with his next relationship.

I really liked both of these characters, especially since they both have their own insecurit
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Aiden has it all.. He is a famous Opera singer and the perfect person to share his life with or that is what he thought until he finds out how much his partner had been playing around behind his back.
Sam is a attorney who meets Aiden one night at a friends party and they both have a instant attraction to one another. But with Sam living far away from where Aiden lives and Aiden always traveling they both have a hard time making it work.

I thought this book was so sweet! Yes they have their up a
Michael Halfhill
Nicholas Savakis is dead and there is nothing Sam Ryan can do but let go of five years of happiness in Nick’s arms. It’s never easy and it takes Sam a year to do it. Even then, after meeting Aiden Lind, Sam’s first steps away from hurt do not go well. Relationships are made from two whole people, not two broken halves trying to make a couple, and Aiden has his own hurt, that of betrayed love.
“Aria” Shira Anthony’s latest book in her Blue Notes Series has it all when it comes to human emotion, lo
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another good read in the Blue Notes series, and for me if I had to rank them, probably number 3 by a smidge - The Melody Thief is still my favourite.
Sam is still hung up over the death of his partner over 7 years ago - the thought in my head head was, 7 years? Really? But we do find a reason for this late on in the book.
Aiden has crossed paths with Sam before but most recently after a bad break up which has just added to his off stage insecurities.
Sam and Aiden have lots of angsty moments - to t
Another enjoyable book in the (loosely related) series. I really liked Aiden and Sam, but their lack of communication came close to driving me crazy at times. Especially when their inner dialogues had them telling themselves over and over to talk it out! I was glad to see them work out the difficulties of their relationship - the work schedules, the long distance and past hurts. (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Book 3 of the series. Aiden is a renowned Opera singer ... Sam is a lawyer ... Aiden is in a relationship with Cam , but it breaks due his multiple infidelities , something that Aiden could not believe until confronted with the situation. Sam has been grieving for years the death of his partner. Sam is invited to Paris and there he sees Aiden , that unbeknownst to Jules and Jason their host and friend, they knew each other from meeting one day in New York . Without spoiling the story , has a lot ...more
Aiden's insecurity is such a force in his life. It drives him to try harder, to do better, but it never lets him get comfortable in his own life. Cam almost destroys him with his thoughtlessness but Aiden turns to David for support and weather's the worst.

Sam has been trying to deal with the loss of his partner for years but until he meets Aiden again there is really no one in his life.

These two men have a hard way to go and when Sam makes some serious errors it takes both of them a long time to
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was such a sweet book. I loved Sam from the first Blue Notes book, and it was really good to see him again. Sam's partner has just died at the beginning of the story, and he's really suffering. He meets Aiden, an opera singer, but he's just not ready to have a relationship again so soon. When Sam and Aiden meet again in Paris, the attraction is still there.

The mood of the book is sweet and funny and the two men are really good together. Its one of those stories that makes me smile and the e
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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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Blue Notes (6 books)
  • Blue Notes (Blue Notes, #1)
  • The Melody Thief (Blue Notes, #2)
  • Prelude (Blue Notes, #4)
  • Encore (Blue Notes, #5)
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