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Playing the Maestro

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Melody Mires has sworn off dating musicians, but when the sexy European conductor Wolf Braun takes over her struggling symphony, her hesitation almost flies out the window with the notes of her flute—until he opens his mouth. Wolf is arrogant, haughty, and seems to have a personal vendetta against Melody. Oh, and he’s her boss. If she wants to keep her job as principal flu ...more
ebook, 190 pages
Published February 11th 2013 by Entangled Publishing (Bliss) (first published February 10th 2013)
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Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Playing the Maestro was a sweet tug-at-your-heartstrings type of romance that will leave you with a smile on your face.

Melody’s life revolves around her music. She’s a flutist in an orchestra, but to make ends meet she also gives flute lessons and plays the odd wedding here and there. Nowhere in her life is their room for a romance, or so she thinks. Trouble is the men she has access to are musicians and for the most part, in her experience, they’re “self-centered, arrogant, egotistical.” Sound
Ruth Hill
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that I would not generally give a simple romance like this a five-star rating. The book is fairly short, and it was fairly predictable. The book is fairly clean. One truly "profane" word, and few more minor words, but no bedroom scenes (thankfully) even though one was implied. The writing is certainly better than most contemporary romance novels. I am actually not a fan of contemporary romance novels, so in many ways, this rating makes no sense.

So why did I rate this book so high
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Melody is a talented flutist working at a small symphony outside Boston when she meets the new Maestro, Wolf Braun. They get off to a shaky start, but soon realize that they are attracted to one another and that their initial impressions of each other were far from accurate.

This was fast paced and fun, but I didn't feel a real connection between the two of them, and the story moved so fast that it sometimes lacked depth.

Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow. What a heart-warming and interesting story. I barely put this novel down. To top that off, it was also quite well written and flows fluently from one section to the next.

I appreciated that this novel had a beginning, some very captivating and at times comical drama in the middle, and a definite ending. The author does not rely on erotic scenes to carry this story forward, but rather develops amazing relationships between her characters. By basing her storyline on these characters and their
Brandy Dorsch
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read and if you love classical music, this is a story for you. Melody is a flutist that has sworn off musicians. I love how when you swear that you won’t date a type of person that is who gets thrown in your lap. Wolf is the new conductor and Melody is drawn to him. Sometimes even when you know the choice you are making might not be the best, you still follow your heart.
I was delighted at how well developed these characters are and the direction of the story. Wolf and Melody are
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: standalones, 13
Uplifting, heartwarming story for a very light and quick read with very likable main and secondary characters. I picked this one because I'm such a sucker for music.. I just had to and it didn't disappoint me.

Melody Mires is the principle flutist with the Easthampton Civic Symphony. Her love of classical music is in her bones, and it shows in the way she plays. When it comes to dating, she’s drawn to fellow musicians because they “get” the love of music and understand the long hours required to get stage ready and to stay at the top of their game. A disastrous date with Blake, the orchestra’s personal manager, is the last straw. She vows never to date another musician again, and then fate throws the
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just couldn't resist the opportunity to read a contemporary romance with a backdrop that involved classical musicians and music. Okay, let's add that I couldn't resist reading another story by this particular author even though its in a different genre than I'm used to because I love her storytelling. I was not disappointed either. This was a lovely story and it even provided a mild amount of intrigue to make the romance interesting. Who knew the world of the symphony orchestra could be a cut ...more
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

A man and a woman who have both given up on ever finding love, come together and fight their attraction. Why? He's not only her boss, but she's determined never to go out with another musician again. Meanwhile he has been scorned by a selfish ex, who has used him for his influence and left him broke.

This is the story of Melody Mires, the principle flutist in a local orchestra who has finally sworn off dating another musician, and Wolfgang "Wolf" Braun, the recently hired Conductor who h
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Aubrie Dionne plunges readers into the vividly cutthroat world of classical music in Playing the Maestro. For flutist Melody, she's done with dating musicians. After her recent break-up with fellow symphony worker, Blake, her job seems in jeopardy from his nefarious machinations so the last thing she wants to do is act on her growing attraction to the new conductor, Wolf. But the more she sees of him and his numerous acts of kindness the more caught up in his life she becomes and the idea of a f ...more
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I was received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Melody Mires is the lead flutist in an orchestra that is struggling to stay alive. Melody is worried that someone in the orchestra is trying to get her fired. She works very hard and tries to play the very best that she can. She works more than one job just to make ends meet. She is trying her best to prove to her family that she can make it as a musician. Being
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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Good morning everyone. Today I bring you another sweet read. I'm really excited to share this book with you all today. Last night I finished Playing the Maestro by Aubrie Dionne. I must say I really enjoy. Here's why:

Melody Mires is a principal flutist in the Easthampton Civic Symphony. She has vow never to date another musician again. Funny how that goes out the window when she sees Wolf Braun the new conductor from Germany.

However, there are a few obstacle
Christina M Condy
This book is incredible! Melody Mires is the principal flutist in the Easthampton Civic Symphony. She has sworn off musicians because of the way they are so egotistical and her disastrous “date” with Blake where he could only talk about his violin showed that much.

I love how the author set the stage, first we have Blake whose only goal seems to be to get his sister the principal flutist seat, and we have Wolf who is trying desperately to escape an ex. Not too promising of a romance in the making
Kathryn Barrett
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love books in which the characters have interesting professions, and further, when we see them actually doing their jobs rather than just references to business tycoons taking meetings. In Playing the Maestro both main characters are professional musicians, trying to save a small city orchestra. That premise alone was enough to pique my interest. While I'm not a musician, I come from a family of musicians, so this was a particularly interesting premise for me.

The hero, Wolfgang, is from Germa
If you are looking for a contemporary romance that doesn’t dance to the same tune as many other romances, Playing the Maestro by Aubrie Dionne might resonate well with you! The Easthampton's Civic Symphony is slowly becoming obsolete and in desperate need of new patrons, new interest and new money to keep going. Enter young German conductor Wolf Braun, looking to get his life back on track after a disastrous relationship with a beautiful, yet poisonous model. His job is to breathe new life into ...more
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May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jodies-reviews
Playing the Maestro took us into the world of classical music and the Easthampton’s Civic Symphony . We met Melody who put her flute and passion for paying before everyone and everything else in her life to date. Just as she swears off dating musicians, in comes the new German conductor Wolf, aka Mozart who has just escaped a poisonous relationship and is in no way looking for another – particularly with someone who could be mistaken as his ex’s double.

When these two meet (and clash instantly!),
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Playing the Maestro took us into the world of classical music and the Easthampton’s Civic Symphony . We met Melody who put her flute and passion for paying before everyone and everything else in her life to date. Just as she swears off dating musicians, in comes the new German conductor Wolf, aka Mozart who has just escaped a poisonous relationship and is in no way looking for another – particularly with someone who could be mistaken as his ex’s double.

When these two meet (and clash instantly!),
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This book was part of a blog tour, I received a copy for my honest review

Melody is a flutist, she dates other musicians because they understand her love for the music. After having several bad dates she decides to swear them of, until she sees Wolf. Wolf is the new conductor who came to America after a relationship went sour, he is sexy demanding and comes across a a jerk. The two of them have to fight their attraction to each other or their careers will be ruined. Melody is a perfectionist, she
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aubrie Dionne’s PLAYING THE MAESTRO swept me away into the passionate world of classical music and romance.

PLAYING THE MAESTRO is beautifully written. Dionne has such a musicality with her words that is breathtaking to read. Flutist Melody Mire is such a strong and passionate protagonist. I love her tender moments and the back-and-forth she has with Wolf. Maestro Wolf Braun is such a fantastic match for Melody. He’s a definite heartthrob, who is fiery and caring. I couldn’t help but root for the
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
A sweet book. Playing the Maestro is the kind of cute read that leaves you smiling.

Melody was a great heroine. She was easy to relate to and very likable. I only had one issue with her and it was her tendency to jump to conclusions. It wasn't an overwhelming habit, but it frustrated me a little. However, I still really liked her.

Wolf was perfect. Handsome, clever, sweet, and musically talented. What more could you ask for? He genuinely cared about music and about saving the orchestra. He was eas
Victoria Simcox
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Two words to describe Playing the Maestro: "Classy and Sophisticated". Not only is this novel a love story, but a love story pertaining to two orchestra musicians: a German maestro named Wolf, and the first flutist in his orchestra, Melody. The fact that this story is wrapped around the symphony lifestyle, made this read even more interesting. I found the characters were very well developed, and I could truly picture the sweet, yet beautiful Melody, and the handsome, GQ style Wolf, in my mind. T ...more
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written, full of passion and simply incredible, Playing the Maestro is pitch perfect! The story is so realistic and detailed that I felt that I was experiencing the let downs of dating fellow musicians and falling for the untouchable conductor.

Melody is the uber-talented flutist who has had nothing but bad dating experiences. Wolfgang came to America to start a new life away from the drama back home in Germany. Melody and Wolf start off on the wrong note instantly but get to know ea
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Playing The Maestro by Aubrie Dionne is a fun and sweet read that will satisfy your senses.

Melody Mires is the principal flute in a struggling symphony. She has worked hard to be where she is and will not let herself be taken away from there easily. She has also sworn off musicians, especially since her last disastrous attempt. at dating but things may just be about to be taken out her hands.

Wolf Braun came to America to forget and get away from the past that has hurt him and his family. When he
Heather andrews
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who knows me knows I love bands, and an orchestra is like a band right? Anyway Wolf he was moody as hell I mean I can understand with his circumstances and his hotness, "Wolf crossed his arms, his large biceps stretching the fabric of his polo as the strings tuned." I mean like seriously though just because he had issues with a woman in the past doesn't mean he needs to be an a** to Melody (hehe the name reminds me of Ariel's daughter from 'the little mermaid 2') "I think it's best we ret ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has twists and turns and big epic scenes! I went into this book kind of blind. I have never read a book with a musical type background, but I can say that this book wowed me! I was so excited to continue to read and I read it in one sitting! I loved the relationships with the characters and the drama was just "PERFECT" it wasn't "too" much and that is why it fit so well. The main character "Melody" was an amazing character. She builds so much and is someone you know you'd be friends wi ...more
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, arc, romance
**Provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

This is a short, sweet story that for once does not have a sappy ending, but all the same leaves you feeling the ending did not fall short.

The romance is sweet and believable and the tension between the two was good.

Being a flutist herself, the writer is definitely able to bring her own knowledge in to the book.

I would recommend this book for those wanting a quick light-hearted read that leaves them wanting to read more
After another wretched date with a stuck on himself musician, Melody vows never again, no matter how attractive her new boss is, especially since conductors are on a whole other category of vain. Wolf has no interest in dating either, especially someone who bears a striking resemblance to to his con of an ex. The unique setting of an orchestra, with a jerk of a violinist trying to sabotage said orchestra, charming secondary characters, and some unexpected twists made this a very enjoyable, sweet ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Aubrie pens "Playing the Maestro" a unique heart warming romance with an interesting plot that included a lot of musical references. I loved how her characters had such great chemistry and very down to earth. A nice read with just a few surprise twists and turns that I recommended for all romance readers.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Rinelle Grey
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Melody swears off dating musicians right before she sees Wolf, the handsome new conductor for her orchestra. The reasons for the characters to stay apart are strong, but so is their attraction to each other. Aubrie Dionne manages the threads of this plot well, and their rocky journey to love is believable. I found it hard to put this book down.

The writing style is easy to read, and I love the musical metaphors scattered throughout.
Roxanne Snopek
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-womens
Aubrie Dionne is a professional musician, and her knowledge shines in this lovely story. But her skill as a writer is what carried it away. Her prose is smooth and lyrical and I loved the interactions between the two protagonists. A most enjoyable read!
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Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.