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Blue Notes: A Book Club Recommendation!

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  761 ratings  ·  135 reviews
For fans of Jamie McGuire and S.C. Stephens, a sizzling new adult novel featuring the tumultuous relationship between a young piano prodigy and a reluctant billionaire playboy—set against the vibrant backdrop of a New Orleans college campus.

After being bounced from foster family to foster family, Keeley, a talented pianist, is ready to start over as a junior at Tulane. But
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Gallery Books
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Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
What initially caught my attraction to this book was the first line of its plot synopsis: "For fans of Jamie McGuire and S.C. Stephens". But after reading it, uhhhh..



Blue Notes sadly did not do it for me at all.

I struggled immensely throughout this read. From connecting to the book and its characters to the lack of chemistry and character development I just couldn't love it at all. Everything just seemed choppy, forced, "draggy", and simply directionless.

**And what's with t
Dec 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Blue Notes by Carrie Lofty Review: DNF at page 200


Keeley Chambers wants to be memorable. She longs for a future where she gets to play piano professionally. She’s trying to pursue her career at a University in New Orleans, where she’s been tasked to help the beautiful, talented, and rich Adelaide. But Keeley becomes tied with the local rich douchebag, Jude. Their first encounter doesn’t go well, not even a little bit. He insults her looks at every turn, to almost no actual reason that

DNF, 25%

I expected so much more from this book. Story doesn't make any sense, characters are annoying, writing is confusing... I don't like it at all. Also, it doesn't have anything in common with Thoughtless series and Kellan Kyle. That part should be deleted from book description - it's misleading.
In the place of a review, I just wanted to share a truly beautiful quote from Blue Notes instead:
'What is a relationship if not questions?

They're the blue notes that hover between yes and no, maybe and definitely, the present and the future. So many doubts. It took missing Jude so badly and facing the man who'd warped my life to realise I possess the power to answer those questions. I possess the power to shape my own life, and to inflict hurt on others. That's pretty hard to admit.

I've said I'
Jul 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Dnf at 51%.
Whether you like Beautiful Disaster/Thoughtless or not, I just want to say Blue Notes has very little common with both novels. Granted. Keeley is a more interesting character than Kiera. I single out Kiera character cuz she is probably the least likable heroine in all my NA read.

I have a soft spot for any book character with back stories like Keeley and Jude. It is just a matter of rooting for them that I held on to the pages for as long as I could. But the sexual tension between LCs
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

It was okay. I disliked pretty much everything. The only thing this book had going for it was the sexual tension. Review to come.
Initial reaction: "Blue Notes" actually surprised me in a few ways for the strength of the narrative, but I'll admit that it fell into a number of cliches and the pacing felt uneven through certain turns of the work. But I have to say that the overarching story did draw me in and felt realistic for the genre, probably even more than the narratives its cited in comparison to. I'll explain more in the full review.

Full review:

Yeah, color me surprised, because I don't often rate New Adult books abo

ARC courtesy of Gallery, Treshold, Pocket Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
This book is very very lucky I am giving it 2 stars - and I'm only doing that because I can't bear to give a Carrie Lofty book 1 star

This was not at all what I expected from the cover, or from what I've come to expect from the author.

So much of the plot never connected with me - Jude (OH MY GOD THIS DUDE WHAT THE WHAT) and the romance most of all. Normally in the case of a book like this I can be like oh well the sex was good. I can't even say that here because I felt so detached from it.

I en
Tracey (Life and Literature)
"Turn me on, sugar," he says, smoldering and daring. "Just you and that piano."

As soon as I saw this book on Goodreads, I had to have it. Did you read that synopsis? How perfect does it sound? It was on my mind all the time. Not always at the forefront, but tucked away in there somewhere desperately waiting for it to be released. I had built it up so much in my head, that I was almost scared to read it and have it disappoint me in any way. But when I finally had it in my hands, I jumped in f
Emily Bradley-dorman
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's not perfect, very few books are, but all in all I really quite enjoyed Blue Notes! It gripped hold of my curiosity from page one and didn't let me go until the very last sentence. It was intense at times and made me smile at others, and it was always 100% sexy.

Usually the thing I love most about a book is the characters - or at least one in particular - however, with this it was the story. Admittedly there were some predictable moments and parts that made me cringe - although I think they
I think I'm just really disappointed, which is sad for me because I've been looking forward to this book since it was announced. I was willing to pay the exorbitant original price for it, that's how much I was looking forward to it. But in the end, it just did not live up to my expectations at all and the major ways it let me down are related to two things.

1) I was expecting to get a Carrie Lofty New Adult novel, not a New Adult novel. And maybe that was a wrong expectation to have, but I REALLY
Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Carrie Lofty.)
21-year-old Keeley has had a difficult upbringing living with her vice-addicted parents, and then having to find her mother murdered. Now a 21-year-old music student, she’s looking for love.
Is Jude the right guy for her though?

This was an okay story, but it wasn’t really for me.

Keeley was an okay character, and I liked how strong she was in the face of adversity. She’d obvi
I am not sure how I felt about this book when I finished it. The characters are likable, but somewhere at the half way point, I lost whatever connection I had with them.
I loved that Keeley truly loved her foster parents. The scenes when Keeley calls them when she has a bad dream or something in her life happens showed the great relationship she had with them.

The negative: There were many times in the story where Keeley’s POV was too wordy. There was too much information that I found myself ski
Ella Janine
It was foolish of me to think that the story, the characters, and the romance will get better.

Read full review at The Filipina Booknote
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-readable
Oh my gosh...LOVED this book so much!!! Full review to come.
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
I had been debating on reading this book for a while. It's silly but I try to stay away from stories that have 'billionaires' in them. A billion dollars is a lot of fucking money and I just don't always find it realistic. Even some of the biggest celebrities aren't even billionaires. But I loved this cover and the summary had me hooked. When I started seeing reviews for it, I wanted to read it even more. For the most part, I still enjoyed this book. It just didn't have the effect on me that I th ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
So the most glaring thing with this book was that I misread the intended audience... I downloaded the ebook thinking that it was a skewing-toward-YA NA book but instead it was definitely-adult NA. I blushed pretty heartily, and only skim read certain sections. And I don't consider myself a prude! But the author used every descriptive word in her vocab for this one.

Once you get past the fact that this is a stereotypical romance, the base storyline isn't really any good. It's barely there at all.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts:

Blue Notes, by Carrie Lofty, was an interesting story. The very beginning of the story was amazing and completely caught my attention. It was about Keely's dark, and horrific past with her real parents. I could feel the insecurity and terror of poor little Keeley, and everything that she was put through by her drug addicted, abusive, con artist parents. Keely ends up witnessing a horrific act of violence that forever changes her life. She is taken to live permanently with two very sw
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
WARNING! If you don't like very steamy books, then you definitely don't want to read this one. I know on the cover it says that the romance is hot, but this was too hot too handle.
It was dirty yet cheesy at the same time. The romance was like something out of one of those romance novels you can purchase at the checkout line of your drug store- poor talented girl with bad past meets older millionaire playboy with the heart of gold. The way how Jude called Keely "sugar" got on my nerves at times,
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Well, color me surprised. Not necessarily because I actually liked a NA book. No, but because I liked one that is littered with the usual clichés. Who would've thought?

In truth, Blue Notes has so many clichés that I'm normally not a fan of due to how they've been incorporated in the NA genre and rarely done well. That's the difference though. Blue Notes, full with these tropes, does them well. I've been turning it over and over in my head what this book does differently
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: review
3.5 stars

Music connects us all, even if it doesn’t always seem that way. While some of us prefer death metal over classical, no one has ever failed to answer the question “what’s your favorite kind of music?” We all have that song that rocks us to our core; our Jam. Keeley feels her music right down to her soul. It takes her into a kind of trance, as she composes. In those moments, she takes the reader with her, getting lost in her own little world. While I loved getting an inside look into her
Jul 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned
I feel kind of let down by my local bookstore. I buy books the way some people buy lollies, pretty much walking into a store and stocking up on my favorites. I buy five or six books at a time, and it might take months to read them, but I get round to them eventually. This was part of one such spree. It was in the teenage section, but this isn't really a YA novel, summed up here on Goodreads as 'New Adult'. If I'd known that I don't think I would have bought it.

Cringe worthy sex, and I don't mean
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-boyfriends
I loved loved loved Blue Notes!

The title caught my eye first – or my music major’s eye. I have a thing for music books. Rock stars, classical musicians, even dance because dancers get music, I love music. I love how much Keeley feels the music when she is playing it. I could feel it through the words on the page.

And I jump ahead of myself.

The book starts with a young Keeley, with what puts her in the care of her foster family, that part of the book is heart breaking. It’s not overly dark, it’s s
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A deep, emotional, and absolutely lovely New Adult romance, Blue Notes was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was a sweet, romantic, and truly enjoyable read.

Keeley was a wonderful heroine. She went through a lot and, though it made her withdrawn, it also made her very resilient and strong. I loved how, in her own quiet way, she refused to take crap from anyone, even a super attractive billionaire. She was lovely and I really liked her.

Jude was also great. I'll be honest, he could be
Autumn Review
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, review
This is one of those reviews where I'm not quite sure what I want to say about the book. What I can say, is that this was a book that I was anxious to read. The blurb grabbed me and I liked the cover. As I started reading, I kept waiting and waiting to get hooked, didn't quite happen. I didn't dislike it. In fact, I enjoyed getting to know the characters and I felt that Keely's back story was incredibly interesting. And I liked Jude and his sister. I felt that the story had a lot of pot ...more
You might want to read Jess and Cait's review's before you read mind because theirs affected my mindset heading into this book.

Jess, Cait and I don't have identical opinions when it comes to books, but this is one we've all been looking forward to and I think we've been pretty in synch on the new adult genre. So when they didn't like it, I figured I might end up not finishing it.

So that let me take the first part of the book not very seriously, which let me enjoy it somewhat. And, you know, ther
Jun 16, 2014 marked it as could-not-finish
Shelves: disappointment
DNF at 280. I know I said I will push through.. But why? I have too many books I can spend this time reading. The emotional aspect of the book I was waiting for never showed and all I got was the main protagonist talking about her not so great looks and going back and forth between hating and obsessing over the love interest. The emotional parts with her legal guardians/adoptive parents seemed so superficial and I just wanted more. The title, cover, and synopsis promised a music themed book but ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. The story was interesting and I liked most of the characters. I struggled a little bit with how the story flowed and a little bit with the relationship development between the characters. Also, I would've really liked an epilogue - it felt like some of the story was left unfinished when the book ended. I enjoyed this book and would read more if the author turned this into a series (to tell Adeline's story.)
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars, 2014
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Blue Notes was such a great story. I was pulled into the story from the first page and couldn't wait to read more. The writing was amazing!

The banter between Jude and Keeley was wonderful. I loved watching their relationship grow. Blue Notes had some great romance, friendships and angst.

Blue Notes was a very enjoyable read and would definitely love to read more!
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Two time RITA-nominated and multiple RT Reviewers' Choice-winning author Carrie Lofty has over twenty-five books to her name--or four names, to be precise. Her paranormal (as Lindsey Piper ) and historical romances from Pocket have been described as "nuanced and superbly realized" (The Chicago Tribune) and "sexy, brutal and somehow innocent" (All About Romance).

In college, Carrie lured an unsu

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