Blue Notes: A Book Club Recommendation!
Carrie Lofty brings her “exciting, sensual” (RT Book Reviews ) romantic storytelling to a sizzling new adult novel of a gifted pianist ...more
NOT . EVEN. CLOSE.
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 the ...more
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 I...more
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.
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 ...more
'What is a relationship if not questions?...more
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'
Yeah, color me surprised, because I don't often rate New Adult books abo ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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. ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
eARC for Honest Review from Gallery Books via NetGalley
"My, oh my, Keeley Chambers. " She takes my hand and gives it a squeeze. "I hope Jude doesn't break your heart, because I do like you."
Hmmm so I wanted to like this because it had loads of potential but it ended up falling flat for me. :(
It had many aspects I wanted to like, a supposingly strong female, and alpha male, drama, angst and love. However, Jude who was supposed to be an alpha male but he just didn't qu
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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 fro ...more
Cringe worthy sex, and I don't mean ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
In college, Carrie lured an unsusp ...more