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Unfinished Sympathy

(Absolution #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A symphony of passion and desire…

Aubrey Irving has music in her heart. Once a violin prodigy at the prestigious Juilliard, family issues and money problems forced her to give up her dreams. Now she struggles to care for her mother and makes a living as an audio engineer for a hot new video game developer.

Then she met Paul…

Handsome, gifted, wealthy…At twenty-eight ye
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published December 30th 2019
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Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a rough one to get through. Paul and Aubrey weren't the problem. It was everyone else around them. It was like they lived to ruin Aubrey's life. Thankfully she had Paul because I'm not sure anything else in her life was going for her. ...more
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

Aubrey has a past she's ashamed of. It's why she dropped out of Juilliard before finishing, and now works as a sound engineer at a gaming company on a temporary contract. When she first sees the gorgeous guy on the subway reading, she's instantly attracted. But it's when he starts working with her on her new project that their attraction explodes. Unfortunately, there are many obstacles in their way, including Aubrey's perhaps too stubborn independence, her past, and Paul's tendency to take
World Of Books 65
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well written passionate romance based in the world of music with the unusually twist of the composing of music for computer games.

Paul Crane is 'infuriating, opinionated and impulsive but also charming and passionate' well that is what Aubrey Irving thinks about him. From the moment there eyes meet on a train there has a been a pull between the two. Paul a well know musician and composer has a problem justing people especially women who all seem to what him for him money his last girlfriend an
Alyson  L
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
That is one sizzling cover - Yum! And what a unique slant on a musical storyline! Welcome to Paul and Aubrey's story folks - one filled with surprises and the unique use of music in the video game development business. Both characters come with their own issues, making the plot interesting and credible. I could have really done with less of one background character which is rare for me as I love a good villain. (Thus, in part, the 4 rather than a 4.5) The chemistry between Paul and Aubrey is par ...more
Sassy Southern
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!!!! This book kept me on the edge from the very moment I started reading. I absolutely LOVED everything about this book. The characters, the story line, the drama, and not to mention the intense steamy chemistry between Aubrey and Paul.

This book took me on such an emotional roller coaster. My heart broke for how Aubrey was treated, not only at work but by her sister as well. I knew there were secrets she was keeping about her past, but even not knowing what those were I still felt so conne
Amy  Crull
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The blurb called to me and the cover is super hot! The passion is clear between Paul and Aubrey is shown thru their music. Paul pushes Aubrey to see that the music is still in despite what happened in the past. Yes life got in the way and shook some things up in Aubrey. Losing her dad rocked her family hard core. She had to change some things in her and made some not so great choices, which gets thrown into her face daily by her awful sister. Aubrey is a sound engineer and is brilliant at what s ...more
Tiffany Readz
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-and-more
3.5 Stars-A Different Musical Read

Amelie S Duncan gives her readers a very musical read with Unfinished Sympathy, where we meet Paul and Aubrey. Two fantastic musicians at two very different points in thier careers.

Aubrey is a classically trained Juilliard violinist, however didn't graduate from the prestigious school. Her talents have landed her at Emono Games, a video game development company. She likes the job well enough, even if they don't realize what kind of talent she's hiding. One pers
Jennifer Pierson
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aubrey is a brilliant musician, who was going to Julliard when life happened, and she had to drop out. Now she works for an audio/production company to help her mother & sister out, as the finances have fallen to Aubrey, hell pretty much everything has fallen into her lap. This is the place where she met Paul Crane, a talented musician in his own right, as he composes music, on top of playing the piano. They share a connection which makes them even better at working together. He's super rich, an ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A chance first meeting on a train between Aubrey and Paul certainly has sparks flying between them. A second meeting has the potential to stop things in its tracks as Paul is being hired by the company to compose music for a computer game she is working on.

There is a lot of office politics going on in this company - no matter how hard she works and how good she is at her job, Aubrey is just not part of the boy's club. Paul though recognises her from her violin playing days and the talent that s
Millennial Life Crisis Bookshelf - Samantha
What an interesting storyline and set of characters! After a traumatic experience and the loss of her father, Aubrey is attempting to rebuild her life the best way she can by working at a gaming company. Desperate for a permanent job, she pushes herself at work where the men are very prejudice against women – particularly Aubrey. Paul has been used by others the majority of his life, especially women trying to manipulate him to further their careers, and in his next business venture, meets Aubre ...more
Margery Baker
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding love story!
There are some stories that grow on you the further you read, and this is most certainly one of them. Aubrey is “lost” after she had to give up her career as a violinist due to family and money circumstances. She is now working as an audio engineer. On the complete opposite side of the financial and career spectrum is Paul. However, he too is a musician of considerable note. Their story begins when she is assigned to work with him on the music for a game. There are many
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, hidden-gems
Audrey Irving is working as contract audio tech at video game company. She is fantastic at her job but nobody really realize how talented she is at her job. She has been working day and night to support her mother and sister, yet nobody in her corner except her lovely roommate. Ever since her dad's death, her life has never been happy. Until she met Paul Crane, a musician, pianist, and new age composer. Everything will change for both.
Paul is known for his music and his affairs with his female
Within The Pages Book Blog
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a good lesson in self worth and regaining faith and trust. Very well written story that showcases the life of a down on her luck, overlooked heroine and a used and abuse hero.

Paul and Aubrey deserve to see their HEA after all the clawing and fighting it took to get there. The two have a chemistry that flies from the pages and encourages you to root for their success, both personally and professionally.

Good side characters and steaminess. Would definitely recommend to someone who e
R Huiszoon
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amelie S. Duncan, ‘Unfinished Sympathy’, The Absolution Series, book 1.

As a Hidden Gems ARC reader I received a free copy and promised an honest review. Here it is.

Rating: 4 stars (of 5).

In general: a very musical romance.

The main characters are Aubrey Irving and Paul Crane.
Aubrey is raised in a middle class family. She appeared to be a very talented violin player. Her parents went out of their way to stimulate her musical career: Buying a precious violin, allowing a study at a famous conservat
Tanya Rae ~ TaSTy WordGasms
I loved reading Unfinished Sympathy! The storyline is something I have not read before. This is Paul Crane and Aubrey Irving’s story!

Aubrey is a concert trained violinist, now working as a audio engineer barely making ends meet and Paul is a musician and composer. Aubrey has a shameful secret as to where she trained and why she isn’t training any longer.

Aubrey and Paul know of one another but haven’t met until he takes on an assignment to work on the soundtrack that Aubrey is working on.

You can
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free ARC of this novel via Hidden Gems in exchange for a review. This is my honest opinion.

This is the first time I read anything by this author. She will definitely be going on my list to keep of authors. This book was so awesome that I read it in less than a day. The plot was very deep and full. The support characters are believably awful. I loved the story between the two main characters was really beautiful. I can wait to look for more by this author.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Another great read by Duncan. I really liked the emphasis on the musical sides of both Paul and Aubrey. There was plenty of chemistry and angst and loves the portrayal of their connection. I only knocked off half a point because Aubrey just exasperates me with always being a pushover. Glad she found her inner strength.
Paige Smith
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Unfinished Sympathy is a very musically charged book. It is well written, but I just couldn't like the female lead, Aubrey. There were too many times that she let others walk all over her. Paul's character was too demanding and added little chemistry between the two. Even though this book didn't keep me interested, I will read more from Amelie S. Duncan. ...more
Debra  (Dragon Nanny) Phiri
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I felt completely wrung out but in the best way! Debra @ Janise’s Jivin’ Book Blog

What this book has that is unique is that both lead characters really do have big issues that make a difference in their actually being able to be together.

I loved how they knew they have an attraction and they want to see where it goes but they have to really make sure its worth it. They also have to be able to communicate, which funnily enough is most issue with relationships. Fear of the past and what could be
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: hidden-arc
There were some things that I like and others that left uncaring about the characters. The music aspect is compelling but Aubrey was just so flat and they as a couple were lukewarm at best.
I'm voluntarily reviewing this after receiving from Hidden Arcs.
Morgan Demming
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such a long-burning romance, which I wasn’t expecting and I’m not sure how I feel about? I loved the music elements of this book! Especially how the author related it to feelings of the characters!
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Late to the party on this book but found it well worth the read! Aubrey & Paul's romance
was just what I needed. Highly recommended.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
The plot had potencial, but the writting was really bad.
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Amélie S. Duncan writes contemporary, erotic romances. Her inspiration comes from many sources including her life experiences and travels. She lives on the West Coast of the United States with her husband.

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