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Set to Music

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Dr. Darya Zameeni doesn’t have time for interruptions—in her ER, or in her life. Especially not from the gorgeous man pacing in her waiting room. With mountains of student debt, an ailing single mother, and a younger sister to support, Darya can’t afford to get sidetracked, even though they can’t take their eyes off each other.

Disillusioned Grammy-winning rock star Anthony
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 15th 2021 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Amara)
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Alex (HEABookNerd)
Note: this books deals heavily with the topic of cancer and the death of a parent

SET TO MUSIC absolutely wrecked me -- it's heartbreaking, beautifully written, and unbelievably romantic. I'll be swooning over Anthony for a long time. Darya and Anthony meet in the ER when Anthony's younger brother collapses after one of their rock concerts. With a newly discovered heart condition, Anthony hires Darya to go on tour with the band and monitor Carlos. Darya is resistant at first but when her mother
Jeeves Reads Romance
There's a lot to love about this Own Voices rock star romance, from the compelling, likable characters, to the slow burn, to the heartfelt moments. I loved the opposites attract feel, and how these two very different people came together under unexpected circumstances. It was a little too serious, a little too emotional, and the Big Fight lasted a little too long, but I enjoyed this for the most part. Definitely enough to read more from the author. This hero has got to be the most loyal, lovable ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Set to Music: Darya is a doctor in her first year of residency, Anthony is a rockstar trying to take care of his little brother. Carlos needs around the clock monitoring, and Anthony wants Darya to be the one to do it. When Darya's mother is diagnosed with cancer, weighed down by thoughts of student loan debt, taking care of her mother and her sister, Darya decides to take his offer.

This book hit hard in so many ways. As some currently avoiding dealing with my own feelings about my father's canc
nick (the infinite limits of love)


This was a lovely slow-burn romance.

CW: cancer, death of a parent, heart disease, HIPAA violations
3.5 stars

Set to Music by Negeen Papehn
March 15, 2021

He was supposed to be off limits.

Genres: Standalone, Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Opposites Attract
Own Voices: Iranian, Mexican

TW: death, loss of loved one. 💔

This was such a sweet ,slow burn rock star Romance. We have the rockstar and the ER Doctor 😍 i so enjoyed both Anthony and Darya as individual's and how much they loved their family and wanted to do right by them. Enjoyed he slow burn in the relationship. Liked seeing a different side of
Jenny Q
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
3.5 Stars. I almost DNFed this around 40-percent because, though I really liked the main characters, I'm not a big fan of insta-love, and even though this was a serious case of insta-love, it took forever for the romance to get going. Very wordy, kinda cheesy, lots of introspection. But I stuck with it, and I was glad I did. Very emotional. Good sexy times. So even though I had issues, rounding up to 4 stars. ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Negeen Papehn is a brilliant author making romance novels that are easy reading that flows by so quickly, when you finish you want more!!! Her writing is descriptive enough to see everything in the book like a movie in your head!!! I definitely recommend reading this book because it’s a good fast read but worth every minute!!! The culture in the book ads a lot of zest to the story and is a great eye opener to other cultural perspectives!!! I definitely recommend this book or any of Negeen’s othe ...more
Stephanie Panach
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I know people say this a lot, but seriously, Anthony Castillo is 100% my new book boyfriend. He is a Rockstar - but totally not what you would expect. Anthony is the lead singer of a band, but he really stays with things because he loves the music and the band is so important to his brother and friends. He truly is 100% dedicated to his mother and brother - and extended family in his band. It is clear that pretty much everything he does is to support them. When Anthony's brother Carlos passes ou ...more
Lenore Kosinski

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

3 stars — *Maybe* 3.5, but not sure if I just wanted to like it more, you know? I was pretty excited about this one, b/c a) I LOVE celebrity romances; and b) ownvoices diversity!! But if I’m being honest, I struggled to get into this one…and keep reading. If it hadn’t been a NetGalley, I might have DNF’d. Which doesn’t mean it’s a bad book, just not a fit for me.
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Set to Music is a romance book that follows hard working doctor Darya and rock superstar Anthony, who meet at a time in which both are dealing with difficult and terrifying family situations., This book invests in family first and foremost, and I found Darya's relationship with her younger sister Niloo and Anthony's relationship with his younger brother Carlos to be the heart of this novel.

Anthony and Darya fall hard and fast -- which often is not my speed (is that a pun?). While I really loved
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Dr. Darya Zameeni is an ER doctor in her first 6 months at a famous Los Angeles hospital. Carlos is a famous rockstar in the band Teneura. They bring him into her ER one night after collapsing on stage. With Carlos' overprotective brother, Anthony, by his bedside, she attends to him and ultimately diagnoses him with a heart condition.

This is a very sweet story about a focused Iranian doctor and a rockstar used to getting what he wants. Darya is asked to go on tour with Teneura to look after Car
Sara | sara.reads.too.much
Could a book be any more perfect?

As a Persian girl myself, I never come across a romance novel with my culture in it, let alone the main character being Persian! So you can see how excited I was to discover that Darya Zameeni is the main character of this fantastic book and that the love interest is Mexican. It made my heart go pitter patter with love for the characters before I even began reading.

This book will forever be special to me for so many differnet reasons. I love seeing my culture bei
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

3.5 stars.

I requested this book because I love rock star romances and I was excited to see a more diverse version. Plus, this author was new to me and I always love discovering new writers. While there are some great things about this book, mainly the diversity of the characters and the representation they offer, I also liked how MC Darya was intelligent and confident. She knew she was great at her job and she w
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley, Entangled Publishing and Negeen Papehn for gifting me an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
For fans of ‘You Had me at Hola’, Set to Music is the perfect book to sooth your craving for a sweet romance while still giving you depth and diversity. A hot Latino rockstar with a sick brother and a wavering love for the business plus a brilliant Iranian surgeon with a mother fighting cancer equals all the feels! I finished this in one sitting, unable to pu
Riding  Reviewer
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm new to Negeen Papehn and already a fan. Set to Music was fabulous.

Anthony Castillo, his brother and their band are the hottest thing on the music scene. Dr. Darya Zameen is the devoted Persian daughter her mother trained her to be and too busy getting her career started to worry about dating. Her mother's devastating cancer diagnosis has Darya accepting Anthony's offer to tour with the band as his brother's doctor. Can a serious doctor and a hugely famous rock star find love and build a rela
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
A sweet fairy tale of an ER doctor and a rock star finding love. Darya is working the late shift when a young man is brought in with heart trouble. She doesn’t recognize him, but she’s the only one in the world who doesn’t. He and his brother front the most famous band in the world, and when Anthony, the protective older brother, shows up, he and Darya can’t take their eyes off each other.

This is the first romance I’ve read with an Iranian American lead. Iranian Darya and Latino Anthony have mo
Thank you to the publisher and @netgalley for a copy of the book. This is a new to me author and will need to check out her backlist. This is a rock star romance with an ER doctor that meets due to Anthony’s brother’s accident during a concert. Anthony is so swoon worthy! He loves his family, is attentive and a rock star! As much as this is a romance, there is a lot of sadness in the book with cancer. I liked how this book dealt with my so much about family duty and the conflict from
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A sweet and angsty love story between two people from different worlds - one, a rockstar and heartthrob of millions and the other, a young doctor who would go to any lengths to protect her family, even give up the one she loves.
Dayra Zameeni is hired by rockstar Anthony Castillo to join his band, while they are on tour, to keep watch over his ailing brother who is in need of constant medical attention. She accepts the offer as the money would help with supporting her family. What she doesn't ex
Allie B I Literally Booked Solid
Thank you to Entangled Publishing for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

TW: cancer

I really wish I would have received a trigger warning for this book. Let me preface this by saying that my mom is battling cancer and is not doing well. This plot line hit way too close to home and I had a hard time reading these parts. Because of this, I feel like my rating of the book was swayed by this. I did not find it realistic that a daughter would take off to travel around the country with a
Romance Schmomance (Malia)
Seriously sooo many things to love about Set to Music, from the author, to the story, the characters ... absolutely EVERYTHING!

Negeen is a new to me author and the synopsis absolutely sucked me in! I mean, I read this in one sitting, I think that speaks for itself. With Darya and Anthony living very different lives, I love that they were paired so seamlessly together. Despite their different backgrounds, when it comes to family, there's a lot of similarities and where some of their vulnerabiliti
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing me this arc via Netgalley!
I wanted to like this book so much. It had a cast of diverse characters and what looked like an interesting plot, but I just didn't like it. Maybe I've just gotten too picky with my romance novels, but this felt so bland and I was bored almost the whole time.
Shirley Frances
I love it when a book surprises me completely and I find myself wanting to do nothing more that read it all until it's finished and then beating myself up afterwards for being so impatient! SET TO MUSIC did that for me. This is a new to me author, so I didn't think much of it when I decided to give it a go, but I loved the cover and was intrigued my the blurb. Plus, Latino rock star! 😉

Both Darya and Anthony were great characters to get to know. I admired Darya's tenacity and loyalty to her mom.
I’m not a big fan of medical romance, nor a fan of singer/band romances.
But this book has changed my mind (well a little anyway)
Wonderfully written, great supporting characters and a really solid plot.

Darya is a good person, a good daughter and the makings of a great doctor. Working a long shift at the hospital Darya is about to come face to face with a Latino Rock God! Well his brother actually, he’s in after collapsing on stage, he’s a band member, and it’s her job to assess his health. But
Set to Music was sooooo good with a superb, diverse cast of lovable characters. The romance between Darya and Anthony was super sweet with sizzling chemistry. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the swoon-worthy cover? Stunning!

Family is everything and it’s a huge part of what drives Darya, Anthony, and the story. I can’t speak to what being in an Iranian household is like, but the author makes it easy to understand how Darya’s culture and her mother’s expectations dictate the decisions she
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

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Darya Zameeni is an ER doctor caring for her mother and sister when pretty boy finds his way into her ER. She's not particularly impressed by him or what is apparently his fame and adoration, but when a broody man comes in obviously worried about her patient, now THAT man is one she finds herself loathe to look away from. So when an opportunity presents itself to help her pay for her mother's treatments because of Carlos and his gorgeous brother, can she
I liked the premise of this romance, in that an ER doctor with an Iranian background, Darya and a rock star with a Mexican background, Anthony, get together, despite their slightly different backgrounds and completely different lifestyes.

It starts out as though Darya is going to fall for the brother of Anthony, Carlos, since he is the one that is brought in to ER. In face, she describes him as though he is going to be the love interest, which threw me off at first.

What I did like is that Darya i
Sharon Moritz-rosenthal
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had never read this author before but it was an awesome story and I highly recommend it. Its a rock star romance but so different than any others I have read before. It is not a light reading book. It will make you cry and make you think and even make you laugh.

Now I feel this story should come with a warning so I think before reading this story you need to know it deals with the heroine's (Darya) mother having Lung Cancer. How they fight it but also the long process of watching someone you lo
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
I was given an ARC for an honest review. Two stars out of five. (my rating system: [one star = no.] [two stars = meh] [three stars = okay] [four stars = yes.] [five stars = wow!])

This was my first book from Negeen Papehn. I was so happy to finally have a nonwhite female mc and a multicultural aspect/focus in this novel. The representation of common themes that occur in first generation immigrant households especially as an eldest daughter myself felt comfortably relatable. That being said the fa
Ani - Ani Reads
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book! This did not affect my review.

Sometimes, I'm in need of a bad, smutty contemporary romance. Set to Music seemed to be just that. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the story isn't bad at all! Darya is a strong female protagonist who sees herself as quite plain. However, she differs from many other main characters in the fact that she has her priorities straight, and her looks aren't one of the
Just Love books
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Darya is trying to be the best doctor that she can be, but with mounting student debts and a sick mother her plate is more than full. The last thing she expected was to pack up and hit the road with one of her patients and his band. But with the amount of money that Antony is offering her to take care of his brother Darya can not possibly refuse.


Family means everything to Anthony, so when his brother passes put at a concert it's a no brainer rushing him to the er, but Anthony was definitely no
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Negeen Papehn was born and raised in southern California, where she currently lives with her husband and two rambunctious boys. She wasn’t always a writer. A graduate of USC dental school, Negeen spends half of her week with patients and the other half in front of her laptop. In the little time she finds in between, she loves to play with her boys, go wine tasting with her friends, throw parties, ...more

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