Review ~ Beautiful Music by Lisa DeVore

Beautiful Music

Synopsis

Jena Shea’s structured life as an attorney is shattered when she receives word her sister has been lost at sea. She leaves her Ohio home for Florida to look after her orphaned niece. Complications arise when she is forced to deal with Chase Reiss, the man who broke her heart a decade ago.

Chase plans on raising his brother’s daughter, and Jena plans to return home with her niece. He suggests a compromise, but can she let the past go? Chase never stopped loving Jena, but she wants nothing to do with his rock star lifestyle. When a stalker threatens, Chase will do whatever it takes to protect her and his niece.

As danger draws closer, Jena finds security in Chase’s arms, but the threats escalate. Time is running out, and Jena has to make a decision that might mean losing him forever.

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My ***3.5*** Star Review

Jena Shea is an up and coming lawyer. She’s working hard to bury her past in her work, and she’s doing a good job until tragedy strikes leaving her and her ex Chase both legal custodians of their niece Andrea. Chase has regretted letting Jena go from the very beginning, and he’s determined to fix things. But, there’s a few kinks in Chase’s plan aside from just getting Jena to trust him again.

For starters, Todd Richards has more than a working relationship in mind for Jena, and he’s not willing to take no for an answer. Plus, someone’s out to scare them, and it’s really looking like foul play as far as Jena’s sister’s disappearance. Just as Jena starts to put some trust in Chase, things really start to unravel and fear takes hold.

The author gives you both Jena and Chase’s perspectives in the story, which I appreciated. I liked Jena well enough, but I hated seeing her make stupid decisions or comments based on keeping the walls up around her heart. This was easily overlooked, though.

Chase, well, he was a rock star, but you couldn’t tell in the least. He was so laid back and would have happily given up music for eternity if that’s what it took to keep Jena and make her happy. Love and family were first in his eyes and that was always clear. He was NEVER scared to share his feelings. I don’t know how anyone could keep their heart blocked off from Chase.

Let me not forget the sassy and witty Mrs. R, housekeeper, friend, and gun-weilding power house. You couldn’t help but love her!

So, this book was great at encompassing a romance, mystery/ crime thriller all in one. While some parts were predictable, there were still plenty of things to keep you guessing alongside some real shockers.

Negatives? Well, there were several, hence the lower rating. Some things were just unrealistic. For instance, how would Jena and Chase have been so in love previously that he was about to propose before it all crashed, while she had no real clue about his music – had never even heard him sing? That just seemed crazy to me. Then there were these scenes that would have a build up to something and then would just end without and resolution. For instance, Chase kept making a big deal about getting Jena in a bikini to take her to the beach. It wasn’t just mentioned once or twice. There’s a whole scene about it. I expected the next scene to take place on the beach with her in a bikini, but all of a sudden we’re on a whole new day. There was also once where a scene seemed to repeat itself.

Have you ever read a romance where it comes down to both parties acting completely stupid, so the whole romance isn’t being resolved because they are acting like MORONS and it REALLY, REALLY starts to get on your nerves because the characters are acting so STUPID!!! Or, it’s a crime thriller, and you see the victim run right into the trouble when it was so painfully apparent that only bad things could come from their decision??? Well, that takes place in this book – both scenarios. I don’t know why, but that just drives me crazy, especially when it’s drug out. Being that it takes place so close the end, I’m sure that played a big role in knocking off some stars for me. I dont’ mind characters making stupid decisions – we all do sometimes. However, it gets really annoying to see it happen over and over!!

I also wasn’t happy with the ending as far as the crime went. I didn’t feel like justice was served as it should have been. On a side note, I wasn’t crazy about the cover, but that didn’t affect my opinion of the book.

Overall, it was a decent book and I really, really fell for Chase. There were times that his comical banter kept me glued to the pages. While there were things that annoyed me, even really bad sometimes, I still wanted to know what happened next. I’d recommend this to romance/crime lovers, especially those of you into hot musicians! This is Lisa’s first and only book out right now, so I’d encourage her to keep it up! Not bad at all for a newbie. I’m excited to see what she comes up with next as she improves her craft!

Warnings: mild language, sexual references – but no sex, violence
I got this book just a few days after its release on Amazon. I believe it was free at the time, and that’s why I had picked it up.

Where to contact the Author ~ Lisa DeVore

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Website: http://authorlisadevore.wix.com/lisa-devore
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8077748.Lisa_DeVore

Happy Reading,

Alison

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