Playing the Maestro by Aubrie Dionne
Date Published: 2/11/13
She’ll have to play her boss to come out on a high note…
Melody Mires has sworn off dating musicians, but when the sexy European conductor Wolf Braun takes over her struggling symphony, her hesitation almost flies out the window with the notes of her flute—until he opens his mouth. Wolf is arrogant, haughty, and seems to have a personal vendetta against Melody. Oh, and he’s her boss. If she wants to keep her job as principal flutist, she’ll have to impress Wolf while simultaneously keeping her undeniable attraction to herself.
Wolf came to America to get as far away from his past as possible, and to recover some of the swagger he had as one of the world’s best maestros. He never imagined being forced to reassess the entire orchestra’s talent—and potentially fire anyone who doesn’t make his cut. Dating them attractive flutist is out of the question, but as their feelings reach a fever pitch, can they risk both their careers for a chance at love?
A mix of fresh, unique characters and realistic drama made me love Playing the Maestro. Both main characters are musicians, which readers don’t see very often. It’s a nice change from the normal alpha males or regular pushover heroines that we see in romances.
Melody Mires is a flutist in the Easthampton Orchestra. She lives for music and works hard at playing as principal flutist, which is hard when another member has a personal goal to get rid of her. Melody swears off dating musicians after her bad luck in the past.
Then steps in her new boss, Wolf Braun, the new conductor. My favorite part about Wolf is not his name, which I love by the way (named after Mozart), but the fact that he resembles Thor or Chris Hemsworth. Smoking Hot! At first glance, Wolf seems arrogant, self-centered and vindictive. After Melody gets to know him, she soon realizes he has a soft heart. Thor….ahem, I mean Wolf… moved to America to start a new life. Soon, he wants Melody to be a part of that. If they could just get the orchestra back on its feet first.
Melody and Wolf complement each other in more ways than you can count. I just loved the way they connected almost immediately (once they were alone). When they played music or conducted, they felt for each other through the music. I loved this. As a flutist and pianist myself, I connected with the characters on so many levels.
I give Playing the Maestro 4 ½ winks, only because there were no “behind the scenes” sex scenes, which I usually must have. However, the story was good enough that I could look past that. A great love story. Don’t miss!
Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over until she could recite and reenact
every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation--favorite
character was Data by far--and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She
still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.
Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "a concert flutist" when she grew
up. She majored in flute performance at the University of New Hampshire on a full scholarship,
then secured two teaching jobs at a University and a local community music school. While playing in
orchestras and teaching, stories popped into her head, and she used them to make the music come alive
for her flute students. Her students said they were so good, she had to write them down! Maybe they
were right, who knows? Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.
She is represented by Dawn Dowdle and writes sweet and adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and
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