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Not Another Love Song by Julie Soto

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Not Another Love Song

Two string players fight their attraction for each other as they compete for center stage in this spicy and emotional romance from USA Today bestselling author Julie Soto.

When professional—and self-taught—violinist Gwen Jackson plays, she disappears into the peaks and valleys of each song, a quiet passion that never quite explodes into pure emotion. Xander Thorne is the exact opposite. A cellist and a rock star, he’s all about big emotion, but not even his six-foot-four frame can contain his skill, his genius . . . and an attitude that borders on jerkitude. 

Not only did it take Xander a year to notice that he and Gwen both play in the Manhattan Pops, but he also always seems to have the perfect cutting criticism about her technique. When Gwen is offered the role of first chair of the orchestra, something Xander has secretly coveted for years, their existing hostility goes up a notch. Yet, despite her best efforts, Gwen can’t ignore the sizzling chemistry between them.

Forced to work more closely with each other, they can’t help exploring their attraction. As they begin to compose and play songs together, it’s clear that their powerful connection could make for a performance that would blow everyone’s minds. Suddenly, they’re box office dynamite, and the fragile romance growing between them is in danger of being crushed beneath a publicity stunt.

Hello Book friends!

Today I’m reviewing Not Another Love Song by Julie Soto. In this contemporary romance, we follow musical prodigy violinist, Gwen Jackson. When an opportunity of a lifetime opens for her, she decides to take it. But Gwen isn’t ready for the all consuming force that is Xander Thorne, also a musical prodigy and fellow celloist, who falls first with the lovely Gwen, and is in it for keeps.


Soto is back!!!

Okay, firstly, let’s celebrate that characters from Forget Me Not make special appearances in Not Another Love Song!!! It was so fun to see Ama and Elliot in this one as I absolutely LOVED Forget Me Not.

A Few More Thoughts

As for Not Another Love Song, I enjoyed it. What stood out was Xander’s intensity. He has interspliced chapters from his POV throughout the novel. They aren’t long, but it was nice to have his perspective, which added to understanding why he is so intense. Side note, I am always a fan of dual point of views. As for Xander’s intensity it makes perfect sense for someone who is a musical prodigy. That everything he experiences is at a level that surpasses most. Except for Gwen. She is his missing puzzle piece. And even when they don’t see eye-to-eye, he’s still in it for keeps.

A rivals-to-lovers, musical prodigies, and OMG that cello scene, romance readers get ready for another deliciously romantic ode to New York City and flooded with musical notes by two musical talents who create something more than a love song.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blotink blot – Exceptionally Inked

About the Author

JULIE SOTO is a USA Today bestselling author, playwright, and actress originally from Sacramento, CA. Her musical Generation Me won the 2017 New York Musical Festival’s Best Musical award, as well as Best Book for her script. She is a musical theater geek, fandom nerd, and the author of many spicy fan fictions. Julie now lives in Fort Bragg, CA, with her dog, Charlie. She is probably drinking coffee as you read this. Visit her at her website.

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Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
16-July-24978-1538740910384 ForeverAdult NetGalley, Digital ARCMay 18, 2023

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