I love May December romances and this one definitely goes on my keeper shelf Although it s written from Aaron s POV, Matt s character was equally well developed and together they had such great chemistry that made me totally fall for them.I loved this book and highly recommend it Every year like clockwork professor Aaron Parrish s has one yes one, one student who thinks the world revolves around him or one who thinks one strum of his instrument and the whole music conservatory will be blown away by his gift.This season the one is Matt Dugan, cocky, brash and with all the self confidence of someone who knows he is the best or could be the best at what he does Aaron is a seasoned professor at the local Music Conservatory in the area and is most suitably not impressed as he has been in the business of music and teaching for too many years to be swayed by a new student trying to see how far he can get with platitudes.Some things cannot be denied and Matt is something special and before long Aaron finds out just how special he is They however both have baggage and while Aaron has to be dragged kicking and screaming into the new world of a relationship, Matt embraces it and is always looking to make the most of every situation he find himself in.Within all that they have the music and Aaron intends for Matt to be the best, but Matt has his heart on his sleeves and it will be a test of his maturity to step up and do the right thing even if he doesn t want to When I read the blurb on ALLEGRO VIVACE I will admit it did not jump out at me, why because it had two topics that I am not rushed to read in romance, especially m m romance, music and a plotline of May December romance That said this book is written by an author that has consistently hit all the right buttons with me as a reader and as such I was willing to take a chance on reading this book.By the time I was ten pages in I knew I was going to love this book, Ms Grant uses her main protags core personalities to rub against each other and quickly build not only personal tension but a delicious sexual vibes that had me racing through these pages What worked for me I really liked the characters Ms Grant introduced me to and not only the main protags The were suitably placed and brought their own drama and the right amount angst to move the book along.While the May December romance is not a plotline that normally works with me I must say Aaron and Matt were perfect for each other I got to know Aaron and right from the outset I liked his personality and his down to earth attitude Matt was a very mature lad, brought up in a lifestyle not known by many coupled that with a natural gift plus he has a tendency to run away with himself, yet was still a young man prone to mood swings and little bouts of pouting I ended up liking him alot.The Classical music backdrop and the Music Conservatory was a good setting for this book this is a world that I understand and I thought Ms Grant captured the day to day niggles of a music teacher as well as the mercenary attitude of people who only mean well, pretty well Along side that she explored some of the in house politics of student teacher relationships and the day to day struggle of keeping such an institution going The fact that the author did not cloud the path of these two making a go of a relationship with past lovers or unnecessary angst was a plus in my opinion There was the age thing of course and they both had some realistic issues on their plate to deal with and I thought those were handles in time and tied up by the end of the book.This book took place over a period of quite a few months and the author took the time to slowly build up the smex and even when they were getting their groove on it was a timely amount and just a few scenes which is always a good change.The book flowed and flowed well and as much as I liked the main setting of the conservatory, I was also liking the fact that Ms Grant moved them around a bit, so I got the chance to see Aaron and Matt at their best and their worst with and without the formality of the music school in the background.I wont lie and say I was happy with the age thing but I thought they worked through a pretty decent amount of issues in regards to that point and as I said before they compliment each other and this is one of those relationship that will work work because of the age difference.There was talking I use the word talk rather than dialogue because it was spontaneous, they didn t sweep anything under the carpet nor did they let anything build up that could lead to any misunderstanding There was avoidance especially on Aaron s part on certain issues but it was not from not saying what was on their minds and I really really liked that about these two.I like the little touch of humour present in this book It was not ha ha funny, but a biting sarcasm that had me smiling a time or two What didn t work for me Matt had issues with his dad and his entire home life hinges on what is father did in the past That point I thought was mentioned too often and as much as I appreciated the fact the man himself made an appearance in the book eventually I would have liked to have had a chance to get his point of view about some of the thing alluded to in the book.There is a rather mercenary attitude to some aspect of the music conservatory that may not sit well with some reader, it didn t with me, That said these things do happen in these sort of institution and over all it is an area that will give readers a better insight into how much sacrifice or undercutting takes place to get some of the most gifted through the system.Some of the plotline was tied up too quickly and that really let the book down at the end for me A few pages or a cliff hanger for a future book would have sit a bit better with me than this sense of things being swept under the carpet too rushed Bottom Line From the moment I opened the first page on this book I started knit picking, while I had some niggles here and there Ms Grant did not let me down She took a plotline that I am the first one to rubbish and made me see how a relationship between two people who are quarter of a decade apart could can work.Aaron brought to the relationship his maturity, his patience, his willingness to not look back and over his musical ear because lets be realistic the music brought them together Matt is so much older than his years, he has travelled, he has been exposed to quite a bit of life s realities and has known a way of life that would make a younger man seem pretty tame to him.The authors investment in the working of a conservatory school year could be seen, she delivered the info in layman s terms and she made it quite attractive, but at no time did she trivialize the fact that getting there needs hard work and dedication.Other issues of privacy, disappointment, moving on from a loss are all dealt with in this book while some were just touched on other were suitably fleshed out and they made a difference to my overall enjoyment of ALLEGRO VIVACE.All in all I ended up liking this book alot and am already looking forward to Ms Grant next production. Sparks Fly When Brash Young Violinist Matt Dugan Strides Into Professor Aaron Parrish S Classroom Aaron S Intrigued By The Twenty Year Old Virtuoso, And Agrees To Take Him On For Private Lessons Things Get Off To A Rocky Start That S Complicated By A Growing Mutual AttractionBut Aaron, Still Reeling From The Loss Of His Partner Two Years Earlier, Resists Until The Afternoon Matt Seduces Him In His OfficeTeacher And Student Embark On A Passionate Affair Matt Wants To Tell Everyone, While Aaron Fears Their Twenty Five Year Age Difference Will Make Them Objects Of Scorn And Ridicule Can Aaron Conquer His Doubts, Or Will He Lose Matt Forever This is a compelling, emotional book I loved learning about the music and I especially loved the growing relationship between Aaron and Matt Highly recommended This was a nice book.My favourite character is definitely Matt, even being the younger he seemed to be the one in control and sure of what he wanted needed.I think this pair it s a very good match and I enjoyed the fact that the difference of age isn t seen as something that matters, or that changes things. I think that is book was pretty decent but not necessarily the best thing that I ve read I think that this mainly has to do with all of the drama issues First there is the age difference Then there is the whole student professor thing Then there is the dead partner and sick mother Add that to the father hating with accusations thrown of being dated because Aaron supposedly looks like said hated father Combine that with assumptions and nasty comments because someone thought the other sold them out And did I mention one of them got kicked out of Julliard and the other can t play any because of his hands I liked the characters and the premise of the story However, I do feel like there were just too many points of supposed angst I kind of felt like I was reading a Lifetime Original Movie or something I think that the issues in the relationship would have seemed meaningful if there weren t so darn many of them At some point, I just stopped being like oh, no because it didn t surprise me any. I love the way she writes about music I wished for a listing at the end of the text so I could track some of the pieces down that the characters talk about I d like to read about these guys 10 15 years in their future to see if they made it or if the hangups Aaron has about age have overwhelmed them. Cat Grant manages to make you laugh, gasp, tear up and smile all in this quick read I m always in awe of the authors that can pull this off I couldn t put it down and because it s a quick read I was able to do so in a few hours The characters stayed with me long after reading this and being a music geek, I loved the whole setting Don t miss this one I criedEnough said 4.5 starsI really liked this one I found it rather sweet While it is a short story, I felt it tackled the right amount of angst I feel May Dec romances should have Along with the age difference, Matt and Aaron have to deal with other issues like Aaron s sense of right and wrong when it comes to their teacher student status, Matt s dad issues, and Aaron s constant thought he s just another peg on Matt s post My only probably with the story was how long it took me to actually get sucked it Not long but not until the twenty percent mark or so Still, they work through their issues and find a likable solution that makes this book a sweet one.
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- 143 pages
- Allegro Vivace (Allegro Vivace, #1)
- Cat Grant
- 15 October 2019 Cat Grant