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Playing the Maestro by Aubrie Dionne – Review/Excerpt/Interview

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Contemporary Romance
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 the

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?

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This isn’t the first book that I have read by Ms. Dionne but it is my first Bliss novel and it won’t be my last.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely buy another Bliss release.

As someone that played violin from the age of 6 until I was a teenager (quit because I hated my teacher) and someone that started playing piano as soon as I could sit up, this book brought back some sweet memories and also some regrets.  I wish I had stayed with music and I still love Mozart and Braums.  I still get goosebumps when I hear Handel’s Messiah but I regress.

Wolf and Melody were intriguing characters.  Well drawn out and entertaining.  I could totally understand Melody’s frustration but also dedication to a profession that is almost a dying art form.  I mean my 2nd grade son only has music once a week.  The sad part, he loves music and wishes he could play the guitar.  Anyway…Wolf, poor Wolf, is just trying to start over in a new country without the baggage that he has tried to leave behind.

While fighting their attraction to each other, finding funding for the orchestra and figuring out who really has it out for Melody, this story packs a punch.  I was caught up from the very beginning and didn’t let go until the last page.  The sneaking around was cute and realistic.  Their relationship started slow and built to a pitch that was a long time coming for Wolf and Melody.  I just wish she had slapped the “villain”.  He had it coming…

This is a story that you can share with anyone and fell good after you’ve read it.  I look forward to reading more from Ms. Dionne.  Again, this isn’t my first book from her and it won’t be my last.

Aubrie Dionne

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

contemporary romance.



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