?Muses and Melodies by Rebecca Yarros is the third book in the Hush Notes series. The series follows the members of Hush Note, noted as being one of the hottest bands in the country. Each book in the series is written by different authors. I had the privilege of reading book two, Rifts and Refrain, by Devney Perry, which focused on the drummer. Muses and Melodies tell the story of the third band member, guitarist Nixon Winters.Title: Muses & Melodies
Author(s): Rebecca Yarros
Series: Hush Note #3
Also in this series: Rifts and Refrains
Narrator(s): Tim Paige, Carly Robins
Published by Tantor Audio on May 11, 2021
Length: 7hrs 52mins
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
If I can keep Hush Note’s leading guitarist, Nixon Winters, on the straight and narrow for the next six months, I’ll finally get my own band to manage—assuming we don’t kill each other first.
The egotistical, irritating rock star is fresh out of rehab, but it’s obvious his demons followed him home—and now I’m sleeping down the hall. I’ve watched him self-destruct every summer, and with album deadlines and tour dates looming, I can’t let it happen again. My career is in his hands.
But tattoos can’t cover every scar, and I’m starting to see through his trademark, irresistible charm to the damage beneath.
Everyone wants the rock star.I’m falling for the man.
If he doesn’t let me in,he’ll never break the cycle—And when these six months are up,I might be the one left broken.
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I enjoyed Rifts and Refrain, but Muses and Melodies took my breath away. In this installment, Yarros delivered a story that wreaked havoc with my emotions. The good thing about it, it had me smiling at the end.
Nixon stole steal a piece of your heart. He may be a badass on the guitar, but beneath all that lay a broken soul. He tried to mask his pain with alcohol, prescription drugs, and sex. However, he recognized this was not the answer, and he needed to get his life together for his sake and that of the band, and with no one’s intervention, he took the steps needed for recovery.
Nixon showed tremendous growth throughout the story. Learning of the events that led to him tumbling down this hole broke my heart. He struggled daily with the many temptations associated with his world, but he remained steadfast and determined not to revert to his old ways. Falling in love gave him an extra boost.
The chemistry between him and Zoe flew off the charts. The idea of her being there to keep tabs on him did not sit well with either of them, but their emotions had other plans. He tried to rile her up, but she pushed right back. Soon they enjoyed each others’ company. Their journey has a couple of encountered several roadblocks, which came as no surprise considering Nixon’s struggles. So, yes, there is angst, but it fits and added authenticity to the story.
One of the hardest things is to show someone who feels they are not worthy that they deserved to be loved. Zoe faced this challenge with Nixon, but she never gave up on him.
The story was not all sad. Yarros injected humour in the most appropriate circumstances. Moments, which had me giggling from time to time, especially the scene featuring Zoe’s ex.
Carly Robins and Tim Paige narrated. While I am familiar with Carly Robins as a narrator, this is my first time listening to Tim Paige. They both did a wonderful job with this story. Their tone, portrayal of the characters and emphasis on the emotional aspects of the story amplified the listening experience.
This is my first experience with the author and I doubt it will be the last. Muses and Melodies was a fitting conclusion to the series and one I would recommend to fans of emotional love stories.
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