Not Another Love Song

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Pub Date Jul 16 2024 | Archive Date Not set

Description

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.
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...

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Advance Praise

"Julie Soto is my favorite writer, period. I'll read anything she writes, and love every second of it." —Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis

“Like the best of symphonies, Julie Soto’s book soars. (And I’ll never look at a cello quite the same way…)”—Jodi Picoult, #1 NYT bestselling author

“Soto is a virtuoso at deploying swoons, spice, and laughs."—Sierra Simone, USA Today bestselling author

"Julie Soto is my favorite writer, period. I'll read anything she writes, and love every second of it." —Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis

“Like the best of...


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You know when an author writes to your romance preferences? That is now Julie Soto for me.

I can not wait to scream about this book from the rooftops upon release.

Wow the set up for dislike to friendish to lovers was spectacular. I loved Gwen and Alex together. Even the third act worked for me so well. It was another stay up until 1 am to finish kind of read.

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The way I just DEVOURED this book 😍

It’s 3 am and I literally couldn’t put it down. I wouldn’t have been able to work knowing this was waiting for me anyways! WHO KNEW THE STRINGS HAD SUCH TENSION?!? (See what I did there 😉) Julie did, that’s who! It was perfection. When I tell you I screamed when I got to the cover scene, I am not exaggerating! I ran out of tabs and I don’t even annotate books normally!

This masterpiece comes out July 16th and you should do yourself a favor and go preorder it now. Do not ask questions. Just trust me! This was my most anticipated book of the year and it DELIVERED AND THEN SOME!

The BIGGEST thank you to Julie & Forever Publishing for this ARC 🖤 I adore you endlessly and cannot wait to hoard every edition printed!

Also, shoutout to Nikita Jobson for creating the most delicious cover of all time!

*review will be posted to Amazon & Barnes & Noble once released

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No, because I would’ve given anything to read this book and it not only lived up to my expectations but absolutely exceeded them!! Could this possibly be one of my favorite books of the year? MAYBE. The tension between these characters was spectacularly written. I've always known that academic rivals to lovers were one of my favorite tropes to read about but musical rivals to lovers?? the passion, the romance, the connection, and the banter between the characters was *chef's kiss*.

Synopsis: Our story follows Gwen Jackson, a violinist prodigy who’s hired to play at a wedding with her duet partner. After a mix-up of sorts, suddenly Gwen is holding Xavier Thorne’s cello; an instrument she has only played a few times and one that just so happens to belong to the lead musician of one of her favorite bands. Surprising everyone and herself, Gwen picks up the cello quickly and no one is more fascinated than Xavier Thorne, a musical prodigy in his own right. When Xavier realizes he's been working with Gwen for the past year in the same orchestra, he's more determined than ever to learn about the girl who managed to hide her talent. But when Gwen is offered the role Xavier has spent his whole life waiting for, tensions start to rise, and feelings are now more confusing between the two.

Tropes to look forward to:
- grumpy/sunshine
- musical rivals to lovers

Thank you a million to the Forever Romance team for gifting me this arc, you guys are truly the best!

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Prepare to be sick of me. I love Julie and everything she touches and this book was no exception. I loved both of these characters for all of their flaws and their obsessions and how interconnected everything was. I felt like I could conduct a symphony after reading this one and also that I need to find me a hot cello player ASAP. Their chemistry, their character development, the tension, the drama. I die. Dead. This book was so good.

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