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Friday, July 20, 2012

Beautiful Music by Paige Bennett

Beautiful Music by Paige Bennett
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (18 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

Nyree Grant, a rising singing sensation discovered on YouTube®, longs to meet a man who can match her in the passion department.

Jack Harris, a successful contractor, has become obsessed with the beautiful singer after seeing her internet video. He's thrilled when she's set to play some concerts in his city. His goal is to meet, and to have, the lovely chanteuse.

It is lust at first sight for the two and they soon find that they make beautiful music together.

Jack Harris couldn’t get the image of Nyree Grant out of his mind or his dreams. He couldn’t close his eyes at night without having erotic fantasies about her and he wanted to make those fantasies a reality. His chance came when he heard that she would be performing in his city and he decided that he would take the night off, buy a ticket, and finally meet his dream woman.

Nyree Grant had been discovered on YouTube and had finally realized her dream of becoming a singer. Happy that her life had finally taken off in the direction she wanted it to go, she was also sad that she had no one to share it with. She wanted more but realized that her singing may be her entire life, and love would have to take a back seat for now.

As Nyree prepared to walk out onto the club stage, she saw a man sitting at one of the tables. She couldn’t understand why her heart was beating so fast and when they made eye contact and he smiled, she was done for. Jack felt the same way when Nyree looked at him and he knew he had to have her. As she sang he felt like she was singing for him alone.

The main issue I had with this novella is how most of the book was taken up by the fantasies each of the characters was having about one another. When they finally did get together it was unlike anything they had fantasized. The story was good but it would have been nice if the characters were fleshed out a bit more. They knew very little about one another and she didn’t even know his name before she took off her clothes.

I found the story to be well written, the characters likeable, but you couldn’t really get into the story because before you knew it, it was over. That's fine if you're looking for a quick read that doesn't require you to become vested in the characters emotionally. It is a nice way to spend a half hour or so and simply enjoy it for what it is: a glance into two peoples fantasies and first meeting. If a few minutes is all you have, pick up a copy of Beautiful Music.

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