Friday, 4 October 2013

My review of In Harmony

In Harmony (Fenbrook Academy #2) by Helena Newbury
Release Date:
September 21, 2013
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In Harmony (Fenbrook Academy #2)
Everyone expects her to succeed...
Karen plays the cello like an angel, and it’s the only thing that makes her truly feel alive. But her father’s dream—for her to join a prestigious orchestra—leaves no time in her life for anything but music...not even love. Trapped on her path, she doesn’t know how to rebel.

Everyone expects him to fail...
Connor plays rock guitar like the devil himself, and his ability has got him all the way from a dead-end life in Belfast to a scholarship at Fenbrook Academy. But beneath his arrogance and charm, he doesn’t believe he has what it takes. He’s spent his time in New York drinking and partying, and the only future he sees is a return to Ireland as soon as he flunks out.

But what no one expects...

When Karen’s duet partner is injured, the bad boy guitarist and the shy, sheltered cellist are forced to team up. Neither likes the idea, but what begins as anger and distrust slowly spirals into love...and lust. If they can face up to their feelings, they might just have a chance together. If Connor will allow Karen to stop his fall, maybe he can show her a life she never thought possible...

In Harmony is a new adult romance that will sweep you off your feet with its charming characters, music aspects and the romance itself. This is the companion novel to Dance For Me, and I had no problem slipping into the story having not read the previous book, therefore you can start with whatever book you want first!

We follow Karen; a girl who dreams big when it comes to her music and she is on course to graduate with perfect grades until things start going down hill. Her duet partner breaks his arm and she has to find someone at last minute who will be willing to take his place. This is where Connor comes along. A cocky boy with too much attitude for anyone to handle. He is her option, her ONLY option. Karen's main goal is to pass with high scores, but she might just end up learning a few things along the way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It had plenty of humorous and swoon-worthy moments. I wasn't keen on Karen at points because she was just annoying and not using her head to think, but in between that, I found her thoughts amusing and enjoyable.

We all know the whole "bad boy fall in love with innocent girl" plot, and that cliche carries on here, except Newbury adds some fresh twists to keep things interesting. I ADORED Connor. Yes the bad boy, but can I help that? No. Because Newbury insists on making such a lovable character with flaws that make him even more lovable. 

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Definitely don't miss In Harmony if you're looking for a new adult romance with plenty of sub plots to keep the book interesting. I will be reading more from Newbury ASAP!
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A review copy was provided by the author

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