When an author you’ve met in person releases another book, it’s kind of exciting. It’s even more wonderful when you had an opportunity to read an early version of the work, and then you are completely surprised at the finished product. About 18 months ago, I took a trip to England for vacation, but part of it was to meet Claire Ayres in person. I’d enjoyed her first book, Entrapped, and reviewed it on my blog and all over social media. A little over a year later, the sequel in her Musicians Hope series has been released, and today, I’m thrilled to share my review for Rumours.
About the Author
Claire lives in Bristol, UK and has taken her inspiration from the people and the places she has seen over the years. She always has a book close at hand and devours Fantasy and Romance like some devour chocolate! Claire loves a happily ever after followed by lots of bloody sword-fighting and dangerous dragons! But when writing her debut novel Entrapped drew on her childhood ambition to be a musician and one of the instruments she played and still loves as a centre-point.
Claire is also a passionate mental health advocate who lives with bipolar disorder and has done regular radio interviews and even some TV. She is also a huge heavy metal fan and can regularly be found banging her head at a concert or festival.
Overview of Book (s)
Blair is a wedding photographer who had her own wedding dreams snatched away by a cheating fiancé. Mark is a lifelong player who made the awful mistake of cheating with his best friend’s girl.
When the two meet it’s clear they are meant to be together but their pasts really get in the way. Will they overcome the obstacles facing them or will others get in the way?
The second standalone book in the Musicians Hope series, Rumours, is an 18+ contemporary romance with some graphic scenes and a violent assault.
Book Review of RumoursRumours by Claire Ayres
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Rumours can be both a good and a bad thing to experience. Sometimes they bring you excitement that makes you thrilled about the future. At others, they pierce your heart until you can bleed no more. This time, it’s the latter… and Claire Ayres’s latest book, Rumours, is the kind of story that will raise your emotions and ignite your hope… even if you’re not a musician like most of these characters.
In the first book in this series, we watched two lonely hearts fall in love, run away from one another in fear, and figure out how to survive in confusion and chaos. In this one, Blair is devastated when her fiance cheats on her. She meets a potential new flame, Mark, but unfortunately, he was once a cheater as we well know from an earlier book. When Blair finds out through the rumour mill, everything changes. How can you trust someone who’s bound to hurt you like he has with someone else in the past? Ayres pushes her readers to take sides by alternating perspectives from each of the two major characters… which will you support? It might not be what you think…
Toss in several friends, acquaintances, pop-ups from the first book, and a couple of clever yet shocking scenes, you’ve got a book about twenty and thirty-somethings who are still learning how to believe in love. I’m a big fan of movies where there are ~10 guys and girls all connected, looking for love with someone, and we see how the bonds of friendship, hookups, and short-term affairs play out. This book takes that to a new level because you’ve also got endless moments where the music in the cast’s lives helps propel the story in multiple directions.
One of my favorite aspects about Ayres’s writing style is her focus on dialog to tell the story. While there are descriptions and some narrative, the majority of the book unfolds through dozens of conversations where we learn about each of the characters. The author chooses the right words to make you feel the emotions; it also gives you a chance to apply your own vision to the situation without being told who to vote for based on favorable or unfavorable descriptions. Just because someone cheated once doesn’t mean he will do it again. Can you accept that, or is it a once-and-done-with situation? Another fine question readers must explore.
Of course, what romance book wouldn’t be complete without sexual chemistry, burgeoning tensions, and erotic moments? There are enough to make you intrigued and curious, but it’s woven in at the right moments. I’m glad I had a chance to read this one again the week it was published, and it makes me excited to learn about more from this author down the line.
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