⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 Stars)
What a masterpiece. This book is going straight to my best of 2020 list.
“Music was the feeling of universal understanding.”
The Treble with Men is a beautiful Phantom of the Opera retelling that is simply unputdownable.
Kim Dae, who now goes by the stage name Christine Day, is the quiet fourth chair cellist in the SOOK. The orchestra recently hired a new maestro, the mysterious and masked Devlin is vicious in his teachings and was dubbed by his peers the Devil of the Symphony.
When Devlin approached Kim/Christine and asked her to work with him on a new and personal composition she is quite shocked. Why would this brooding man ask her of all people?
I’m not going to lie, in the beginning, I had some issues getting over the fact that Devlin was wearing a bandana covering his face at all times. BUT, I swear, once you get over that tiny bit of novelty the story starts to unfold and it’s remarkable. As the plot thickens and we get to see Devlin and Kim interacting on a regular basis The Treble With Men becomes absolutely addictive. The pages ooze atmosphere and the dialogues flow easily, going from a hilarious moment to something serious, to a sexual tension so thick you could cut it with a knife.
I read My Bare Lady last year, and that was a great book, but you can clearly see here how Piper Sheldon’s writing keeps improving. The romance between Kim and Devlin is enthralling, mysterious and seductive. But, we also get to see their vulnerable sides. They are both haunted by their mistakes, and ultimately the journey here is to let go – to forgive yourself and move forward.
“I think the past is tricky. It shapes so much of who we are. Mistakes, especially. But they’re necessary, you know? It’s a fine line between learning from them and being indebted to them.”
One thing that I wanted more from this book: the whole plot with Roddy was a bit shady, it was weird that nobody mentioned the “drink” accident, or persuaded him for more information after the fact. I don’t want to spoil anything here, but his actions (especially towards the end of the book) deserved a stronger reprive. Gah, he was just the worst.
All in all, it was an honor to read this book. I’m sure it will be one of those that I will read over and over again. It’s THAT good.
Thank you SO much, Piper Sheldon and Smartypants Romance for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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