Monday, April 18, 2011

Sheet Music by Tibby Armstrong

David Tallis & Kyra Martin's book

Sheet Music

By Tibby Armstrong

Book Blurb:
Music journalist Kyra Martin faces the toughest assignment of her career-to write a cover story about enigmatic heartthrob David Tallis. Deadline looming, Kyra plans to go undercover. When she ends up under the covers with the sexy superstar instead, can both her career and their budding relationship survive?

With a closet full of skeletons to hide, and a paparazzi-fueled divorce behind him, David Tallis despises the press. When Kyra Martin bribes her way into his life, her sexy assets have him composing a duplicitous seduction. Ensnared in a media maelstrom of his own making, can David face the music? Or will he lose Kyra, along with another piece of himself?

I adored the couple set up at the beginning of the book.  Journalist Kyra Martin has a plan. She thinks she’s going to land music legend David Tallis for an exclusive interview, pat herself on the back for a career breaking boost, substantiate her boss’s faith in her at the music magazine - Voice and Vibe - and all the while David isn’t going to know what hit him.

David on the other hand has plans to let her get close, have great sex, lead her on , have her fall hard for him and then discard her like a tissue he’d clean himself up with and all the while she’s not going to know what hit her.

Oh the games these people play. I found myself rubbing my hands together anticipating how these two are both going to know will hit them. Tibby Armstrong did an excellent job setting up their goals and orchestrating it all out. Also, can I just add that the double entendre play on the book title “Sheet Music” is perfect!

One particular part of Tibby Armstrong’s writing style I noticed was her amazing ability to communicate how the character was feeling without the author obviously stating, ‘she was embarrassed’ or ‘he was mad’ . Having a writer spell out character’s feelings to the reader in such a manner is one of my biggest pet peeves. Don’t tell a reader what the character is feeling blatantly. Take the time to explain how the character is feeling. What a joy to read Sheet Music in exactly the writing style I crave.

Here is an example quickly setting the scene and understanding the characters feelings.

‘Glancing down at her robe, she saw the neckline gaped open, as it probably had throughout dinner. With a hasty clutch at the fabric she pulled it together and tightened the belt, feeling vulnerable and exposed.’

With just a few short sentences, the reader can clearly visualize the entire scene before them and understand what the character is feeling and why. 

If there was an award given for the “Best First Kiss” written, it should go to Tibby Armstrong. Seriously the best first kiss I have read in a very long time.  Just to add to that satisfying piece of information, Sheet Music is brimming with erotic love scenes. Their intimate moments were sexy, emotional and the heat factor was turned up high. David and Kyra have major chemistry and the steam was wafting from my Kindle.

I just loved Sheet Music. It was an excellent contemporary romance that kept me up late because I didn’t want to put it down. It had a great music industry vibe complete with annoying paparazzi, studio recordings, limos and award shows.  Sheet Music will make it to my future re-read list.  

1 comment:

Tibby Armstrong said...

Thank you for your review, Michelle! I'm thrilled you enjoyed David and Kyra. I admit re-reading the book myself from time to time, just because these two heat up the page so well. David has spoiled me forever for real life men. *wink*

I enjoyed reading your thoughts and am glad you shared them. It's fun to visit with these characters. They truly are like old friends to me.