Wednesday, October 2, 2013

In Harmony (Fenbrook Academy #2) by Helena Newbury

In Harmony

(Fenbrook Academy #2)

Helena Newbury
Pub September 21st 2013 
By Foster & Black New Adult 
ARC for Review 

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...

This New Adult Romance is recommended for readers 17+

A note for readers of Dance For Me A self-contained romance with no cliffhanger ending, this book focuses on Karen and Connor, but Natasha, Darrell, Clarissa, Neil and Jasmine from Dance For Me all appear as well.

The Way I See It

I thought this was an interesting read. I found the musical pieces beautifully written...I liked that Karen found her strength and stood up for what she believed. For a little bit I felt like the story was a little too busy…. like there was so much going on with everyone that it was hard to create a solid connection with the main characters. There were characters that I absolutely despised and I was angry for Karen. Why? Because she didn’t have the courage to do anything about it, I was very happy to see her face her fears and overcome them.

I-nnocent, Karen faces a world daily she is not ready for.
N-arcissist, Connor seems to be self-centered and uncaring.

H-elp, both of these characters need each other more than they know.
A-rmor, Connor uses his anger and aloofness to hide his inner turmoil.
R-eality, Karen is faced with losing her dreams. She can't believe her fate lays in someone else’s hands.
M-elody, trust and love are what fuels these two to accomplish something no one has ever tried.
O-pportunity, against all odds this unlikely pair blend and make beautiful music.
N-ews, there life isn’t certain but together Karen and Connor are willing to take on the world
Y-esterday, so different from today. What Karen and Connor have become is better than anyone could have imagined. It took these two different people to come together fall in love and realize their true potential.

I liked that everything was neat and tidy in the end. The author was able to wrap up all of the story lines pretty nicely. The music was by far my favorite aspect of a song...

My Rating

3.5 Mousy, Mugging, Cello, Guitar, Melody, Philharmonic, Silver Dress, Ruth, Romeo and Juliet filled stars! 

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About The Author

Helena Newbury is a New Adult Romance author with a love of bakingly hot summer days, strawberry gelato, good coffee and interesting people. Unlike the characters in her books, Helena cannot dance, act or play anything (though she is substantially more flexible since she started writing Dance For Me and tried doing dancer’s stretches, so she's hoping that something will rub off on her from each book).

Helena writes in a very noisy, very busy coffee shop which means she sometimes end up mainlining caffeine to keep her seat. You’ll know when this happens because she’ll still be on Twitter that night at 4am.

She loves meeting and talking with other authors, traveling to new places and discovering new books. You can find her on:


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