Monday, September 23, 2013

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: In Harmony by Helena Newbury

In Harmony by Helena Newbury

Title: In Harmony
Author: Helena Newbury
Series: Fenbrook Academy #2
Publication Date: September 21st 2013
Publisher: Foster & Black New Adult

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...
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My Review

I received this as an ARC in exchange for a review for the tour.

IN HARMONY was just...amazing. It practically blew me out of the room, I just couldn't put it down! This is the second book in the Fenbrook Academy series. And after enjoying the first book, I completely got addicted to this one. 

Focusing on the story of Karen--a cellist who has been dominated by her father for 21 years--and Connor--a bad boy who plays electric guitar instead of those 'geek' instruments (as they say in the book). 

Karen is a very serious person, always practicing her cello and always thinking about study, study, study. She wants to graduate, but she can't when her plans went downhill when her recital partner broke his arm in a robbing situation. Now all she has left is....Connor. Karen is a really likeable person, she's quiet most of the time, tucked away in her comfort zone, but once I got to know her, I couldn't help but find her likeable.

Connor is a bad boy, a player, whatever you want to call it. He plays electric guitar like it's part of him, and it is. He doesn't care about graduating, he barely shows up in class. But since he was Karen's last chance, she had to take it. Connor acts like he doesn't have a care in the world. But in reality, he's hiding a secret from everybody.

Karen's friends are all really friendly, in here we get to see characters from the first book in the series, DANCE FOR ME as well. They all help her with her music problems, and in turn she helps them with their own problems. It was nice to see that this book wasn't just about Karen and Connor, it was about Karen's friends as well.

This book was really enjoyable. The characters and the romance blossoms over time, and they don't just fall straight into bed. The characters learn to live with everything and move on with life, falling in love on the way.

You could read this as a standalone, but I recommend reading DANCE FOR ME first since the characters appears in this book. Really enjoyable, and I couldn't get y head out of it even in my sleep. Fans of romance, music and secrets would really enjoy this!


Up for grabs:

1. $50 Amazon GC (INT)

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



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