Hardcover, 304 pages
Author: Jessica Martinez
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
Source: Simon and Schuster Galley Grab
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Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen’s whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn’t just hot…what if Jeremy is better?
In this intelligent read about love and music, Carmen surprises us with her witty and smarts. This was a little different than other books I read, but with its emotional pull, it really pulls the reader in. The book was narrated by Carmen, who in my opinion was very strong and I would say that she is independent. Her mother is too controlling of Carmen's career in becoming the top violinist. Her main goal is to win the Guarneri- a prestigious award.
Then we met the handsome Jeremy. Ladies he is one great character. I liked him from the start, he was charming, adorable, and HOT. Carmen first meets him at a concert he plays, but with their little banter the relationship grows upon that. As they grew closer, we learn a new side of Carmen. Jeremy brings out a lot of things that Carmen, and her mother tries to get her to ignore the relationship and that he is using her, but once Jeremy kisses her.........Jeremy is one great character (British) all of his reasons for being there are heartwarming, it shows that he also has feeling for her once he got to know her. Violin is what connects them, and can also tore them apart.
The plot was put together well, characters were well rounded, you really get in touch with Martinez's characters to the heart. Carmen's family is caring to some degree, but her mother is very insensitive, I know she cares for Carmen and her career as a violinist, she smothers her, and we don't see much of her biological father, only 2 mentions of him, I thought we could've seen more of him despite the circumstances. Overall I enjoyed the romance between these two, and the ending was a great ending, but it could have been more. If you like music, love and much more take a look at this book!!!