In Verismo by E.M. Lindsey, Nicolas and Cedric have difficult pasts to overcome if they have any hope of making beautiful music together. Both on and off the stage. If you are a music lover, this story will grab you and keep you enthralled for hours. If you know nothing of music, you will love it just as passionately! This post contains affiliate links.
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Verismo by E.M. Lindsey
Purchase Links: Amazon
Author: E.M. Lyndsey
Publication Date: August 31, 2015
Genre: M/M, Contemporary
Length/Format: 1148 KB/363 pages
Heat Rating: 2
Star Rating: 5
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Two men, shaped by the demons of their past, find their lives inexplicably intertwined.
Nicolas Michaud, the prodigy composer and pianist, grew up apart from the world. Consumed by his desire to find the perfect musician for his Magnum Opus, he rejects human relationships, and it turns him cold.
Until, he meets Cedric Blum, a young chemical engineering student with a secret talent for music like Nicolas has never seen. But Cedric has his own past to overcome. With the help of an old friend and new relationships, the pair begin their journey toward love, life, and their personal Magnum Opus.
I cannot even begin to describe how amazing Verismo by E.M. Lindsey was. I lost an entire Sunday because I just could not stop reading this book. This is a long story as well as an engaging one so I recommend you set aside some free time to get all the way through without having to get distracted by silly things like making dinner and sleeping!
In Verismo by E.M. Lindsey, you will follow Nicolas and Cedric all the way from childhood into early adulthood when they finally meet. This is not usually my cup of tea when it comes to romances but each character is so incredibly unique that their history just drags you in and makes you want to keep reading. And because their past has so much to do with their present character, you really do need to get to know them thoroughly. They won’t actually meet until about 35% of the way into the story and I admit I was getting a tad bit antsy for that to happen by that point. Once they do finally meet, the REAL story is just beginning!
There are too many details in this story to sum up in one short review. Suffice it to say that both Nicolas and Cedric have seriously difficult pasts to overcome that make them afraid to go after what they truly love. For Cedric, his love of music has been stomped on and he has stuffed it deep inside and ignores it. For Nicolas, his heart has a wall around it a mile thick and he refuses to give it to anyone. When they come together, the walls start crumbling away. Cedric’s love of music awakens and Nicolas starts feeling a warmth in his heart that he can no longer deny. Working together, they are furiously trying to perfect not only the music but their feelings for each other as well. The development of both the music AND their love just grabbed me and tugged at my heart and soul.
The development of the secondary characters was phenomenal. There were only a handful of really important characters and they were all well developed with their own little quirks and stories. I absolutely loved Remy and am so glad that he and Cedric found each other again after so long.
The heat level is low for most of this book but you will not care one bit. Cedric and Nicolas are complex characters and towards the end, they are obviously in love but still dancing around each other. They do finally figure out the passionate side of their relationship and the buildup was well worth the wait.
I cannot recommend this story highly enough. Whether you know a single thing about music or not, you will get swept up in the creation of Nicolas’s Magnum Opus and you will cheer for Cedric’s rediscovery of the music inside him. And when these two characters finally come together you will sigh with happiness that they finally found their perfect match!