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I’m a simple soul & when I saw some positive buzz for Dominic Lim’s All the Right Notes I decided to check it out—despite the fact that there’s a second chance romance & in my mind that is just inviting pain into your life ;).
This contemporary brings back together Emmett Aoki—now a famous movie star—with Quito Cruz, a pianist who’s returned home to take care of his ailing father.
Emmett & Quito were once best friends & for one night, went tiptoeing into something more before their relationship imploded.
All the Right Notes is a rich story with so many heartwarming themes & tropes woven into the past & present storylines. Quito & his father offered Emmett a loving home when he didn’t have one, & the Filipino food the family cooks cements their bond & the feeling of home in a concrete way.
But let’s talk the second chance arc, shall we? Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work for me. The miscommunication trope is big in this one, people, & the pacing of some things didn’t satisfy.
With that being said, I did like a lot about this book, including that one of the leads isn’t movie star perfect when it comes to appearance, that music is something that unites people, & that the leads make support more than a word during their respective performances.
In the end, though, the found family & friendship elements are stronger for me than the romance.
3⭐️. Out 06/06.
CWs: previous loss of mother. Publicly called a homophobic slur after a musical performance. Fatphobic language. “Spaz” reference. Quito’s dad is sick & then dies during the book. Reference to drug use. Quito is cheated on. Emmett is outed.
Give me that HEA, please.
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