Friday, August 5, 2011

Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost

Title: Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost
Author:  Z.A Maxfield
Publisher: Loose Id
ISBN: 978-1-61118-412-9
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Paranormal
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Fitz has the next year to himself, more or less.  With his mother out of the country, Fitz can just be a normal boy, hopefully one who can soon find a boyfriend.  When Garrett starts paying him some attention, Fitz soaks it up, but then things go wrong and Fitz is left wondering if being normal is even worth it.   

Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost is Z. A. Maxfield’s latest release and, while a fun read, it also drove me a little crazy.  For me, the only solid main character was Fitz.  Fitz has an overbearing mother who goes through husbands like some people go through shoes.  With his mother out of the country for the next year, Fitz is hoping to really find himself and, for the most part, his forms of expression are typical teenager.  Even his reactions to Garrett are normal for someone who is just now experiencing sexual feelings for someone else.  Where I started to become frustrated was when Ari is introduced into the story.   

Ari was, at one time, Fitz’s step-brother.  Now that Ari is a successful forensic accountant, the two have grown apart.  It was easy to see from the beginning that the chemistry between these two was strong.  While it is understandable that they would have reservations about the attraction they felt for each other, I think it dragged on too long.  Fitz spent so much time with Garrett that his relationship with Ari doesn’t really come into play until almost the end of the book. 

This does not necessarily mean that I did not enjoy the story.  The characters are great.  I loved the secondary characters, Julian and Serge, just as much as I did Fitz and Ari.  The ghosts’ story is just heart-wrenching and I hope they plan on sticking around Fitz for some time.  There are also some great scenes in the book and I am sure the lunch time scene with Fitz, Ari, and some of Ari’s co-workers will result in a lot of chuckles.  Fans of this author are sure to love Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost and they should. 

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