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It was just supposed to be a working weekend in Maui and not anything remotely life-altering, but all that changes the moment Gwen Harrison holds a hotel elevator for Dana Ryan. Beautiful and charming, Dana is a breath of fresh air that Gwen is helpless to resist—something she dearly regrets when their whirlwind weekend is over and reality sets back in. The course of trueIt was just supposed to be a working weekend in Maui and not anything remotely life-altering, but all that changes the moment Gwen Harrison holds a hotel elevator for Dana Ryan. Beautiful and charming, Dana is a breath of fresh air that Gwen is helpless to resist—something she dearly regrets when their whirlwind weekend is over and reality sets back in. The course of true love is notorious for being anything but smooth, but the truths and consequences of an inauspicious beginning such as theirs are enough to put that old adage to the ultimate test....

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ISBN : 34738870
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Number of Pages : 380 Pages
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symphony in blue Reviews

  • lov2laf
    2018-11-30 11:05

    M.J. Duncan's previous book 'Atramentum' wasn't my favorite but, in general, I am a fan of this author. When I saw this book released the other day I snatched it up without even reading the blurb and I wasn't sure what to expect plot or quality wise. I'm happy to say I found this to be much better than her last book and Duncan is more or less back in the saddle of what made me like her books in the first place.Gwen and Dana are two very likable leads with crackling chemistry in a straight up romance. The supporting cast is great, dialogue is natural, the music and athletic backgrounds of our leads are rich, and the intimacy is steamy and palpable. Duncan could teach a class on how one should write intimacy and romance at this point, that's how good she is. However, full disclaimer, this book has a twist that some people may hate; infidelity. It does not occur between Dana and Gwen but let's just say the offending party feels like the biggest jerk for already having a girlfriend and, though Dana and Gwen are meant for each other, this already existing girlfriend is the driving plot point behind why Dana and Gwen can't properly come together for most of the book no matter how much we scream at them to just go for it already. It does help that Duncan makes the offending party a stand up person that feels guilty as hell while also making the existing girlfriend about as big of a douche as she could possibly be...To the point that our lead knows she's in a relationship with the girlfriend but the girlfriend is so absent, cold, self-absorbed, and completely non-caring I truly started to wonder if the girlfriend realized she was actually in a relationship with the lead? It makes it easier for us as the reader to root for Dana and Gwen, that's for sure.Despite the infidelity aspect, the pure love story is still front and center and brings out the romantic in all of us...well, most of us. And Duncan delivers a strong story with the happy ending we all want.I'll add that the book isn't 100 percent polished with a few editorial hiccups but I find those easy to overlook since the overall quality is high...and though every encounter is pleasant it started to feel a tad long but, then again, the payoff was worth it.I enjoyed the read and give this around 4.2 stars.

  • Anja
    2018-12-07 16:29

    I really like MJ Duncan's other stories. This story isn't bad, but it's all centered around a relationship that doesn't exist anymore and instead of breaking the whole farce up, Gwen sticks to it for whatever reason. We meet Mallory a few times, come on, from the first page of the book I was expecting Mallory to have an affair with someone (it would have made the whole suffering story a little shorter), she is a self-centered bi***. I really liked Dana's and Gwen's interaction (Dana is a darling and don't get me going on Waterman ;) it is always so sweet when they meet. I would have confronted Mallory at the beginning of the book and then the story would have been different.

  • Marilyn
    2018-11-20 13:17

    Wow! I really, really liked this book. The characters were irresistible. The opening scene was one of the best and most hilarious ever. M.J. Duncan has gone directly from my authors-I-have-not-read to favorite-authors shelf. While I understand some people do not like to see troubled relationships depicted in Lesfic, I find it refreshing if it isn't the focus. That's one of the things that made this book stand out for me. I found the characters so likable that I wasn't annoyed with the unending angst. I expect this will become a comfort read for me.

  • CLo
    2018-11-24 12:09

    Absolutely AmazingI have read several of MJ Duncan's book and this is by far my favorite. Not only were the main characters amazing but the secondary characters were just as good and did more than just add to the story of Dana and Gwen, they pretty much made it. And the ending!!! It had me all smiles. Read this book. Its a fast, slow burm that is just great!!!

  • Val
    2018-11-29 16:19

    Another sweet romance from MJ Duncan. I certainly had some reservations about this one as I read in reviews that there was infidelity in the story. However, the author does a great job of making us root for the main couple in spite of that initial blunder. I also feel that she illustrated the consequences of unfaithfulness rather clearly as it almost ruined the love of a lifetime. Bravo to the author.

  • Lexxi Kitty
    2018-11-27 15:31

    No rating. I did only read 18% of this book.Nice story, was having fun - the chemistry between Dana and Gwen was off the chart. But then . . . I was barely hanging in there when things turned to 'oh right, I already have a girlfriend . . . who I don't like'; but . . . now not going to say anything and not going to break up because . . . she doesn't want to disturb her when she's going to be practicing for an audition. Just wouldn't be right. Then I look at reviews. And the things I see don't fill me with a desire to continue. (view spoiler)[Dana and Gwen spend most of the book apart; but it's (the cheating, or Gwen lusting after another, or whatever it is) okay because the actual girlfriend (who, I think, is named Mallory, but I bailed before the girlfriend's name dug a hole in a brain and lodged itself there) is a massive douche canoe and anyway, she doesn't even really remember much of the time that she has a girlfriend ((thereby undercutting that 'but I have to stay with her so that I don't disturb her for her big audition!' excuse - the bloody girlfriend barely realizes Gwen exists, but ....)) (hide spoiler)]This book lodges itself perfectly into my discomfort zone. And life is short.So, yeah, I'm done. Rating: ---Snippet written: April 14 2017

  • Margaret
    2018-11-18 12:12

    Detailed score: 3.5The good: - Gee this author knows how to write a moving pwoar scene.- the moments of unrestrained togetherness were fantastic. Pity so much of this was crammed in at the endThe bad:So. SO. Many excess descriptors. Everything is described in detailed, so much so that I started to skip whole pages because it they just contained descriptions of the restaurant the characters were at, which had no bearing on any plot point whatsoever, it really board me out of the storyThe meh:I really don't love infidelity story lines. The infidelity here was so implausible it was bearable for my infidelity hating self to not hate the cheater but also was so implausible that I found it really frustrating as our 'barrier to love' plot device for 80% of the novelOverall; I can't help feeling that a good editor could have made this a much better book than what it is. Still worth your time if you're willing to do a little work as a reader to see the potential within the rough,

  • Ty
    2018-12-09 13:05

    3.5 stars. This was pretty good. It ended up moving a little slowly because it established its end point very early on and then plodded faithfully towards that conclusion with no deviation or drama. But it was sweet.

  • C. Mack
    2018-12-03 17:06

    Brilliant and beautifulAfter an unexpected start this story totally had me hooked, especially if you are a total sap like me. A truly beautiful story that held me tight from beginning to end.

  • Doreen
    2018-11-15 16:32

    The perils and pleasures of falling in love.This story belongs to Gwen. She is a cellist who lives to work in the LA Philharmonic. While away at a wedding gig in Maui, she meets Dana and Dana's BFF Regan. They are also in Maui for a wedding, but this one is between Regan and her beloved, Brooke. The three women meet, the night before these two weddings, at the hotel where they are staying.The drunken livewire Regan pushes Dana to ask Gwen out to her wedding reception, which takes place the following night. Gwen finds Dana nearly irresistible and decides to accept the invitation. A night of drinking, flirting and dancing leads to a romantic liaison for Gwen and Dana. What happens the morning after drives the plot of Symphony in Blue.I've been reading books by M. J. Duncan for quite some time. I enjoyed all of them. I would rate this novel between 4 and 4.5 stars. Lesbian romance is generally about the push toward and pull away from love. Most involve some mysterious force which brings the lovers together, be it chance or fate or the Cosmos itself. Does any writer truly understand the mysteries of the lesbian heart? Usually an equal and opposite force moves the protagonists apart. The issues vary in cope and complexity including coming out, family melodrama, in-laws, shyness, insecurity, homophobia, religious turmoil, addiction, workaholic tendencies and so on. In this case, Gwen made a terrible mistake when she hooked up with Dana. She knows it and she's sorry. The storyline is tricky, but it's handled skillfully. I was very impressed with how the author handled a sensitive topic. The book is populated with numerous characters. I liked most of them, but not all of them. Some characters acted too over the top for adults in their thirties. Others weren't developed enough to carry the story forward. More in depth characterization would have strengthened this novel. It's just an observation and doesn't change my view of this compelling romance.

  • T.B. Markinson
    2018-11-16 18:25

    Symphony in Blue by M. J. Duncan is a happily ever after lesbian romance that’s perfect for a day at the beach or by the pool.

  • Michele
    2018-12-07 15:34

    I read this book about a month ago. Since I don't remember much of it, it's obviously not that memorable. Not bad, but definitely not one that will stay with me over time.

  • Margaret L. Hedman
    2018-12-09 13:22

    Excellent book!Wow! I loved Symphony in Blue. What a romantic story. Great characters. Beautifully written. . I read it cover to cover in one sitting. Thanks to MJ Duncan for a beautiful book.

  • V
    2018-12-11 13:28

    MJ Duncan has quickly become one of my favorite authors. After reading "Atramentum" and "Spectrum" (both 5 stars), I couldn't wait to get my hands on her most recent book. I was not disappointed in the least. I loved it so much, I am going to start over as soon as I finish this review.Both main characters are wonderfully fleshed out. Dana, the swim coach, is self-assured while still being vulnerable. She is confident but not cocky. Gwen is graceful, a bit shy and slightly clueless about her own worth. When these two meet at a wedding in Hawaii, the chemistry sizzles. After reality comes crashing down on them, they embark on building a relationship, a real friendship. I liked this the most about this book. In so many LesFic offerings, that part is often missing. In "Blue Symphony" this is really their only option and it is delightful to see them grow close, nurture a truly affectionate bond and become real friends. This brings out the best in each of them which is what kept me reading into the wee small hours of the night.The supporting characters are a rich group that are thoroughly fleshed out in their own rights which was very refreshing. The world of this book felt very full and spirited and that too is often missing in some books. On reflection, I wish I had heard a little more about Gwen's family, maybe some interaction, but that's just nit picking.And as a first, I cried like a baby at the end. The final few chapters of the book were so rewarding that when I finished the book I was so happy and full of joy for this couple who only exist in fiction.Actually, my only complaint, and this has been the case in all her books is that there have been many typos that have pulled me right out of the story. I don't know how that happens, but I hope that is something that can be addressed in future books. I can't wait for her next offering.

  • Jeanne
    2018-12-02 12:32

    Loved the title and the storyThis writer has a story to tell and she took her time to write it. I really hated the plot idea but the author stuck to her guns to give a good read. I like that this was only written from Gwyn's viewpoint. And the characters were fantastic. It was really funny at times. The sex was fantastic and incredibly delicious.I couldn't quite give a 5 since the author had a few writing trend that i did not agree with, that repeated to many times (ie someone humming in pleasure). She must have repeated that one 20-25 times in the book, with multiple characters. And the adoption of the cat was sort of pointless, although sweet. I really wish she would have gone into a bit more about music since that was Gwynn's life. She mentions a lot of classical pieces but doesn't actually describe them for a layman. I think she only says pianissimo using the language of music. There are so many words to convey emotion. Regardless i enjoyed the build and the romance between these two. Dana was a great character. Regan was fantastic.

  • Kathy
    2018-11-15 16:22

    Dana ran a hand through her hair...So many times I wondered if she'd have any hair left by the time the book was finished. I have no idea as to why Ms. Duncan included that mannerism so much, but it really got stake for me. It was like Ms. Duncan was hell bent on writing x-number of words when there was a scene with this character and that's what she used to fill the quota.It really detracted from the story for me, as well as the number of times she redundantly described the case for Gwen's cello.If not for those two things, and some glaring typos, I would have given the book five stars.I really enjoyed the characters. I especially liked that Ms. Duncan did such a great job of fleshing out the characters who are friends of the two main characters.The sex scenes sizzle, and I think they were artfully done.All in all it's a book I can recommend to fans of the lesfic genre.

  • Fran
    2018-12-06 18:13

    HARD TO PUT DOWN!Beautiful, heart-warming story about new possibilities that can emerge once we let go of relationships/situations whose survival depends on draining our life energy. Holding one's joy ransom to the approval of another cannot be life-giving to either party in the long run. If it's not working for BOTH people, it's NOT working.The characters in this story are both relatable and hugely enjoyable. Descriptions of interactions are delightful. Even difficulties and complications are dealt with constructively. Life always carries the promise of new beginnings in one form or another. We just have to say "YES."Will read this again as I was too caught up in the narrative to slog through all the descriptive paragraphs while waiting for the story to continue. Good characters to spend time with. You will enjoy reconnecting with the memories of having had "those feelings" with someone special in your life!

  • Eva
    2018-11-15 17:19

    Romantic and Wonderfully Engaging !!This book is the the best book, that's not a series book I have read this year. I was hooked on the elevator and was engaged through out like if Gwen and Luke were my friends. I cried when Gwen cried and suffered when Dana suffered. Oh this book was just absolutely wonderful to read I can't express how savory it was to turn the pages and see where the relationship is going today. Loved this book from the bottom of my heart and will most likely read it again before the year ends.This is the kind of book you keep forever. 📚💜💜🎉

  • Kimberly
    2018-11-30 10:05

    An amazing journeyThere's nothing that I can add to the reviews already given. I have too reiterate that it's a page turner filled with surprising twists and turns. You will laugh a lot, cry a lot and swear a lot. You'll fall in love with all of the characters. What an amazing ride this was.

  • Sandy Clark
    2018-11-30 13:18

    Beautiful storyI loved the characters and the humor in this story. Most of all I loved the path these two women followed as they tried to do the right thing and held their passions in check until they could be together without regret or guilt.

  • PJ Jones
    2018-11-30 16:11

    I've found another great authorI thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has the right combination of characters and themes. Love the music referee as well as the sport theme. I got to learn somethings. I'm also excited that I have other titles to read.

  • Karen Alexander
    2018-11-26 11:23

    Love the journey It's been a while since i've read such a great love story. I'm very big on the in between of first meet and love- it's all about the journey and i thoroughly enjoyed this trip- will continue to read MJ-

  • sapphictionaire
    2018-11-26 17:16

    An adultery novel I can enjoy. At times perhaps the characters are too reasonable, but this novel still works to show the struggle of falling in and out of love.

  • Leslie
    2018-11-29 13:21

    Very enjoyable.characters were great and the dribble was believable.

  • William Boyle
    2018-12-15 11:19

    Reading this book made me realise that this is the first real romance story I have ever read.

  • Jenn
    2018-12-14 15:12

    Wonderful...Fantastic story that will keep you wanting more. A number of editing errors but nothing you can't easily get past....because the story is too good.

  • Alice
    2018-12-01 17:11

    Get MJ Duncan on audible.com please Every book I have read by this author has been good. I would love to see audible.com do more in this genre for fiction, mysteries, fantasy, and Sci fi.