Unfinished Sympathy (Absolution, #1)
A symphony of passion and desire… Aubrey Irving has music in her heart. Once a violin prodigy at the prestigious Juilliard, family issues and money problems forced her to give up her dreams. Now she struggles to care for her mother and makes a living as an audio engineer for a hot new video game developer. Then she met Paul… Handsome, gifted, wealthy…At twenty-eight years old, Paul Crane seems to have it all. He’s made a fortune as a modern commercial composer. But he longs to show the world that there’s more to his music than trendy, disposable tunes. When Paul accepts an assignment to work with Aubrey on the soundtrack of a new video game, an impromptu audition of her music awakens a yearning deep inside his heart. But just as the sparks begin to fly, they both find themselves pulling away… Aubrey has a dark and troubled past. Paul has a history of crossing the line with his clients. The last thing either of them wants is another temptation. Can these two artistic souls unlock their hearts, and compose a symphony of passion? Or will their love song fade out before it even begins…

Unfinished Sympathy (Absolution, #1) Details

TitleUnfinished Sympathy (Absolution, #1)
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ReleaseDec 30th, 2019
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GenreMusic, Romance

Unfinished Sympathy (Absolution, #1) Review

  • Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    Aubrey has a past she's ashamed of. It's why she dropped out of Juilliard before finishing, and now works as a sound engineer at a gaming company on a temporary contract. When she first sees the gorgeous guy on the subway reading, she's instantly attracted. But it's when he starts working with her on her new project that their attraction explodes. Unfortunately, there are many obstacles in their way, including Aubrey's perhaps too stubborn independence, her past, and Paul's tendency to take Aubrey has a past she's ashamed of. It's why she dropped out of Juilliard before finishing, and now works as a sound engineer at a gaming company on a temporary contract. When she first sees the gorgeous guy on the subway reading, she's instantly attracted. But it's when he starts working with her on her new project that their attraction explodes. Unfortunately, there are many obstacles in their way, including Aubrey's perhaps too stubborn independence, her past, and Paul's tendency to take over. Will they ever be on the same page? There were parts of Unfinished Sympathy that I liked, but as a whole, it didn't really grab me. The chemistry between the two was flat, and they didn't make a very compelling couple. But really, the main problem I had with this story is Aubrey's character. She was a doormat, plain and simple. She allowed her sister to treat her terribly, she allowed her employer to treat her terribly, and she even allowed Paul to take over her life. Yes, she was independent and prickly, but she was also a huge doormat. She was my least favorite part of the story. Still, there were things I enjoyed - the musical aspect being the main thing I liked. It was by far the star here, and I really wished the couple at the center of this musical story was as good as the musical component.ARC via Give Me Books Promotions for an honest review.Review: Live Through Books Blog. Release Blitz: Live Through Books Blog. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter
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  • World Of Books 65
    January 1, 1970
    A well written passionate romance based in the world of music with the unusually twist of the composing of music for computer games.Paul Crane is 'infuriating, opinionated and impulsive but also charming and passionate' well that is what Aubrey Irving thinks about him. From the moment there eyes meet on a train there has a been a pull between the two. Paul a well know musician and composer has a problem justing people especially women who all seem to what him for him money his last girlfriend A well written passionate romance based in the world of music with the unusually twist of the composing of music for computer games.Paul Crane is 'infuriating, opinionated and impulsive but also charming and passionate' well that is what Aubrey Irving thinks about him. From the moment there eyes meet on a train there has a been a pull between the two. Paul a well know musician and composer has a problem justing people especially women who all seem to what him for him money his last girlfriend and Paul are going through a bitter law suit which has put Paul totally in the 'women are only after one thing - Money'.Aubrey has had a hard few years a very talent violinist who was in her 2nd year at Juilliard life couldn't have been better but when her father died she fell apart and left Juilliard. Aubrey now spends her time working long hours at a gaming company working as a music video game developer to keep her mom and sister in the comfort they have always known - not an easy task with Aubrey and her sister never seeing eye to eye. But seen the day she walked out of Juilliard she has never played a violin again.Aubrey jobs isn't the best in the world and her male co-workers are always putting her down and making her do most of the work while they take the credit.However, when Paul is asked to work on the music for Emono Games new top game he chooses to work with him as he remembers her slightly from years before. The chemistry between the two cannot be ignored - but with Paul not trusting woman and Aubrey hiding a secret can the two make they own symphony or will it be unfinished.
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  • Liberty Ireland Historical Graffiti
    January 1, 1970
    That is one sizzling cover - Yum! And what a unique slant on a musical storyline! Welcome to Paul and Aubrey's story folks - one filled with surprises and the unique use of music in the video game development business. Both characters come with their own issues, making the plot interesting and credible. I could have really done with less of one background character which is rare for me as I love a good villain. (Thus, in part, the 4 rather than a 4.5) The chemistry between Paul and Aubrey is That is one sizzling cover - Yum! And what a unique slant on a musical storyline! Welcome to Paul and Aubrey's story folks - one filled with surprises and the unique use of music in the video game development business. Both characters come with their own issues, making the plot interesting and credible. I could have really done with less of one background character which is rare for me as I love a good villain. (Thus, in part, the 4 rather than a 4.5) The chemistry between Paul and Aubrey is part of what I really liked, making them burn up the pages, whether screaming at each other or scorching the sheets. (I needed a serious fan! LOL) All in all, I enjoyed the book and learned a lot about classical music. So if you are a video game aficionado, music lover or just enjoy a good romance, I recommend this read.4❤️❤️❤️❤️4🔥🔥🔥🔥DisclaimerI receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Tiffany Readz
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars-A Different Musical Read Amelie S Duncan gives her readers a very musical read with Unfinished Sympathy, where we meet Paul and Aubrey. Two fantastic musicians at two very different points in thier careers.Aubrey is a classically trained Juilliard violinist, however didn't graduate from the prestigious school. Her talents have landed her at Emono Games, a video game development company. She likes the job well enough, even if they don't realize what kind of talent she's hiding. One 3.5 Stars-A Different Musical Read Amelie S Duncan gives her readers a very musical read with Unfinished Sympathy, where we meet Paul and Aubrey. Two fantastic musicians at two very different points in thier careers.Aubrey is a classically trained Juilliard violinist, however didn't graduate from the prestigious school. Her talents have landed her at Emono Games, a video game development company. She likes the job well enough, even if they don't realize what kind of talent she's hiding. One person that does, is Paul. A famous musician in his own right and knows exactly who Aubrey was/is.Paul has made his mark in the music world and saw Aubrey when she was at her absolute best, now he's got to figure out why she's wasting her talent at Emono, while he is cutting some music for thier new game.I wasn't a fan of Aubrey's wishy-washy, let everybody walk all over me character. She was treated horribly by the people in her life and took it, no fighting back. It was almost as if she didn't know what to do until Paul came into her life and started running it. I wished for a stronger female lead to go toe to toe with every obstacle put in her way.Paul and Aubrey didn't light any fires for me either. Her with the doormat ways and him coming in and taking over, left zero chemistry between them. It was mainly him telling her what to do or manipulating her and her saying ok. It got real old real fast. Towards the end, I was more interested in what was going on within Emono Games than with Paul and Aubrey. The book is well written and very musical of course. Along with Paul and Aubrey's romance, we are involved with her family and the Emono Games employees that helped keep the story interesting for me.Reviewed for Renee Entress's Blog.
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  • Jennifer Pierson
    January 1, 1970
    Aubrey is a brilliant musician, who was going to Julliard when life happened, and she had to drop out. Now she works for an audio/production company to help her mother & sister out, as the finances have fallen to Aubrey, hell pretty much everything has fallen into her lap. This is the place where she met Paul Crane, a talented musician in his own right, as he composes music, on top of playing the piano. They share a connection which makes them even better at working together. He's super Aubrey is a brilliant musician, who was going to Julliard when life happened, and she had to drop out. Now she works for an audio/production company to help her mother & sister out, as the finances have fallen to Aubrey, hell pretty much everything has fallen into her lap. This is the place where she met Paul Crane, a talented musician in his own right, as he composes music, on top of playing the piano. They share a connection which makes them even better at working together. He's super rich, and she's very independent, so things came to a head when he offered to help her out of a financial situation, as they couldn't stop fighting about it. Luckily, the music is bigger than their personalities, so it's the catalyst keeping them always coming back to each other. Unfinished Sympathy was a story which I enjoyed very much, and it brought all the emotions out while reading. Aubrey & Paul are perfect for each other, but it's always easier to see when not in the middle of it. I feel like Ms. Duncan portrayed the music industry very realistically, and there were even some f-bomb worthy twists which I loved. So, do Paul & Aubrey ever get past their issues?! You'll have to one click to find out! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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  • Sassy Southern
    January 1, 1970
    WOW!!!!! This book kept me on the edge from the very moment I started reading. I absolutely LOVED everything about this book. The characters, the story line, the drama, and not to mention the intense steamy chemistry between Aubrey and Paul. This book took me on such an emotional roller coaster. My heart broke for how Aubrey was treated, not only at work but by her sister as well. I knew there were secrets she was keeping about her past, but even not knowing what those were I still felt so WOW!!!!! This book kept me on the edge from the very moment I started reading. I absolutely LOVED everything about this book. The characters, the story line, the drama, and not to mention the intense steamy chemistry between Aubrey and Paul. This book took me on such an emotional roller coaster. My heart broke for how Aubrey was treated, not only at work but by her sister as well. I knew there were secrets she was keeping about her past, but even not knowing what those were I still felt so connected to her emotions and was rooting for her to stand up for herself and demand the respect she deserved. Paul was also an intense character. He tried to push Aubrey away because of things going on in his life, but the spark he felt when he was near her could not be ignored any longer. The problem is that Aubrey's job is in jeopardy if anyone finds out about their attraction to each other. This book is a must read book for sure! From start to finish it keeps you guessing as to how things are going to work out. You will want to one click this one ASAP! By Alisa
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  • Millennial Life Crisis Bookshelf - Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    What an interesting storyline and set of characters! After a traumatic experience and the loss of her father, Aubrey is attempting to rebuild her life the best way she can by working at a gaming company. Desperate for a permanent job, she pushes herself at work where the men are very prejudice against women – particularly Aubrey. Paul has been used by others the majority of his life, especially women trying to manipulate him to further their careers, and in his next business venture, meets What an interesting storyline and set of characters! After a traumatic experience and the loss of her father, Aubrey is attempting to rebuild her life the best way she can by working at a gaming company. Desperate for a permanent job, she pushes herself at work where the men are very prejudice against women – particularly Aubrey. Paul has been used by others the majority of his life, especially women trying to manipulate him to further their careers, and in his next business venture, meets Aubrey and is enthralled with her. While the pair tries to fight the feelings and chemistry they have in order to protect not only each other, but also their work, it ends up being the fight of their lives. I was so intrigued by Aubrey and her background and past experiences, as well as why she has made the decisions in life that she has that brought her to gaming and is such a strong character. In the end though, I felt that the storyline ended pretty abruptly and would’ve loved a little more of their HEA.I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    A chance first meeting on a train between Aubrey and Paul certainly has sparks flying between them. A second meeting has the potential to stop things in its tracks as Paul is being hired by the company to compose music for a computer game she is working on.There is a lot of office politics going on in this company - no matter how hard she works and how good she is at her job, Aubrey is just not part of the boy's club. Paul though recognises her from her violin playing days and the talent that A chance first meeting on a train between Aubrey and Paul certainly has sparks flying between them. A second meeting has the potential to stop things in its tracks as Paul is being hired by the company to compose music for a computer game she is working on.There is a lot of office politics going on in this company - no matter how hard she works and how good she is at her job, Aubrey is just not part of the boy's club. Paul though recognises her from her violin playing days and the talent that she has and insists that Aubrey be on the team that helps with the music. As they work closely, the attraction grows but Aubrey is dealing with some personal struggles: struggles that have left her doubting herself and her talent and left her alone. I loved the twist on the music genre with bringing in computer games to the mix, making it relevant. I loved how this story unfolded and the nurturing of Aubrey by Paul...his tendency to take over not so much but his was always in the right place. Fabulous read.***Reviewed for LBM Book Blog***
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  • Margery Baker
    January 1, 1970
    An outstanding love story!There are some stories that grow on you the further you read, and this is most certainly one of them. Aubrey is “lost” after she had to give up her career as a violinist due to family and money circumstances. She is now working as an audio engineer. On the complete opposite side of the financial and career spectrum is Paul. However, he too is a musician of considerable note. Their story begins when she is assigned to work with him on the music for a game. There are many An outstanding love story!There are some stories that grow on you the further you read, and this is most certainly one of them. Aubrey is “lost” after she had to give up her career as a violinist due to family and money circumstances. She is now working as an audio engineer. On the complete opposite side of the financial and career spectrum is Paul. However, he too is a musician of considerable note. Their story begins when she is assigned to work with him on the music for a game. There are many circumstances in both of their lives that keep them on edge. Ms. Duncan’s considerable writing talent draws the reader into the story and creates a “vested" interest. Everything about this story is wonderful making it an absolute MUST READ!I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
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  • R Huiszoon
    January 1, 1970
    Amelie S. Duncan, ‘Unfinished Sympathy’, The Absolution Series, book 1.As a Hidden Gems ARC reader I received a free copy and promised an honest review. Here it is.Rating: 4 stars (of 5).In general: a very musical romance.The main characters are Aubrey Irving and Paul Crane. Aubrey is raised in a middle class family. She appeared to be a very talented violin player. Her parents went out of their way to stimulate her musical career: Buying a precious violin, allowing a study at a famous Amelie S. Duncan, ‘Unfinished Sympathy’, The Absolution Series, book 1.As a Hidden Gems ARC reader I received a free copy and promised an honest review. Here it is.Rating: 4 stars (of 5).In general: a very musical romance.The main characters are Aubrey Irving and Paul Crane. Aubrey is raised in a middle class family. She appeared to be a very talented violin player. Her parents went out of their way to stimulate her musical career: Buying a precious violin, allowing a study at a famous conservatory, traveling with her to music competitions and buying her nice dresses for these events. But a few years ago her dad was killed in car accident and that changed Aubrey’s life completely. She had to leave music school, find a job and care financially for her devastated mom and sis.During her job at an audio/video production company she meets Paul Crane, a famous and very successful sound engineer and especially a passionate piano-player/composer.The author Amelie Duncan describes how Aubrey and Paul both have this passion for music and are very good when working and playing together. Paul is very wealthy and Aubrey is a very proud, independent woman, so she refuses his help when her financial situation becomes precarious. That causes quarrels, but the music brings them together again and again. The somewhat older and more experienced Paul learns her to fight for herself when her job is in danger and the author gives interesting insight in the music business, commercial mergers and the manipulation of the media.An exciting book with a fine plot, good dialogues, credible characters (perhaps the bad sister a bit overdone), some hot love scenes and a lot of interesting information about classical music. R. Huiszoon.
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