Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Book Review - The Piano Man Project by Kat French

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Title: The Piano Man Project
Author: Kat French
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 30th July 2015 
Rating: 5 Stars

Finding love isn’t always black and white…

You: kind, piano-playing sex god
Me: hopelessly romantic charity shop manager

Honeysuckle Jones has a problem, and her best friends Nell and Tash are on a mission to help her solve it. She needs a man – a caring, intelligent, funny man. But most importantly, a man who’s good with his hands…

Luckily Honey’s new neighbour – moody, antisocial ex-chef Hal – fails on almost every count. Even though the chemistry between them is electric, he’s obviously wrong for her in every way.

But when Honey discovers the devastating reason for his moods she decides to give him another chance. And discovers that the best songs aren’t always in tune…

This Piano Man Project had me hooked right from the start and showed no signs of letting up its grip on me. I was thinking about it during the day at work, and was lucky not to mess up my commute as I was so involved with the story. 

Honeysuckle Jones (known as Honey), is just as sweet as her name suggests. She works in a charity shop that is attached to an old age care home, and manages to humour her best friends Nell and Tash when they discover something slightly shocking about Honey. 

Their response to this discovery, is that they reckon she needs a man who is good with his hands, and so attempt to set her up with some pianists. 

In the mean time Honey also has a new neighbour, Hal. Hal is pretty much the complete opposite of your typical book boyfriend, but yet there was something about him that gets not under just Honey's skin, but mine too.  He alternates between being drunk and anti-social, to a great listener, to quite gruff, to small moments of such tenderness. There is of course a reason for the way he is, but I don't want to say what it is. 

Honey ends up somehow juggling the multiple balls that are the various parts of her life, with some skill. She becomes involved in the fight to save her job, and the homes of the residents of her care home, and also of her two best helpers in the charity shop, Mimi and Lucille. Mimi and Lucille and a few other residents play huge parts in this book, and they are wonderful characters.

You can positively feel the sexual tension between Hal and Honey, and some of their scenes together are just superb.  In fact there is assorted emotion packed all over this book, there is some comedy, and there are also sections where I was welling up with tears in happiness mainly. 

The blind dates with pianists are all hilarious, and I especially loved Robin's date, and Robin's character generally. 

I have now read both books by Kat French and loved them both so much, that I am really looking forward to seeing what she can come up with next. 

The  Piano Man Project is a fabulous book, full of heart, uplifting moments, a brilliant cast of characters, sexual chemistry and was a book I found very hard to put down. So everything I am looking for in a book and a bit more too!

Thank you so much to Avon and Netgalley for this review copy of The Piano Man Project. This was my honest opinion. 

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