Friday, 1 October 2010

Review - Sonata Appassionata © Cat Grant

Sonata Appassionata,
Author: Cat Grant

Publisher: Amber Allure

Genre: GLBT

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The sequel to Allegro Vivace...

Older man, younger man. Teacher and student. Love. Passion. Family drama. Jealousy. And music!

It’s not quite happily ever after when Aaron Parrish accompanies his young lover, violinist Matt Dugan, on his first European concert tour. Matt’s beauty and talent attract other men’s attention, sparking Aaron’s jealousy, while Matt’s stage fright and family problems only ramp up the tension.
Now, no longer teacher and student, Aaron and Matt struggle to redefine their relationship—before outside temptations tear them apart for good...

A couple hours and several shots of Amaretto later, I did end up paying the check, not that I really minded. It was a small price for an evening out with an old friend—albeit an old friend who still possessed the power to make me supremely uncomfortable.


Apparently Matt had noticed, too. No sooner had we piled into a cab than he turned to me and said, “You and Tonio had an affair back in the day, didn’t you?”


With a sigh, I replied, “Don’t suppose there’s much point denying it, is there?”


“Why would you even want to? For Christ’s sake, Aaron, I know you weren’t a monk before we met. Neither was I.”


“I doubt you’ve spread yourself as far and wide as I have.”


“I’ve been out since I was sixteen. Believe me, I’ve fucked plenty of guys.”


My mind spun back to the night of Matt’s Paris debut—to him sitting on the couch in his dressing room, Petrovsky’s hand on his shoulder. “Can we please change the subject?”


He gaped at me. “What, you mean it’s not okay for us to talk about our pasts?”


“I just don’t like thinking of you with other men.”


“Really? Because the idea of you with Tonio turns me on.” He slipped his hand onto my thigh, then higher, his fingers brushing my hard-on. “Looks like I’m not the only one.”


A slow, stabbing throb pulsed over my right eye. I’d had too much to drink. Between that, the noisy restaurant and now Matt’s badgering, I’d finally reached critical mass. “Drop it, Matt. In every possible sense.”


He jerked back as if I’d just slapped him. “Aaron, c’mon—”


“I’m not in the mood for this conversation. Let it go.”


“Fine,” he snapped, turning to stare out the cab window. “Whatever you want...”

© Cat Grant


My Thoughts.

There are some books that makes me feel like pinching myself when I have read them, because they always end up being so good that I to wonder, why did I delay, why did I not read this book as soon as it was available.

SONATA  APPASSIONATA is that book for me now and it is the sequel to ALLEGRO VIVACE a book I fell in love with a few weeks ago. Author Cat Grant did what only a few authors do and came back within a few weeks after the first book with a follow up book and I was chuffed…

The book picks up a few months after I had left the main protags Aaron and Matt. Matt is now on his first performing tour of Europe, arranged by his once estranged father and Aaron is faithful mentor and lover is taking a break with him.

Things are good on one hand but only getting worst if you go by the arguing that seems to be happening between the two. Aaron an old hand at alot of what Matt is experiencing for the first time has a little too accepting attitude about what can/could/will happen behind the scenes in the industry and Matt is fresh face and soaking it all up and only needs his Aaron to get through the day.

Things naturally comes to a head when the star that is Matt burns bright and he is noticed and not by people with necessarily the best of intentions.   

With this notice comes new decisions and bright options, but both men have a hell of a lot to work through but new players and old faces makes it hard to be objective. Matt and Aaron has some serious issues to work out and none of it anything to do with the age difference which is probably the first thing that anyone would have thought would be the thing to break them.

I said about ALLEGRO VIVACE in my original review

While the May/December romance is not a plotline that normally works with me – I must say Aaron and Matt were perfect for each other. I got to know Aaron and right from the outset I liked his personality and his down to earth attitude. Matt was a very mature lad, brought up in a lifestyle not known by many - coupled that with a natural gift plus he has a tendency to run away with himself, yet was still a young man prone to mood swings and little bouts of pouting – I ended up liking him alot.

And in this sequel this still rings true for me. However when Ms Grant came back with this sequel I didn't expect her to rip my rose coloured glasses off, but that is exactly what she did when she brought some realities home to both men.

While the back drop to the story is very much fictitious I thought the problems and the dual attitude of both men rang true. Aaron who I admired for his laid manner and his steady influence in Matt's life was so blas√© about certain norms in the music industry that I was  a bit surprise at his easy acceptance, but as the story progressed and one thing leads to another it is easy to see where Aaron is coming from.

Matt is still at that place where he is experienced in some areas of life but quite naive about the heart and morals of men. A credit to him however for being true to himself but still had his pouty moments which very much humanised him in my eyes.

This sequel is definately more than sex, it is really about the men fitting together, seeing how far they can push each other and mainly about Matt finding his feet in the industry.

There were some areas of this book that I could relate to which probably made it more of an experience for me. Ms Grant moved the men around Europe and I thought she did a wonderful job in describing the local and the attitudes of the people they encountered in all the places that they stopped off at.

There was no shying away from some of the sharper/finer details as well, Aaron revisits dead and old relationships and those scenes while not overly emotional they really lend weight to how far both men have come since they met.

All in all this was a good follow up book,  I still would have love to get some more info on Matt's father and their relationship, but I like the place where I left them.

If you have read the first book ALLEGRO VIVACE, SONATA  APPASSIONATA is definately a must read.


Quick Giveaway.

Cat Grant is giving away a copy of this book on her blog.. You have to be super quick though to get in on the action.

It’s goes until the 03th October..

Click the picture to take you to Cat’s place…


5 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 1 October 2010 at 22:37 said...

Like it, and the guy is hot and the cover is cool :)

Chris on 1 October 2010 at 23:28 said...

Sooner or later I will have to pick this and the first one up! :)

Sophia (FV) on 2 October 2010 at 19:04 said...

I'm not sure if this one would have caught my eye or not. I liked your review and I think I may check this one out.

Oh I see you have a Cara McKenna on deck. I just read one from her and I liked it a lot.

Lily on 5 October 2010 at 05:06 said...

I haven't read the first one yet but I'm sure eventually I'll get to both. They sound good. :)

Rikki on 6 October 2010 at 20:20 said...

I have been ogling the prequel for months now ever since I saw it on your blog. I definitely have to read them both. Age gap and all, sounds just like my kind of story.