27 September 2013

In Harmony by Helena Newbury - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Release date: September 21st 2013
Publisher: Foster & Black New Adult

 Everyone expects her to succeed…. 
Karen plays the cello like an angel, and it’s the only thing that makes her truly feel alive. But her father’s dream—for her to join a prestigious orchestra—leaves no time in her life for anything but music…not even love. Trapped on her path, she doesn’t know how to rebel. 
Everyone expects him to fail…. 
Connor plays rock guitar like the devil himself, and his ability has got him all the way from a dead-end life in Belfast to a scholarship at Fenbrook Academy. But beneath his arrogance and charm, he doesn’t believe he has what it takes. He’s spent his time in New York drinking and partying, and the only future he sees is a return to Ireland as soon as he flunks out. 
But what no one expects…. 
When Karen’s duet partner is injured, the bad boy guitarist and the shy, sheltered cellist are forced to team up. Neither likes the idea, but what begins as anger and distrust slowly spirals into love…and lust. If they can face up to their feelings, they might just have a chance together. If Connor will allow Karen to stop his fall, maybe he can show her a life she never thought possible....

What happens when the perfect girl needs the ultimate bad boy? Yay! This is one book I didn’t dare put down. I pinned for Karen, swoon at Connor and fell in love with the rest of the characters – I swear they would grow on you too!  
Meet the perfect girl. 
Karen – the pressure is on her to succeed. She plays like she was born with a cello on her hands. All she wanted since she was a little girl was to belong to the NY Philharmonic Orchestra. Her life was all about music: practicing and perfecting her skills. She had no time to date, to have a normal relationship, even friendships. She’s the ultimate good girl. Problem is – she couldn’t speak in front of a crowd. But no worries, she doesn’t need it to graduate. What she needs is to ace her recital. What she didn’t need is for her partner to break his hands and left her hanging with no one.  
The Ultimate Bad Boy. 
Connor – he was about to be kicked out. He was a genius when it comes to playing but he doesn’t seem to care in going to his classes. He plays like a god, smile like he owns the world and could charm anyone without even trying. He was her knight in shining armor, and he was always unexpectedly helping Karen when she needed him the most.  
The Duet 
Can they pull it off? She plays the cello, and he plays the guitar? Oh you’d be in for a surprise. Both of them proved that no matter how different and how mismatched their instruments might be, they could still be In Harmony (sounds cheesy! But it’s true!). The book didn’t have music in it – but once you get into the part where they are playing, you can feel and almost hear the rhythm out of your readers. It was a little creepy, and I found the hairs in my arms rising – but it had me in awe.
They have helped and changed each others in ways you never expect them to be. It was a great read. I love both characters and the secondary characters that surround them, Karen has great friends who loves her and wants what is best for her. We get to see some snippets of their lives and problems here too. Despite their imperfections – her friends are perfect for Karen. They complement her.
In Harmony is a story of two highly unlikely individual falling in love despite their differences. 
*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

I dialed him and he answered immediately. “Hi. Sleep well?” he asked. 
My face was immediately burning. There’s no way he could know. “Like a baby.” 
I heard Connor smile. “I must have tired you out….” 
I froze. 
“…with all the dancing,” he finished. 
I breathed again. “It was only one dance. I have more stamina than that.” Any other time, I would have chosen my words more carefully, but I hadn’t had my coffee yet. 
“I’m sure you have lots of stamina.” How did he do that? How did he manage to make absolutely everything into a teasing, flirting mass of innuendo? When I didn’t reply—I was too busy silently seething—he continued. “I thought we’d rehearse at my place on Thursday. More space than a practice room.” 
I shook my head, then remembered he couldn’t see it. “I’d prefer Fenbrook,” I said doubtfully. 
“Great, that’s settled then.” And he gave me his address, simply steamrollering my dissent. 
When I’d hung up, I tried to see a silver lining. His place was a fair distance across town, so I’d have to get a cab—at least that meant I wouldn’t have to lug my cello. But Fenbrook felt familiar and safe. Neutral territory. His place…that was different. 
I sighed. I could still see myself in my mind’s eye—on my knees, thrusting the dildo inside me. 
“It didn’t happen,” I said, with so much conviction I almost believed it.
Helena Newbury is a New Adult Romance author with a love of bakingly hot summer days, strawberry gelato, good coffee and interesting people. Unlike the characters in her books, Helena cannot dance, act or play anything (though she is substantially more flexible since she started writing Dance For Me and tried doing dancer’s stretches, so she's hoping that something will rub off on her from each book). 
Helena writes in a very noisy, very busy coffee shop which means she sometimes end up mainlining caffeine to keep her seat. You’ll know when this happens because she’ll still be on Twitter that night at 4am. 
She loves meeting and talking with other authors, traveling to new places and discovering new books. You can find her on: 
www.helenanewbury.com | @HelenaAuthor | facebook.com/HelenaNewburyAuthor