*I received a free copy of The Piano Man Project from Avon via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *The Piano Man Project by Kat French
Published by Avon on 30 July 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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…
Fun, flirty, but still pretty deep, The Piano Man Project was a very good story.
My The Piano Man Project review:
Honeysuckle (yes, that’s her name!!) has not had a lot of luck when it comes to men, and when she tells her best friends she’s never had an orgasm in her life, they decide to help her find a man – one who is good with his hands. And that’s how the piano man project was born, over drinks after a visit to a sex-shop. However, even with her friends’ intervention, and with her best interest at heart, Honey is so intrigued by her new neighbor Hal that any other man just seems kind of bland next to him in her mind.
Hal started out as a very impolite, angry, and off-putting character, and it took a while for both Honey and me to figure out why he acted the way he did. And while I could understand him, that did not in any way excuse his behavior in my eyes. Honey couldn’t help herself, though, she needed someone to listen to her woes, both professional and personal, and talking to Hal through his door made her feel protected in a way she didn’t when she discusses things with her friends.
The Piano Man Project has several layers, of course there is friendship and a possible romance, but there is also Honey’s work in a thrift store attached to a home for old people, the possibility of the home closing down, and her humorous meetings with men her friends set up for her. As the story moved forward, both the secondary characters and the main characters became solid in my mind, and I enjoyed Honey’s interactions with everybody! She was a strong character who was willing to fight for what she thought was right, even if it put her in the spotlight she didn’t necessarily want. Fighting for the home to stay open, and for the residents who had become her friends, she also grew closer to Hal, while still dating new men in her quest for an orgasm.
Because of the situation with Hal, and the way Honey fought for the home, there was a more serious tone to the story of The Piano Man Project at times. However, there was still quite a bit of humor, loyalty, and very strong friendships that I loved reading about. Written in third person from Honey’s perspective, and filled with both heavy and funny dialogues, the story was nicely paced and character driven.
Some of my favorite The Piano Man Project quotes:
Honey couldn’t argue. The few men she’d slept with wouldn’t win any awards for technique, but deep down she new it was more than that. She’d simply been born without the orgasm gene. Fact.
“Very true.” The hot tea warmed Honey’s throat as she considered the simple Latin phrase. She might not have a long-lost brother, but there was still much in her life that she needed to seize. Perhaps she could start by trying to be less churlish about Nell and Tash’s attempts to fix her up, enter into the spirit of the piano man mission a little more.
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