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Listen

by Kris Bryant

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Overview

Former child music prodigy Lily Croft spends most days in her home office crunching numbers and analyzing data as an actuary. Once she filled concert halls across the world, until the pressure got to be too much and forced her retreat. When her boss hands her a temporary assignment, Lily has to leave the safety of working from home to work with people at an office. She keeps her head down and stays focused, but one night on her way to the train station, she hears music wafting from The Leading Note and the life and feelings she suppressed for over a decade bubble up to the surface.

Lily is inexplicably drawn to Hope D’Marco, Leading Note’s gorgeous and brilliant founder. But falling for Hope and re-exploring her passion for music force Lily to face her past. Will she go back into hiding, or have the courage to confront the consequences of her past and present colliding?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635553185
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 401,734
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Kris Bryant grew up a military brat living in several different countries before her family settled down in the Midwest when she was twelve. Books were her only form of entertainment overseas, and she read anything and everything within her reach. Reading eventually turned into writing when she decided she didn't like the way some of the novels ended and wanted to give the characters she fell in love with the endings she thought they so deserved.
Earning a BA in English from the University of Missouri, Kris focused on poetry, and eventually decided to write her own happily ever after books.
Her debut novel, Jolt, was short-listed for a Lambda Literary Award. Her second novel, Whirlwind Romance, was a Rainbow Award finalist.
Kris can be reached at krisbryantbooks@gmail.com, @KrisBryant2014, and krisbryant.net.

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Listen 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'Listen' is a gratifying romance that hits the right notes. Lily is a former child prodigy that has lived a life of anonymity since a breakdown ended her music career. She is working in finance and risk management. Only she didn't forecast the critical impact of hearing a beautiful melody drifting out of a window one fateful afternoon. There is no backup plan for the woman behind that piano. There is only Hope. And Hope is a beautiful woman in charge of the 'Leading Note.' An organization geared toward helping children learn instruments now that music programs are being cut out of schools This story is about Lily's attempts to overcome her social anxiety once she has found a reason to be better. I liked the sweet atmosphere that was present throughout the book. Hope was a sincerely good person that always knew exactly what to say and do to help Lily be comfortable and grow. There was very little angst, save for the obligatory 80% mark of conflict you would expect in any romance novel. It didn't seem contrived. I really enjoyed how it came about and thought it was a unique and satisfying reveal. This was very slow developing. About halfway through I thought it was dragging just a little bit. But I liked these characters and wanted to know how things would progress enough to continue on. The sex scenes were pretty steamy, No complaint there. However, I did feel like once it started, it just kept going. There were a few too many, in my opinion. I always have to mention I am prudish when it comes to this kind of thing, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. If it is your thing, you'll be pleased. Overall, I enjoyed this very much and would recommend it. If you love romance, music, cats, and stories of breaking through and overcoming obstacles, then this is for you. I received an ARC through Netgalley from Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.
Bugs-cheeky More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to read Kris Bryant's latest, "Listen," and when I did, let's just say, she gave me a truly wonderful and amazing journey to experience in her brilliantly written story about Lily and Hope, superbly wrapped in the sensual world of MUSIC, with words that turned into music notes, played throughout the story like a sheet music. To say that I was ecstatic about digging me heels into Lily's journey would be an understatement! And Bryant nailed the bloody thing beyond me expectations! To me, "Listen" is her BEST work yet! It's now one of me favourite lesfic stories and defo will be on me 2019 best list! I was enamoured of Lily's character from the start. Bryant brilliantly portrayed the psychology of her debilitating anxiety, her fears (rational or otherwise), her incredible self-awareness and initiative in dealing with her issues. I loved how Bryant described Lily's abrasiveness with people, a classic trait for someone with an extreme case of anxiety which could lead to uncomfortable awkwardness in communicating and relating to people. Bryant depicted Lily and everything about her with so much heart, it felt very personal to me. From the multitude of her internal struggles (her love-hate relationship with music, her interactions, or lack thereof, with her ad hoc colleagues, her attempts to ward off her anxiety attacks, and the magnetic pull that Hope had on her entire being), voiced out ever-so articulately through Lily's monologue in her mind (and with her best mate, Clio!) right down to her life-altering, life-changing journey that came full circle when she realised that she could never escape her destiny that breathed life into her before - music. Speaking of Hope, I absolutely adored and loved her character!!! I was immediately intrigued as soon as she graced the page of the book. She struck me as someone mysterious, charming, seductive (exclusively toward Lily...awwww!!), someone who was a thinker, someone who was keenly in touch with her senses, her emotional and spiritual state of mind. Whereas I could detect Hope's utter passion in life and doing what she loved, Lily's passion, however, because of her anxiety disorder, was muted. It was definitely simmering beneath, though. That was where Hope came in. She had this innate ability to draw out Lily's hidden passion, desires, and overall senses. Bryant truly understood her characters' mental and emotional states of mind as she manoeuvred both Lily and Hope's behavioural approaches so skilfully that the outcome was profoundly cathartic for me, as a reader, following their amazingly romantic journey of self-discovery, reconciliation and celebration in the music of the soul that was called love. What a beautiful ending to a melodiously sensual love story between two deeply intertwined souls destined to be together, depicted with so much passion and emotional essence described in the art of hearing through feel, touch, taste, sense.... Listen. And you will hear the essence of love. This book is an ENTHUSIASTIC MUST-READ! Bryant's writing really shone in this story. I felt every word, every expression, every nuance that Bryant described with absolute conviction and dedication, making the story evermore real and utterly captivating. I, for one, will be revisiting Lily and Hope often, which is why "Listen" is now officially me favourite Bryant book! Yet!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Listen by Kris Bryant This book drew me to it for a few reasons: * Loved the cover * Music has been a big part of my life in the past * The anxiety issue is part and parcel of one of my loved ones’ lives Words I wrote down while reading this book: * Sweet-ish * Music * Change * Identity * Structure * Love * New Adult? Lily Croft was someone else earlier in her life. She had a pivotal moment around age fourteen that hugely impacted her leading her away from the concert stage to being an actuary working with numbers. She is pretty much a nervous Nelly and recluse who likes order and doesn’t like change. We never really heard much about the formative years of her life – not in detail – and we don’t hear much about her life from age 14 to 27 either - when the story begins. Personally, I might have enjoyed a few memories about those years although I didn’t need them to understand what happened and why the drastic changes took place. The blurb about the book is fairly descriptive about the story line and what will happen. Lily and Hope will meet through music, they will get to know and fall for one another, there will be a situation that seems them apart for a space of time and eventually they end up back together again. If you are looking for a sweet fairly predictable well written story then this book might be for you. Thank you to NetGalley and Bold Stroke Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Listen by Kris Bryant This book drew me to it for a few reasons: * Loved the cover * Music has been a big part of my life in the past * The anxiety issue is part and parcel of one of my loved ones’ lives Words I wrote down while reading this book: * Sweet-ish * Music * Change * Identity * Structure * Love * New Adult? Lily Croft was someone else earlier in her life. She had a pivotal moment around age fourteen that hugely impacted her leading her away from the concert stage to being an actuary working with numbers. She is pretty much a nervous Nelly and recluse who likes order and doesn’t like change. We never really heard much about the formative years of her life – not in detail – and we don’t hear much about her life from age 14 to 27 either - when the story begins. Personally, I might have enjoyed a few memories about those years although I didn’t need them to understand what happened and why the drastic changes took place. The blurb about the book is fairly descriptive about the story line and what will happen. Lily and Hope will meet through music, they will get to know and fall for one another, there will be a situation that seems them apart for a space of time and eventually they end up back together again. If you are looking for a sweet fairly predictable well written story then this book might be for you. Thank you to NetGalley and Bold Stroke Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars