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Sometimes we forget to listen to all the Notes

All the Right Notes by Dominic Lim

second chance romance, LGBTQIA+ book, All the Right Notes by Dominic Lim
What you can expect from All the Right Notes by Dominic Lim

For Quinto Cruz, Music is LIFE. He’s loved music since he was a small child and has played the piano since he was 3, thanks to his music loving parents. Only problem is, the music just doesn’t feel the same anymore.

Quinto finds himself living in NYC, playing the piano for a musical theater loving bar where all the passion has been drained from him. He still loves music but it seems the magic it once held for him has faded. If only he could get out of his slump.

Opposite him, Emmett Aoki is a big time movie star who has built his career around being a big time Actor. One of the few Asia American stars Emmett finds himself in NYC preparing for yet another movie and hosting a local live tv show.

Once upon a time these two very different men were friends but as they grew closer their feelings for each other became complicated and they did as many of us do and grew apart. Now it’s years later and they’re back in their hometown (Thanks to some scheming on Quinto’s father’s part).

The story is told from a dual timeline as past and present come together to tell the story of both Quinto and Emmett, how they came together, fell apart, and both lost their passion for what they do. The two rekindle their friendship as they work towards a common goal, to put on the charity show of a lifetime for their old high school, so that Quinto’s dad (and the school’s choir teacher) can retire knowing that his students will have the budget to carry on once he retires.

What they weren’t planning on was that all the time they had to spend together would push them back together in the way they both always wanted but were too afraid to claim. Will this second chance end in romance or just more heartbreak?

Emmette and Quinto’s story moved me so much. I’m always a fan of a good second chance romance trope and this book did it well. Dominic Lim crafted the perfect love story, and he did it while incorporating bits and pieces of Filipino culture throughout the entire book. Sometimes we meet the right people at the wrong time and if we’re lucky they come back around when the time is right.

This book gets a 5/5 from me. Though the spice is minimal id that’s your thing it’s at most a 1 ⁄ 5 on the spice scale. I absolutely loved Quinto’s story. I even found myself engrossed in the side character’s stories. I truly want to know more about Ujima and their journey to becoming the person they were born to be. This is a must read for your TBR, especially if you love queer love stories.

Just as a warning there are brief mentions of possible SA in part of the book but nothing graphic so keep that in mind before reading.


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