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Sing. That’s what I came to do. I was prepared to do just that until I walked into my audition and saw him. Tall, mysterious, and gorgeous to boot, he was sitting at the coaches’ table with three others, ready to judge my performance, and decide my future. Yet, since I’d walked onto the stage, he continued to look at anything but me. So, I did the one thing I was there Sing. That’s what I came to do. I was prepared to do just that until I walked into my audition and saw him. Tall, mysterious, and gorgeous to boot, he was sitting at the coaches’ table with three others, ready to judge my performance, and decide my future. Yet, since I’d walked onto the stage, he continued to look at anything but me. So, I did the one thing I was there to do: sing. When I opened my mouth and let those words spill from my lips, he finally looked up. Those startling, dark eyes collided with mine with such intensity that I knew one thing for certain: I would never be the same. I am Layne Carter, newest contestant on Rising Star, the biggest singing competition on reality television. Nothing can stop me from giving this show my all. Not my horrible diva roommate. Not the fact that I'm terribly homesick and miss my family. And certainly not my uncontrollable growing attraction to my coach, Beau Tanner, award winning country superstar. Nothing will stand in my way. And I’m wrong. *Disclaimer: This book contains graphic language and detailed sex and is recommended for those 18 and over.


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Sing. That’s what I came to do. I was prepared to do just that until I walked into my audition and saw him. Tall, mysterious, and gorgeous to boot, he was sitting at the coaches’ table with three others, ready to judge my performance, and decide my future. Yet, since I’d walked onto the stage, he continued to look at anything but me. So, I did the one thing I was there Sing. That’s what I came to do. I was prepared to do just that until I walked into my audition and saw him. Tall, mysterious, and gorgeous to boot, he was sitting at the coaches’ table with three others, ready to judge my performance, and decide my future. Yet, since I’d walked onto the stage, he continued to look at anything but me. So, I did the one thing I was there to do: sing. When I opened my mouth and let those words spill from my lips, he finally looked up. Those startling, dark eyes collided with mine with such intensity that I knew one thing for certain: I would never be the same. I am Layne Carter, newest contestant on Rising Star, the biggest singing competition on reality television. Nothing can stop me from giving this show my all. Not my horrible diva roommate. Not the fact that I'm terribly homesick and miss my family. And certainly not my uncontrollable growing attraction to my coach, Beau Tanner, award winning country superstar. Nothing will stand in my way. And I’m wrong. *Disclaimer: This book contains graphic language and detailed sex and is recommended for those 18 and over.

30 review for Music Notes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Yodamom

    4.5 character loving stars This was so different form the normal rock/country star romance. This novel wrapped around a reality show, imagine "The Voice"and you are very close. The story follows Layne Carter, a struggling single mother, with a fabulous voice and a strong sense of personal worth. She is a good, honest person even when it might damage her future plans. She works hard, treats people well and loves her family. Beau is a superstar in the country music world, he is also a judge on the 4.5 character loving stars This was so different form the normal rock/country star romance. This novel wrapped around a reality show, imagine "The Voice"and you are very close. The story follows Layne Carter, a struggling single mother, with a fabulous voice and a strong sense of personal worth. She is a good, honest person even when it might damage her future plans. She works hard, treats people well and loves her family. Beau is a superstar in the country music world, he is also a judge on the show. He is a hunk in a black cowboy hat and wrangler jeans. He is also professional, honest and a big hearted man. When Layne picks him to be her judge, it sets him on a course that will change his future. Together these two enter a coach, student relationship with hints of interest. The other contestants, are a realistic bunch of very different people all written so well. Barbie in all her various forms has to be the wickedest one of all. Her names alone had me snorting and guffawing. This was a really good read, fun, exciting, well paced, with a predictable yet unpredictable ending. or endings, there are two. You the read gets to pick your own path. I read both, loved both for different reasons. I can't wait to try more from this author, she writes some good character :D Thanks SnoppyDoo reviews for the recommendation

  2. 5 out of 5

    D

    5 star read for me.I loved Layne and Beau! Safe read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    Are you looking for a new Music based novel to read ? Sick of the Rock Star falling in love type books though ? Music Notes starts off with single mother Layne being entered by her mother into a new reality TV show called "Rising Star". It is like The Voice meets American Idol where the contestants have to sing and then one of the judges or more will raise their flag - saying "I WANT YOU". Layne is one of the oldest ones there and doesn't think she has a chance, but when she arrives for her Are you looking for a new Music based novel to read ? Sick of the Rock Star falling in love type books though ? Music Notes starts off with single mother Layne being entered by her mother into a new reality TV show called "Rising Star". It is like The Voice meets American Idol where the contestants have to sing and then one of the judges or more will raise their flag - saying "I WANT YOU". Layne is one of the oldest ones there and doesn't think she has a chance, but when she arrives for her audition - all the judges want her. She should go for her first pick -Felix a music producer but she is being drawn to Beau Tanner - a country singer. Suprisingly, Layne picks Beau and since she has no interest or knowledge in Country Music she is going to have to work harder than the other team members. More so since she keeps being put up against her roommate who is a Country Music Diva. As the book goes along, we read as Layne has natural talent and the crowds love her , but also so does Beau Tanner and in their contracts it states relationships between co-stars are ok, but judges are a big No-No. Can Layne stay concentrated on the show or will the rumours of her and Beau get to her and make her falter or question her talent ? What I liked about Music Notes was near the ending the author has done something a bit different for readers - she has given readers the choice to choose their own ending for Layne . She can either go through the Safe Door or the Dangerous Door ? What I loved about Music Notes was not only the fast-paced and the behind the scenes of the reality TV world - Lacey Black also let the book no matter which ending you chose had a HEA one way or another. As this was a stand-alone novel , I really enjoyed the author's writing style and am looking forward to seeing what else Lacey Black's brings to the world of writing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dianna

    Single mom Layne is a bar tender. She’s so beautiful, men are continually propositioning her. They are terrible at it, so she laughs at them with her boss. Layne is so talented, she always opens karaoke night at the bar, and people genuinely seem to want to hear her sing. But Layne is in a rut, so her mom submits an application on her behalf to try out for (not) the Voice, (show’s called Rising Star, which is a neat name) and off Layne goes to LA, with her bikini line all waxed and shiny and a Single mom Layne is a bar tender. She’s so beautiful, men are continually propositioning her. They are terrible at it, so she laughs at them with her boss. Layne is so talented, she always opens karaoke night at the bar, and people genuinely seem to want to hear her sing. But Layne is in a rut, so her mom submits an application on her behalf to try out for (not) the Voice, (show’s called Rising Star, which is a neat name) and off Layne goes to LA, with her bikini line all waxed and shiny and a heart full of dreams. I love the Voice. I love a lot of reality TV. Not enough to watch seasons all the way through, I usually drop out of the Voice during the battle rounds because that show is so long. I’m fine with skipping a few Bachelor episodes, or full seasons. And I haven’t watched Survivor or the Amazing Race in years (do they still make those shows?). So probably I more like the idea of reality TV, and I think it’s a perfect setting for romance. But really good reality TV romance is hard to find, because the characters make me so impatient. Layne is no exception – I tried really hard not to dislike her from the beginning, but she’s pretty terrible. This story is told in first person. It uses a repeated summarising device: when Layne says ‘note to self’ she’s usually making some wryly self aware comment on her circumstances. But Layne isn’t pleasant. At first I thought she might be angry and bitter on purpose, and that this would be some kind of redemption story, but Layne has zero self-awareness of her faults. She’s bitchy about other women, and while I don’t think any woman should be sexually harassed in the work place, she had this grating whinge-brag attitude towards it. She also makes about 5% effort towards her own success. She doesn’t have to do anything other than show up for people to adore her. My biggest irritation with this book is that there’s very little dramatic tension, no character growth, and a romance that’s physical attraction and the hero’s blind acceptance of the heroine as the most incredible woman in the world. When Layne gets to LA, she meets cartoon villain Shawna. Shawna is spoilt and unpleasant, and inept at villainy. Layne also meets a bunch of other people, and they fall in love with her. It’s not always convenient. There are also a couple of people who should adore Layne, but don’t. How hurtful! Layne refers to Shawna as (something) Barbie throughout the book, because Layne is always impressed by her own wit. I had high hopes that Shawna would be interesting, but they were dashed. Shawna conveniently fades into the background for most of Layne’s angst about her time on the show. Not that Layne has a great deal to angst about – she’s clearly perfect. Layne has no musical training, she just has raw talent and lots of people telling her she’s going to win. During the audition round, Layne sets eyes on throbbingly gorgeous Beau. Beau is a country star, although I decided to picture him as Adam Levine rather than Blake Shelton, because in ranking the Voice male judges by hotness it goes Adam, Pharrell, Blake. Blake is fine, don’t get me wrong. But he’s no Adam Levine. Anyway, Beau was really problematic for me because it soon dawned on me that he never took off his Stetson. I refuse to buy romance with men wearing hats on the cover, because take those things off, where are your manners? I bet Adam Levine never wears a hat. I bet Adam Levine never goes outside. He’s kind of got a vampire pallor thing going on. And maybe his tattoos have built in sunscreen? Beau is very taken with Layne, and even though he’s country, and she’s already dissed him to the other contestants, and she knows nothing about country, she picks him as her coach. Rising Star follows the Voice format, with a few tweaks. One of the things I love about the Voice is how over the top the judges are after hearing two minute snatches of a song. I like how the show sometimes pretends the singer has done something innovative (they haven’t) and how the judges can look at a contestant and say: ‘I have never heard anything more perfect than what just came out of your mouth right now. You will be the biggest star this show has ever seen. I will make it my life’s work to ensure the world receives the gift of your precious talent.’ It’s such great fiction. Which is perhaps why it doesn’t translate well into fiction, because someone falling in love with you should say all that to you, and be sincere and blind to your faults. Everyone else though, is telling beautiful lies. I’d have got more out of this story if Layne hadn’t so clearly taken every adoring thing anyone said to her as a justly earned truth. The complicating factor blocking Beau and Layne from giving in to their quivering desires is their show contracts. Judges can’t fraternise with contestants. When rumours started surfacing that Beau and Layne are sleeping together, Layne is all righteous indignation: Women are catty creatures who are manipulative and conniving, and while I can’t blame them for looking out for number one, throwing me under the bus with vicious rumours and lies isn’t the way to go about it. Charming. By this stage, Beau and Layne haven’t done it, but they’ve totally exchanged ‘want to do it so bad’ steaminess. If you’re going to have a no fraternisation rule, it’s because you think a contestant sleeping with a judge means the judge is going to favour the contestant. It’d be a pretty good indication that the relationship wasn’t going well if the judge didn’t favour the contestant. I’d also think, though, that wanting to sleep with a contestant is also a grey area as far as judgement goes. This would be a problem for me if I thought a judge’s impartiality was some kind of sacred trust. I don’t care. I’m prepared to go along with a fantasy where Adam Levine is single and available (and hasn’t bleached his hair), I’m a hot young singer with a dream, and when he hits his ‘I want you’ button and chair turns, he literally does want me. However, if I was any other singer on the show in Layne’s world, it would really be a problem for me if I was trying to win half a million dollars and a recording contract, and one of the judges was clearly all hot over some amateur karaoke singer. I’d think there was some bias. Beau isn’t interesting. He’s basically Layne’s love slave from the beginning, and he spends the book panting after her. He can’t do anything else, because in Layne’s world, you’re either 100% behind her and adoringly supporting her every move, or you’re the bitch from hell. Lacey Black does include one thing I thought was neat: she has a ‘choose your own adventure’ style double ending. However, the book needed a better edit. Especially in passages like this: The dress fits like a second skin and, with my vintage black ankle boots, I appear sheik and retro. Stylish. I’m disappointed, because I really was prepared to overlook a heap of faults for a reality TV romance, but this is a boring story with a mildly unpleasant protagonist.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anne OK

    I am not a big fan of reality tv, but for the first few seasons I did enjoy The Voice and, of course, American Idol. Being an Oklahoman, Carrie Underwood is my favorite. I had a hard time letting myself become attached to this story. There was so much involved that didn't lead to an attachment. I was bored for a lot of the storyline dealing with the show and its rules and regs and the filming. I felt like too much attention was given to the wardrobes, too. There was material with great potential I am not a big fan of reality tv, but for the first few seasons I did enjoy The Voice and, of course, American Idol. Being an Oklahoman, Carrie Underwood is my favorite. I had a hard time letting myself become attached to this story. There was so much involved that didn't lead to an attachment. I was bored for a lot of the storyline dealing with the show and its rules and regs and the filming. I felt like too much attention was given to the wardrobes, too. There was material with great potential to be uncovered and discovered. It seemed it just vanished. Didn't care for the 2-choice ending idea either. Some might find it appealing, unique and whatever else might pop into the imagination. I just didn't care for it. Certainly would have entertained and enjoyed the idea of a little more relationship building between Beau and Layne. Just eyeing each other, feeling the building lust and acting on it does not a relationship make (IMO anyway). Wasn't an awful reading experience -- and a lot I did enjoy -- just not enough. And worst of all -- I detested all those "ya" speak from Beau. His "twang" language just didn't do a THANG for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers

    I have read all of Lacey's books and have been lucky enough to beta read for her. Each book just keeps getting better and better. Music notes has a totally different feel and I loved that about it. If you read the synopsis then you know it's about Layne going on a singing competition show. It's one crazy ride, let me tell ya... This was Layne Carter's big break into the music industry. She walked away from her dreams years ago but never lost the love of music or the feeling of calmness with she I have read all of Lacey's books and have been lucky enough to beta read for her. Each book just keeps getting better and better. Music notes has a totally different feel and I loved that about it. If you read the synopsis then you know it's about Layne going on a singing competition show. It's one crazy ride, let me tell ya... This was Layne Carter's big break into the music industry. She walked away from her dreams years ago but never lost the love of music or the feeling of calmness with she sings. Her life changed four years ago along with her singing dreams but and now with a nudge from her mother, she has the chance of a lifetime. To be the next Rising Star. She just has to get through the next few months with cameras in her face, a roommate from Barbie hell, and staying strong for her family back home. She can do this, she can make her dream a reality. She just had to get through this without distractions. She thought it would easy but then she hadn't laid eyes on Beau Tanner yet...she was screwed. You are not suppose to feel this much attraction to your coach. The man that could help with your career in every way. But the minute Beau looked at Layne it was over. He looked at her like nobody else was in the room and she had the exact reaction. Beau was the total opposite of her type. He was a country music star and she didn't even like country music! But she was beyond attracted to this sexy as sin cowboy. And when she senses his gray eyes staring at her, it makes her melt. It makes her feel things she never felt before. Sexy. Wanted. Desired. But, this is off-limits and damn does that make it even sexier. Beau and Layne can't do this. They have to keep things professional for the show. They both have a lot on the line and Layne has more than just her to think about. All the rumors going around are not making her time on the show any easier but she has to stay focused. She trusted a man before and she can't give up her dream for another one so easily. She can do this. She can win this. She just has to make it to the end. Can she make it through the next few months without holding Beau in her arms or will she give in and be sent home packing? I loved this book!! I fell for Beau from the start. He is intense, supportive, funny, and sexy as hell. He totally made me swoon with his words. And Layne...she is amazing. She is strong, confident, funny, and has style. I want to go shopping with her. Together, their flirting is the best, the way they communicate with only looks made me love them. They knew what each other were thinking without even speaking or touching. They didn't even have to have sex for me to get hot and bothered. It's just them. Together that brings out the feeling of something more. The build-up. Overall...it's a beautiful story. I was hooked from the start and didn't want it to end. I laughed. I swooned. I cried. And I want more!! Another amazing piece of work by Lacey! I can't wait to see what's next. BTW: The notes to self. Best thing ever! P.S. There is also a surprise for you readers....heehee. Lacey is a genius, just sayin'. Quotes: The type of smile that promises dirty, dirty things to come. The one that gives your battery operated boyfriend a workout late at night. That smile. I can’t describe it or explain it, but one thing’s certain: I know I’m never going to be the same again. His confession is like a punch to the esophagus. Swallowing becomes harder and breathing non-existent.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Obsessive Book Nerd Lauren

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To read more reviews like this one, check out Obsessive Book Nerd! READ THIS BOOK!!! When this book crossed my path, I almost passed on it. Ya know, I have a lot of books to get through in the next few weeks, do I really need to add another book to my list? No, but I snagged it up anyway. I don't watch the music competition shows anymore. I was an American Idol viewer for like the first five seasons. And I've never watched a full I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To read more reviews like this one, check out Obsessive Book Nerd! READ THIS BOOK!!! When this book crossed my path, I almost passed on it. Ya know, I have a lot of books to get through in the next few weeks, do I really need to add another book to my list? No, but I snagged it up anyway. I don't watch the music competition shows anymore. I was an American Idol viewer for like the first five seasons. And I've never watched a full season of The Voice (which this book is totally modeled after). But I find it all in intriguing. While I am not a fan of country music, I'm all for a sexy, singing cowboy. And damn, Beau was exactly that. Layne, the main character, and a Rising Star contestant was such an enjoyable character. It's safe to say that I loved her love-interest, Beau. We meet tons of supporting characters, and while a few of them are painstaking annoying, they all add to the wonderful story perfectly. While the story seemed like it might drag on a bit towards the beginning, it wasn't the case at all. We get to move through the whole competition with Layne, and it truly feels real, like we are right there with her. I had to remind myself several times that I was in fact reading a story. I did not really know Layne, who was currently starting on a musical competition and falling in love with her drop, dead-sexy coach. I want to avoid any kinds of spoilers, but I want to say that at one point, we get to choose the ending of the book. We can either go through "The Safe Door" or "The Dangerous Door". Hmmm. I love it when authors give the readers options. While I chose the dangerous door, we are strongly encouraged to read both endings. So I did. Honestly, I don't know which one I loved more. (view spoiler)[OK I loved that in one ending she won AND got the guy. BUT I also loved the fact that we got to see into the future of Layne and Beau. And I loved that we got to read about the music video and how Layne fully got a happily ever after. TO NOTE: I did not realize the epilogue was part of "The Dangerous Door" and didn't read it until after I went back and read "The Safe Door". Whoops. (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Mariampillai

    This was a forbidden romance set during a music competition. It gave me The Voice vibe. Layne is a young mother who has an exceptional voice. She is confident, smart and cute. Beau is a mega country superstar and he is sexy, smart, and a gentleman. I was not expecting this from the book. I actually thought the idea of a the romance was intriguing. I loved the writing. I loved that there were two separate ending to choose from. It was absolute perfect. She gave us two endings that made me love This was a forbidden romance set during a music competition. It gave me The Voice vibe. Layne is a young mother who has an exceptional voice. She is confident, smart and cute. Beau is a mega country superstar and he is sexy, smart, and a gentleman. I was not expecting this from the book. I actually thought the idea of a the romance was intriguing. I loved the writing. I loved that there were two separate ending to choose from. It was absolute perfect. She gave us two endings that made me love the book all the more. It was worth the read. Loved every minute of it. Overall, an amazing read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I FLIPPING FLOVE Lacey Black! I can't tell you enough how wonderful she is! If you have NEVER picked up one of her books you DO NOT know what you are missing. I've been stalking .. I mean following her since I fell in love with Maddox in Trust Me ( It's free BTW) her latest book do out next week is great! Like I said she's a phenomenal Author . I really thought her book Submerged was her best writing to date well she definitely proved me wrong with Music Notes. Music Notes is now a close Second I FLIPPING FLOVE Lacey Black! I can't tell you enough how wonderful she is! If you have NEVER picked up one of her books you DO NOT know what you are missing. I've been stalking .. I mean following her since I fell in love with Maddox in Trust Me ( It's free BTW) her latest book do out next week is great! Like I said she's a phenomenal Author . I really thought her book Submerged was her best writing to date well she definitely proved me wrong with Music Notes. Music Notes is now a close Second on my all time Lacey Black list. Don't get me wrong all of her books are fantastic but Trust me will always be my favorite book . Congrats on another wonderful book my ❤️

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yahaira

    WHY THE FUCK THE AUTHOR HAD TO MAKE ME DECIDE BETWEEN TWO OUTCOMES!!!????? FIRST WITH THE "note to self" WICH I HATEED AND THEN THE "CHOOSE BETWEEN DOORS" AGHHHHH! It ruined the book for me! Dammit dammit dammit. If you are not sure how to write the outcome just has un sorteo--(dont know how to say that in english) And after the "sorteo" write the effin' book. I am so mad! HOURSS reading this book for this to happen! Aghhhhh. Idk if this is something that the author does...BUT I HATED IT! Puñeta. WHY THE FUCK THE AUTHOR HAD TO MAKE ME DECIDE BETWEEN TWO OUTCOMES!!!????? FIRST WITH THE "note to self" WICH I HATEED AND THEN THE "CHOOSE BETWEEN DOORS" AGHHHHH! It ruined the book for me! Dammit dammit dammit. If you are not sure how to write the outcome just has un sorteo--(dont know how to say that in english) And after the "sorteo" write the effin' book. I am so mad! HOURSS reading this book for this to happen! Aghhhhh. Idk if this is something that the author does...BUT I HATED IT! Puñeta. Sorry dear author but this it's an outburst from the bottom of my heart. Bye.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mostly Romance, Sometimes Fantasy

    I wanted so badly to love Music Notes. Not only am I a huge fan of contemporary romance, but I love novels about music. When I read the description, I was immediately drawn in and excited to read it. Unfortunately, there was just too much of this book that bothered me, so I couldn't really enjoy it. Before I start the ranting, I just want to say that while, this book was enjoyable for the most part. I liked the competition and I liked the chemistry between Layne and Beau. It was fun watching them I wanted so badly to love Music Notes. Not only am I a huge fan of contemporary romance, but I love novels about music. When I read the description, I was immediately drawn in and excited to read it. Unfortunately, there was just too much of this book that bothered me, so I couldn't really enjoy it. Before I start the ranting, I just want to say that while, this book was enjoyable for the most part. I liked the competition and I liked the chemistry between Layne and Beau. It was fun watching them fight their desire because they couldn't be together. If you like that sort of thing, then this could very well be the book for you. While I am a fan of that myself, certain aspects of Music Notes really got to me and made it impossible for me to like it. The beginning of this novel wasn't the least bit enjoyable. I had a really hard time getting into it because I just couldn't generate an ounce of liking of Layne. It felt like things were handed to her too easily. Yes, it's nice that her mother got her an audition for Rising Star, but I would have liked to see her take her future into her own hands. She didn't even seem all that excited about the great opportunity she was handed. She was humble to the point of annoyance. It was all to obvious she wasn't taking Rising Star seriously when she chose Beau as her coach right after going on and on about how much she hates country music and how terrible of a fit he'd be for her. I would have liked to see her think about her son and what would be best for them at that stage in the book. Instead that doesn't come until much later, when Layne and Beau are close to breaching their contract. It's almost as if this was just added as a plot device and not well thought out. Then there's Beau. He's sweet but certain aspects of his character made him feel cheap. I get that he's a Southern country singer, but his accent was too much for me at times, and the fact that he continued using it even through texting drove me nuts. It made me wonder if it's just part of his image, which is described as cowboy, with his cowboy boots and the hat he never took off. What I really want to know is if being a cowboy is a part of his history or if he's just a poser. I wouldn't really know, because Layne never really got to know him, or if she did those scenes remain unwritten. Oh, and another reason not to like Layne? She was a mumbler. Every other one of her lines was ended with "I mumbled." It drove me absolutely nuts. I wish I had an ecopy so I could count just how many times the word 'mumbled' was present in Music Notes. The number would be staggering. To give you an idea, I got so frustrated that I started yelling at the book every time Layne mumbled. And I am sad to say that was not the only reason I yelled at the book. The pick your own ending was the other reason. I feel cheated by Music Notes and utterly unsatisfied in general. The ending is a cop out. The author lets you choose an ending, which pisses me off so incredibly much. You get to choose between The Safe Door, in which Layne does the smart thing and finishes her two weeks of the competition before jumping Beau's bones, or the Dangerous Door, where they bang and then deal with the fallout. The Safe Door ends abruptly after the bone jumping, the Dangerous Door gets an epilogue where Layne and Beau actually get a happily ever after and it's not implied. It's nice that Black wanted everyone to be happy, but this just feels so cheap. She is the author. She should pick one definitive ending. Hell, if she couldn't have decided, she could've combined her two ideas for endings into one to make a much better ending. Neither ending made me happy. I wish I could garner some more pleasant feels for Music Notes, but sadly I can't. It just wasn't a fit for me. I couldn't connect to the characters, nor did I like them. The only saving graces of this novel were Eli, Layne's son, and the competition. I can't see myself picking up another book by this author, I'm sad to say.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)

    This is only the second book I have read by Lacey, but she has a fan for life! Music Notes is a breath of fresh air. It's a unique story about a contestant on a singing competition and her coach. But, it's so much more than that. It's about living out your dreams, doing what it takes to support your family, putting aside love to win the ultimate goal: Your dream to sing. Layne never wanted to be famous, she just wanted to sing. But, circumstances and life happened and she's doing neither. Her This is only the second book I have read by Lacey, but she has a fan for life! Music Notes is a breath of fresh air. It's a unique story about a contestant on a singing competition and her coach. But, it's so much more than that. It's about living out your dreams, doing what it takes to support your family, putting aside love to win the ultimate goal: Your dream to sing. Layne never wanted to be famous, she just wanted to sing. But, circumstances and life happened and she's doing neither. Her mother signs her up for a reality tv show to be the next Rising Star. She's afraid, but she leaves home to follow her heart. The music. When she locks eyes with Beau Tanner, country super star and coach, she can't help but feel the zing of electricity. Even though she's not a country singer and can barely name five stars, she picks him as her coach. That's good and bad. Good because she gets to see him all the time, practice singing with him and get to know him. Bad because of the same reasons! Relationships between contestants and coaches are strictly forbidden. Neither one of them can hide their attraction, but nothing physical can happen until the show is over. That doesn't stop the growing attraction, the rumors from flying, her roommate from hell torturing her and the heartbreak from missing her family. Will Layne ignore the part of her heart that wants to give in and be with Beau to follow the music of her heart? Will all the sacrifices be worth it in the end? I loved this story so much. Layne is strong, funny and talented. Beau is sexy, swoon worthy and wants Layne with a passion. I laughed, cried and didn't want it to end. I need you to know that while I’m not physically kissing you, I’m imagining that I am. While I’m not touching your soft skin, my fingers are twitching to caress you. And while my arms aren’t wrapped around you, my body aches to have you against me. “Don’t cry, babe,” he whispers. “You’re worth everything to me.” “You speak nonsense, woman. You’re hotter than a crawfish broil on the Fourth of July.”

  13. 5 out of 5

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    This was one of those books, where I just want to scream the world… “GO BUY IT”. Matter of fact after I was done reading it I went and bought a copy and sent it to a friend so she can read it right away lol. I loved this book, I loved everything about it, the story, the characters the writing style. It was something fun, light, fresh and very entertaining. All the characters were really nicely written and had a great backstory, all of them even the background players of the book. The main This was one of those books, where I just want to scream the world… “GO BUY IT”. Matter of fact after I was done reading it I went and bought a copy and sent it to a friend so she can read it right away lol. I loved this book, I loved everything about it, the story, the characters the writing style. It was something fun, light, fresh and very entertaining. All the characters were really nicely written and had a great backstory, all of them even the background players of the book. The main characters were the same if not even better. You can’t help but love Layne and Beau. Both of them are funny, unique and what I loved about them the most was they stayed true to themselves. Find my full review here: http://snoopydoosbookreviews.com/musi...

  14. 5 out of 5

    LS Kralicek

    Choose the ending I was unsure what Music Notes would really read like. I was pleasantly surprised as it really is modeled similar to The Voice but with a relationship between a contestant and judge. Black allows the reader choose the ending. It was different than any book I have read. Loved it

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This was my first book by this author and I really enjoyed her writing style I’m looking forward to reading more of her

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Austin

    Title: Music Notes Author: Lacey Black Publisher:CreateSpace Publishing Reviewer:M. Austin Release Date:3-22-16 Genre(s):Romantic Comedy Page Count:299 Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Sing. That’s what I came to do. I was prepared to do just that until I walked into my audition and saw him. Tall, mysterious, and gorgeous to boot, he was sitting at the coaches’ table with three others, ready to judge my performance, and decide my future. Yet, since I’d walked onto the stage, Title: Music Notes Author: Lacey Black Publisher:CreateSpace Publishing Reviewer:M. Austin Release Date:3-22-16 Genre(s):Romantic Comedy Page Count:299 Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Sing. That’s what I came to do. I was prepared to do just that until I walked into my audition and saw him. Tall, mysterious, and gorgeous to boot, he was sitting at the coaches’ table with three others, ready to judge my performance, and decide my future. Yet, since I’d walked onto the stage, he continued to look at anything but me. So, I did the one thing I was there to do: sing. When I opened my mouth and let those words spill from my lips, he finally looked up. Those startling, dark eyes collided with mine with such intensity that I knew one thing for certain: I would never be the same. I am Layne Carter, newest contestant on Rising Star, the biggest singing competition on reality television. Nothing can stop me from giving this show my all. Not my horrible diva roommate. Not the fact that I'm terribly homesick and miss my family. And certainly not my uncontrollable growing attraction to my coach, Beau Tanner, award winning country superstar. Nothing will stand in my way. And I’m wrong. Review: http://i869.photobucket.com/albums/ab... Music Notes by Lacey Black was a great 5 star read. Layne’s story is told from her POV. She is a single mom bartending to raise her son with the help of her mother. One day her mother gives her a box with several items inside and tells her she is going to LA to audition for the “Rising Star”. Note to self: When your mom hands you a new dress, a bus pass, and a bikini wax certificate, be afraid. Very Afraid. Layne is super excited an extremely nervous at the same time.When she arrives she finds that she is rooming with a total diva who makes her life miserable. I applaud her for being the adult in the situation, I couldn’t have been as strong. When she goes for her first audition she has no idea what's in store for her, she needs at least one judge to drop a flag for her. Then she makes eye contact with Beau and it’s an instant connection. Those eyes could melt the habit right off a nun. Lets just say this story is just getting started. There are several comments/thoughts that I absolutely loved including this one: The smile he gives me could melt the polar icecaps in December; maybe even strip the panties off a nun in church on Sunday morning. This is my first read from Lacey Black and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the whole idea of being at a crossroads with Layne and Beau and being able to choose either “The Safe Door” or “The Dangerous Door”. Of course I took the Dangerous door but enjoyed both choices. The epilogue is great and couldn’t have asked for a better finale. Could we possibly see more from this couple? At times I felt an emotional knot in my stomach for Layne. Loved her feistiness and strength. I really enjoyed Music Notes and I highly recommend it. I will definitely be checking into more great reads from Lacey Black. Thank you! Apart, we were two people, lonely and searching for something more. Together, we are greatness. Together, we are one. ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by MAustin from Alpha Book Club

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chantal

    Lacey Black is a new author on my radar, and I'm glad I found her! She's the first author I have read that gives her readers a choice as to how a book can end. If you want to see what I mean, you will want to read this book! It was like a written version of the Voice but more sensual. She had me curiously on the edge of my seat with every flip of the page to see what would happen! Layne Carter is a single mom that works as a bartender. The bar she works at every night, has karaoke which Layne Lacey Black is a new author on my radar, and I'm glad I found her! She's the first author I have read that gives her readers a choice as to how a book can end. If you want to see what I mean, you will want to read this book! It was like a written version of the Voice but more sensual. She had me curiously on the edge of my seat with every flip of the page to see what would happen! Layne Carter is a single mom that works as a bartender. The bar she works at every night, has karaoke which Layne kicks off for them. Singing allows her to find peace and center her crazy life. One morning her mother gives her a gift that included a ticket to Los Angeles to try out for the "Rising Star". The show has four coaches, and all of them loved her tryout performance. Which gives her the chance to choose her coach and she chose Beau Tanner. Beau is a hotter than sin country singer. He makes her unable to think, and he is constantly on Layne's mind. Beau gets overly jealous of a male contestant because of the attraction they share for Layne, but Beau had to hide feelings or lose his coaching gig. They constantly are flirting on and off camera. Their practice sessions get pretty intense, and the texts make her burn like a flame. Will the show cause them not to be together like they want? Will she win and Beau still be the hot country coach? Do the producers of the show find out about Layne and Beau? This story will have you asking questions about what Lacey has planned next. The ending was so beautiful; I could not put this book down. It made me forget about other things that I needed to do. I definitely will be reading more of Lacey in the future.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Lacey Black continues to write fresh new characters with her latest book, Music Notes. I've read and loved dozens of rocker books. That genre never gets old for me, but this book adds some twists to that genre that had me quickly turning the pages. Instead of JUST the hero being the rock star, the heroine is her own musical force to be reckoned with, and she's trying to get her big break on a TV talent show called Rising Star (similar to The Voice). Hooking up with one of the judges is against Lacey Black continues to write fresh new characters with her latest book, Music Notes. I've read and loved dozens of rocker books. That genre never gets old for me, but this book adds some twists to that genre that had me quickly turning the pages. Instead of JUST the hero being the rock star, the heroine is her own musical force to be reckoned with, and she's trying to get her big break on a TV talent show called Rising Star (similar to The Voice). Hooking up with one of the judges is against the rules, but what happens when the attraction is too undeniable to resist? "Being in your presence isn't near enough. I need to touch you, and now that I've had a little taste, this is goin' to be the greatest struggle of my life." The angst and "almosts" are what had me turning the pages in the wee hours, and I was pleasantly surprised at seeing this book played out with 2 different endings. After reading both, I honestly can't tell which I loved more, but I loved getting a glimpse at the answer to "what if?" The "soundtrack" to this book is an eclectic combination of classic rock, pop, and country, and I loved re-listening to some old favorites while reading this book! This stand-alone book had it all and I haven't hesitated in recommending it to everyone!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Costello ***Crazy Cajun Book Addicts Blog***

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through Crazy Cajun Book Addicts for an honest review. Hot Cowboy alert!!!!! I love Lacey Black's writing style and I'm a massive fan of her books. I was so excited when I read the blurb for this book and it didn't disappoint. Ms Black just seems to pull you in immediately with the sexy male characters and sassy young women she creates. Layne is a single mum working a bar job trying to make sure she can provide for her little boy. When she gets the I received a complimentary copy of this book through Crazy Cajun Book Addicts for an honest review. Hot Cowboy alert!!!!! I love Lacey Black's writing style and I'm a massive fan of her books. I was so excited when I read the blurb for this book and it didn't disappoint. Ms Black just seems to pull you in immediately with the sexy male characters and sassy young women she creates. Layne is a single mum working a bar job trying to make sure she can provide for her little boy. When she gets the opportunity to take part in a televised singing competition Rising Star she jumps at the chance to hopefully make a better life for her and her son what she doesn't plan on is falling for her sexy coach Beau Tanner. Beau Tanner is a sexy award winning country music star he's also a coach on Rising Star as soon as that first note is out of Layne's mouth their eyes clash and he knows he just has to have her but how will that work out when relationships between coaches and contestents are a definite no, no. A definite 5 Star read for me and a book I will definitely be recommending I look forward to reading more from this fabulous author.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Ziglar

    Music Notes by Lacey Black, Oh my...This book was a four turn chair for me. A realty singing contest Rising Star on television with a hot judge and a single mom with major chemistry, against all the rules of the contest for judge and contestant to have a relationship, what more can you ask for in a great story. Lacey Black has written this book like you are in the audience watching, so you feel like you are in story with the characters. I grew to fall in love with Beau and Layne and wishing for Music Notes by Lacey Black, Oh my...This book was a four turn chair for me. A realty singing contest Rising Star on television with a hot judge and a single mom with major chemistry, against all the rules of the contest for judge and contestant to have a relationship, what more can you ask for in a great story. Lacey Black has written this book like you are in the audience watching, so you feel like you are in story with the characters. I grew to fall in love with Beau and Layne and wishing for them to get together. Beau is a new book boyfriend very much swoon worthy. Lacey also has the best quotes in this book that had my smiling and loving them. She also put throughout the story "note to self" of what not to do, which I also enjoyed. This is my first book by Lacey and I can't not wait to read the next book by her. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK IT IS WORTH YOUR TIME AND MONEY. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristin ~ Book Lovers Obsession

    Layne Carter has loved to sing for as long as she can remember so when her mom hands her a ticket and tells her she is all set to audition on Rising Star, she can't turn down this huge opportunity for her and her son, Eli. Beau Tanner is the IT guy in country music. Even someone that doesn't particularly like country music knows that. The fact that Layne doesn't even like the music makes her choosing Beau as her coach a little odd but she can't figure out what it is about him that drew her to Layne Carter has loved to sing for as long as she can remember so when her mom hands her a ticket and tells her she is all set to audition on Rising Star, she can't turn down this huge opportunity for her and her son, Eli. Beau Tanner is the IT guy in country music. Even someone that doesn't particularly like country music knows that. The fact that Layne doesn't even like the music makes her choosing Beau as her coach a little odd but she can't figure out what it is about him that drew her to him. Layne and Beau signed contracts. No relationships between coaches and singers. Period. End of story. Certainly a country super star knows he must follow the rules right? ;) This book was fantastic! Lacey gave the reader the option to select the ending. Door 1, Safe Door, or Door 2, Dangerous Door. You pick how the story ends. You choose the fate of Layne and Beau. One click now so you don't miss this hot new novel by Lacey Black!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

    Holy crap!!! I was hooked from the very beginning of this book!!! Layne is one strong lady who had a very good head on her shoulders and has overcome a lot. You just can't help but root for her! And then she has the opportunity of a lifetime thanks to her mom.... Her mother is one of the most loving moms I think I've read about in a book and I loved her! And bam, Layne is on the adventure of her lifetime Rising Star. And then enters Beau... Don't even get me started on Beau!!! He is the Holy crap!!! I was hooked from the very beginning of this book!!! Layne is one strong lady who had a very good head on her shoulders and has overcome a lot. You just can't help but root for her! And then she has the opportunity of a lifetime thanks to her mom.... Her mother is one of the most loving moms I think I've read about in a book and I loved her! And bam, Layne is on the adventure of her lifetime Rising Star. And then enters Beau... Don't even get me started on Beau!!! He is the swooniest and sexiest cowboy ever!!! And absolutely the sweetest! These two are perfection in every sense of the word! And just, I could sit and here and gush and gush and gush! One click ASAP!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    top 10 Recommended more at http://melenasreviews.wordpress.com I have to say I love this book. Layne Carter just stole my heart with her singing and her love for her little boy. Lacey Black just blew me away with this story about Layne and Beau Tanner. The attraction between them was felt right from the first audition when she sang and he looked up it was like lightning and thunder colliding. This is definitely one of those books you do not want to miss it is highly recommended for there is top 10 Recommended more at http://melenasreviews.wordpress.com I have to say I love this book. Layne Carter just stole my heart with her singing and her love for her little boy. Lacey Black just blew me away with this story about Layne and Beau Tanner. The attraction between them was felt right from the first audition when she sang and he looked up it was like lightning and thunder colliding. This is definitely one of those books you do not want to miss it is highly recommended for there is passion sexual chemistry and most of all a mother’s love to provide for her child going above and beyond to make all their dreams come true. Totally rocked.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    I'm a huge fan of Lacey's and her writing. This book was well written and pulled me in once I got past the point of comparing it to The Voice, I'm a huge fan of the show and I think it just caught me completely off guard when I started the book. Single mother, Layne, gets chosen to be a contestant on a show and is automatically pulled towards one of the Coaches. Things heat up between them and they have to decide to keep moving forward or step back before things get too complicated. I love how I'm a huge fan of Lacey's and her writing. This book was well written and pulled me in once I got past the point of comparing it to The Voice, I'm a huge fan of the show and I think it just caught me completely off guard when I started the book. Single mother, Layne, gets chosen to be a contestant on a show and is automatically pulled towards one of the Coaches. Things heat up between them and they have to decide to keep moving forward or step back before things get too complicated. I love how Lacey lets the decision up to you as to which way they go and how the story proceeds...What a great idea!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I really enjoyed this up until she does this totally bizarre choose your own adventure... completely unnecessary and really threw me for a loop. I found myself a bit pissed off that she writes two angles going in separate directions. Prior to that I really liked the story but it kinda ruined the ending for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jacquie

    This is DEFINITELY a 5++++ Star read!!! I have to say this is right up there as one of Lacey Blacks' BEST! I absolutely adore Beau and Layne...and, of course, I hated the B*%#$-Queen Shawna (I think there's some Karma coming her way, for sure....not the good kind!!!) This book has the most interesting twist...one that I have never seen before, but I loved it!! All in all, this is a MUST READ!!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Meyer

    Winner!!! Lacey continues to deliver AWESOME stories! The concept for the story was brilliant and drew me in from the first chapter to the last. The chemistry between the characters was HOT!! Great job Lacey!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    New series from Lacey...and great as always!

  29. 4 out of 5

    ceecee

    This was a new author for me and I absolutely loved this book. I loved Lacey Blacks writing style. This book was filled with sexual tension in the form of stolen glances, slight touches and dreams. The time spent together brings Layne Carter and Beau closer together then sex ever would. Even though they have lived different lives, they have similar interests and family values. The show they are on brought them together and let's them spend time together. The only question is will their This was a new author for me and I absolutely loved this book. I loved Lacey Blacks writing style. This book was filled with sexual tension in the form of stolen glances, slight touches and dreams. The time spent together brings Layne Carter and Beau closer together then sex ever would. Even though they have lived different lives, they have similar interests and family values. The show they are on brought them together and let's them spend time together. The only question is will their relationship destroy her chances of stardom or will it give it her everything she ever wanted. I loved the stolen glances between the two of them that's captured on camera. The way Beau watches her with an intensity that is frightening. The way Beau grazes Lacey's skin from shoulder to wrist with the barest of touch shows how much the slightest of touches sets them a blaze with desire. What a fantastic book....and the best part was how the author made alternate endings to allow the reader a chance to pick how they wanted the characters to act and story to end..... Fan.... F*!#'n...tastic.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christine Davis

    If you like music reality shows you’ll love this book.Its about a girl following her dreams to become a music singer.Her struggles with balancing her life with her son,finding love and conquer her dreams.loved the ending were you can choose what path she follow.

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