What comes to mind when you think of opera? Barrel-chested men and comfortably padded women belting out shrill notes in another language?
In my latest novel, A Matter of When, bad boy rocker Henri Lafontaine meets his match in shy, unassuming opera tenor Sebastian Unger. But while Seb might idolize the likes of Pavarotti and Domingo, he’s of the new breed of opera singer, who are just as competitive about their appearances as the average movie star. And the competition is steep.
And while he definitely wouldn’t pass down a role in tried and true operas like La Boheme and The Wedding of Figaro, he and his ilk are equally likely to belt out popular music as well.
I give you exhibit A: Il Divo. Young, handsome, gifted. And not a barrel-chest among them. Here they are singing Unbreak My Heart (and looking spectacular while doing so).
Eden's been watching more than a little opera lately, and maybe listening to some rock and roll, because her latest book has a hot romance and both kinds of singers. Five marble read, folks.
Wealth. Fame. Gold record. Hookers and Cocaine front man Henri Lafontaine has it all…including a control freak manager, band members who smile as they sharpen blades for his back, and last but damn well not least, a fan out to steal his heart. Literally. Trying to write hit songs and plan a comeback in the midst of the hi-fi white noise of LA feels more like watching his world implode, until he’s offered a month in the Colorado Rockies for vocal coaching.
Sebastian Unger’s rich, classically trained tenor inspires wicked thoughts. More than a pretty choir boy, he cracks the whip without hesitation to drive tattooed bad-boy Henri to give his all to his music. Working, fighting, and finally establishing a fragile peace, they find inspiration and perhaps more in each other. But the clock is ticking. Time will pull Henri back to the grit and gold of LA’s mean streets and fame machine, while Sebastian must return to the opera circuit, where a mysterious man known as “the patron” holds far too much sway. Only the trust they've built on a handful of notes bridges their two worlds...and shields them from malice.
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